Self Drive Africa

Client comments

Good Morning Laura and David,

Hope your trip to Moremi went well. Just wanted to say thank you so much for organising our wonderful trip. The dust has settled now and work is looming on the horizon….we are looking through the photos (all 2500 of them) and remembering every minute. We had an amazing experience and there are things which will live long in our memories – and which Henry will never forget (I’m thinking lions calling around the tent….on two occassions!) Certainly was the trip of a lifetime and all credit to you for pulling it all together for us at such short notice. Please pass on our thanks to James for picking us up, dropping us off, giving us instructions and keeping us royally entertained!

We would love to do it all again sometime – and will certainly be in touch when we do.

Speak soon!!!

Kindest regards, Louise, Hugh and Henry

Dearest Laura and David,

We can’t thank you enough for our amazing (amazing, amazing, amazing) experince while hiring a car with you.

Everything was great, since our first contact with Laura (she’s the best!!!) until the last day of our trip. For 22 days and 4 countries later, your 4×4 car toyota hilux was perfect partner for our trip,

For our next trip surely count on us to rent a car with you again!

My sincere thank you, words are not enough to thank you all.

Find in attached some pictures that I’m surely you’ll enjoy.


Whenever in Portugal you don’t need to take care of anything, I’ll just be waiting for you and your amazing kids at the Airport 🙂 🙂

Muitos beijinhos e obrigada!


Very enjoyable African adventure across South Africa and Namibia. Vehicle provided all the essentials needed for great camping!
Laura was very friendly and helpful, providing us with great service.

Friendly Greetings from the Lotheringen family in Adelaide, Australia.


Hello Laura,

We did make it home.  It took about a week to recover from the 16 hours on the plane and the time change, but we are here.  We have wonderful memories of Africa and how helpful and friendly you and David were.  If, or maybe when, we come back; we will definitely use Self Drive Africa again.  If there is anything we can do to promote your business let us know.

Al Zdrazil

Khama Rhino

Here is some feedback from one of our New EU Partners:

Hi Dave,
Yes, as a matter a fact I did, just a day ago. You will be pleased, as I am!Feedback:
They were very happy with the car, equipment and service; good and sufficient equipment, equipment was practically divided which made camping nicer and easier. They were happy with the fridge that did a marvelous job and was big enough. They spoke highly of James’s services, were really impressed with it all. Good work!We think that service can make or break a business and I am happy to hear this first car rental with your company got such good feedback.
Petra van Schagen

Hello Laura, David

Hope you are all well. Well we finally got back in our daily (dull) routine back in Europe. I finally have time to take the opportunity to thank you guys (and Udo!) for your valuable help in the success of our trip in Namibia. The car was perfect and we all had an excellent time. I will definitely recommend you guys to anyone!

I have sent a link with some picture from our trip to Udo, feel free to use them if you want to put some on your website galleries.

Thanks again for everything! I will put more pix as I sort them and will fwd you the link


Marc Pellaud

The Pelaud Family

The Pellaud Family


Namibia's wide open spaces

Namibia’s wide open spaces

Dear Laura, Dave and James

Just want to say a massive thank you for all of your help to arrange our trip across Botswana and Namibia. We had confidence in you right from the start with your speedy email responses, advice and organisation and, once we arrived, the vehicle and equipment you provided us with was perfect for our needs.

The trip was an incredible experience and we are delighted that we chose you to travel with and not one of the larger, less personal, companies.

We will be recommending the experience and you to all of our friends (repeatedly). We hope to be in touch with you again one day in the future for further African adventures!

Best wishes

Rich and Nic

Etosha Pan

Etosha Pan










Dear David,

Yes, we had a wonderful trip. How was yours?

We enjoyed being back in Botswana after so many years, finding back old friends and we’ve seen many beautiful things. We didn’t encounter any real problems. The car functioned very well and it was very well equipped! The kids became very handy in folding in the tents in the morning and putting them up at night.  

We’re sorry to have caused some damage on the car. We trust that you handle it all correctly.

We’ll recommend your company to friends and hope to be able to come back in the future. 

Warm regards,

Frank and Willemien


We had a lovely vacation in Botswana with your car. Everything worked perfectly and I must thank you Laura for our e-mail conveseration. We will gladly recomend Self Drive Africa Rentals. It’s obvious that you’ve thought of everything in the car, even blankets for cold nights.

Driving on safari with a family in Botswana is really easy. There is a lot of good oportunities to see lots of animals. We saw the big five with a little bit of patients and a lot of good luck. 


Best regards

Per, Maria, Ida and Oskar

Family Norstroem in Botswana

Family Norstroem in Botswana

Hi Laura

 I don’t think I ever sent you an email to say thank you for all your help with our Botswana trip.

The car was fabulous. It was so good we thought it was new, and we were almost scared to drive it. The equipment also far exceeded our expectations – everything we could think of was there, good quality and well thought out. The girls loved the tents on the top of the car, and the camping was one of the highlights of the trip.

I also wanted to thank you for the immaculate service – from our initial enquiry you made everything easy. All the pricing we got elsewhere was difficult to understand with lots of hidden extras. Not only was yours very straightforward, but you were also cheaper! The delivery of the car to Blantyre and the pickup in Botswana also all worked seamlessly.

We are soon going to be leaving Blantyre and moving back to Australia, but I wish we could stay long enough to do another trip with you!

 Thanks again for a memorable trip.



Dear Laura and David,

 I hope you all are well, and that you have safely returned from Mauritius, finding everything ok with the car on your return. We would like to thank you for the excellent service and the perfect car, and it was definitely the right choice for our trip through southern Mozambique.
We left the EN4 shortly after Ressano Garcia, taking the N251 to Boane, then via Bela Vista to Ponta do Ouro. It was more like an exploring trip to rural Moz – with “road” conditions a bit worse than expected, more time consuming than planned. Not quite a game drive, apart from a giraffe at the road side (and the lovely dolphins of Ponta, of course). So it was definitely not a trip for someone looking for the big five. But this was clear from the beginning anyway, and not our objective this time. Notably the road conditions improved within days, i.e. what we have experienced during our journey (with two water holes spanning the road and the swamp towards the end) seems to be the result of heavy rainfalls during they days before. After all, the journey exceeded all our expectations, and it was truly one of the most memorable trips ever and an unforgettable experience!
When driving back to Joburg the car almost was a family member. So we would be happy to have the opportunity to rent one of the Land Cruisers again soon. Actually I’m thinking of a trip this September, for the Lebombo Eco Trail in Kruger park, a guided 5-day 4×4 self drive tour. It’s a camping trip, so it would be our first bush camping experience this time, using all the equipment that we left in Joburg last time.
So I would kindly like to ask you if one of the Land Cruisers would be available between 19/9 – 27/9/2014. A similar slot in October might be feasible as well, and with you as our first choice for the car, I’m happy to arrange a tour based on availabilty from your side, and we might also follow your inspiration and maybe consider Marakele. 

Looking forward to your feedback, and greetings to sunny SA from Anja and me!


Kind regards



Dear Laura,

 Thanks again for the great service! We really enjoyed our time in Sout Africa and we were happy with the car and equipment!

We will recommend you to our friends!

Attached is our little video of a beautiful morning. I got more and pictures if youre interested.

I tried to put I comment on your website but please let me know how I can do that!:)

What we liked so much about selfdriving is being so much more alert and adventurous in game reserves!


 Rob and Fafi (Netherlands)


Dear Dave and Laura

Once again we would like to take this opportunity to thank you so very much for organizing our itinerary the places you had set up for us to travel to were all that we had expected and totally enjoyed our holiday, even though sadly was cut short by 3 days.  It was an amazing experience and memories we will have forever.

As promised, I will once I have the time go through literally hundreds of pictures, upload some to your Facebook page.

It has been an absolute pleasure doing business with you, your polite, helpful, informative, and most friendly manner in which you have dealt with us has been very refreshing, and professional.  So once again from the both of us, a huge thank you. We most certainly will be promoting your business to all our friends and family, and in fact our one daughter is a travel agent so will pass on the details to her as well for any clients wanting an out of Africa experience.

Karen & Peter Arnold – Australia


Dear Dave and Laura 

I would like to thank you for an incredible service. 

Myself, my kids Saffron and Scarlett and my inlaws had an amazing time camping out and playing with all your well equipped vehicles.

There is just no replacement for a couple of nights under the stars, braaing, telling stories and bonding – with great equipment!!

 We loved the experience and the kids haven’t stopped talking about it and look forward to the next time.

 David, Saffron and Scarlett Lieberman


Hi Laura, 

WOW, thank you for the awesome service from Self Drive Africa!

We really enjoyed our getaway and what made the trip memorable was the ease of dealing with you, the cleanliness and quality of the vehicle and the little extra’s that made us feel special!

We will definitely use your services again and will recommend your company to anyone that wants to go on a BIG or small self drive!

JP Grove


I would like to thank you and commend you on the fantastic service you provided on our first trip to Africa.  As you can imagine we were very nervous driving into Africa for the first time and you put us at ease and made sure that all the technical aspects of the car were explained to us as well as the border crossing protocols.  Your in depth knowledge and willingness to share this information was truly special and equipped us mentally for what can only be described as the best 3 weeks of our lives.  The wildlife we saw on the route you planned and the wonderful people we met set a benchmark that must be repeated.  The Landcruiser you provided was truly spectacular in the sand of the Kalahari and I would not hesitate to use this type of vehicle again, we wanted for nothing during our trip and we will be back next year.

Thank you Laura

Jane & Rob UK


Dear Laura and Dave,

Just once again to thank you for Mvuu. We covered 6300 km using 733 liter ( 11.63 l/100km) which is quite remarkable considering some of the terrain we drove through. Namibia having many muddy gravel roads some tarred. In Botswana we took the “short cut” from the Caprivi Border Post to Maun. Ended up driving on a two track very sandy and under water at some stages, wet bush road, for 150 km. Here driving was mostly in 4 x 4 mode and at stages the diff. lock was used. However Mvuu got us through without a hitch which, according to locals we spoke to in Maun, was quite a feat considering it was the fist time Billy had driven in 4 x 4 terrain and the fact that we did it alone i.e. not in convoy. We will most certainly make use of you vehicles again.

Hettie & Billie