Self-drive safari in Tanzania

A self-drive safari through Tanzania offers the chance to discover the stunning sceneries, many animals and cultures of Tanzania on your own. Enjoy Tanzania at your own pace with a 4WD Land Rover or Toyota provided by Explore Tanzania!

Explore Tanzania offers a reliable 4WD car, so you can start your own carefree adventure.

Build your own route and rent just the car including camping equipment.
Or let us put together a tailor-made trip with a stay in our Green Camps, or other lodges and/or  tent camps, which have already been (party) booked for you.

Tanzania self-drive
Tanzania self-drive
Tanzania self-drive
Tanzania self-drive
Tanzania self-drive
Tanzania self-drive
Tanzania self-drive
Tanzania self-drive

Self-drive opties

There are multiple opportunities for a self-drive safari in Tanzania


You can choose from the following types of cars for your safari throughout Northern Tanzania, including the Serengeti National Park and Lake Natron:

Land Rover Defender, a robust 4WD, with roof and/or ground tent, suitable for a maximum of 4 people with camping gear and luggage.

Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD 6, a modern and luxurious 4WD, with roof tent, suitable for a maximum of 2 adults (and possibly a small child on a bench) with camping gear and luggage.

Both types of 4WD have tubeless tires for reduced vulnerability. If you don’t have a roof tent, you have an open / pop-up roof.

Please note:

  • You must have sufficient driving experience and an international driver’s license.
  • Before you leave you will receive a mini Bush training, adapted to your skills.
  • You navigate with a GPS with Track4Africa and/or the app from from your own mobile phone and a local SIM card.
  • Driving in the dark is not allowed.
  • It must be clear in advance on which days you want to be in which National Park, so that the permits can also be arranged in advance. That is no longer possible on the spot.
  • The camping spot(s) in the National Park must also be paid in advance.
  • There is no toilet in the car (so be careful, shine around with a flashlight).
  • Self-driving = independent travel. That means having confidence in the vehicle (knowing something about mechanics) and understanding and respecting the local culture.


  • If you have no experience with self-drive yet, book a weekend off the road in the your home country first.
  • Travel with soft luggage bags so that they are easy to store.


  • Land Rover Defender or Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD 6: from € 230 per day
  • With camping equipment: from € 275 per day
  • Optional with guide/driver: € 80 per day extra
  • Optional with cook: € 20 per day extra


  • Check (realistic) travel route
  • Bush statement; briefing on vehicle and equipment, setting up camp, driving in the parks, animal awareness and road conditions in Tanzania.
  • GPS with Tracks4Africa, maps of the parks
  • Mobile phone with dual SIM card
  • 240 volt converter
  • Stereo with IPOD connection
  • Refrigerator/Freezer
  • Unlimited number of kilometers, if in Northern Tanzania
  • Spare Tires
  • Jack
  • Basic Tool Set
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Detailed Map
  • Information booklet about the car
  • Comprehensive insurance for the car (with excess of 5% of the damage up to max. $1000 and 100% tire and wheel damage)
  • Northern Tanzania pick-up service in case of breakdown

At Camping:

  • Starter package with food for the campers
  • See also camping equipment below


Not included are:

  • Flying Doctors Insurance
  • Deposit of $500
  • Fuel (full tank on departure and return)
  • Transfers
  • Driver / guide
  • Camp and/or lodge costs
  • National park fees
  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Vaccinations
  • Any frozen meals
  • Activities not mentioned
  • Unmentioned items

Camping equipment

A campsite cannot be reserved in advance. You will be assigned a camping spot at the entrance of the park. Only at Ngorongoro and Lake Natron you must first request a reservation quote before you can enter the park. On this you indicate at which campsite you are staying.

Camping equipment includes the following:

  • 1x ground tent or roof tent
  • 1x tent frame for ground tent
  • 20x tent pegs for ground tent
  • 2x safari beds for ground tent
  • 2x cushions with pillowcases
  • 2x thick blankets in duvet cover
  • 2x Maasai sheets
  • 1x table
  • 2x safari seats
  • 1x solar lamp
  • 1x 45 ltr refrigerator – clean
  • 1x full gas bottle
  • 1x camping stove
  • 2x water jugs with water (20 liters each)
  • 2x sidelights
  • 1x work lamp at the rear of the vehicle
  • 4x green boxes – 1x food starter kit, 1x cooking pans, 1x containers, 1x cleaning eq.
  • 1x pump shower
  • 1x picnic box complete (crockery and cutlery)
  • 1x cooler bag with ice packs
  • 2x bottles for juice/milk and 1 thermos
  • 1x glasses repair kit
  • 1x first aid kit
  • 1x calculator and pen
  • 1x stereo system
  • 2x spare wheels
  • 2x jerry cans full of diesel (20 liters each)
  • 1x brai
  • 1x washing-up bowl
  • 1x dustpan and brush
  • 1x Hi-Lift jack or bottle jack
  • 1x dual SIM mobile phone
  • 1x GPS
  • 1x winch (not on all vehicles)
  • 4x extensive toolboxes
  • 1x 240 volt inverter for charging cameras, etc.
  • 1x fox wing canopy
  • 1x ax
  • 1x saw
  • 1x spade
  • 2x warning triangles
  • 2x Hi-Vis Jackets
  • 1x fire extinguishers

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