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Traveling independently in Africa is possible! Five stays in total freedom

4×4 tour around the Sonop lodge with Georges, one of the lodge’s two guides. In Namibia. BRUNO MAZODIER / Le Figaro Magazine

Originally, free travel in Africa was the preserve of a few adventurous backpackers. Today, it is possible to go individually without taking any risk through a tour operator. Five stays without ties!

Originally, it was impossible to go to Africa, Asia or Latin America without joining a group. Only a few adventurous backpackers attempted the adventure of freedom. Then travel became more democratic, individualism accompanied it. We want to travel, but at our own pace. Go where you want, when you want. Five individual stays on African soil.

In Botswana, free to sleep on the roof

In Chobe Park, encounter with a herd of impalas. STANISLAS FAUTRE / Le Figaro Magazine

Botswana is one of those countries so expensive that they seem inaccessible. Nomade Aventure proposes to discover it in freedom with a 4X4 equipped with a tent on the roof. On the program, Savuti, Chobe, Moremi and of course the Okavango Delta. After a short introduction to driving on the track, you are ready to sail alone on the wild tracks of Botswana. Magnificent landscapes, strong emotions and above all many, many animals. And to avoid overusing camping in the middle of nature, a few nights in a lodge allow you to enjoy a real bed. An adventure to live absolutely.

WE love :

  • Freedom but also local support
  • Sleep on the roof surrounded by nature
  • The sweet price to discover this country

Around Botswana with Nomade Aventure. Budget from €2,650 (flight included) for this 15-day individual trip. Pan from Makgadikgadi – Okavango – Moremi – Chobe – Savuti. Such. : 01 46 33 53 94.

In South Africa, the roadtrip par excellence

Blyde River Canyon, in the province of Mpumalanga in South Africa, is on the itinerary offered by Comptoir des Voyages. Photo press / David Brunet

South Africa is the “American West” of Africa: roads carved with a line, grandiose landscapes and as a bonus, an incomparable wild life. This itinerary offers an ambitious and complete discovery of the Rainbow Nation. A trip in total freedom with car rental, all helped by an intelligent app that optimizes your trip. Some immersive experiences in Cape Town or Kruger Park and a selection of stays in guest houses are on the program. But also free safari in Kruger Park, cooking classes in Cape Town, walks in the marvelous landscapes of the garden route. A complete itinerary to which we would gladly add a short stopover in Johannesburg.

WE love :

  • Homestay addresses
  • Immersive activities
  • The Luciole application to guide you during the trip

Autotour from Cape Town to Kruger Park with Comptoir des Voyages. Budget from €2150 per person (flight included) for this 16-day individual trip. Cape Town – Garden Route – Zulu Country – Eswatini (Swaziland) – Kruger Park – Blyde River Canyon. Such. : 01 53 10 97 61.

In Zimbabwe, free to follow Livingstone

Victoria Falls from Zimbabwe. STANISLAS FAUTRE / Le Figaro Magazine

We could forget that Zimbabwe was for a long time a country of travel. A quality road network, optimum safety and unique centers of interest make this country the new flagship destination for lovers of Africa and freedom. From the capital, Harare to the pre-colonial site of Great Zimbabwe, we discover the historical and cultural richness of this country. And from Hwange to Victoria Falls, we enjoy the wonders of nature and an incredibly rich wildlife. A trip with a small 4X4, accommodation in charming lodges, some activities (walking safari) and a canoe expedition on Lake Kariba.

WE love :

  • The large number of steps for a real panorama of the country
  • Time spent discovering Great Zimbabwe
  • Canoe camping adventure on Lake Kariba

Zimbabwe, in the footsteps of Livingstone with Maisons du Voyage. Budget from €4495 per person (flight included). Harare, Great Zimbabwe, Hwange National Park, Victoria Falls and Lake Kariba. Such. : 01 56 81 38 29.

In Namibia, desert at will

The gigantic dunes of the Namib can be traversed in freedom. Photo press / Travelers of the World / MChampenois

The oldest desert in the world is found in the very south of the African continent, in Namibia. This sparsely populated country has a veritable collection of deserts, the best known of which, the Namib, is distinguished by its gigantic dunes. Despite a hostile environment, Namibia allows travelers to discover it freely. This route takes place aboard an SUV to cover the well-tanned tracks. It allows you to stay in charming addresses in the heart of reserves or deserts. Note a selection of sometimes hidden addresses, a few activities such as “rhino tracking” (tracking rhinos) or kayaking in an ocean populated by wild sea lions. And as a bonus, a concierge at your disposal to book you a lunch in one of these restaurants worthy of Baghdad Cafe.

WE love :

  • Unsuspected charming addresses
  • The service of a French-speaking concierge
  • The quality of each service provided

Discovery of Namibia, bush, desert and coast with Voyageurs du Monde. Budget from €4200 per person (flight included) for this 15-day individual trip. Windhoek – Highlands – Etosha – Damaraland – Walvis Bay – Namib – Kalahari. Such. : 01 83 64 79 41.

In Tanzania, the large parks in freedom

By Nativ offers personalized itineraries in Tanzania. Here, Tarangire National Park. Photo press / By Nativ / Mat Hayward.jpeg

In Tanzania, a driver and a vehicle just for you will be your allies to explore the great wildlife parks of the north in complete freedom. It’s up to you to put yourself in the wheel of other 4X4s or to escape from them. It is up to you, thanks to the advice of specialists, to choose large lodges or small canvas camps. By dealing directly with an advisor installed on site while benefiting from the guarantee of a travel agency, Bynativ offers complete and personalized itineraries. The accommodations are simple but well located, far from the places of tourist concentration. A 4X4 with the panoramic vision sunroof allows you to admire the splendor of the Ngorongoro crater or that of the Serengeti.

WE love :

  • Accommodation in tent camps
  • The unusual discovery of small towns
  • Pre-trip advice from a “local”

Itinerary in Tanzania with By Nativ. Budget from €2,465/person (excluding airfare) for this individual trip of 7 days and 6 nights. Arusha – Lake Manyara – Ngorongoro – Serengeti – Tarangire. Such. : 01 53 10 34 31 or to be put in touch with the local agent directly.


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