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8 to 12 week self-drive itinerary for South Africa, Botswana and Namibia (no 4x4 needed!)

A self-drive adventure of South Africa, Namibia and Botswana is exactly as amazing you imagine it: it offers breathtaking landscapes, many opportunities for safari, a variety of cultural and historical highlights and so much more! But how to begin planning this trip of a lifetime? What itinerary to choose? Read on to find the answers to all your questions.


    Key information at a glance

    Price for rental:30 - 60 EUR / day, depending on car type and time of year
    Itinerary lenghth:3 to 10 weeks
    Documents needed:International drivers’ license
    Best time to travel:depending on region, for whole tour best is July to November
    For you if:you love an adventure; you are a seasoned driver
    Not for you if:you are uncomfortable driving on non-tarred roads; long times spent in a car isn't your thing
    Important Notes:Especially a longer trip through all three Southern African nations should be planned beforehand so you don't run into problems with border crossings or hiccups on the road

    This article will cover possible itineraries for a self-drive adventure in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. Make sure you also check out our article on the logistics of such an endeavour!