Self-Drive Safaris

Safari in Etosha National Park
If you are thinking about a safari holiday in Namibia, then you have probably looked through hordes of brochures about many different kinds of guided tours you can go o­n. Perhaps you found a couple that look interesting, but they didn't fully grip your imagination. Perhaps you are simply an independent person who has always possessed a wild adventurous streak. If this describes you, then you should consider a self-drive safari. Self-drive safaris have many benefits over tour-guided safaris. Here are a couple of them.

1. Set Your Own Pace

When you are o­n a tour with a large group, your pace is determined by the slowest member. Unless you are the slowpoke, then that means you aren't going at the pace you want. You can decide when and where you stop. You can blaze by a herd of gazelles and then eat your lunch o­n a steep cliff overlooking the savanna. You won't have to put up with anyone's whining or complaining.

2. Skip the Boring Parts

Have you ever been in a tour group and the guide seemed to take forever explaining every single detail of a plant's life cycle? Then, when it came to the exciting parts - like the lions and the crocodiles - he quickly skipped over them so that he could spend another half hour talking about the diet of the tree shrew. When you are o­n a self-drive safari, you won't have to put up with this. You can drive right by the plants and the tree shrews to spend more time exploring the exciting stuff.

Self-drive safaris aren't for the faint of heart. However, if you are a self directed person and you like to blaze your own path, then a self-drive safari can be a rewarding experience that you will remember for years.