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Self Drive Safaris

If you’re intrepid and seriously up for adventure then the easiest way to explore parts of Africa independently and at your own pace is on a private self drive safari.

If you enjoy driving and crave the independence to explore the African bush at your own pace with no pressure from other guests, stopping whenever you want to watch your favourite wildlife, then self-drive safaris are for you.

Driving around Africa’s game parks embraces everything from cruising along open roads with sweeping vistas to challenging manoeuvring through mud or sand. Four wheel drive vehicles are essential and some routes are not for the fainthearted, particularly after the rains when rough terrain and dirt tracks can be very tricky, and should not be attempted by inexperienced drivers.

Safety is always paramount when driving through areas with big game and you’ll be given a full briefing on driving protocol in such places. The main downside is that you won’t have a guide to explain animal behaviour so bring a good field guide. At some locations like Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools, it is possible to hire a guide for the day, giving you the best of both worlds.

For a first self-drive safari, Namibia’s Etosha NP is ideal with good roads, well-thought-out maps detailing the main routes and waterholes, and helpful signage almost certainly ensuring you won’t get lost. For more experienced drivers, taking a 4X4 around Tanzania’s Northern Circuit including Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti can be a real adventure.

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