With our extensive local knowledge and passion for travel we recommend and book your accommodation as well as provide you with an itinerary, maps and directions. We can also organise local guides and your 4x4 van or a rental car. This leaves you free to enjoy your African Arid Experience without administration hassle or pre-knowledge.

let us plan an exciting self drive trip for you

               We specialise in smaller, personalised tours, both
                self drive and guided tours, as well as the rental of
                fully equipped, rugged 4x4 campers that make it
                safer and fun to get to the exciting off-the-beaten-track 

            destinations of southern Africa. 
       From our Cape Town base, (we couldn't ask for a better

   place  to work from), we'd like to take you on an adventure of a life-time through South Africa and Namibia.
We like to think we know more about southern Africa's arid regions than most and would love to share it with you. 

your adventure awaits you -


Rent one of our fully equipped 4x4 campers, they are the perfect rigs that allow you to explore way beyond where the tar roads end. 
You can hire just the camper and plan your own trip anywhere in southern Africa or use it on a self drive tour that we organise and book for you. 

Fully equipped and ready for your adventure

Choose from our exciting off-the-beaten track tours

African Arid Experiences focuses its guided tours on the needs of the traveller who seeks the road less travelled. Our small, focused team offer unique, specialised and personalised tours.

We pride ourselves on our ability to give clients an extra special experience. 

21 days - July 2019

Cape Town to Namibia


Garden Route & Karoo

8 & 10 days - August & Sept 2019

14 days - July 2019

Always a favourite - this tour explores the West Coast, the Cederberg, Richtersveld and the
Fish River Canyon

Experience the miracle of spring in Namaqualand when the seemingly barren ground erupts into a riot of colour.

The lush green coastline with its indigenous forests and many lakes make for a stark contrast to the arid Little Karoo

About Us

The small family team

African Arid Experiences is 'hands on' managed by the owners, husband and wife team, Debbie & Steve Newbould. Combined they have been in the southern African tourism industry for over 30 years.

Our own Publications

We literally wrote the book 

We publish a comprehensive travel guide to the nine provinces of South Africa as well as a coffee-table book illustrating the wonders of
the National Parks of the
Arid regions.

The Arid Region

Southern Africa's uniquest region

Much of South Africa and Namibia is classified as semi-desert. This is in stark contrast to the more verdant Cape Town, the Winelands and the Garden Route. Learn more about where we would like to take you.


South Africa • Namibia

Cape Town • Winelands • Great Karoo • Little Karoo • West Coast • Kalahari

Diamond Coast • Overberg • Namaqualand • Richtersveld

Western Cape • Eastern Cape • Northern Cape