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Self drive tours in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and parts of Botswana, Mozambique and Zambia makes for excellent self drive holiday road trips. But if you head further a field, things get a bit more adventurous.
 
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The below self drive map of Africa indicates the recommended self drive destinations, each with specific routes to explore the country and different grades of comfort and adventure! The orange countries indicate suggested destinations for the first-time travelers.

Click on one of the destinations to see what the recommended countries of South Africa, Namibia and Botswana (4x4 driving required) have to offer. Destinations such as Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi offer adventurous (more experienced) self drive travelers the opportunity to explore firther afield. Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, central and northern Mozambique and Angola are recommended for those who have lots of experience in overland self drive travel and we would suggest to plan a guided self drive tour to these destinations.

The more adventurous self drive travelers who want to explore some of the remoter areas in Africa will need a 4x4 in most cases. It can be dangerous for an inexperienced driver to venture into the remote areas of Africa alone and unprepared. But if you have the experience, and the time to explore off-the-beaten tracks in Africa, definitely don't miss out on the adventure of a lifetime.
 
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Are you ready to plan your self drive holiday to Africa?
A self drive safari in Africa is a great way to experience a destinations on your own, to visit the places YOU want to see, at your OWN pace. Self drive safaris and car hire is easy and hassle free.

The countries in southern Africa are diverse and very different. It offers the self-drive traveler the opportunity to experience Africa up close and personal.

The Safari Co. will help you prepare for your self drive holiday in Africa. Our self drive safari trip planner will be of assistance for both those who are planning an adventurous 4x4 safari into Africa, as well as the easier routes around South Africa and Namibia.


We have three types of self drive safaris in Africa:

Explore Africa with your own 4x4 (and trailer) - find helpful advice and tips on 4WD vehicles, choosing an offroad trailer, find tasty camp recipes as well as reviews on camping equipment and useful packing lists. Also find places to stay, things to do along the way and suggested routes.

An independent self drive traveler is someone who goes for car rental, campervan hire or 4x4 rental to travel to preplanned destinations. Motorcycle rental is also an option as adventure rides are very popular in southern Africa. This is the ideal way to see Africa from the comfort of your own vehicle, specifically South Africa and Namibia as these two countries boast a comprehensive and well maintained road network.

Guided 4x4 self drive safari where you travel in a 4WD vehicle or campervan with a group of like-minded travellers, led by a knowledgeable and experienced guide travelling in his own vehicle. Some parts of certain African countries are not well developed or signposted and this can cause unpleasant and sometimes dangerous situations. Let us show you unspoilt Africa at its best...! Countries such as Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique are best explored in this way.

If you are planning a safari in Africa, we'll suggest you prebook all arrangements as there are not always last minute space available. The best will be to make use of an Africa travel expert and let them organise your safari vacation of a lifetime. Find the African safari of your choice, be it for a family holiday, a romantic getaway, an adventure camping safari or a road trip in Africa.

A self-drive safari vacation is a great way to experience Africa in it's essence as you will meet ordinary people going about their daily chores along the way. Your time is also flexible (slightly less so if you prebooked a set route) so if you want to stop along the way to take in a wonderful part of Africa, you can choose to do so. But careful planning is needed when venturing into Africa on your own. Our trip planning section will help you to cover all bases and make sure that you are ready for the experience of a lifetime!

 

Selfdrive holidays in Africa can be anything you want it to be:

The 'relaxed' selfdrive holiday
Maybe you prefer a casual drive from destination to destination with stops along the way and staying in carefully chosen hotels (the choice is endless!) that suit your exact requirements. Choose a set itinerary that you know works well, or book part of your self drive holiday and leave some days flexible. The road infrastructure in southern Africa is excellent, especially South Africa and Namibia which makes it the ideal self drive destination where a road trip is an absolute pleasure and a great way to explore this diverse destination. Car rentals in Africa is as straight forward as anywhere else in the world with big brands well represented across the continent. Vehicle choices include everything from small sedans (for those on a budget) to large mini-van transporters (perfect for families) as well as comfortable camper vans and 4x4's, and everything in between!

The 'adventurous' selfdrive holiday
Or if you're the more adventurous type, you'll enjoy exploring some of Africa's wilder destinations in your fully equipped 4x4 (be it a rental or your own) and bush trailer, sleeping in tents at night and cooking your meals on an open fire while the nightlife keeps you on your toes! These self drives need careful planning as in many cases you have to be fully self-sufficient as you are travelling into very remote areas (in some cases it's strongly advisable to travel in a group). Prebooking certain campsites is a must due to strict controls in place to protect these pristine wilderness areas (this applies to most national parks, especially in Botswana). Most places can be booked on arrival, so it gives you real flexibility.

The 'bit of both' selfdrive holiday
If you enjoy both comfortable accommodation and a bit of camping in those absolutely 'must see' locations along the way, then this one is for you. Choose accommodation in those places where you are not sure about, or rent a camper van for convenient overnight stops in the many campsites available across the continent.
 
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Bushlore lets you experience the ultimate safari vacation in the comfort of a 4X4 Safari vehicle. You have the choice of fully equipped Land Rover Defender 4X4s or Toyota Hilux 4X4 campers to enjoy a self drive safari into some of Africa's most amazing game reserves and wilderness regions. Feel the freedom of an African safari on a 4X4 self drive safari.

Bushlore 4x4 Rental operates a fleet of 4x4 (4wd) vehicles, campers and cars for self drive purposes. A self-drive safari is one of the best options to experience Africa on an economical, exciting way. It gives you the flexibility to explore Africa at your own pace.
 
 
Explore Southern Africa on a self drive 4x4 safari! Discover the best of Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia in a fully equipped 4WD vehicle, allowing the freedom to visit off-the-beaten-track destinations and attractions.

Travel Adventures Botswana is conveniently based in Maun, the self drive capital of Botswana. This is the ideal starting point for a Botswana safari, be it the Kalahari, the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park or the Makgadikgadi. Vehicle drop-off and collection services are also available in Kasane, Gaborone, Windhoek, Victoria Falls, Harare and Livingstone.
 
 
By choosing a self-drive holiday in Africa you are choosing not just an exhilarating holiday but also an extraordinary and unforgettable experience of a lifetime.

Self Drive Africa Rentals has fully equipped 4WD Toyota Landcruiser's and Toyota Hilux's for the most ardent adventure into the magnificent African wilderness and wildlife areas.

We are passionate about the African continent and will assist you through every step of the process, from collecting you at the airport to route planning and helping with bookings.
 
 
 

Exploring southern Africa by 4x4 will open up a new adventure in being able to take the back roads and experience the continent in it's full colour. With 22 years of experience in criss-crossing the continent we are able to assist you with not only a rental, but remarks on current road conditions, places to stay, maps, advice of what to see and do and we able to offer you a 24 hour back up service.

We send adventurous travelers on expeditions across southern and east Africa. Destinations include Angola, Botswana, Burundi, DRC, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

 
 
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