We have a 24 day route planned from Cape Town through the Garden route to Shamwari, over to Drakensberg and then down to Santa Lucia. We then head to Kruger with a pit stop in Swaziland and the panoramic route back to J´burg for a couple of days. We have been quoted approx 14/15,000 euros just for the driver/guide not including entrance fees, lodgings etc. I understand that its an expensive option (driver´s time, lodgings etc.) but we feel a bit nervous about self driving such great distances.
Does anybody have a guide/driver that would be less expensive? Would self-driving be ok? We´re a couple with older kids (18, 16 and 12) and we have driven lots in NZ and Australia but this is our first visit to SA and to Africa in general.