Roadtripping at your own pace is the best way to experience Africa. Take the road less travelled - hire a 4x4 with Roadtrip Africa and drive your own adventure.
Where do you want to start your road trip in Africa?
Uganda is where we first started our car rental services back in 2011, and it's a special place. Often referred to as 'Africa condensed', Uganda has the best of everything the continent has to offer, packed into one small, but stunning, destination. This means you can drive from one of Uganda's many tourism highlights to another in just half a day - come face to face with mountain gorillas, track chimps in the forest, catch a sighting of the shoebill stork, and see tree-climbing lions! But it’s not all about the wildlife. Experience culture in a traditional manyatta in Karamoja, hike the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains, go wildwater rafting on the Nile and finish off with a blast in Kampala, the nightlife capital of East Africa.Go to Uganda
Tanzania is Africa’s ultimate safari destination, and a road trip paradise. Where else in the world can you witness the wildebeest migration, experience such rich cultural diversity, climb the snow-capped Kilimanjaro and swim in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, combined into one epic road trip? Tanzania has all this and more, wrapped in one adventurous and welcoming package. The Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Zanzibar are justifiably popular, but there are so many more hidden gems to explore in Tanzania. Hire a 4x4 car with Roadtrip Tanzania and drive your own adventure!
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Imagine a lone acacia silhouetted against a horizon stretching into eternity. The Great Rift Valley with vast patchworks of tea plantations. The colours, smells and sounds of traditional tribal life. Welcome to Kenya. There is no better place in the world to watch herds of elephants than Amboseli National Park, and Masai Mara is home to one of the highest concentrations of wildlife on the planet. While travelling on your self drive safari, make sure not to skip the Kenyan coastline. A blend of African, Indian and Arabic culture, the Swahili coast feels wildly different from the rest of Kenya.Go to Kenya
Lemurs, the strangest looking chameleons, avenues of baobabs, the Tinsgy dry forest and endless coastlines - Madagascar is unique. Few places on earth offer such an intense kaleidoscope of nature and half the fun is getting to these incredible attractions. Off road driving is one of a kind and there are national parks that only see 100 visitors a year. Combine this with a cultural melting pot of mixed African and Asian ancestries and the French that left their mark on the cuisine, and you understand that we happily obeyed to your wishes of adding Madagascar as our latest Roadtrip destination.Go to Madagascar
How do you want to travel in Africa?
Self drive car & camp rental
In Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya, we own a fleet of Toyota Hilux, Landcruiser and RAV4 vehicles. In Madagascar, we drive the Nissan Double Cab and Pajero.
Hire a 4x4 from as low as € 45 / day, including Bradt Travel Guide, road map, car insurance and 24/7 roadside assistance.
Want to enjoy the ultimate flexibility on your self-drive safari?Our Landcruisers can be equipped with a rooftop tent, or you can hire a dome tent for your camping adventure in Africa. Both options come with a full set of quality camping gear, so you can experience the real African bush.
Car rental tour with accomodation
In Uganda, we offer car rental tours with accommodation included.
We know how to build a well-paced and varied itinerary for your road trip in Uganda. We design a carefully planned route for you that includes your car, accommodation, and chimp and gorilla permits (if desired).
The lodges we select are hand-picked. We look for outstanding places, and favor eco-conscious boutique hotels with the best price-quality ratio.
We do not work with intermediaries. Hotel Reservations, car rental and roadside assistance are all handled by the Roadtrip Africa team. Hence no false promises. It also means we're able to offer the most competitive rates.
Car rental with driver - guide
We were the first company to specialize in self-drive car rental in east Africa. But of course, it's also possible to hire a car with a driver-guide and many of our clients do so. The driver-guide is there to facilitate and ease your travels, yet you remain in charge of your own holiday and itinerary. The costs for a driver are € 40 /day.
This option is great for roadtrippers that don't fancy driving themselves, want a more relaxed experience, or want to learn more about the local culture and wildlife from a knowledgeable guide. All the suggested road trips published at this website are therefore also possible to book as a private guided tour - the ultimate customised safari!
Not sure yet where to go, what to do and which safari lodge to book when hiring your 4x4 vehicle? See our suggested routes for inspiration! Rent camping gear for your travels in Africa or book a road trip with comfortable accommodation. We know all the hidden corners of our destinations and will be happy to point you in the right direction as you plan your self-drive safari in Africa.
Uganda & Rwanda
Discover both Uganda and Rwanda on this 16 day East African road trip. If you're interested in nature and culture alike, this road trip is the one for you. Trek gorillas and chimps in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Kibale rainforest, go on a self-drive safari in Lake Mburo and Queen Elizabeth National Park. Discover why Rwanda is the land of a thousand hills and be moved by its captivating history. Chimp and gorilla trekking permits included.
Highlights of the North
Tanzania is truly gifted by Mother Nature, but its northern region really is the spoiled kid! You tumble from one legendary safari park to another, all within a stone's throw distance of one another. Start and end your journey in Arusha, visiting Tarangire, Lake Manyara, the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater along the way. You can customise this road trip by combining it with a Kilimanjaro or Zanzibar add-on.
The Central Circuit
The Central Circuit is ideal for those who primarily come to Kenya for wildlife watching, want modest driving hours a day, and have limited time to visit Kenya. You start and end your journey in Nairobi and visit Mount Kenya, Samburu, Lake Nakuru, Lake Navaisha and the Masai Mara.
The Grand Circuit
Love the beach? Experienced in off-road driving? Then you can see it all! The interior highlands of Madagascar are distinctively Asian; the west coast is truly African. Visit remote Vezo fishing villages with colorful boats, pristine beaches, the bizarre limestones pinnacles of Tsingy de Bemaraha, the most beautiful lodges and only a handful of other travelers. This is righteously our most popular route.