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Explore like a local

 

Get off the beaten track and explore undiscovered, beautiful Zimbabwe and her friendly people with a 4×4 self-drive safari. We have all the equipment and on the ground, know-how to let you experience uncrowded and remote Africa at it’s finest. We are your feet on the ground in Zim.

Discover your own experiences with
our fully equipped vehicles

We run a fleet of capable, reliable Mitsubishi Pajero CK 4×4 vehicles for optimal safety and comfort both on and off the tar. Zimbabwe’s diverse attractions are linked by a network of single-lane paved highways, whilst most national parks have graded gravel access roads. Mitsubishi’s Pajero CK is ideally suited to this range of conditions with its 5-star NCAP safety rating and proven 3l motor. Auto and manual transmission options are available.

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Discover your own Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe has some of the finest most unspoilt wilderness in Africa, offering unique experiences simply unavailable elsewhere such as walking in Mana Pools National park and the amazing sight of Victoria Falls. We are registered Zimparks bookings agents and work closely with associates around the country.

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Journeys as great as the destinations

One size does not fit all, Zim has too many diverse destinations to explore. Contact us and let us help you tailor-make an itinerary and kit combination that will give you unique experiences and unforgettable memories of Africa.

We are with you all the way:

Comprehensively insured
Registered Zimparks booking agent
Zimbabwe Tourism Authority registered
A proud associate of Wildzambezi.com
A proud associate of Kariba Ferries

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The Self-Drive Zim Team

Our born and bred Zimbabwean team look forward to welcoming you and ensuring you have the best experience.
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Our support and experience includes:

Manapools.com leverages 38 years inbound safari experience to arrange bookings, catering & transfers.
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Zimbabwe Car Hire provides mechanical support via depots in Harare, Victoria Falls & Bulawayo.
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Sunbird Guest House is the ideal Harare base to begin your journey from.
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What our travellers say

  • Thanks for organising our fly-fishing trip to the Zambezi. The organisation was like clockwork and the vehicles worked flawlessly. We will be back.

    Ilyas Patel & Friends South Africa
  • We had an incredible month in Zimbabwe and feel so lucky we found manapools.com & selfdrivezim.com. Ant Bown and his team organised everything for us, but it still felt like it was our own adventure. Right from the beginning, Ant was great and when we started our planning he was always on hand to answer any stupid questions we had. They did all our national parks bookings for us (which made life SO much easier), as well as booked ferries and advised on all the best places to go, on safety and much much more. Then when we arrived in Harare we stayed at the wonderful Sunbird guest house which catered for all our needs. The 4x4 was great and had been kitted out with literally everything we needed to be self-sufficient and comfortable for the month. Zimbabwe is such an extraordinary place, Mana Pools and Chitake Springs especially, but the whole country is so diverse and ready-made for these trips. Everyone we met was so friendly and the scenery and wildlife are magnificent. Not once did we feel like just another random client, we felt they really wanted us to have a great time. We were always reassured they had things covered and so I cannot recommend this company enough, not only in terms of their knowledge of the country and self-drive safaris but also their passion and enthusiasm.

    Angus H. Richardson & Partner United Kingdom
  • We were searching one night for holiday possibilities in various countries and I shot Ant an enquiry email - I was very surprised to get a reply within the hour and a follow-up Skype call the next evening. We really value quick feedback and service, something Ant was able to do the entire trip when we needed it. We were their first guests to hire a 4x4 and, apart from missing a braai grid (which gave us an excuse to meet our neighbours), everything was beautifully kitted out. Not easy to get right the first time but they really did think of everything. We loved the personal tips Ant gave us too and the overnight ferry across Lake Kariba was a definite highlight for our kids. We were so pleased to have chosen Mana Pools as our primary destination. All in all, a very reliable and well-run outfit, would definitely recommend and use them again!

    Meghan Veldhuis & Family Netherlands

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Email:
ant@manapools.com

South Africa:
Ant: +27 83 302 1708

Zimbabwe:

Ant: +263 778 422 185

Sally: +263 771 566 715

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