Self-Drive Holidays & Safaris in Africa

Keen to explore Africa at your own pace? Our African self-drive holidays have been created with the independent and adventurous traveller in mind and are far less daunting than you might imagine.

While we would be the first to admit that road conditions throughout much of Africa are the stuff of infamy, our range of self-drive holidays through Namibia and South Africa are perfectly manageable. Major roads in South Africa and Namibia are tarred, well- maintained and well-signposted with plenty of friendly service stations along the way. Stick to the wide national roads or turn off onto secondary tarred roads, winding their way through scenic countryside or over magnificent mountain passes.

It couldn’t be easier. Fly in and collect your pre-booked vehicle, load up and go. Our self-drive holidays in Africa have been created with one eye on experience and the other on practicalities; we’ve included as many highlights as possible on the itineraries without making you drive for days on end to see them – there’s plenty of time to relax and explore.

And when it comes to the game viewing in the various parks and reserves on the itineraries, you might have to negotiate a graded gravel road to get to your lodge or safari camp but once there you’ll be in the care of professional guides and their fully equipped 4×4 vehicles, so you won’t miss a thing.

Try a self-driving safari in South Africa’s Kruger National Park and be sure to include a drive along the adjoining Panorama Route to view impressive scenery and quirky towns. There are also the excellent game reserves and stunning tropical coastline of KwaZulu-Natal, a classic African self-drive destination – include the rolling landscapes of the Midlands Meander and views of the dramatic Drakensberg Mountains to get the most out of this region.

Namibia offers a taste of the desert with big game experiences in the superb Etosha National Park and then of course there is the Cape, one of the easiest and most rewarding self-drive holidays in Africa. Cape Town, the picturesque Cape Winelands, the Whale Coast and rural Overberg plus the natural beauty of the Garden Route all fit together nicely to make an easy-to-drive route.

Browse our range of self-drive holidays in Africa or contact us directly. One of our African Safari Experts will advise you on which holiday is most suited to your needs or they’ll tailor-make your journey complete with car hire, carefully selected accommodation and detailed directions.

Best Africa Self-Drive Tours & Safaris

Romantic Cape, Winelands & Kruger

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8 days
Stunning image of Table Mountain. Enjoy a sunrise breakfast on Lions Head. Cape Cadogan exterior. Boasting a stunning mountain backdrop. A stunning countryside setting at Mont Rochelle Hotel. Enjoy breakfast with a view of the surrounding mountains. Big5 safari. Excellent game-viewing in Sabi Sands.

Stay in the centre of Cape Town, close to all the major attractions. Views of Table Mountain from the hotel’s pool.

Destinations visited
Cape Town Cape Winelands Kruger National Park Panorama Route South Africa

Romantic Cape, Kruger & Victoria Falls

From $13,745 per person sharing
13 days
Cape Grace Exterior framed by the iconic Table Mountain. Powder-soft sand beaches in Cape Town. The exquisite Cape Winelands. Loungers on your veranda at Delaire Graff Estate. Saseka main guest area. Camp fire set up for sundowners. Large private suite at Saseka.

Scenic helicopter flights in Cape Town and Victoria Falls included. Gourmet tours of the foodie havens of Cape Town and Franschhoek.

Destinations visited
Cape Town Cape Winelands Kruger National Park South Africa Victoria Falls

Namibia Family Self-Drive

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10 days
Desert adapted elephant on the Onguma Nature Reserve. View from your room at Okonjima Plains Camp. Exterior of Onguma Bush Camp. Desert adapted lion on the Onguma Nature Reserve. Pull out beds at Doro Nawas Camp. See San rock art in Twyfelfontein. Swakopmund Guesthouse. Explore the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve by bike.

Self-drive Namibia at your own pace. Marvel at millions of stars in Damaraland.

Destinations visited
Damaraland Etosha Namibia Sossusvlei Swakopmund
11 days
Battle field tour Horse riding Swimming pool Luxury bedroom Game drive at Phinda Forest Lodge. Rhino conservation activity Game drive Night game drive at Phinda.

Prepare meals with an award-winning chef. Hike or horse ride in the Drakensberg.

Destinations visited
KwaZulu-Natal South Africa