Self Drive Advantages


  • It is a cheaper way of travelling especially if you are a few sharing the hired car costs.
  • You have the freedom to spend additional time at a scenic spot that interest you.
  • You are able to design your holiday around your personal interests.
  • You are able to choose the type of accommodation you enjoy or to suit your budget.
  • You are spared the opinions, needs and whims of fellow travellers you have never met before on a coach

Self Drive Disadvantages

There are a lot of hidden costs involved sometimes forgotten about at the initial planning.

It may get frustrating not be able to identify a certain scenic spot, building, etc and missing others while concentrating on driving in an unfamiliar environment.

You do have to be well prepared to ensure that your holiday will be worth-it.

There are hazards involved such as getting lost in dangerous areas, not knowing that you are in such an area and not having input from a professional as to local customs, etc.

Planning your Self Drive Tour

  • Firstly, you should decide whether this is the option for you.
  • Secondly, familiarise yourself with the country and identify areas/places you want to visit. Acquire literature on the area.

Consider the time available for your holiday and your budget. At this point it may be advisable to make contact with a reputable operator either directly or through your local agency. Look at what they offer, peruse the itineraries of their scheduled tours.

Itinerary Design

Obtain an itinerary of a guided tour through the area you are planning to visit. See our pages describing the Full Itineraries of our tours. It is highly recommended to observe the general rule of thumb mentioned earlier when using a scheduled tour itinerary to design your self-drive package. The distance traveled is extremely important. If you are trying to travel too far per day your holiday can turn into a miserable experience. South Africa covers over an area of around 2,2 million square kilometres and distances on maps are easily misread when planning routes between stops.

Self-drive option and some additional costs

A 'self-drive' holiday is suggested for the more adventurous traveller. It is a cost effective way to see a country provided a certain amount of 'homework' is done prior to travel, unlike a guided tour where one has constant access to the guide's knowledge. We recommend that you obtain basic information on the local culture, customs, safety as well as a knowledge of the local currency, electricity, access to banking facilities, shopping hours, using the roads, etc before visiting such country or area.

Guided Tours around Southern Africa

At Southern Circle Tours & Safaris we offer a comprehensive array of guided tours and longer packages. From a countrywide network of scheduled tours with guaranteed departures, specialised  group travel and  tailor-made  itinerary design, to your dream wedding package that will be the envy of your friends! We arrange your entire holiday from the time you arrive with us in Africa until you unfortunately have to return home.

Unforgettable Lion Kill at Hluhluwe

Taki Christodoulou, our experienced tour guide, led the Great Wildlife African Expedition tour on 2nd June to 7th June 2014. On their first day of the trip while visiting #hluhluwe #Imfolozi Game Reserve they had a rare sighting.

"While doing a game drive in the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve we came upon a lioness stalking a warthog.We watched her for over an hour as she stalked the warthog before attacking him and killing him. An incredible start to the 6 day tour."

An unforgettable experience for our guests, well done Taki!!

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