Renting a car for a self-drive holiday is a great way to explore an area or even an entire country. Much of Southern Africa lends itself to self-drive arrangements, with South Africa and Namibia in particular being popular.
You don’t need a 4×4 vehicle for most of South Africa and most of Namibia, although they are a popular choice of vehicle.
Should you be interested in exploring Botswana, then a 4×4 vehicle is a must, and we also suggest that you have some experience driving in extreme conditions, as the roads in National Parks tend to be extremely sandy.
South Africa has the best road infrastructure in Southern Africa, and you can enjoy extensive self-drive itineraries, with Cape Town and the Garden Route being particularly popular, along with the Kruger National Park and surrounds.
In Namibia, most of the roads are gravel, and they are generally well maintained, allowing for extensive exploration from the Fish River Canyon all the way through to the Caprivi Strip (now known as the Zambezi Region).
All of the Southern African countries use right-hand drive vehicles, and vehicles with automatic transmission generally available, along with the more popular manual models.
At Venture To Africa we have partnered with Bidvest (formerly Budget) Car Rental, and we look forward to assisting you with your requirements for much of Southern Africa.