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African Arid Experiences uses its extensive local knowledge to plan and book a self-drive tour that leaves you feeling confident in your choices, allowing you to enjoy a hassle free trip, taking in the best attractions and experiences of your chosen route. We want you to enjoy the freedom this leaves you to explore new places, confident that the logistics have been sorted by us. 


Our Self-drive tours are one of the most enjoyable, flexible and cost effective ways to explore. However in the vast outdoor playground that we cover you need to know the condition of the roads, infrastructure, accommodation, local guides and entertainment.  We cover all of this and look for accommodation that isn't just a place to sleep, but is an experience in itself; source knowledgeable local guides; and advise you on the most appropriate mode of transport for the conditions. Also you need to know how far you can comfortably travel in one day and still have the time to experience this wondrous land.

We are here to sort out the logistics, give you friendly personal advice and instruction and to put  your mind at rest. We specialise in specific areas and routes rather than covering all of southern Africa, this enables us to have first hand knowledge of conditions and know what is easy and manageable, as well as which routes may be only for the more adventurous.


The all important Cost

​On our self-drive tours you only pay for what you get. No extra commissions are added onto hotel or vehicle bookings over what you would pay if you booked it direct. Using us will most likely save you money over booking it yourself and it'll definitely save you lots of time and headaches, and we'll take you to places you would never have known about. There is no charge for the planning and booking of the bespoke self-drive tours that we have researched and crafted, however, on self-drive tours that require new research we may charge a little extra for the service, but we will always let you know this upfront.

The African Arid Experiences Self-Drive tours

We have put together a number of self-drive package tours in South Africa and Namibia all of which can be further adapted to your desires. As stated above we do not charge for the planning and bookings of our 'standard' tours, it is a free service that we offer our clients.

On the packages we book your accommodation, arrange your vehicle hire and provide you with maps and directions. The venues we have chosen mostly have their own unique character, and we have gone out of our way with our selections to choose venues that offer that extra special something at the most reasonable prices possible.  All our tours are ex Cape Town.

Self-drive Holidays offer excellent value for money over guided tours

No extra commissions are added onto hotel or vehicle bookings over what you would pay if you booked it direct.

We also pride ourselves on our ability to give clients extra special service and experiences through our scheduled guided tours


CapeTown, Peninsula & Winelands

​After exploring Cape Town, South Africa’s ‘Mother City’, you travel through the Overberg to the heart of the Garden Route. Visit the Wilderness, Knysna, Tsitsikamma
& Plettenberg Bay. Interact with elephants before heading inland to visit incredible limestone caves in Oudsthoorn. Then head back to Cape Town on route 62 through the Little Karoo. 


The Arid Parks and Nature Reserves

A route that explores the diverse National parks & nature reserves.
From the marine protected ocean surrounding Table Mountain National Park and the Cape Peninsula to the vast Kalahari open plains of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park with its famous black maned lions. Also visited are the Augrabies Falls and Mokala National Parks.


West Coast, Namaqua & Richtersveld

An Exhilarating eco-adventure that has to be transversed in 4x4's. From the Cape we take in the colourful Cape West Coast and Cederberg en route to Northern Cape's succulent gardens of Namaqualand and the mountain desert wonderland of the Richtersveld. A mixture of camping and chalet stays for the more adventurous travellers.


Cape, Great Karoo
& Kalahari

A  tour that takes in the mystique of the vast Great Karoo and Kalahari. The mostly gravel back roads of this fascinating arid tour will allow you to see the stars like you you have seen before, dinosaur tracks, rhinos, unique Karoo architecture, the massive big hole diamond mine, contrasting red & white dunes and the lions in the Kgalagadi.  


Cape, Karoo, Kalahari & Namibia

​Also one of our premium guided tours which starts with a tour of Cape Town. From here we take 3 days up the magical West Coast, eventually crossing into Namibia. In Namibia we visit the Ai-Ais Hot Springs, the Fish River Canyon, Luderitz, the Namib-Nauklift park, Swakopmund, Etosha National Park, Brandberg and the city of  Windhoek.


Northern Cape & Southern Namibia

A 4x4 trip starting and ending in Cape Town. We travel firstly to Namaqualand via the Cederberg. Then head to the mountain desert wonderland of the Richtersveld. Crossing the Orange River by pont to Namibia. We visit the Fish River Canyon and Giant's playground before entering the Kgalagadi National Park. You come back via Augrabies Falls and Tankwa Parks.


Stars, Dinosaurs, Diamonds & Dunes

This is a short trip into the Great Karoo with the first stop at the Sutherland observatory, one of the best places in the world to observe the stars. Also included  is a visit to, the Karoo National Park, sites of million year old fossils, unique Karoo architecture, an ostrich farm, the Kango caves and even a town tour on an old London bus. 


Cape Town, Garden Route & Little Karoo

​This is an exciting trip into the forests and wilderness areas of the well known Garden route. Discover hidden treasures within the lush green vegetation, enjoy  and fall in love with the  gentle giants of Addo National Park. The combination of ocean, forests and lakes will leave you feeling invigorated and wanting more.

Many of these tours are also available as fully guided tours

Self-drive tours can be combined and modified to suit your desire  •  New tours to be added regularly