South Africa - Coast to Coast

- self-drive from the Atlantic to Indian Ocean

  • 18 days / 17 nights
  • Paternoster - Hermanus - Plettenberg Bay - Durban - Phinda - North Coast
  • from £2850 per person (excluding flights)

Day 1 – Cape Town to Paternoster

Arrive in Cape Town in the morning off your flight from the UK and pick up your hire car. It is a 2 hour drive north to the quaint fishing village of Paternoster. Indulge in dramatic views of the Atlantic as it hits the warm shore of Africa. In springtime the wildflowers carpets the outskirts of town in a mosaic of colour. Indulge in fresh oysters as the days catch come in and enjoy the tranquil surroundings of this place. You will stay at the quirky Strandloper Beach House right on the waters edge.

Day 3 – Paternoster to Hermanus

It is a 3-and-a-half hour drive to the town of Hermanus. Aside from being the best place to view whales from land, Hermanus is renowned for its wild beauty, artisanal food producers and its proximity to the ‘Hemel-en-Aarde’ wine route. Full of quaint boutiques, markets and galleries, the town is a popular destination for local and international visitors alike. The town is a scenic 90 minute drive from Cape Town and about 1 hour from the Cape winelands. It also boasts a stunning blue-flag beach for lazy days in the sun. Stay at the lovely Ocean Eleven Guesthouse – with lovely ocean views.

Day 5 – Hermanus to Plettenberg Bay

After an early breakfast hit the road as it is a 5-hour drive to Plettenberg Bay, the coastal route or as locals call it - the ‘garden route’ is stunning though and well worth it.

In Plettenberg Bay your time will be well spent in the small Artisan coffee shops and at any one of the local markets; get up close and personal with whales and dolphins by boat; enjoy the famed Robberg Nature and Marine Reserve with its pristine beach, 200 metre sand dune and 300-strong seal colony; lunch in the vineyards at award winning wine estates; or sip on sundowners in one of the restaurants perched on the rocks or right on the beach. With endless stretches of pristine beaches immediately at hand, lazing on the beach could be the pastime of choice; but for those who wish to do a little exploring or adventuring the area’s multitude of activity and leisure options are readily accessible. Enjoy the warm hospitality at Laird’s Lodge - your home for the next 5 days.

Day 9 – Plettenberg Bay to Port Elizabeth and Durban

This morning your travels will take you to Nelson Mandela Bay previously known as Port Elizabeth – it’s a 2 hour 45 minutes drive. Drop off your hire car and embark on a short flight to King Shaka Airport just North of Durban on the east coast of Kwazulu-Natal. This area is called the ‘Place of Legends’. From the airport it’s a 20 minute drive to the iconic and luxurious Oyster Box Hotel in the energetic beachside town of Umhlanga Rocks, right on the Indian Ocean, where you will stay in supreme comfort for the next 2 nights.

Day 11 - Umhlanga to Phinda Game Reserve

Today the drive north takes you to the first and largest private nature reserve in the country - Phinda. This iconic and pioneering reserve is home to the African Big 5. With only a handful of lodges sharing an area of 23 000 hectares, and expert rangers and trackers in search of wildlife, you are assured an exclusive game viewing experience. Adding to Phinda’s wildlife charms, the marine diversity of nearby Sodwana Bay on the coast is easily accessible, with scuba diving, fishing and even turtle watching only some of the adventures available. Thanks to its coastal rainfall pattern, the Reserve enjoys a lush green environment that contains seven distinct ecosystems. You will stay at one of their 5-star lodges – Phinda Forest Lodge and Vlei Lodge are our favourites!

Day 14 – Phinda Game Reserve to North Coast

For the last leg of your epic coastal journey head even further north from Phinda for 2 hours through the iSimangaliso Wetland Park for Thonga Beach Lodge. Lake Sibaya has 100km of untouched shoreline and, at 70 square kilometres, is South Africa’s largest freshwater lake. The lake falls within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, now a World Heritage Site. The lake’s diverse flora provides a variety of habitats for birds, mammals and aquatic life. Robinson Crusoe goes percale in the Thonga Beach Lodge chic, eco-sensitive huts. Your own wooden deck reaches out into the forest where you may enjoy morning coffee amidst birdsong, or cocktails under starlight.

Day 17 – North Coast to Johannesburg

It’s time to say goodbye! This morning, enjoy one last scrumptious breakfast in South Africa and then drive to Richardsbay Airport (3 hours 30 minutes) for your onward flight to Johannesburg. This evening you will fly home to the UK.

Options and extensions

  • On day 3 - add on 3 nights in the exciting and beautiful city of Cape Town OR stay in the iconic Cape wine lands in Franschhoek or Stellenbosch.
  • On day 9 – add on 3 nights on the magical Wild Coast. Stay at Umngazi Bungalows & Spa near Port St. Johns.

What's great about it?

  • Self-drive itinerary – go at your own pace
  • Discover lesser travelled regions
  • Whale-watching in season in Hermanus
  • Gorgeous coastal drive with views
  • A Big 5 Safari in the first Private Game Reserve in the country

Where would I stay?

Paternoster – Strandloper Guest House – 2 nights B&B

Hermanus – Ocean Eleven Guesthouse – 2 nights B&B

Plettenberg Bay – Laird’s Lodge Country Estate – 4 nights D,B&B

Umhlanga/Durban – The Oyster Box Hotel – 2 nights, B&B

Hluhluwe – Phinda Forest Lodge – 3 nights – Fully Inclusive

North Coast – Thonga Beach Lodge – 3 nights – Full board

Destination Map

start of trip - paternoster



Chada Katavi Beach House
Chada Katavi Beach House
Chada Katavi Beach House
Chada Katavi Beach House
Chada Katavi Beach House
Chada Katavi Beach House
Chada Katavi Beach House
Chada Katavi Beach House



+44 203 137 1247 Wedge and Wildlife Ltd, 208 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9PJ,