What is a self-drive safari?

What is a self-drive safari?

A self-drive safari is simply a safari where you have your own 4x4 and will drive yourself across Africa. It's one of the most rewarding and satisfying ways to travel Africa, as you have the freedom to travel at your own pace.

Is a self-drive safari really safe?

Yes, if the preparation is there. You are driving yourself in unfamiliar territory, and in some cases, in wildlife regions. Common sense and preparation will make it easy and safe.

What it means to travel at your own pace

A self-drive safari means you can decide whether to make a journey from one point to another long or short, fast or slow. You can decide whether to bed down in camp for the night early or late in the day and when to get up in the morning. So, if you want to get out viewing wildlife early, you can do that. You don’t have to wait for a guide or for breakfast to be served. It’s your choice what to do and when. You are not tied to anyone else’s agenda or nailed down by anyone else’s needs or desires but your own. Freedom is very much the watchword of a self-drive safari.

What it means to have your very own 4×4

Your vehicle comes equipped with everything you need, from a fridge to a vehicle roof-top tent. You can store food and keep it cold, you can wash and you can set up a fire for cooking. Having your own 4×4 is the key to all that freedom.

A whole spectrum of accommodation

When booking a normal safari, you are normally limited to certain camp combinations, limiting your options. When self driving, a whole spectrum opens up. You can stay in anything from exclusive campsites to 5-star lodges.

Do I miss out by not having a guide?

Not at all. You can choose to stay at lodges and capitalise on the guided activities on offer there should you wish.

Is a Self-Drive Safari for You?

Why would you want to consider a self-drive safari? Well, it’s true that it isn’t the right kind of holiday for everyone, and if you don't feel comfortable being alone in Africa, a different kind of safari may work better for you. But, if you are looking for adventure, independence and freedom, this could be the perfect choice. It’s about experiencing your destination of choice in a unique and memorable way that will be different to any other holiday you have ever had.

How do I book a self drive safari?

We (Safari Drive) have specialised in putting together bespoke, supported, self drive journeys in Africa since 1993. For more information on what makes us special, simple click here.