Self-driving in Africa – Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe

We landed in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, prepared for everything knowing that we would have 5000 km in front of us and we would cross 3 countries in Southern Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe.

We hired a  4X4 with roof top tents for our journey and despite all the trouble we get into with the car, I don’t regret the option, because gives you an enormous independence, it’s very versatile, and allows you to travel independently and discover with time this spacious countries.

Visit these countries is not cheap but you can save the money for the room by camping. There are many campsites and lots of lodges also have campsites. The price of a 4×4 with roof top tents depends on the time of the year you travel, and which borders you are going to cross.

Self driving throughout the wilderness in Africa was one of the most exciting, adventurous and rewarding things I did so far – you just disconnect entirely and emerge yourself into one of the most beautiful natural sceneries on earth.

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Now you are asking about what kind of troubles I got into.. some are obvious and you are probably guessing it right.. but just to give some excuses first  .. 🙂 we did some challenging routes and drove miles and miles through isolated areas 🙂

So here it comes.. during our journey our 4×4 broke down and got stuck a couple of times (sand, mud, water),we got a window broke and some values stolen…  ande there is more.. one of the tents broke… we got fined and towed once.. so was a hell of a journey.

To do a trip like this you need to have a sense of adventure, and be prepared to have busy days and to change  your planes constantly.

be safe 🙂

photography – all rights reserved – Ana Rocha