Drive your own adventure

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, whatever your budget.

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

Uganda

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.

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Go to Uganda

Tanzania

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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Go to Tanzania

Kenya

Imagine a lone acacia silhouetted against a horizon stretching into eternity. The Great Rift Valley with vast patchworks of tea plantations. The colourful soul 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. 

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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

In Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya, we own a fleet of Toyota Landcruiser and RAV4 vechicles. In Madagascar, it's the Nissan Double Cab, X-Trail and Prado.

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.

Self drive car & camp rental

Car rental with accommodation

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

All the selected lodges are handpicked by Roadtrip Africa and they are the same places we 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. 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!

Furthermore, some parts of Madagascar, like Makay and Fort Dauphin, are so remote and challenging to drive by yourself that you can only explore them 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 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 16 days 1565 km

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.

Tanzania 11 days 850 km

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.

Kenya 13 days 1387 km

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.

Madagascar 23 days 2427 km

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.