Self drive in Africa


Do you have a spirit of adventure, enjoy being outdoors, have a keen interest in freedom to explore, enjoy driving long distances, like the idea of discovering places for yourself and at your pace, enjoy a range of experiences and off the beaten track places rather than the usual worn tourist path? If you answered yes to a few of these questions, then self drive holidays in Africa may be the ideal type of holiday for you.

A common question we get asked is whether self drive holidays in Africa are safe. Absolutely is always our answer.

With the caveat that you need to act responsibly and drive with a measure of common sense as you would at home.

When in wildlife areas, you always need to follow the regulations set by the national parks and reserves. Never provoke a wild animal and take care when walking around campsites. It is dangerous to drive at night more so because of wildlife on the road than anything else.

In cities and built up areas we always recommend parking your vehicle in a secure location and we choose the best accommodation for this.

Whilst signage is in English, it’s always good to ensure you have a GPS or download google maps on your mobile devise. We also provide driving instructions in your travel documentation.

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Self drive Namibia holidays

This is one of the ultimate self drive holidays Africa offers because Namibia has such outstanding diversity of landscapes and wildlife plus fantastic roads that are well signed.

You have to keep in mind distances are vast, so long days of driving await if you want to cover much ground and see the major highlights like Sossusvlei, Fish River Canyon, Damaraland, Etosha, Swakopmund and Skeleton Coast.

There are standard vehicles, 2×4 and 4×4 so that comes down to your preferred itinerary and mode of transport. GPS are available if you prefer that to a map and we also provide directions.

South Africa self drive holidays

Our self drive holiday favourite, South Africa has an outstanding infrastructure with good roads, regular facilities for petrol, servicing and stretching legs plus brilliant landscapes, accommodations and attractions.

Vehicles of all shapes and sizes are available and we provide driving instructions plus you can hire a GPS if you prefer.

We arrange everything for you, so simply arrive, pick up your vehicle and enjoy the journey with accommodations sorted, activities and even restaurant bookings if you want our recommendations from the Gourmet Trails team.

The highlights are Cape Town and the Winelands, the West Coast for wild flowers (August – September), the coastline between Cape Town and the Garden Route known as the Whale route during June – September for good reason and of course the famous Garden Route itself. Another fast emerging favourite amongst our team and guests is Route 62, the inland and very scenic road from west to east.

Need help with self drive safari in Africa?

Our trip planners are destination specialists and here to assist you every step of the way. We:

• Give you great advice
• Find you the best deals and get you the best prices
• Take care of all the details
• Are on hand 24/7 while you’re travelling, giving you total peace of mind

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