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Self Drive Tours South Africa

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Self-drive tours offer independence and flexibility and are an increasingly popular means to explore Southern Africa.
African Travel Gateway’s self-drive holidays have been created with the independent and adventurous traveller in mind but they are less daunting than you might imagine.
Simply fly in, collect your pre-booked vehicle, load up your bags and go.

Self-drive holidays are typically the most economical way to explore a region. Our itineraries include as many highlights as possible without making you drive for days on end to see them so there is plenty of time to relax and explore. African Travel Gateway provides approximate travel times and distances between destinations to assist you with planning ahead for the day. Some reserves and parks are only accessible by 4x4 vehicles. Simply park your rental car, African Gateway Travel provides guided tours to ensure that you won’t miss a thing.

Self-Drive South Africa

Most visitors only have a short time to explore the top destinations in Southern Africa and to avoid spending your holiday travelling vast distances; African Travel Gateway offers itineraries that include shorter self-drive sections with flights between destinations and guided sectors where it makes more sense, for example at private game lodges. This gives you the best of both worlds – the freedom of setting your own pace as you explore an area as well as reaching all the top destinations in a short space of time. Browse our range of self-drive tours or drop us a line. A drive through Africa is visual treat – so come and explore! 

The well-developed transport (road) infrastructure in South Africa makes this country an excellent self-drive destination. All major roads are tarred, well maintained and clearly signposted. You will find plenty of well stocked service stations along the way with friendly petrol attendants that will check your vehicle for the next stretch of your journey.

South Africa is a beautiful country with incredibly varied scenery
In the south west, Cape Town on the Cape Peninsula, the picturesque Cape Winelands and the natural beauty of the Garden Route are popular choices – and for good reason. This route is one of the easiest and most rewarding self-drive holidays in Africa.

In the north, our self-drive itineraries start at the hustle and bustle of the busy metropolis of Johannesburg. Drive through the highveld to the spectacular scenery of the Mpumalanga Escarpment. Follow the Panorama Route and take in the sights of the Blyde River Canyon, Bourke Lucks Potholes and the many waterfalls that cascade down the edge of the escarpment. From here continue for a safari at world renowned Kruger National Park.

Tiny landlocked Swaziland offers winding roads through rural scenery. Simple border crossings and the network of roads that flows between the two countries makes it easy to include Swaziland into your self-drive tour.  End your journey with a visit to the excellent game reserves and stunning tropical coastline of Kwa Zulu Natal.

A drive through South Africa is an exciting mix of adventure, relaxation, safari, culture and stunning scenery.

Self-drive tours in Namibia

African Travel Gateways self drive tours in Namibia start in the friendly capital Windhoek. Namibia is known for ecotourism, spectacular desert landscapes and extensive wildlife.
Situated between the Namib and Kalahari deserts, Namibia’s scenery varies between canyons, red dunes, rugged moon like landscapes, salt pans, dry savannah and wetlands. This geography makes Namibia an exciting destination for a self-drive holiday. All major roads in Namibia are tarred, well maintained and clearly signposted, even the prepared gravel roads are easily accessed by two wheel drive vehicles.

Namibia is a vast and sparsely populated country. Many settlements are essentially filling stations with basic kiosks where travellers can get general supplies such as food and water. To ensure that driving distances are manageable, African Gateway Travel has planned itineraries that concentrate on either the southern desert regions or on the wildlife experiences in the northern areas. 

One of the highlights of a visit to southern Namibia is the salt and clay pan of Sossusvlei. Surrounded by high red dunes, this desert landscape epitomises the image of the vast unspoiled Namibian landscape. African Gateway travel provides guided tours of this desert spectacle, only accessible by a four wheel drive. The coastal towns of Luderitz and Swakopmund are accessible on good tarred roads that offer many exciting detours such as the ghost towns of Elisabeth Bay and Pomona near Luderitz, providing visitors an eerie insight into past mining endeavours.  In the north, Etosha National Park, one of Namibia’s largest wildlife parks, is easily accessible on good prepared gravel roads. Further east, the Caprivi, a narrow protrusion of Namibia between Botswana, Angola and Zambia offers visitors wildlife encounters at the Nkasa Lupala National Park. Here you will join our guided tours on the Kwando-Linyanti river system.

Self-drive tours in Botswana and Zimbabwe

The main roads between sparsely populated Botswana are tarred and well maintained, but the route to most popular destinations requires a four wheel drive. Road conditions in both Zimbabwe and Mozambique can be poor and in remote areas access is only possible by four wheel drive. We recommend that you have some experience in four wheel driving and preferably go in two vehicles when visiting these countries. African Gateway Travel self-drive options in Botswana and Zimbabwe are limited to areas that are easily accessible and we include guided tours in reserves and national parks.

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Drivers Licenses & Safety when Self-Driving in South Africa

On the whole a self-drive holiday in South Africa and Namibia is something that will leave you with great memories. It is a blend of independence, adventure, excitement and structure offering guests an unforgettable experience of Southern Africa ... Take a quick look at a couple of our self drive tours below, or drop us a line! Seize the opportunity!Come see and explore what self driving South Africa and Namibia has to offer-!

14 Day Southern Africa Tour

14 Day Southern Africa Tour

This 14 day tour highlights some of South Africa’s most breathtaking scenery. It is a diverse itinerary that includes Cape Town and its surrounds, the Kruger Park area for a private safari camp experience, and the last 5 days is a guided & assisted tour of Victoria Falls in Zimbabe and Chobe National Park in northern Botswana ... Read More+

11 Day Self-Drive Tour of South Africa

11 Day Self Drive Tour

This 10 night self drive tour starts and ends in Johannesburg, and covers the north and east parts of South Africa. The itinerary takes in the Blyde River Canyon, an exhilirating hot air ballooning experience, the Kruger National Park, Swaziland and Zululand. It allows for adventure, relaxation, safaris, culture and stunning scenery ... Read More+