After 2 days of self-driving in KNP we are ready to be pampered a little at a game lodge. We are staying 3 nights at a mid-priced lodge called nThambo Tree Camp, which is located in the Klaserie.
KNP is about 400km north-east of Johannesburg airport. This is our first time self-driving in Africa and we have heard horror stories about carjackings, but our fears are unfounded. It’s a relaxed and scenic drive on good roads, similar to driving in Australia.
You may not believe it, but you do not need to pay tons of $$$ to a travel agent as SA has very good tourist infrastructure. Here’s my guide on- How to get there, Getting around, Which safari park, Where to stay on safari, Stuff to prepare
First safari ever, shark diving, fabulous food, awesome scenery- Possibly the most epic of my many epic road trips. 100% self-planned and self-driven. A very easy country to explore on your own even for Africa noobs like us.
A very scenic drive to the southwestern tip of Africa. This is almost a full day’s activity despite the short distance from Cape Town as there is just so much to see and do. Definitely bring your camera, and also binoculars for close ups of the whales and penguins off the coastline.
2 nights of wining and dining in the Cape Winelands is just what the doctor ordered after a rustic week in the bush. Highlights include wine tastings / winery tours, fabulous (and cheap) wine and food, and the adoption of 2 giraffes.
We chose KNP for our first safari experience as it is the largest. It is also a Big 5 park (buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhino). Self-driving is the cheapest way to “do” KNP and you can find all necessary information online on the SANParks website. The road network is good, you don’t need to rent a 4WD. We were quite lucky and checked off the Big 5 in just 2 days despite being total safari noobs.