Southern Africa Self Drive Safaris & Tours

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For those of you wishing to explore independently and at your own pace, our Southern Africa self drive safaris & tours offer a hassle-free solution. Whilst the majority of countries on the African continent are not conducive to self drive holidays, we do operate self drive tours throughout South Africa, Swaziland and Namibia. Self drive safaris and tours are not just for the seasoned traveller – they are extremely popular with families and friends looking for an affordable African safari. Many of our clients visit these countries each year on self drive tours, including those who return to explore new destinations with us.

South Africa, Swaziland and Namibia all have excellent road networks. Roads surfaces are either tarred or gravel and are generally in good condition. Road signs are clear, frequent and easy to follow. Petrol is widely available (and very reasonably priced), and most parts of these countries are covered by cellular networks (mobile phones). We drive on the left side of the road, and you will probably find that there are fewer vehicles on the roads here than in your home country.

One concern expressed by all visitors is that of safety. Please be assured that all our routings are tourist-friendly. As in any other country, you simply need to take sensible precautions to ensure your self drive holiday is trouble free.

We will work with you to create a well-paced and innovative safari holiday itinerary, ensuring you have plenty of time to enjoy each destination, rather than simply driving from place to place. We will make all your reservations and take care of all the logistics – local and regional flights, hire cars, accommodations and safaris – and we are on call 24 hours a day for the duration of your package holiday.

Before you leave home we will send you a comprehensive Self Drive Information Dossier - including your detailed tour itinerary, maps, accommodation and car hire vouchers, brochures and other useful information. We’ll also give you lots of ideas of things you can see and do along the way, ensuring you get the most out of your African adventure.

For your additional peace of mind, we provide

  • maximum cover vehicle insurance
  • free cellphone rental (when prebooked)
  • Travel and safety tips for the countries you are visiting
  • 24 hour helpline – direct to one of our Managers

For safari holiday inspiration have a look at our recommended Self Drive Itineraries below. Then email us with your ideas, and we will be delighted to put together your personalised itinerary with you.

Suggested Self Drive Safari Itineraries:

Tours departing from Johannesburg
The Essence of Africa (14 days/13 nights)
Highlights of a Rainbow Nation (21 days/20 nights)
African Kingdoms (10 days/9 nights)

Tours departing from Cape Town
The Essence of Africa (14 days/13 nights)
Cape Town and the Garden Route (10 days/9 nights)
Cape Town, Karoo and Kalahari (13 days/12 nights)
Whales, Wilderness and Wines (7 days/6 nights)
The Wild West Coast (4 days/3 nights)

Tours departing from Durban
African Kingdoms (10 days/9 nights)

Tours departing from Windhoek
Namibia Untamed (15 days/14 nights)
Namibia Desert Landscapes (8 days/7 nights)

For any additional or more detailed information about self drive safaris of Southern Africa, please contact us and we will be happy to help you plan your vacation.


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