Self drives

Self drives in Africa

Traveling through Africa at your own pace with a rental car is the ideal way for many travelers to discover the continent. Self drives through Africa have become very popular in recent years. All our self drive routes are tailor-made, entirely according to the wishes of the customer.

Because we have lived in Zimbabwe for many years, made many 4 × 4 trips through Southern Africa, you get first-hand advice!

African Travels offers self drives to Southern Africa. For South Africa only, you don’t need a 4×4 vehicle. For the other countries, we strongly recommend using a vehicle with higher clearance.

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Self drive South Africa

South Africa is very accessable with a normal rental car (or SUV). All our self drives are custom made. According to the itinerary we will advise on the best rental car to drive. The most economical and most enjoyable way is a bed & breakfast in small guest houses or self catering chalets journey by car visiting all the highlights this beautiful country has to offer. Starting in Cape Town and ending in Johannesburg or vice versa is the most popular route, but we also design any other route according to your wishes and time frame! Multi country in combination with Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe or Mozambique is also possible.

Local office South Africa

With our local office in South Africa, we are quickly on site if necessary. We have personally selected all accommodations we use in our itinerary.

Self drives Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique

Southern Africa is the perfect destination to explore on your own with a rental car. There are plenty of beautiful, well-maintained camping grounds and with a tough 4WD you can explore the wildlife parks at your own pace. A 4 × 4 car is highly recommended. Due to the many potholes, gravel and dirt roads, a car with higher clearance iss a must! We design self drives with camping equipment, lodge accommodations or a combination.

Camping equipement

The most popular 4×4 vehicle with camping equipment is the Toyota Hilux with rooftop tent(s). They sleep 2 or 4 /5 people. Bush campers are also available but they are not always allowed on the deep sandy roads.  

Trip planner tool

Design your own trip with our new Trip Planner tool! We strongly recommend using the tool to design a draft. If you do book the accommodations, vehicle and flights yourself, these elements will not be covered by our Guarantee fund. Explore and design, then share the itinerary with us and we give you advice on your wishes and will start booking the trip for you!

Special interests? Talk to us and we can include these in your itinerary.

ACTIVITIES

POPULAR SELF DRIVE TOURS

  • 6 days – The Classic Garden Route

    From655.00
    6 days
    Self Drive
    Cape Town - Cape Town/Port Elizabeth
    South Africa
    Min Age : N/A (18 for car rental)
    This self drive allows you to explore Cape Town,  Swellendam, the Karoo and the Garden Route. A magnificent area of South African that will leave […]
    0
  • 6 days – Family Holiday South Africa – The Garden Route

    From560.00
    6 days
    Self Drive
    Cape Town - Port Elizabeth/Cape Town
    South Africa
    Min Age : N/A (18 for car rental)
    Do you want to explore the Garden route of South Africa on a self drive with your family? This self drive will show you Cape […]
    0
  • 6 days – Kruger Park Safari- Self Drive

    From650.00
    6 days
    Private Tour- Self drive
    Johannesburg - Johannesburg
    South Africa
    Min Age : N/A
    This 4-day tour offers you game drives in the Kruger National Park as well as in the surrounding Greater Kruger Park. You have the opportunity […]
    0
  • 10 days – Classic Garden Route – South Africa

    From880.00
    10 days
    Self Drive
    Cape Town - Port Elizabeth
    South Africa
    Min Age : N/A (18 for car rental)
    This self drive allows you to explore the highlights of the Western Cape and Garden route at your own pace. A magnificent tour through this […]
    0
  • 12 days – Culinary Wine Experience – South Africa

    From1,950.00
    12 days
    Self Drive
    Cape Town - Cape Town
    South Africa
    Min Age : N/A (18 for car rental)
    This self drive allows you to explore the highlights and some of the best wineries in the Western Cape, the wine province of magnificent South […]
    0
  • 14 Day Self Drive Botswana – Chobe, Caprivi, Panhandle & Khwai – Camping

    From1,891.00
    14 days
    Self Drive
    Victoria Falls - Maun
    Botswana, Zimbabwe
    Min Age : N/A
    During this trip you will admire the Victoria Falls, the green Caprivi strip, the Okavango Delta (the largest inland delta in the world) and the […]
    0
  • 14 Day Self Drive Botswana – Chobe, Caprivi, Panhandle & Khwai – Lodges

    From2,670.00
    14 days
    Self Drive
    Victoria Falls - Maun
    Botswana, Zimbabwe
    Min Age : 23 for car rental
    During this trip you will admire the Victoria Falls, the green Caprivi strip, the Okavango Delta (the largest inland delta in the world) and the […]
    0
  • 15 days – Self Drive Windhoek to Kasane – Camping & Lodge

    From2,650.00
    15 days
    Self Drive
    Windhoek - Kasane
    Namibia, Botswana
    Min Age : 24+ for car rental
    This incredible self drive allows you to experience various highlights in Namibia and Botswana at your own pace! Highlights are Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Twyfelfontein, Etosha, […]
    (4 Reviews)
  • 20 days – Self drive South Africa: Kruger, Swaziland, Garden Route, Cape-Town

    From2,049.00
    20 days
    Self drive
    Johannesburg - Cape Town
    South Africa
    Min Age : 18
    Enjoy a self drive through South Africa from Johannesburg to Cape Town over land!
    0
  • 21 days – Self Drive Namibia & Botswana – Lodge & Camping

    From2,875.00
    21 days
    Self Drive
    Windhoek - Windhoek
    Namibia, Botswana
    Min Age : 24+ for car rental
    Explore Namibia and Botswana at your own pace, while driving through endless empty spaces and stunning nature!
    (4 Reviews)
  • 14 days – Family Friendly Botswana Safari – MID RANGE

    From3,028.00
    21 days
    Self Drive
    Windhoek - Windhoek
    Namibia, Botswana
    Min Age : 21+ for car rental
    Explore Namibia and Botswana at your own pace, while driving through endless empty spaces and stunning nature!
    0
  • 21 days – Self Drive Namibia & Botswana – Camping

    From2,299.00
    21 days
    Self Drive
    Windhoek - Windhoek
    Namibia, Botswana
    Min Age : 24+ for car rental
    Explore Namibia and Botswana at your own pace, while driving through endless empty spaces and stunning nature!
    0
  • 22 days- South Africa & Mozambique CAMPING & LODGE

    From1,625.00
    22 Days
    Self Drive
    Johannesburg - Johannesburg
    South Africa, Mozambique
    Min Age : N/A (23 for car rental)
    This is an amazing self drive tour through South Africa and Mozambique. Accommodation varies between small-scale lodges and camping, combined with  lovely nature and stunning […]
    0

WHERE TO STAY?

African Travels will send you to the most beautiful and unique accommodations in Africa. They are not only runned by excellent staff, they also give back to the local community and operate as eco friendly as possible. Located in the most beautiful locations, they will contribute to the your ultimate safari experience. From tented safari camps to luxury boutique hotels. We will make sure they tick all the boxes!

  • All accommodations are carefully selected by us
  • Value for money
  • Local community support
  • The location compliments the African experience

OUR CLIENTS FEEDBACK

  • This trip went far beyond our expectations leaving us with indelible memories of people, places and experiences!

    Susan G.
    Private safari
  • This was a great trip and what perfectly arranged! From Johannesburg to the Kruger Park and back again. Everything but everything arranged down to the last detail with freedom of choice. An unforgettable experience!

    Maarten V.
    Small Group Safari
  • We have never had such a great and personal travel agent! African Travels is an excellent organization that arranges everything the way you want.

    Annemieke van E.
    Self drive
  • Our experiences with African Travels are 100% positive. Everything was arranged perfectly. If we will make such a trip again, then it will be with African Travels! Thanks Will and Marijnke.

    Julia W.
    Self drive Botswana
  • African Travels arranged our trip to South-Africa in a really personal way. They booked a wonderfull guesthouse in Cape Town and we had a perfect tour (Wine tour and Garden Route)! If you ever need a agency helping you out by booking your trip to SA, contact them!

    Heleen
    Tailor made South Africa
  • Excellent Service, Great Tour and always available! I strongly recommend this agency for your SA trip!

    Michael
    South Africa

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