Self Drive Safaris
Zimbabwe is a fantastic country to drive yourself around, not only is it beautiful and safe – but barring the odd pothole – the roads are pretty good. Everybody can speak English. Distances between major towns/areas of interest are normally only a few hundred kilometres apart and these can easily be reached within a mornings drive.
With our in depth knowledge of the country and accommodation available – we at Travel Wild Zimbabwe can organise your whole holiday for you.
- Can organise and reserve your vehicle of choice
- Can advise and book all your accommodation
- Will give you a detailed day-to-day itinerary including times, routes and distances
- Will act as your contact person in Zimbabwe
- If you are nervous about driving in a foreign country but would still like to travel by vehicle, we can organise a chauffeur service, or a driver/guide, should you have your own small group or family.
- Most of the major roads are asphalted and in good condition but roads in the more rural and remote areas are dirt. These are normally kept in a “reasonable” condition but it really depends on the rain.
- The roads in the National Parks are pretty much all dirt and can get very “messy” during and just after the rains – for anyone but experienced of drivers, we suggest that you drive to the lodges in the park and use the lodge vehicles and guides for activities. They know the conditions, game movements and recent sightings much better then you will. Let them take you around while you sit back and soak it all in.
Things to Consider:
- Get an international drivers licence. There are many roadblocks in the country – these are nothing to worry about and are only there to make sure that vehicles and drivers are licensed and in good working condition!
- Do not speed; Zimbabwe probably has more speed traps per vehicle on the road, then any other country!
- Don’t travel at night – there are stray and wild animals on the roads and very little street lighting.
- Don’t drive until your fuel tank is nearly empty – sometimes service stations run out of fuel and you should always have enough fuel to get you to the next town. Keep your tank full and fill up as soon as it gets to half.
- There are no petrol facilities in the national parks, make sure you know the range of your vehicle and carry jerry cans if necessary
- Make sure you have a good map; many of the signposts are no longer readable and sometimes are not there at all!
- It is mandatory to wear your seat belt (front only) and all vehicles should carry: red breakdown triangles, a fully charged fire extinguisher, a day-glo green visibility vest and have reflectors on the front and rear bumpers. Failure to have any one of these will result in a fine.
- It’s all common sense really so act like you would at home. Drive within the law, stick to the limits, be courteous and do not take unnecessary risks. Lock your vehicle when unattended and use hotel/off street parking overnight.
- Stick to these basics and you will have a safe and enjoyable holiday.