Safari Ranking: 1 = Ok, 5 = Excellent
- Road Conditions
Good tarmac roads in places, otherwise well graded gravel ‘ripio’ roads.
A mix of exclusive campsites on estancias (farms) and high altitude camping on the Puna in the northwest
- Lodges & Hotels
A fine selection of hotels, hosterias and authentic estancias.
- Route Finding
Easy navigation. Guides needed in some areas.
Please note that the above is an
indication of the general conditions
Safari Drive expands to explore a new continent
With our new Argentina programme we hope to gather our experience from 22 years of operation in Africa and apply it to pastures fresh. Argentina is the most diverse of countries and we think it lends itself perfectly to our adventurous self driving clients.
Of course we will be operating slightly differently in Argentina than we do in Africa and initially our journeys will be lodge to lodge, estancia to estancia, substituting canvas tents for simple accommodation in the form of puestas (small huts) originally used by gauchos. In due course we will be introducing camping in very special locations. As with all Safari Drive journeys every holiday we design is tailor-made to your requirements.
While Patagonia and the Perito Moreno glacier may be the classic destination in southern Argentina, there is much more to Argentina than just the ‘jewels in the crown’, of which Iguazu Falls is certainly another. There is much to explore, to see and do, plus vast distances to be travelled and we would strongly urge people to bite off chunks of Argentina one bit at a time and explore just a few regions in one trip (unless of course you have a few months to spare).
There is also a surprising amount of wildlife to be seen in the form of condors, vicunas, guanancos, llamas, alpacas, flamingos, rhea, hummingbirds, pumas (if you are very lucky) and a wealth of birdlife. Definitely do not travel without your binoculars.
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Argentina at a glance
Time Zone: -3 GMT
Average Flight Time: 14 hrs (direct from London Heathrow to Buenos Aires)
Language Spoken: Spanish (but English is widely understood)
Currency: Argentine peso, but US dollars are widely accepted
Most internal flights have a strict weight limit of 15kgs so pack lightly!
This is a tipping culture. A tip in restaurants of 10-15% is welcomed.
Vehicles - Double cab Hilux 4x4 or similar
Highlights - What can I see in Argentina?
Here is a list of just some of our favourite places to visit in Argentina. They are all places that we would recommend for a self drive safari. This is not a comprehensive list and if there are other places you are keen to visit and would like further information please let us know and we'll be happy to help.
Patagonia & The Glaciers
The region is famed for having four seasons in one day. In summer the winds can be really strong, so our top tip is to travel in Sept/Oct or April when the winds have less strength and the whole area feels much calmer.
The biggest falls in South America and one of the new 7 wonders of the world. They are stunning and from the Argentine side you can get far closer (than on the Brazilian side).
This is an elegant & vibrant city and one definitely worth exploring for a few days. There is an excellent selection of hotels, restaurants and the dinner tango shows are great fun for an evening's entertainment.
The Puna (North West Argentina)
A high-altitude desert with the largest thermal amplitude of the world. 4 seasons in 1 day: between 8.00am & 11.00am, spring; between 11.00am & 4.00pm, summer & from 4.00pm 'til 7.00pm, autumn and after that... winter.
Staying at an authentic working estancia will give you a true insight into Argentine life. Here there will be opportunities to ride horses, hike, fish and eat some wonderful food.
Vineyards of Mendoza and Cafayate
Famous for producing delicious red and white high-altitude wines, Malbec and Torrentes being the most popular variety of grape. Take some time to see the wine museum in Cafayate and have a wine tasting tour.
In Depth Northwest
- 16 nights /
- 1500 miles /
- From £3,695 per person /
This is an extraordinary journey with scenery that is so big that one runs out of superlatives. You head up to the high Puna for part of this trip (high altitude desert) and so time is factored in so that you acclimatise to the dizzy heights of 3500m and on some of the routes you will take tracks up to 4,800 m.
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- 12 nights /
- 950 miles /
- From £2,869 per person /
While this road trip is quite a well known route we have tweaked it somewhat to include some special Safari Drive style treats, just to keep you off the beaten track. These treats include visiting a rural school only accessible with a 4 x 4 and a guide, plus a few nights at a very special working estancia.
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- 15 nights /
- 1533 miles /
- From £3,675 per person /
This journey of just over 2 weeks will showcase the best of Patagonia. You will travel to Buenos Aires, known as the Paris of the South and from there fly to Comodoro Rivadavia where you will pick up your 4 x 4. Your journey will then follow the route of the Andes all the way to El Calafate staying at authentic estancias along the way.
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