Safari Drive |
Why book with us
As much as we are uncomfortable about blowing our own trumpets we strongly believe that a self drive journey in Africa should not be undertaken lightly and that we are most experienced operator for the job. Whilst putting in place arrangements on the ground in Africa yourself is possible and the DIY approach can work if you are comfortable with the huge amounts of work and planning that is needed, the pitfalls are also numerous as well as the many hidden costs.
However its our expertise in creating unique inspirational journeys as well as our in country back up and a fleet of well equipped vehicles that can travel across borders that makes us unique. Below are a few more reasons why we think that you should let us create your journey in Africa and beyond.
1. The Original Self Drive Safari Operator
In 1992 we started the business of arranging and operating private self drive safaris as a more rewarding alternative to traditional safaris using Land Rover that were equipped to the highest standards for our clients to drive themselves in Africa. Our original concept of creating the journey and also supplying the vehicles and back up on the ground is still unique and it means that we can maintain the quality of you holiday from start to finish.
2.Your Safety and Security Comes First
Its the back up on the ground that's important as we are incredibly aware of all the many problems that can occur in Africa. Simply put, we have been around longer and have the most experience in managing your self drive safari. The team at our bases have the experience to put it right with the minimum of fuss and expense. This is why we still include satellite phones in all vehicles as you can be sure that the cell coverage will not work when you are in a remote area. We also include free calls to Safari Drive and we are on call 24 hours a day to solve problems. We include flying Doctor services in our prices which mean that should you be involved in an accident on the African roads the Air evacuation medical rescue will take place immediately without having to check with your insurer that you have coverage.
3. The Inspiration for your Journey
Arranging a self drive safari is not just about some camping equipment, a vehicle and google research! Its about far more than that and if you get it wrong not only will you have wasted a lot of money and ruined your holiday, you will be left with a poor impression of Africa, its National Parks, its people and maybe put yourselves at risk.
Every journey that we create is unique and adapted to suit individual needs and budgets. It starts with a discussion about what you are hoping to achieve and how best we can fulfill your dreams. We use our knowledge of 24 years of Safari Drive operations and combine that with all the many years of experience on the ground from our local teams that have up to the minute knowledge of the local conditions to create what we believe is the best self drive safari experience available.
4. The Best Vehicles & Equipment Available
The equipment that we provide is unique to Safari Drive and specially developed to be sturdy and robust in the conditions that you will encounter. Our latest Land Rover and Land Cruiser vehicles have been developed and equipped as the best expedition vehicles in Africa and these are especially good for families with everything that a family might need for their safari adventure.
We also include extras such as the electric tyre pumps and pressure gauges, satellite phones with free calls to Safari Drive, Garmin Sat Navs and discreetly track you vehicles for your safety.
Uniquely we have our own fleet insurance policy that covers all our vehicles and if the worst happens we have a no quibble policy and will replace your vehicle quickly so that you are back on track with your holiday with the minimum delay.
5. The Combined Advantages of a UK Tour Company and an African Ground Operator
We are a bonded UK tour company so your money is secured and protected through our ATOL and ABTOT licensing which ensures that you will never be left stranded on holiday. Because we are a ground operator in Africa you benefit from not paying middle man charges. The other benefit of this is that you will not be handed on to sub contractors and other suppliers once in Africa. Our ground team takes a personal interest in ensuring that you have the best and safest time possible and their briefings give you the up to date information on your route and road conditions. Our in country briefings and introductory vehicle driver training and key parts of your journey preparation with Safari Drive.
6. We have a Fair Pricing Policy
We are confident that we can match any prices for the package we offer. Our service is unique in its extensiveness so it's important you know what you'd lose by not booking with us. Plus if you want even better value we can offer you discounts by either booking well in advance or traveling at a quieter time of year.
7. No Cross Border Charges & Availability Across Africa
Uniquely we don't make any cross border charges for our vehicles and even more importantly we allow one way journeys between countries. This enables amazing journeys to be created that can involve multiple countries.
8. We're not a vehicle hire company
Using Safari Drive vehicles means more flexibility to your holiday plans and avoids the pitfalls of booking with an overseas car hire company that probably wont be financially bonded and who often have small print in the booking conditions that may include unwelcome clauses when things go wrong. Large damage deposits and additional charges for every small hired item are also common. In many of the countries that we operate car hire of our type of vehicles is not available and crossing borders with them impossible.