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4×4 Adventures

The concept of 4×4 self-drive embodies the qualities that we feel should be part of any Steppes Travel holiday. Designed to give you the freedom to dictate your own pace, a self-drive holiday encourages a sense of spontaneity.

Take back control of your holiday, embrace a spirit of adventure and welcome the wonderful serendipity that a self-drive 4×4 holiday provides.

Whoever came up with the notion that the journey matters more than the destination clearly never flew economy in the back row of the aircraft, next to the toilets. But as far as road trips are concerned, the notion could not be more apposite. The journey is an integral part of the experience and at Steppes Travel, we have come up with a list of 4×4 road trips that even the new team of Top Gear would be hard-pressed to ignore.

Amazon driving, Peru Safari, Peru
Nazca and Southern Coast, Peru

Guided Self Drive

While this may sound like a contradiction, guided self-drive is an innovative concept that allows for stress-free 4×4 exploration of the world’s most wild places. You’ll join a group of like-minded travellers to drive in convoy across terrains such as the Amazon in Peru or the Haa Valley in Bhutan. At the front of your convoy will be an experienced driver-guide, leading the way but still giving you the freedom to travel at your own speed. Our clients have found the skill and knowledge of our local driver-guides to be the key to unlocking routes they would never have found by themselves.

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Sossusvlei, Namibia

Namibia self-drive

From Windhoek, journey south to the mighty dunes at Sossusvlei, before heading north through remote desert scenery to Damaraland, stopping off at the coastal oasis of Swakopmund. Seek out big game in Etosha National Park before heading to Okonjima for a big cat experience.

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4x4 in Alabama Hills in California, USA
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The road less travelled

We will, of course, put together an itinerary for you but do not expect it to be cut and dried. We will make sure you have a robust and reliable vehicle that is perfectly suited to the terrain on which you are driving. We will find you the best accommodation – family-run, characterful and the perfect place to relax after a day’s exploring. We will provide you with a picnic hamper for lunch. We will even make recommendations as to where you may want to stop en-route. But these are just recommendations – you can park up wherever the mood takes you. After all, you are in the driving seat and so it is up to you to discover your own memorable moments.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Bird

It wasn’t part of the script, career plans were quite different but after four global trips visiting such exciting destinations, travel became a passion that eventually led to me entering the industry. The more I have travelled the greater the desire has been to see and do more.
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James Armitage

Rewind to 1981 (yes a long time ago) where, as a young and naive gringo ready to explore the world, I boarded a plane to Santiago, Chile. My Spanish was limited to “dos cerveza por favour”, but I was eager to discover a new continent and meet new friends – an adventure that has since become a nearly 40-year love affair.
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Jackie Devereux

I was born in Zimbabwe. With a dad who was in the police force, we moved from place to place. I have always been passionate about travel. My grandparents mentioned that our ancestors set off from the Horn of Africa – Ethiopia – looking for better cattle pastures. They ended up settling in the south-eastern hills of Zimbabwe, in the Great Zimbabwe area.
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Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management. My desire to see more led me to work as a guide for AndBeyond, first in South Africa, then in Tanzania as the company expanded. Here, I lived and worked in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro, guiding and running safari camps.
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Once again, I would like to thank James for organising our trip. Our visit to Peru was perfect. Each of the expert guides in Peru made the whole thing run like clockwork, and I cannot thank all of you enough.

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