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About Self-drive Tours

November 16, 2023

Easier than you think; more fun than you could possibly imagine, a self-drive holiday is the best way to explore, experience and enjoy our special part of Southern Africa. This is what it’s all about.

A self-drive holiday, where you collect your hired car on arrival and travel at your own pace, is the cheapest and most popular option for visiting and touring southern, central and east Africa. We offer self-drives tours in the following countries and destinations:

A self-drive holiday is a lot easier than you think. Driving on the "wrong" side of the road will probably be your only real challenge and that, by all accounts from our previous clients, presents little difficulty. The roads are all in good condition, the countryside is beautiful and there are countless attractions to break up the journey and give you an authentic experience.

Worried about losing out without a guide? Most lodges and safari destinations have in-house guides who take you in their custom-fitted safari vehicles and safari boats for game drives, night drives, water safaris, nature walks and they offer the full range of safari activities. What's more the guided activities are usually included in your lodge rate so you get the best of both worlds.

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Self-drive holidays allow you soak up the landscape and give you a sense of place when you arrive at your next destination: watch the land change from rolling savannah highland plains to mountain forest to Mediterranean seaside; cross the world's oldest desert, skim the Skeleton Coast and go on your private safari. The options become limitless with a self-drive safari be it a self-drive tour of Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe or Zambia.

Namibia Tours & Safaris offers a full range of car hire services for care-free self-drive holidays. From comfortable sedans to fully equipped off-road 4x4 vehicles complete with camping equipment and GPS navigation systems for the ultimate African self-drive adventure we've got you covered.

Read more about driving distances and times with our handy self-drive maps; view some of our most popular self-drive routes in southern Africa; have a look a the vehicles on offer. Our standard terms and conditions are commercially competitive and we have negotiated excellent rates with reputable car hire companies in each country.

Cross-border self-drives may require additional paperwork for the option to enjoy the ultimate road trip adventure up the continent through Malawi as far as Kenya via Tanzania.

Talk to your Travel Expert about the best options for combining a self-drive tour with a fly-in or guided safari.

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