Welcome to Ultimate Routes


Experience unforgettable self-drive safari adventures in the company of your chosen travel companions. Ultimate Routes specializes in planning and booking self-drive, self-guided safari expeditions through Southern Africa. 

The team’s extensive experience of route building, invaluable industry partnerships and knowledge of local attractions will ensure an unforgettable holiday, enriched with routes, accommodation and experiences tailored to your wild desires.

Your route can traverse the boundaries of Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia. We cover bookings for popular self-drive safari destinations, National Park camps,  wilderness regions and the roads less traveled. From camping and glamping to luxury safari lodge accommodation, leave the planning and booking up to us and enjoy a care-free bush break-away.


Experience unique overnight stays, big game sightings, amazing photography opportunities, unforgettable landscapes and so much more in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Get inspired for your next self-drive safari with Ultimate Routes.
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Baines Baobab Botswana
Mike Duxbury Elephant Mana Pools Zimbabwe



Our passion and respect for the outdoors was instilled, first and foremost, by our families. The original planners of OUR ultimate routes must be our parents, who enabled us to experience, enjoy and learn from camping, hiking and travelling through Southern Africa.

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Ek het die beste diens van Lea en Francois gekry! Besprekings in lyn met my planne vir ʼn toer deur Botswana se Kalahari en selfs plek gekry vir ons by Rooiputs. Briljant! Daar was nie enigsins ‘n sloerdery nie, alles net flink en dadelik gedoen. Dankie julle twee! Pieter Rootman

Lea and Francois response times were superb. The admin fee charged is very reasonable and their suggestions superb! We’ve now booked and paid, waiting so excitedly for the time for our trip next year! Thank you both so much! Sandy & John Stewart

Heart, experience, latest travel and accommodation info, integrity, giftedness, technologically astute, tuned to your heart! – Ronel Smit

We did an enquiry for February 2020 a couple of weeks ago and the response times from Ultimate Routes was phenomenal. Our itinerary is done and so professionally presented, bookings confirmed and loads of suggestions for our trip to Namibia. Thank you!!!! Marcelle Du Preez

Best self drive route through Botswana from Ultimate Routes!! Thank you Lea & Francois everything was perfect, booked and organised at every pitstop we had. Looking forward to starting planning our next trips with you. Madelein Rabie

Absolute professional service. I have booked. Thanks Lea & Francois. Guillaume Zietsman

I recently made a booking with Ultimate Routes with specific requirements for my tour and they made it all happen. From keeping off main routes and just travelling on back/gravel roads & mountain passes, through small towns – wow they got me smiling. Their service is great and they reply quickly to emails. Well done guys. I’m looking forward to what you come up with next on my upcoming 2019 tours. Dylan Veneman

Ultimate Routes has planned our self-drive trip around Botswana with our best interest at hand. We never felt that we missed out on anything on-route and will definitely make use of their services again. Letitia Le Grange

From our first contact Lea and Francois have been absolutely fantastic. They listened to the tour brief and planned our entire trip with a clear and professionally presented itinerary. Unfortunately our trip has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic but Lea and Francois have sorted out the bookings for a later date.

Their rates are very reasonable, their communication is excellent and nothing is a problem for them. It’s a pleasure to do business with Ultimate Routes. We will use them for all our overland adventure planning. Graham Guthrie

Ultimate Routes took our idea and took it beyond our expectations. Taking us off the main roads and experiencing places that we would have never considered visiting. Looking forward to our Caprivi and Botswana in 2021,  also booked through Ultimate Routes. Michael Alberts

Ultimate Routes gives the client precisely what they require, all so well detailed and planned. They made it an absolute pleasure to travel to these wonderful new destinations. Flavia Halamandres

Ultimate Routes will be your partner in expert travel planning & bookings for your self-drive safari in southern Africa!