We are planning our trip (first) to South Africa next April/May. I will be renting a car for self-drive at Johannesburg airport, dropping it in Cape Town. I am trying to work out a daily driving schedule, not knowing the N2 road conditions, traffic, issues, etc. I am hoping for some advice on the feasibility of my plan, ie., are the distances for a day drive practical. I am estimating that a 200 mile drive should take about 4 hours. I have tried to limit driving time on driving days to 4-6 hours. Does this seem reasonable?:
1. From Madikwe Game Reserve (Botswana border) to Emalahleni (219 miles)
2. Emalahleni to Phinda Game Reserve (249 miles)
Then when we continue the journey down the N2, our plan is:
3. Phinda to Port Shepstone area (270 miles)
4.Port Shepstone to Umtata (202 miles) Question, should we take the N2, or Rte 61? On my map, R61 suggests "untarred" roads. Are these the roads that some rental companies do not allow for travel?
5. Umtata to Grahamstown (222 miles)
6. Grahamstown to Addo Elephant Park (only 62 miles)
7. Addo to Wilderness (224 miles)
8. Wilderness to Swellendam (167 miles)
9. Swellendam to Hermanus (90 miles)
From there we plan to drive up into the Winelands for a number of days, and finish in Cape Town for a number of days.
As I said, I am most interested in learning if my day driving down the coast is reasonable. I do not want to drive after dark anywhere. I just don't know enough about the road conditions to judge whether this makes for a good itinerary. Thanks for any comments.