We feel that, of the countries we sell, just two have sufficiently good road networks to enable this type of safari. For the ultimate self-drive, we recommend Namibia and South Africa!
Hiring a car in South Africa is easier than most people anticipate. With a range of vehicles to choose from, satellite navigation, and the ease of driving on the left-hand side, a holiday here involves a lot of flexibility. The Southern Cape has some of the most stunning vistas in all of Africa – this is an area infused with history and culture! The world-famous vineyards in Franschhoek and Stellenbosch offer some of the finest wines in the world as well as some exceptional properties in which to stay, while the famous Garden Route from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth is one of the most scenic drives in southern Africa. From the wonderful setting of Table Mountain and Cape Town’s harbour along the rugged coastline of South Africa’s southern shores, the Garden Route incorporates a staggering array of natural contrasts that makes this one of the most enchanting journeys in the world. Some great stops are possible along the way, including Kynsna with its ancient indigenous forests and the magnificent Plettenberg Bay, home to coral reefs, dolphins, and the southern right whale. This species of whale migrates from Antarctica during the winter and spring (June to October) – at this time of year, the Bay is truly spectacular! You can also take a break at Port Elizabeth, which provides a number of opportunities for visiting one of South Africa’s many private game reserves.
Presenting some of the most diverse environments of any safari destination, Namibia is a country of spectacular natural beauty. With an excellent and extensive road network that opens up the coastal landscapes, the towering dunes of the Namib Desert, and the saltpans of Etosha National Park, Namibia provides a self-drive holiday that allows you to dictate your own schedule – this guarantees that you can enjoy the country’s magnificent scenery at your own pace. With a great choice of accommodation, friendly locals, safe driving conditions, a good concentration of game, dramatic landscapes… this will be a road trip to remember!