Self Drive Adventures
Self drive is a hugely popular way of exploring many African countries, offering total freedom and complete privacy. The most popular place to self-drive is South Africa, where good roads, and driving on the left, make it a natural place to drive at your own pace, leaving you free to stop off where you like, to take in particularly impressive views, restaurants or shops. We can offer a range of vehicles, from economic saloons to four-wheel-drives able to tackle the harshest terrain.
Self drive is also an excellent option in Namibia, where four-wheel-drives are usually recommended for the dirt roads that stretch through its sweeping desert landscapes, and we have a number of itineraries in Botswana where fully-equipped safari vehicles can be supplied complete with rooftop tents, allowing you to use local campsites instead of luxury lodges if you prefer.
We will invariably have driven the routes personally and can provide detailed itineraries and book accommodation for you along the way.
- Obey traffic rules such as speed limits – avoid having to chat to the constabulary.
- Expect other drivers to do something foolish.
- Don’t drive too fast on gravel roads.
- Make sure you have water with you.
- Make sure you know where you are going when you set off.
- Beware of domestic livestock on unfenced roads.
- Don’t drive after dark – you won’t see the sleeping donkey until it’s too late.
- Check your tyres regularly – it’s a long way between garages.
- Keep your fuel tank topped up when in remote areas.
- Give yourself plenty of time, allow more than you think you need so you have time to stop for pictures and are not rushed.