A self-drive holiday is the perfect way to see a country at your own pace, according to your personal preferences. South Africa and Namibia are especially great for self-drives – the roads are good and straight with a solid infrastructure, including plenty of farm stalls (in SA) and petrol stations for frequent pit stops. The scenery is stunning, and if you take the time to travel the back roads instead of main highways, you’ll pass through charming towns and stumble across undiscovered scenic spots that are equally great for picnics or an overnight stay.
We will provide you with everything you need for your self-drive trip, from maps and comprehensive directions to contact details for accommodation and information centres. Driving in both countries is on the left-hand side of the road.
Requirements for driving in South Africa are a valid national licence with a recent photograph or an International Driving Licence.
Namibia’s road network is 50/50 between tarred road & dirt roads, with the vast majority of the dirt roads navigable in normal vehicles – you don’t need a 4x4 to travel here. The only time this could change is during the rainy season in January and February, but it depends where in Namibia you’re planning to travel. Our consultants will let you know exactly what you’ll need.
We work with Avis Car Rental in South Africa and Namibia, one of the world’s leading suppliers of rental cars. Avis has the most comprehensive network of rental locations, services and vehicles, from one-day rentals to long stay rentals. We’ll get you the best fully inclusive rate and arrange all the pickups and drop offs.
We can also arrange self-drive trips on the beach paradise of Reunion Island. Take a look at our itineraries for ideas of where you could next enjoy a road trip…