Drive your own adventure

Roadtripping at your own pace is the best way to experience Africa. Hire a 4x4 and let us enable you to Drive Your Own Adventure, following roads less travelled, catering to all budgets.

Where do you want to start your road trip in Africa?

Uganda

This is the country were we started our car rental services back in 2011. 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 between most of the country’s top highlights in half a day. Come face to face with mountain gorilla's, track the chimps, search for the shoebill and marvel at the tree-climbing lions. But it’s not just about the fauna. Visit a traditional Karamajong manyatta in Uganda’s wild North East, hike the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains, go wild water rafting on the Nile and finish off with a blast in Kampala, the party capital of East Africa.

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Go to Uganda

Tanzania

Tanzania is Africa’s ultimate safari destination and a road trip paradise. Where in the world can you see the wildebeest migration, witness such rich tribal diversity, hike 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 much more hidden gems to explore. Hire a 4x4 car and let Roadtrip Tanzania enable you to Drive Your Own Adventure, following roads less traveled.

 

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Go to Tanzania

Kenya

Imagine the lone acacia silhouetted against a horizon stretching into eternity. The Great Rift Valley with vast patchworks of tea plantation. Traditional peoples who bring soul and color to the earth. Welcome to Kenya. There is possibly no better place in the world to watch herds of elephants than in Amboseli National Park and Maasai Mara is home to some of the highest concentration of wildlife on the planet. Be sure not to skip Kenya’s coastline, the exotic dessert of your road trip self drive safari.  Thanks to the long interplay of Africa, India and Arabia, this coast feels wildly different from the rest of Kenya. 

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Go to Kenya

Madagascar

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. 

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Go to Madagascar

How do you want to travel in Africa?

Self drive car & camp rental

Our fleet consists of Toyota Landcruiser and RAV4 in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya, and the Nissan Double Cab and X-Trail in Madagascar. We own all our rental cars and never subcontract. Hire a 4x4 from as low as US$ 49 / day, incl Bradt Travel Guide, road map, car insurance and 24/7 roadside assistance.

Want to enjoy the ultimate flexibility on your self drive safari? We can equip the Landcruisers with a rooftop tent, or hire a dome tent. Both come with a full set of quality camp gear, so you can experience the real African bush.

Self drive car & camp rental

Car rental with accommodation

Would you like to experience the privacy and flexibility of self-drive, but peace of mind about which route to take and where to stay on your safari in Africa? Then book one of our competitively priced accommodated road trips.

All the selected lodges are hand picked by Roadtrip Africa and the places we like to stay when we are road tripping ourselves; small-scale, good price-quality ratio and owner-managed when possible. 

Car rental with accommodation

Car rental with driver - guide

Roadtrip Africa works with a number of experienced and truly lovable drivers. Great for those roadtrippers that don't fancy driving themselves and like the company of a guide who can give you deeper insights into local culture and wildlife. All the suggested road trips published at this website are thus also possible to make as a private, guided tour. Your ultimate customised safari!

Furthermore, some parts of Madagascar are so remote and challenging to drive by yourself (Makay and Fort Dauphin), that you can only explore it with a driver-guide.

Car rental with driver - guide

Suggested routes

Not sure yet where to go, what to do and which safari lodge to book when you have hired your 4x4 vehicle? Look at our suggested routes for inspiration. Go with camp gear or book a road trip with accommodation. We know all corners of our destinations and are happy to point you in the right direction as you plan for your self-drive safari in Africa.

Uganda 16 days 1565 km

Uganda & Rwanda

Explore both Uganda and Rwanda on this 16 day round trip. If you're interested in nature and culture alike, this road trip will be right for you. Trek the gorillas and chimps in Bwindi and Kibale rainforest, go on a self-drive safari in Lake Mburo and Queen Elizabeth. Discover why Rwanda is the land of thousand hills and be moved by its captivating, recent past. Chimp and gorilla trekking permits included.

Tanzania 11 days 850 km

Highlights of the North

Tanzania is truly gifted by Mother Nature, but the Northern region really is the spoiled kid. You tumble from one legendary safari park to another, all within a stone's throw distance. For those who love wildlife, want modest driving hours a day, have limited time or want to combine it with a Kilimanjaro or Zanzibar add-on, the Highlights of the North makes an unforgettable road trip.

Kenya 13 days 1387 km

The Central Circuit

This Circuit is ideal for those who primarily come for wildlife watching, want modest driving hours a day, and have limited time. You start and end in Nairobi and visit Mount Kenya, Samburu, Lake Nakuru, Lake Navaisha and the Masaai Mara.

Madagascar 23 days 2427 km

The Grand Circuit

Love the beach? Experienced in off road driving? Then see it all! The interior highlands are distinctively Asian, the west coast is hot and truly African. You see remote Vezo fishing villages with colorful boats, pristine beaches, the bizar limestones pinnacles of Tsingy de Bemahara, the most beautiful lodges and only a handful of other travelers.