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.


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 


29 thoughts on “Self-driving in Africa – Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe

  1. seegogga

    E have an Afrikaans saying: “Afrika is nie vir sissies nie”, which roughly means: Africa is not for the feint hearted. You expierieced it. Glad you enjoyed the adventure!

  2. seegogga

    We have an Afrikaans saying: “Afrika is nie vir sissies nie”, which roughly means: Africa is not for the feint hearted. You expierieced it. Glad you enjoyed the adventure!

  3. carolinehelbig

    Love, love, love these three countries, particularly Namibia! We did a self drive through Namibia but in a regular car (four flat tires—the one in Etosha next to two lions). Did you get to S.Luangwa Park in Zambia and Chobe in Botswana? Great places. You’ve got me all excited.

  4. Thais Ferrari

    Hey! What a time! Well, at least you made some great pictures!
    I’m here in South África, even me crossing lands, having fun, but traveling is always a little bit difficult at the moment, after when you remember is the best part isn’t it?

  5. Juliet

    This is fantastic! Africa is high on our bucket list. I love the tents on top of the car, really cute and space saving, especially fitting 4 adults… what an adventure! 🙂

    • cook the beans

      Hi Juliet, thanks for passing by and leaving a comment. If you end up traveling there you will not regret it’s a magical place!! And I will follow your adventures through Africa for sure 😉

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