African Self-drive safaris

Self Drive Safaris
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An African self-drive safari is the perfect choice for those adventurers seeking to Explore Africa in their own way in and out. Whereas most African safari packages stick to set itinerary agreed upon before clients arrive, an African self-drive safari is where you will be in charge of all details of your Safari. You will need to have your Bush campsites and lodges booked well in advance and to choose which route you take, how long to drive to different destinations how long stay to watch your favorite animals, and when to wake up for those morning game Drive. It’s all your freedom.

It is possible to rent a car and go for a An African self drive safari  in most African safari parks and wildlife reserves parks and reserves. You can hire a car and pay a less price for this. Most parks have muddy or small dirty trails that  require 4×4 car to drive through. You’ll save quite some money and enjoy complete independence if you don’t hire a guide and a driver. But also hiring a guide can be quite helpful in locating more elusive leopards and answering questions about the destination. However, if you’re on a tight budget, you can do it yourself and save the money for future adventure.

Are you trying to pick a destination in Africa? Kenya/Tanzania and South Africa are most touristy places for your African self-drive safari. But there are other awesome and less touristy  destinations you should definitely visit like Uganda, Rwanda, DR Congo. Kenya and its neighbor countries speak English and Swahili and are famous not just for game parks, but also for the Masai Mara people, Karamajong people who still live in the wilderness and wear colorful tribal cloths.

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Sir Winston Churchill referred to it as ‘The pearl of Africa” Uganda has the best of everything the continent has to offer, packed into one small, but stunning, destination. Here you will come eye to eye with mountain gorillas of Bwindi and Mgahinga, Go Chimpanzee Trekking in the world’s Primate capital Kibale Forest NP, the top birding destination in Africa with over 1090 bird species recorded, and encounter tree-climbing lions of Ishasha. Also Uganda is culturally diverse whether you want to camp in the manyatta the  Karamajongs or meet the Batwa / pygmies who formally lived in forests the choice is yours, hike the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains, white water water rafting on the world’s longest river, Uganda has it all. If you come in September, make sure you don’t miss the Nyege Nyege Festival one of the best Festivals in Africa. Uganda is a perfect country for an African self-Drive Safari


Our self-drives in Uganda are conducted in sturdy 4X4 land cruisers ready to conquer the remote untamed wilderness. Our car rental in Uganda comes with or without rooftop tents for those who would to camp. One of our top 4X4 is a Toyota double cab. This offer monster is equipped with a rooftop tent, camping gear, mattress, sleeping bag, chairs, and cooking equipment. Want to know more, Click Here.

The Land cruiser is another of our top safari car rentals in Uganda. They are comfortable, and spacious and come with or without a pop roof or great viewing. To read more, Click Here. Rav 4 is another popular sought-after vehicle. This is a small SUV that punches about its weight when it comes to off-road handling. They are cheaper to hire and are perfect for solo travelers or couples.

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🛌Sleeping bag (with pillows and bed sheets)
🪑Chairs and small table
📦Storage box
🔥1 gas tank & 1 burner
🍽️Cups, plates & bowls
🍳Pots, frying pans, cutlery set
🔪Knife, can opener, corkscrew
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🧽Dishtowel and detergent
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When To Go For African self-drive safari in Uganda?

Uganda is a good year-round destination, However, The best time to visit Uganda is June to September, which is the peak season for  gorilla trekking and Uganda  safari tours. March-May and October-November have rains weather, which can be less pleasant for gorilla trekking. Wildlife can be seen in Uganda’s national parks throughout the year.

 The high season for Uganda safari lies within other East African destinations, which means during the winter months in the southern hemisphere, from June to October.

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Tanzania - Self Drive Safari

Tanzania occupies a special place in the hearts of old and new Africa hands when it comes to African self-drive safaris. Its towns and cities are a little less bustling than Kenya’s, and its enchanting gamelands are fully Kenya’s equal in natural plenitude and beauty. The Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Zanzibar are popular for safari lovers , but there are so many more hidden gems to explore in Tanzania but all in all in all , the undisputed capital of the world’s animal kingdom and you can explore all this on an African self Drive Safari with Laba Africa Expeditions.

Tanzania self-drive safaris offer exclusive and non-scheduled expeditions right into the heart of the wilderness. Our 4X4 safari fleet consists of double cabins, land cruisers, and small SUVs. We also offer car rentals with a driver if you aren’t comfortable off-roading.

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When to Go for African self-drive Safari in Tanzania?

The best time to visit Tanzania for Self Drive safari is during the long dry months from July to September. This period is  considered best for self drive safaris, the Great Migration, trekking Kilimanjaro and relaxing on the beach. Keep in mind that these months are peak season

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Rwanda - Self Drive Safari

Located in the heart of the Albertine Rift, Rwanda is one of Africa’s most biodiverse regions and a haven of rainforest. Its most celebrated wild mammal is the iconic Gorilla trekking in Rwanda of the Virunga Massif. A densely-populated country with most people living in rural areas, Rwanda has shown great courage in recovering from the memory of the 1994 genocide. Today, Rwanda is a stable, well-run and peacefully united country. Rwanda shares her boarder with Uganda that makes it a perfect destination to combine with Uganda during you African Self Drive Safari.

When To Go for African self-drive safari in Rwanda ?

The months of  July and August are the most dry in Rwanda. However the dry  season is from June through to September). These months are the busiest since you wont get lots of rain during your African self-drive safari to gorilla trekking adventure.  The gorillas live in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. Keep in mind that you will be trekking gorillas in the rain forest, by default, very wet and you can’t avoid rain completely.


Hardly any other country stands for safari, impressing wildlife experiences and African joie de vivre as much as Kenya. It doesn’t matter whether you enjoy a relaxing beach holiday or want to experience the wild animals of the savannah up close. The diversity of Kenya is breathtaking and has a suitable answer for every holiday wish. Masai Mara is home to one of the highest concentrations of wildlife on the planet it is possible to combine your African Self Drive Safari with the award-winning white sand beaches on the Kenyan coastline.

When is the Best Time For Self drive Safari in Kenya.

One of the best times to go for a self drive safari in Kenya is from July to September, during the country’s dry season that also collides with wildebeest and zebra migration. However, travelling to Kenya during the rainy season will give you a chance to explore the vast plains with out the crowds of tourists. 


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Namibia Self-drive safaris

Namibia is the birthplace of Self-drive safaris in Africa. When we talk about Namibia, what probably come in your mind is the quite roads and dramatic landscapes. The country is blessed with diversity of wildlife and culture making it one of the most iconic destinations for African self drive safaris and road trips .

The roads are great and often empty of traffic for Namibia has one of the smallest populations in Africa but vast landscapes and expect to get lost in these views. It is not surprise that up to 75% of all visitors opt for a self-drive safari.

Why go to Namibia on a Self-Drive Safari

Namibia is one of the safest places in Africa with very minimal crime rates. Namibian roads are very well maintained making it very easy for first time visitors to opt for a Self drive safari. Namibia receives very little rainfalls making it an all year destination for self drive African safaris. You can travel for hours without seeing another vehicle on the road. Namibian’s are friendly people and you should not be afraid to stop and ask for advice. Make friends with the locals.

Why Go on Self Drive Safaris in Africa

Why should I go on a safari in Africa for a self drive safari? “There are numerous reasons to go on an African self drive-safari since this experience combines exciting wildlife sightings, cultural encounters, and breathtaking landscapes.

It is an opportunity to get away from the hectic pace of modern life. You will return to a calmer, more serene way of living, reconnecting with nature’s daily rhythms. Animals sightings provide the thrill that keeps me returning time and time again. Who can forget their first encounter of lions in the wild, or realise how tall a giraffe is? And there’s something primal about hearing a lion roar underneath a dark sky

Lastly, being on safari can aid in the conservation of Africa’s wild creatures and wild places. If there more paying tourists in Africa, wildlife is them more protected and the locals will benefit form your travels

When it comes to witnessing animals while on safari, nothing is certain because this is wild nature. Many creatures, including the Big Five, may be seen (leopard, lions, rhino, buffalo and elephant). However, there are game drives where you don’t see anything. That will make any encounters you do see much more memorable. The excitement of expeditions, and what makes safaris addicting, is that you never know what you’ll see on your game drive. You’ll be able to experience all parts of Africa’s wildlife if you pay close attention to it and learn something a knowledgeable safari guide. Including everything acacia trees to dung beetles to chameleons and cheeky mongooses can be found here. Don’t forget to pay attention to the wildlife, because even a very calm game drive can yield some fantastic bird sightings.”

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