Our story

Self-Drive Zim was borne out of a passion for the memorable experiences and people this country has to offer those who choose to explore like a local…

We look forward to enabling you to experience Zim to the fullest and make lasting memories.

A few words about us

Sally Bown has 38 years experience running the Zimbabwe Tour and Safari Operators Association along with 9 years running Sunbird Guest House in Harare. Her wealth of knowledge and can-do attitude make her ideally suited to arranging your campsite bookings and keeping everything running smoothly.

Ant Bown grew up experiencing the wonders of the Zambezi River from the age of 6 and has never turned down a chance to visit since! He operates both www.manapools.com and www.selfdrivezim.com. Ant will be your point of contact.

Costa Kapupurika is our operations manager with 9 years experience at Sunbird Guesthouse and an impeccable record of customer service. Ably assisted by our longstanding team of Chris, Godfrey and Abel, they make sure you have everything you need to make your trip a success.

Neil Greenway is our mechanical and kit consultant a founder member and multiple former chairman of the 4×4 Club of Zimbabwe. A classic car enthusiast he is ideally skilled to make sure everything runs smoothly. We forgive him for being a Land-Rover man.

Our born & bred Zimbabwean team look forward to welcoming you and ensuring you have the best experience of Zim possible.

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

Our support and experience includes:

Manapools.com leverages 38 years inbound safari experience to arrange bookings, catering & transfers.
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Sunbird Guest House is the ideal Harare base to begin your journey from.
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Comprehensively Licensed, Insured and Affiliated with:

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Get in touch with us


South Africa:
Ant: +27 83 302 1708

Sally: +263 771 566 715