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Northern South Africa Holiday

Northern South Africa Holiday Overview

Duration: 7 days & 6 nights

This tour starts at Johannesburg and ends at Johannesburg.

Tour Highlights

  • Union Castle Buildings
  • Spectactular scenery, mountain passes and magnificent countryside
  • Big 5 Game experience in the Timbavati Reserve
  • Panorama Route with all its cultural heritage and dramatic landscapes

Tour Description

Explore some of the most beautiful areas of Southern Africa. From the historical Union Buildings in Pretoria where Nelson Mandela made his inauguration speech, to the wild and untamed Big 5 Game Lodge in the Timbavati Reserve. This self drive tour captures the scenic beauty of South Africa's northern region and the magnificence of the African bush experience.

Best Time to Travel

From May to October

Tour Summary

Experience the best of Northern South Africa on this self-drive tour, from Pretoria to Timbavati bridged by the spectacular scenery of the northern provinces.

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Northern South Africa Holiday Itinerary

Day 1: Johannesburg / Pretoria
Arrive at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg where you'll be met by a travel representative ready to assist you to your Drive South Africa rental car. Pretoria is a historically significant, grand city often blushed purple by the blooming jacarandas, we recommend a night in the metropolitan area and a visit to the magnificent Union Buildings.
Day 2: Pretoria / Tzaneen
Leaving the stately jacaranda city behind, travel towards Polokwane and onto Tzaneen. The journey down the escarpment is one of the most popular tourist drives in South Africa, passing through an inspiring variety of scenery. At one point the landscape drops descends 600m as the road winds through 6km of lush forest, from here make your way on to the beautiful mountainous terrain of Magoebaskloof.

Day 3: Tzaneen area
The spectacular countryside surrounding this area demands exploration, home to the famous and mysterious 'Rain Queen'. Magoebaskloof is one of the most fertile areas in the country, responsible for vast quantities of fresh produce for the South African export market. We recommend a visit to a tea plantation and factory before returning to Magoebaskloof.

Day 4: Tzaneen / Timbavati
On day 4 head eastward through the Drakensberg Escarpment, this journey takes you past towering sheer rock walls, pockets of indigenous forest, grass slopes and vast plantations. From the top of the Drakensberg Escarpment the route descends into the true African bushveld and 'Big-5' country. Your destination is the magnificent Timbavati Game Reserve, home to abundant wildlife and the white-lions. Your next two days will be spent discovering the African bush, its inhabitants and its beauty.

Day 5: Timbavati Private Game Reserve
Today is all is all about the bush, wildlife and the Big 5. Early morning and afternoon game drives will bring you within touching distance of Africa's most majestic animals. In between safaris, soak up the quiet ambience of the bushveld as you relax in your camp.

Day 6: Timbavati Private Game Reserve / Panorama Route
Following an early morning game drive and breakfast you'll set off for Mpumalanga via the Panorama Route. This route is rich in cultural heritage, breathtaking landscapes, dramatic vistas and waterfalls.

Day 7: Mpumalanga / Johannesburg

After breakfast, make your way towards Johannesburg and return to OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) in time to return your hire car and to check in for your onward journey.

Pricing Details

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Pricing Notes

Per person sharing.

Includes & Excludes


  • 1 Night in Pretoria on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 2 Nights in Tzaneen on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis
  • 2 Nights in Timbavati Reserve including all meals and scheduled game activities
  • 1 Night at Misty Mountain lodge on a bed and breakfast basis


  • Entrance Fees
  • Any additional meals not specified in the Itinerary above
  • Car Hire

Selecting Your Vehicle

Available Vehicles

You are not restricted to these vehicles, these are just our recommendations. If you have something else in mind don't hesitate to mention it in your enquiry comments.

Hyundai i20 Hatch

Hyundai i20 Hatch
  • Manual Transmission
  • Air Conditioning & Radio-CD
  • Power Steering
  • 4x adults
  • Luggage: 2x med.

Good looks, quality build and easy-flat seating in this economical hatch

Audi A3

Audi A3
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Air Conditioning & Radio-CD
  • Power Steering
  • 4x adults
  • Luggage: 2x med. 1x small

Comfort, quality and sheer driving pleasure in this compact executive

Toyota Fortuner 4x2 Automatic

Toyota Fortuner 4x2 Automatic
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Air Conditioning & Radio-CD
  • Power Steering
  • 5x adults
  • Luggage: 1x lrg. 1x med. 1x small

Powerful and comfortable

Hyundai H1 8 Seater

Hyundai H1 8 Seater
  • Manual Transmission
  • Air Conditioning & Radio-CD
  • Power Steering
  • 8x adults
  • Luggage: 5x med.

Ideal transporters for large families and groups.

Union Buildings Pretoria  by Hühnerauge

Union Buildings Pretoria by Hühnerauge

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