If you’re keen to be in control of your vacation, and you want to see the sights and sounds of Africa from behind the wheel, you’ll be spoilt for itineraries that let you discover, and experience the open roads.
Self driving is a great way to go at your own pace, and we will help to create an itinerary that gives you ample time to get to your destination and have a holiday along the way. As always, your safety is high on our priority list, and there are certain area’s that we feel it’s better to sit back, relax and let your driver/guide take the wheel. For those travelers that feel confident to drive on the other side of the road, then we can customize an African self-drive vacation just for you, ensuring you know the local hidden secrets, markets and lookouts that are well worth stopping at.
The area’s we recommend that are safe and relatively easy to navigate around are:
South Africa: Cape Town; Garden Route; Hermanus; Sun City and the Cape Winelands region. These area’s represent beautiful coastal drives, the world’s longest wine route, found along Route 62, a scenic tourist route that runs from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. There’s also the Garden Route, from Cape Town to Knysna with its quirky towns, welcoming locals and beautiful scenery. Drive to Cape Town’s most southwestern point, Cape of Good Hope, or to Hermanus, a town famous for its whale watching.
Namibia is not necessarily unsafe, but does offer road obstacles and sometimes severe conditions of fog, dust, animals, speeding tourists – so while the roads are well-maintained, it’s best if you understand the issues you could face.
Driving in Mauritius is expensive, car rental, fuel, taxes and fees, it all adds up. And who wants to self drive, when you can sit on the beach, explore by bicycle and take a taxi out to dinner when needed.
On the other hand, driving in the Seychelles is easy and enjoyable. Driving is again on the opposite side of the road, roads are generally well maintained but are narrow and winding. Drivers should exercise caution due to a lack of shoulders and inadequate street lighting. Something that we find disturbing though, that of course we are very adamant about in North America, is that children are not required to wear safety restraints.
This is the same for Dubai, you’ll often see children without safety restraints in the backs of cars. Dubai offers wide lanes and plenty of them, but driving is fast paced, often frantic and nothing that you’d want to be doing while on vacation. This is definitely an area for being chauffeur driven.
We do not recommend self-drive vacations in Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Zambia, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania or Uganda.
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