There has been a growing trend in travel for travellers to do it alone and opt out of group tours for what they consider a more authentic experience. Of course, this is not for everyone, especially in a destination as challenging as Africa. But done properly, the rewards can be immeasurable. So apart from our small guided groups, and tailor-made travel, we also provide self-drive itineraries with accommodation and rental assistance provided by our specialists. We are always ready to provide our agents with assistance on what type of holiday is the best fit for their clients, here are some ways to boost self-drive sales…

Firstly it’s important to ascertain whether a self-drive tip is a good fit for your client. If you know your clients and their interests you can confidently recommend self-drive to them. It may also be the case that you are quite certain they are not ideal self-drive candidates, in that case it may be best to gently urge them to try a private-guided journey instead.

is ideal for:

  • Returning visitors who are
    familiar with the destination and want to explore more of it
  • Independent or self-sufficient
    travellers who don’t like relying on a driver
  • Travellers with very specific
    destinations and highlights they want to see, in some cases they may even have
    an exact route planned but only need assistance with booking accommodation and
    car rental
  • Travellers looking for off the
    beaten track destinations, interested in venturing where few have gone before
  • People who want to travel at their
    own pace
  • Impulsive travellers who like to
    change their plans on a whim

ideal for:

  • Travellers who consider relaxing
    the most important part of their holiday (who would prefer to be driven instead
    of doing any driving)
  • People who struggle with
    maps/directions and perhaps even modern technology such as smart phones
  • Travellers who really don’t enjoy
    any aspect of planning, while our consultants can take care of practically
    everything there is some level of personal planning required
  • People who don’t like surprises or
    aren’t adaptable (anything can happen on the open road)
  • People who are uncomfortable
    driving with gears / stick shift (unless they don’t mind paying more for hiring
    an automatic car)

How we make Self-Drive successful:

ensure that our guests are very well prepared by advising/ensuring that:

  • Travellers get an International Driver’s License before their trip
  • Guests download maps onto their phone or tablet for offline access (especially for areas with no cell service)
  • Guests purchase a Simcard with data and airtime loaded in their destination country
  • Creating detailed itineraries with extensive driving instructions, GPS coordinates, travel times, and distances between destinations
  • Adding that extra touch – such as recommending special roadside attractions or off the beaten track sights that are worth small detours
  • Keeping clients’ needs and desires top of mind when crafting the itinerary

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