SELF DRIVE TOURS

Self drive hire companies in Africa usually require the driver to be a minimum age of 25.

On this web site we have suggested some itineraries for self drive travellers, but your self drive tour can also be tailor made to follow an itinerary of your choice.

If you wish to camp we can arrange fully equipped vehicles, with all cooking equipment and a choice of either ground tents or roof tents.

Alternatively you might prefer to stay in accommodation, in which case we can book this to suit your requirements. When choosing to self drive please bear in mind that the road conditions and the types of vehicle available to you will be unfamiliar and you should allow yourself time for familiarisation before starting out.

You might want to consider starting a self drive in Livingstone, in which case we will brief you personally on your tour before you set off. We can also arrange for personal briefings for you if you start your self drive in Windhoek. For all self drive tours we provide a fully detailed itinerary.


SELF DRIVE SOUTH AFRICA 15 DAYS

This tour is an example of an itinerary that you could undertake within South Africa.

It includes the area between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth (the Garden Route), which is an area of considerable scenic beauty. You then fly to the Kruger National Park, which will provide the opportunity for an exciting safari experience in South Africa's largest, and most famous, wildlife area.

Day 1
Depart London.

Day 2
Arrive Cape Town and collect your hire car at the airport. Stay for three nights bed and breakfast in a three star hotel near to the city centre. Afternoon at leisure in Cape Town.

Days 3 & 4
Attractions in Cape Town include Table Mountain, the town centre and the waterfront area, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, or the beaches of the Strand area.

Days 5 & 6
A further morning in and around Cape Town, before travelling to Stellenbosch and Paarl. Both towns are known for their wine cellars and attractive Cape Dutch architecture. Two nights, bed and breakfast, in a guest lodge.

Day 7
Drive to Oudtshoorn, through the scenic Seweweekspoort pass. Visit the nearby ostrich farms or Cango caves. Hotel accommodation includes bed and breakfast.

Days 8 & 9
Travelling to Knysna via George, you will stay for two nights bed and breakfast in hotel accommodation. The Wilderness National Park, Knysna Lagoon area and the spectacular coastal route of Plettenburg Bay and Tsitsikamma National Park provide scenery, wildlife and a fascinating marine environment to explore.

Day 10
Drive to Port Elizabeth along the attractive coastal road and stay for one night in bed and breakfast hotel accommodation.

Day 11
Return your hire car to Port Elizabeth airport and fly to Skukuza in the Kruger National Park. Collect a further hire car to explore the southern part of this vast reserve. During your stay your accommodation will be in Park's Board chalets on a room only basis.

Days 12 & 13
In the Kruger where game and bird life is both varied and prolific. It is usual to take early morning and late afternoon game drives and parks board staff will advise as to the best routes. Accommodation will be at camps in the southern section of the park, depending on availability.

Day 14
Drive to Johannesburg, returning your hire car at the airport before returning to London.

Day 15
Arrive London.

PRICE ON APPLICATION
This tour can run at any time, please contact us when you know your dates and we can advise on cost and availability
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SELF DRIVE NAMIBIA 14 DAYS

BEST OF NAMIBIA - 4X4 SELF DRIVE, CAMPING + B&B 

Beginning and ending in Windhoek, this self-drive itinerary encompasses the main highlights of Namibia from the superb wildlife of Etosha, through Damaraland to the desolate Skeleton coast, continuing south to the highest dunes in the world at Sossusvlei and the impressive Fish River Canyon.

Your hire vehicle is a 4x4 double cab vehicle with full camping equipment including rooftop tent, mattress and mosquito net, bedding on request (no extra charge), folding table and chairs, barbecue equipment, coolbox, cooking utensils, cutlery, crockery, storage box, gas cooker with gas cylinder, gas lamp with gas cylinder, spade, water & petrol canister. All vehicles are equipped with a medical aid box, towing rope, jack, pump, fanbelt, toolbox and two spare wheel tyres.  Also included are unlimited kilometres, insurance at the specified excess rate, VAT, oil and maintenance.

A fridge, GPS unit and satellite phone can also be hired as extras.

Day 1
Windhoek - Guest House, B&B basis.
Land at Windhoek International Airport, where you will be met by a representative of the car hire company. Transfer to their city centre offices to collect your 4x4 double cab with full camping equipment before proceeding to your guest house. Relax or maybe take the afternoon to explore the shops and restaurants of the city. 

Day 2
Waterberg Plateau Park, camping basis.
Drive North to Waterberg, an impressive sandstone plateau with many self-guided walking trails and a beautiful spring-fed swimming pool. The natural springs which rise through the plateau account for the lush vegetation, which characterises the area. The plateau summit is home to many rare species including rhino, leopard & roan antelope and it can be visited with National Park guides and vehicles, booked as an optional activity upon arrival. There is a restaurant and small shop here. National Parks entry fees of  N$80 per person & N$20 per vehicle are also payable on arrival. 

Day 3
Namutoni rest camp, Etosha, camping basis.

Travel to Etosha National Park. The Park is dominated by the vast Etosha salt pan, and many water holes exist, joined by a network of well maintained gravel roads to allow visitors the best chances of seeing the many inhabitants of Namibia’s premier wildlife reserve.  Species present in the Park include lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, rhino, giraffe & zebra in addition to many antelope and bird species. Each camp in Etosha has a restaurant, swimming pool, small shop, petrol station and a floodlit waterhole, where game viewing can be extended into the night. Park entry fees as above are payable on arrival.

Day 4
Okaukuejo rest camp, Etosha, camping basis.

Spend today making your way slowly across the Park to the western most rest camp of Okaukuejo.  You may like to stop at the central, Halali camp for lunch and a rest during the heat of midday, before continuing later this afternoon. 

Day 5
Xaragu campsite, Damaraland, camping basis.
Depart Etosha today and make your way south, through the vast landscape of Damaraland.  Xaragu is a newly established campsite with small shop, restaurant, bar, swimming pool and en-suite chalets with BBQ facilities.  In this area you might wish to visit Twyfelfontein or the Petrified Forest. The Petrified Forest is a collection of largely intact gymnosperm trees, preserved and transformed into stone by ongoing anaerobic conditions. At Twyfelfontein there are numerous fascinating examples of San rock art. The volcanic area of ‘Burnt Mountain’ is also close by, as are the dolerite ‘organ pipes’. 

Days 6 & 7
Swakopmund - Guest House, B&B basis.
Drive onwards to the coast this morning, from the mountains of Damaraland to endless, gravel plains of the coast.  If time allows, you may like to make a detour to Cape Cross, where as many as 100,000 Cape fur seals may be seen during breeding season. Swakopmund is a picturesque resort with good seafood restaurants, shops, an interesting museum and aquarium.  Adventure activities such as sand boarding, tandem parachuting, fishing & quad biking can be arranged prior to arrival. 
Excellent day trips include the marine sanctuary of Sandwich Harbour, a unique environment comprising towering dunes, a freshwater lagoon and the wild Atlantic Ocean.  Alternatively, a half day boat cruise from Walvis Bay may offer the opportunity to see dolphins, fur seals and many species of marine birds. Walvis Bay lagoon is a wetland of international importance and home to many bird species including greater flamingos. Sea Breeze is a quiet  friendly guest house located on the beach front. Enjoy excellent breakfasts and a relaxing time overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. 

Day 8 & 9
Sesriem National Park campsite, camping basis.
Set off this morning for the dunes of the Namib Desert and Sesriem, the National Parks campsite set on the edge of the oldest desert in the world.  You may like to visit Sesriem Canyon and then walk or drive to Elim dune to watch the sunset and enjoy a really stunning view across the desert.  The camp has a small shop, swimming pool, petrol pumps and a bar. On the morning of day 9 you can wake early and drive onwards towards Sossusvlei, around 70km from Sesriem.  The entrance opens at sunrise and this is the best time of day to see the dunes. At Deadvlei, you will find a collection of ancient camelthorn trees and here you may wish to explore the area or climb the nearby dunes. Park entry fees are payable on arrival.

Days 10 & 11
Klein Aus Vista, Namib Desert, camping basis.
Drive south today, through Helmeringhausen, to the small town of Aus on the B4 main road to Luderitz. Klein Aus is a beautifully positioned private farm located on the edge of the Namib Desert with spectacular views from the boulder-strewn hillsides across wide open plains.  You will stay in one of the well-maintained campsites a short distance from the main farmhouse.  There are self-guided walks and optional nature drives on the farm, or you may just wish to relax in the peaceful surroundings. 

On day 11 you may like to drive to Luderitz, from where you could enjoy an optional boat cruise, or a drive out to Diaz Point where to see some of the many bird species. Nearby is the ghost town of Kolmanskop, abandoned to the desert when the diamond mining became unfeasible in this area. 

Day 12
Canon Roadhouse, Fish River Canyon, camping basis.
Canon Roadhouse is situated at the northern end of Fish River Canyon and close to the many viewpoints over this magnificent landmark, the second largest canyon in the world. If time allows, visit the viewpoints at Hobas and take a short walk along the Canyon edge to watch the spectacular sunset. This small and friendly lodge has a campsite, bar, restaurant and swimming pool.

Day 13
Anib Lodge, edge of Kalahari, camping basis.
Today you drive north to Anib. The lodge has a private campsite which is situated on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, the perfect place from which to explore the rare beauty of this region. The lodge offers walking, 2-hour game drives and great sunset opportunities on their private 10,000ha reserve.  If time allows on the morning before you depart, you may like to relax around the pool or visit the Nama women's textile embroidery shop. 

Day 14
Drive north to Windhoek, returning the hire vehicle to the car hire offices in town, from where you will be transferred back to the International Airport in time to connect with your return flight.

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 SELF DRIVE NAMIBIA 14 DAYS
BEST OF NAMIBIA SELF-DRIVE Accommodated Safari

Beginning and ending in Windhoek, this self-drive itinerary proceeds through the main attractions of this beautiful desert country whilst allowing enough time to relax and enjoy each unique region. You will visit the renowned Africat Foundation at Okonjima Lodge & the hugely varied wildlife of Etosha National Park before heading south via the coast for two nights of unashamed luxury at Little Kulala Lodge near Sesriem and some excellent walking & warm hospitality at Zebra River Lodge in the Tsarisberge Mountains. Accommodation varies from simple chalets inside Etosha and owner managed Bed & Breakfast establishments in Windhoek and Swakopmund to the luxury lodges of Little Kulala, Ongava & Okonjima, so allowing you to enjoy the best of Namibia within a reasonable budget.Your hire vehicle is a 4x4 double cab vehicle. It is equipped with a medical aid box, towing rope, jack, pump, fanbelt, toolbox and two spare wheel tyres. Also included are unlimited kilometres, insurance at the specified excess rate, VAT, oil and maintenance.A GPS unit and satellite phone can also be hired as extras.

Day 1
Windhoek - Guest House, B&B basis.
Land at Windhoek International Airport, where you will be met by a representative of the car hire company. Transfer to their city centre offices to collect your 4x4 double cab . Transfer to your guesthouse and relax, or lounge area, and maybe take the afternoon to explore the shops and restaurants of the city. 

Days 2 & 3
Okonjima Main Lodge, fully inclusive of activities & meals
Drive to Okonjima, via Okahandja where there is an extensive craft market. Arrive in time for lunch, or for the afternoon activities. Okonjima is home to the Africat foundation which works with farmers and the public to conserve the big cat species of Namibia.  The inclusive activities here include lion & leopard viewing, nature walks, educational bushman walks and cheetah tracking. Accommodation is in luxurious rooms located in the main farmhouse and surrounded by lush gardens. Facilities also include a night hide and a swimming pool, which offers an ideal place to relax during the heat of the day.

Days 4 & 5
Namutoni rest camp, Etosha, accommodation only.  
Make your way further north via Otjiwarongo & Tsumeb to Etosha National Park. Travel to Etosha National Park. The Park is dominated by the vast Etosha salt pan, and many water holes exist, joined by a network of well maintained gravel roads to enable visitors the best chances of seeing the many inhabitants of Namibia’s premier wildlife reserve. Species present in the Park include lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, rhino, giraffe & zebra in addition to many antelope and bird species. Each camp in Etosha has a restaurant, swimming pool, small shop & petrol station, and game viewing can be extended into the evening at the floodlit waterholes. Park entry fees as above are payable on arrival. Namutoni is based around an old German fort whose tower provides an excellent place to watch the sunset. 

Day 6
Ongava Lodge, border of Etosha, DB&B basis
Ongava is located in a private nature reserve bordering the Etosha National Park and closet to the Okaukuejo entrance gate.  Make your way through the park at a leisurely pace today, allowing time to enjoy stopping at some of the many waterholes.  Perhaps arrive at Ongava in time to take an optional guided game drive this afternoon, or in time for sundowner drinks.  The lodge waterhole, situated in front of the main deck, provides the perfect place to relax and watch the movements of the many animals quenching their thirst.  The accommodation is in luxurious brick & thatch chalets and a bar, dining area and swimming pool blend into the surrounding environment. 

Day 7
Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, DB&B basis.
Continue your journey this morning, driving towards Damaraland via Outjo & Khorixas. The lodge has a scenic bar and restaurant overlooking the dry, boulder strewn plains and you may enjoy relaxing around the swimming pool this afternoon. In this area you might wish to visit Twyfelfontein or the Petrified Forest. The Petrified Forest is a collection of largely intact gymnosperm trees, transformed into stone by ongoing anaerobic conditions. At Twyfelfontein there are numerous fascinating examples of San rock art. The volcanic area of ‘Burnt Mountain’ is also close by, as are the dolerite ‘organ pipes’.

Days 8 & 9
Sea Breeze Guest House, Swakopmund, B&B basis
Drive onwards to the coast this morning, from the mountains of Damaraland to endless, gravel plains of the coast.  If time allows, you may like to make a detour to Cape Cross, where as many as 100,000 Cape fur seals may be seen during breeding season. Swakopmund is a picturesque resort with good seafood restaurants, shops, an interesting museum and aquarium.  Adventure activities such as sand boarding, tandem parachuting, fishing & quad biking can be arranged prior to arrival.  Excellent day trips include the marine sanctuary of Sandwich Harbour, a unique environment comprising towering dunes, a freshwater lagoon and the wild Atlantic Ocean.  Alternatively, a half day boat cruise from Walvis Bay may offer the opportunity to see dolphins, fur seals and many species of marine birds. Walvis Bay lagoon, is a wetland of international importance and home to many bird species including greater flamingos.Sea Breeze is a quiet friendly guest house located on the beach front. Enjoy excellent breakfasts and a relaxing time overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. 

Days 10 & 11
Little Kulala Lodge, fully inclusive of activities & meals.
Set off this morning for the dunes of the Namib Desert, near Sesriem and Sossusvlei. Arrive at Little Kulala, located on the Namib Rand Nature Reserve, this afternoon.  This beautiful lodge has a swimming pool, bar and dining area overlooking the stark desert landscape of the Namib.  Each room at Kulala has a roof-top sleeping platform offering guests the unique opportunity to sleep under the stars, as well as a private plunge pool and both indoor and outdoor showers.  The lodge offers inclusive nature drives on the reserve as well as a guided excursion to the dunes of Sossusvlei through Kulala’s private entrance. On the morning of day 11 you can wake early and take an inclusive guided excursion to Sossusvlei.  Enjoy the amazing scenery of the desert, and maybe take a short walk to the ancient camelthorn trees at Deadvlei, or climb the nearby dunes. Return to Sesriem and perhaps visit Sesriem Canyon, before returning to Little Kulala.

Days 12 & 13
Zebra River Lodge, Tsarisberge Mountains, all meals inc.
Zebra River Lodge is a very friendly and peaceful establishment where you can enjoy self-guided walks into the mountains, or take guided drives to the spring pools in the lush valley or through the extensive, private concession area.  Enjoy the small swimming pool & gardens here and learn about this ancient area from your welcoming and knowledgeable hosts. 

Day 14
Drive to Windhoek and return the hire vehicle to the car hire offices in town, from where you will be transferred back to the International Airport in time to connect with your return flight.

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This tour can run at any time, please contact us when you know your dates and we can advise on cost and availability
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SELF DRIVE & GUIDED SOUTH AFRICA & BOTSWANA 15 DAYS

This tour provides the freedom of self drive in South Africa with the benefit of an experienced safari guide in Botswana and the excitement and relaxation of Victoria Falls.
Cape Town is an ideal base for exploring the local surroundings and your centrally located hotel will enable you to enjoy the cosmopolitan atmosphere of this vibrant City.
With the assistance of an expert guide you will experience the excitement of one of Africa's most prolific wildlife areas, the Chobe River front in Botswana. Here game viewing of elephant and lion can be at their very best.
This, coupled with activities at Victoria Falls such as canoeing, white water rafting and pleasure flights over the Falls, provides an ideal tour to experience the diversity that Africa has to offer.

Day 1
Depart London with South African Airways.

Day 2
Arrive Cape Town and pick up your AVIS saloon hire vehicle at the airport, before driving to your three star hotel. You will stay for six nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

Days 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
Your hire vehicle will allow you the freedom to travel to the surrounding towns and countryside. Major attraction in the Cape area include Stellenbosch and Paarl, with their vineyards and traditional Cape Dutch architecture. Coastal attractions include the Cape of Good Hope and whale watching from the beaches of Hermanus or Kogel Bay.
Within Cape Town itself the Victoria and Alfred waterfront area has many restaurants and craft markets, where shopping and good cuisine are major attractions. Kirstenbosch botanical gardens exhibits the fascinating flora of the area and further possibilities include the cable car up Table Mountain and a visit to Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned).

Day 8
After returning your hire car at the airport you will fly from Cape Town to Johannesburg, to connect with your Nationwide flight to Livingstone, situated on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls. You will stay for three nights at a three star hotel on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 9 & 10
Your stay in Livingstone will allow you to experience the majestic power of the Falls itself as well as in indulge in other activities such as white water rafting, canoeing and micro-light or helicopter flights over the Falls. Alternatively you can just relax by the pool at your comfortable hotel, or explore the local town.

Day 11
After breakfast your guide will collect you at your hotel and drive you across the border to Kasane, in Botswana, where you will stay for two nights in thatched en-suite rondavels on a room only basis. After your arrival your guide will accompany you on a boat trip on the Chobe River where you may see elephant, buffalo, crocodile, hippo and in particular a wealth of bird life.

Day 12
You will make a very early start with your personalised guide, who will game drive you along the Chobe River front. The chances of seeing lion early in the morning are good and as the day progresses elephant, buffalo, kudu, impala, puku, waterbuck, hippo and possibly sable antelope may be seen. You will return for brunch and relax during the hot part of the day, before undertaking a further late afternoon game drive along the river front.

Day 13
Your guide will drive you back to Livingstone in Zambia where you will spend your last night at the same three star hotel on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 14
After a last morning in the Victoria Falls area you will be driven to the airport to catch the Nationwide flight to Johannesburg. This flight will connect the SAA overnight flight back to London.

Day 15
Arrive London.

PRICE ON APPLICATION
This tour can run at any time, please contact us when you know your dates and we can advise on cost and availability
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