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Hit the African open road


As one of the most incredible places on earth visitors will want to see Africa at their own pace, and one of the best ways of doing that is by driving yourself around the places you want to see.

Because of the vast landscapes, the array of wildlife and culture, it makes sense to book a group adventure holiday to hire a car and hit the open road. To make everything run smoothly, remember to book accommodation for each night in advance, plan the route and book a hire car. Then, your time is your own!

Africa is so vast that you really need to decide in advance the type of holiday you want, and at Freedom Africa we have plenty to choose from. The Southern Wanderer, for instance, is a seven-day self drive that showcases Namibia’s excellent south, including colonial sites, Sosusvlei’s impressive dunes and Fish River Canyon, as well, of course, as Namib Naukluft Park.

Alternatively, holidays to South Africa that include the Garden Route can be taken in on a six-day tour. This isn’t like the Chelsea Garden Show spread out along South Africa though; the name exists simply because the Western Cape coastline is very densely vegetated, bursting with natural beauty and this is very different to the arid landscape the rest of the country displays.

The Garden Route is 200 km of fynbos, a thick fragrant bush, pine plantations and indigenous forest. Added to the mix are lakes and lagoons, plus, of course, gorges and mountain passes, all of which combines to deliver a truly stunning display of nature at its very best – and a six-day tour is just £295 per person.

Culture vultures can opt instead for the Bergs & Battlefields six-day tour instead, which takes in the Drakensberg Mountians, Zulu villages and historic battlefields, starting at Durban before moving into Zululand. The journey can end either back in Durban or in Johannesburg.

One of Africa’s strongest assets is its variation – it isn’t just history, or just mountains, trees, gorges, desert or vegetation, nor is it just animals. Rather, it is all of them combined, all together in one vast place like a sample palette of earth itself, just waiting to be explored and enjoyed. However it’s spent, though, Africa is a holiday not to be missed, and a self drive group holiday full of adventure doesn’t get any better than this. Visit http://www.freedomafrica.co.uk/ for more driving holidays in Africa.

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