Do I need a 4×4 to self-drive in southern Africa?

Your custom route will be tailored to your vehicle capability – 4×4 is recommended to access the most adventurous destinations in Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Not all destinations are accessible with 2×4 vehicles but this is by no means a limitation to exploring and experiencing a large part of Southern Africa. 

How long in advance should I book my trip?

For national parks like CKGR, Moremi, Chobe and Kgalagadi, bookings should be made a year in advance to guarantee the best combination of camps en route. That said, Ultimate Routes can still create an exciting, adventurous trip to your country of choice in southern Africa, nearer to your travel dates.

How does the booking process through Ultimate Routes work?

  • Select one of the suggested routes or request a custom-designed trip,
  • Send us an Enquiry Form with more details about your desired adventure,
  • Once your route design is finalised, we’ll send you the plan for approval,
  • Once approved, receive your Route Brochure with its corresponding Quote after we’ve secured your bookings,
  • Payment secures all accommodation reservations,
  • Receive a comprehensive Trip Itinerary with booking vouchers, daily route information, recommended activities and important contact details for your journey.

Is a GPS necessary for self-drive trips in southern Africa?

This is up to you. Self-drive travelers always have the choice of using paper maps, App’s or a GPS as navigational support.

Daily travel distances and estimated times are provided along in our clients Trip Itinerary and we make use of Garmin for BaseCamp informed by Track4Africa.

Can I rent a 4×4 and camping equipment through Ultimate Routes?

Yes! We manage vehicle rental bookings with reputable companies who have reliable fleets and competitive pricing.

Ultimate Routes highly recommends equipment rental company Go Camp for canopy, tent and camping equipment rental.

Can I book a multi-country self-drive trip through Ultimate Routes?

Ultimate Routes plans routes and books accommodation across borders of Southern African countries. We specialise in routes and bookings in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia. We cater for all accommodation preferences, from camping and glamping to luxury safaris.

Does Ultimate Routes book routes in Mozambique and Malawi?

At this stage, because we have not explored the countries enough for ourselves, we typically don’t plan routes through Mozambique and Malawi. if this country forms part of a longer trip that includes our countries of expertise, we may assist with the Malawi / Mozambique bookings too, or make our best recommendations.

Ultimate Routes makes use of a strong referral and information network of travelers, African mapping experts (Tracks4Africa’s) and overlanding forums which keep us abreast with relevant info pertaining to routes, campsites & accommodation in Africa. So rest assured, you’ll be in good hands all the way.

Can we pre-pay for National Park conservation fees on our trip through Ultimate Routes?

For most accommodation or camps inside national parks, we can assist with pre-paying conservation fees.

In Namibia, all conservation fees are only payable on arrival.

In Zimbabwe, most camp bookings include conservation fees, though vehicle fees must be paid on arrival.

In Zambia, only some camps include conservation fees, others will be payable on arrival in local currency or USD. This will be indicated in your itinerary.