Top self-drive southern african safari routes

There are numerous self-drive southern African safari routes that allow you to embrace the freedom of discovery at your own pace.
While organized safaris take care of all the logistical issues, the real advantage of doing a self-drive safari is that your itinerary – the when and where and what – is completely up to you.

There are numerous self-drive southern African safari routes that allow you to embrace the freedom of discovery at your own pace.
While organized safaris take care of all the logistical issues, the real advantage of doing a self-drive safari is that your itinerary – the when and where and what – is completely up to you.

Africa is your oyster, and the wild pearls of nature are dotted along these top self-drive southern African safari routes. Go on, explore.

Kruger National Park

Africa is your oyster, and the wild pearls of nature are dotted along these top self-drive southern African safari routes. Go on, explore.

There is a wide variety animals and different biomes that can be found in Kruger National Park, the largest in South Africa. The roads are sedan-friendly, big five and other sightings abound and there is a wide variety of accommodation and restaurant options in the park, or you can stay overnight in concessions and private lodges. Malelane Gate is the closest to Johannesburg at 250 miles.

Pilanesberg National Park

This big five malaria-free park, just 56 miles from Johannesburg, is set within the crater of an ancient volcano. Situated between the Kalahari and the Lowveld, the area is home to a variety of game, including the wild dog, sable antelope and tsessebe, and in addition to a game drive, it can also be experienced from a hot air balloon. You do not need a 4×4 to drive through Pilansberg National Park.

Home to unfenced safari camps, Lower Zambezi National Park is in the eastern part of Zambia, and boasts being an unspoiled and remote wilderness with elephants, hippo, buffalo, lion and more. The landscape’s diversity owes it to the Zambezi snaking along the southern edge and the Zambezi Escarpment in the north. The park has a low vehicle density and offers walking and boating safaris. To explore the park, you will need a 4WD.

This big five malaria-free park, just 56 miles from Johannesburg, is set within the crater of an ancient volcano. Situated between the Kalahari and the Lowveld, the area is home to a variety of game, including the wild dog, sable antelope and tsessebe, and in addition to a game drive, it can also be experienced from a hot air balloon. You do not need a 4×4 to drive through Pilansberg National Park.

Home to unfenced safari camps, Lower Zambezi National Park is in the eastern part of Zambia, and boasts being an unspoiled and remote wilderness with elephants, hippo, buffalo, lion and more. The landscape’s diversity owes it to the Zambezi snaking along the southern edge and the Zambezi Escarpment in the north. The park has a low vehicle density and offers walking and boating safaris. To explore the park, you will need a 4WD.

Home to unfenced safari camps, Lower Zambezi National Park is in the eastern part of Zambia, and boasts being an unspoiled and remote wilderness with elephants, hippo, buffalo, lion and more. The landscape’s diversity owes it to the Zambezi snaking along the southern edge and the Zambezi Escarpment in the north. The park has a low vehicle density and offers walking and boating safaris. To explore the park, you will need a 4WD.

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