Why Self Drive in Africa?


Why Self Drive in Africa?

When planning your African holiday, you have the option of either a guided holiday, on a private basis or a group with other travellers, however, many travellers prefer spending their holiday on an independent basis.

Flexibility & Independence

This allows you to enjoy your holiday at your own pace – knowing that all the most important aspects of your holiday have been taken well care of.

Taking all your requirements into account, our dedicated travel team will plan all the distances you will travel each day,  making sure that you don’t spend all your time sitting in your hired car  – with reasonable distances, and time in each area  – ensuring that you relax and also see all the major highlights.



Peace of Mind

Travelling to a foreign country can be daunting, and even more so, knowing that you will need to follow directions, read maps and get yourself from point A to point B without getting lost. At African Welcome Safaris, we take all the stress out of planning your self-drive holiday.

Once we have established all the areas that you wish to enjoy on your holiday, we take time and care to ensure that your routing flows seamlessly.

We plan all your travelling distances carefully – and will include a night en-route to a destination if we feel that the distance is just too great for one day worth of driving.  The vehicles included are hired from a large and reputable international vehicle hire company, with 24-hour back up and map books supplied.

We allocate the correct size vehicle for the number of passengers in the vehicle and include a GPS unit in all our self-drive packages.   With a host of map books, written directions supplied by African Welcome Safaris and your GPS, you are in good hands.

All your accommodation in the various areas are included, as well as selected activities.  You may prefer to leave most days relatively open, in which case we will suggest activities in the area and supply you with contact details so that you may book these along the way.

You will be met at the airport and will be assisted with the collection of your hire vehicle. Our representative will often (if required) go over your itinerary with you and answer any of your queries.

Armed with your complete travel pack, a full itinerary, routing, map books and various brochures – all you need to do is hop in your vehicle and head off on your African adventure.


A self-drive holiday remains one of the most cost-effective ways of exploring South Africa.

With a variety of vehicles at your disposal to choose from – from your smaller, more basic vehicles to your more luxury vehicles – you can determine how much you would like to spend on vehicle hire.

Ultimately, you can enjoy a fantastic holiday in South Africa for longer at very reasonable prices – making your holiday of a lifetime come true without breaking the bank.

Ideal for Family Travel

When planning your family holiday, particularly when travelling with small children – you may not want each and every day following a set routine or tour.

Flexibility is of highest importance with little ones – knowing that they have their good and bad days, and often do not want to be subject to a full day of intense activity

Self-drive holidays are ideal for family travel.  You are in the comfort of your own vehicle and timings are your own.

You can decide what activities will be suitable for your family – with no time constraints on any specific day and a self-drive holiday provides just that!

We will ensure that baby seats or booster seats are provided with the vehicle if necessary.

This is perhaps a long planned dream for your family – a South African adventure and our team will make it as comfortable and enjoyable for all.


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Let us design your African safari with a variety of safari destinations – Our expertise includes travel and safaris in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Kenya and Tanzania.


African Welcome Safaris offers a highly personalised service. With a dedicated travel consultant catering to all your travel needs. Our passion is creating your holiday of a lifetime.

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