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TANZANIA, MOROGORO, DAR-ES-SALAAM, ZANZIBAR

Exploring East Africa – TRIP REPORT

Exploring East Africa with a visit to Tanzania, Mororgoro, Dar-es-Salaam, Zanzibar coming up ! Right, here I am again with an adventure of a lifetime!  It is advisable to travel in convoy with a couple of other vehicles for safety reasons.  This one is not for the faint hearted. Yet again, 4×4 Rentals Africa came trough with excellent vehicles and thus our group came back with unforgettable memories.

Let me tell you guys it is a long trip, 7 days drive from Johannesburg to Tanzania, 12hrs per day.  Then you average about 500 – 600km per day.  The further you move away from South Africa, the slower you drive because of road conditions.  Some places there is no road, so be prepared.

Make sure your personal and vehicle rental documents are 100% correct, these guys in deep Africa borders does not play and is quite difficult to get across.  Patience and friendliness are probably what saved our heads even with the necessary documents required.

4×4 Rentals Africa provides all client with border documents and information on how to cross borders in Africa. – www.4x4rentalsafrica.com

Off we Go !

And so our long trip begins.  The roads you see now is fairly good, but a lot of speed limits are imposed.  There are a lot of animals, and small towns on route.  Night time driving is an absolutely NO GO!!  The huts next to road consist of small villages and are built all traditional ways with grass and mud because ingenious as they are quite sturdy and provide good shelter for the people.  It is amazing how they survive in such harsh conditions, but always a smile on their faces.  That is really inspirational to me personally.

As we plod along in convoy here and there to get some refreshments we realized and the further we go there is more limited bathroom facilities, yes guys!  So, wet wipes and a spare toilet roll comes in handy in the middle of nowhere. If you got to go, you got to go maybe some places does have bathroom facilities, but yes well…not worth it! For instance.

The potholes are marked by branches, never have I seen this before.  Then we came upon 2 young children with a spade of some sort trying to fix the road….yes I suppose they wanted something and we gave them something.  Always make sure before you take pictures of people to ask first, it can be seen as rude or disrespectful. 

The traffic near borders in Africa are quite a challenge and you need to keep your wits sharp at all times.  No which way to go?  Left or Right?  Yes guys, sometimes a good old fashion map book of the country you are visiting is even better than GPS.  We obviously did extensive research about our route, but sometimes even that is not enough.

Morogoro

As we neared Tanzania after about day 6 we were absolutely knackered from driving and sleep deprivation.  So we got a fairly good hotel in Morogoro to rest for a couple of days.  Believe me, that first cold beer was heaven!

Water is also scarce, so mind you water use for washing or showering.  Morogoro is a big fairly big city with an enormous amount of people.  Motorbikes and the 3 wheeler Tuc Tuc is your local transport, and boy that scared me.  It is such an adrenaline rush to ride on or in one of those but definitely a must.  These guys know what they are doing.

Local Food

Local food is also interesting, with a wide variety for every possible taste.  If you are not so adventurous, there are upmarket hotels with restaurants where you can beat any hunger pains, but it is going to cost you a pretty penny.

There is definitely no shortage of fresh fruit, vegetables and roots at the street vendors.  This lady was selling vetkoek at a local bus stop and was absolutely delicious!  And the custom made drum to fry them, wow just awesome…

So far the trip was without major mechanical issues, and all going well.

Dar es Salaam

Off to Dar-Es-Salaam and Zanzibar.  I am so privileged and excited to share this, it is however impossible to put down in words how it affects you in the most wonderful way as a human being.  And the pictures are countless.

Now, this towns is even more congested with almost everything imaginable however more people, bicycles, vehicles, animals and many more.  The streets are also very narrow and seriously test your driving skills.  You definitely need to be the more well travelled in order not to run into any unnecessary problems.

In the major towns there is a good supply of fuel or diesel.  The smaller towns on route, no.  Make sure you have extra jerry cans filled up for your more remote small towns.

In Dar-Es-Salaam there is a multitude of cultural experiences with modern elements interweaved to make it such a special place.  Sightseeing on foot is a must.  But keep your valuables safe and no shiny jewelry for the ladies, just do not put yourself on the spot for temptation by the regular street thugs.

The architecture is quite magical if that is what you’re into.  From opulent European buildings, Indian/Asian zones to mixed African/Tanzanian buildings can be explored.  Really a wonderful mix for every taste.

Zanzibar

Next, we take the ferry to visit the magical island of Zanzibar.  About 3hrs from Dar.  Such a hustle and bustle at the port and absolutely overwhelming at times.  This island is spectacular with its old buildings.  Wooden doors are locally made and the craftmanship is extraordinary.  This island is part of the Indian Ocean which has a great biodiversity of marine life, long sandy beaches and warm water.

The historic Stone Town is a must if you are there and we stayed at Malindi Hotel but it is very basic and sometimes with no water because of no real reason.  But all good and a traveller makes a plan.  The sunsets and views are breathtaking.  Then there is a night food market on the island where there are literally 100’s of food sellers to cater for every taste bud imaginable

A relaxing drink at the Freddy Mercury bar is a MUST!  Named after this iconic singer and lots of memorabilia can be seen there.  He was born in Zanzibar as Faruk Bulsara and what a wonderful way to explore this icon’s history with Zanzibar.

All I can say that this trip was unforgettable and I would love to share more stories and photos.  However, this hopefully is enough to encourage you to start saving for that awesome holiday.

Thank you again for 4×4 Rentals Africa and for everyone travelling with for the use of the vehicles. 

Until next time when another adventure awaits!!

Carel Pienaar

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4×4 Rentals Africa Fact Sheet

4×4 Rentals Africa Fact Sheet and Where to Find Us

4×4 Rentals Africa

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General Information

4×4 Rentals Africa is situated in Johannesburg, South Africa. 4×4 Rentals Africa specialises in the rental of fully equipped Toyota Hilux double cab 4×4 and Toyota Land Cruiser 4×4.

  • Affordable insurance option for all budgets including 100% cover
  • Unlimited Mileage / Kilometres
  • No Extra Fuel Deposit
  • Free Garmin GPS (NUVI 1300) with maps pre-loaded (Tracks4Africa)
  • Satellite phone for all rentals – Airtime to be bought by client
  • Cross border papers – All countries
  • Free pick up and drop off at OR Tambo, Johannesburg and other major centres by arrangement
  • No Extra fees for extra Drivers
  • No extra fees for weekend and after hour pick up and drop-offs.

Where can you Go ?

Our vehicles are allowed to travel to any of the following countries : South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, DRC, Angola.

Branches

We have branches in the following cities : Johannesburg South Africa (main), Windhoek, Namibia.

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Our Vehicles

All vehicles are equipped to accommodate four adventurers. Each vehicle is fitted with two, two person roof top tents (1.4m wide) with built in mosquito nets. We can supply equipment for a fifth person at no extra cost. Additional free standing tents are available. All camping gear such as chairs, tables, sleeping bags, pillows, cutlery & crockery, hi-lift jack, gas tanks, torches, tire inflator, tow rope are included. See Equipment Checklist for details. All you need to pack is your clothes.

Our Rates

Toyota Hilux Double Cab – From R 1 370

Toyota Land Cruiser – From R 1 770

Contact us for a detailed quote for your adventure and keep an eye out for our specials.

INSURANCE OPTIONS WITH YOUR RENTAL

  • We do not take a security deposit.
  • Your quote includes STANDARD INSURANCE which excludes the tyres and windscreens and you are responsible for the first R 30 000 in damages and an admin fee of R 3000 in the event we need to do an insurance claim. At the start of your rental we do a do take an imprint to the value of R 30 000 for security reasons.
  • SUPER COVER. No extra fees. Tyres and Windscreen is included. A true ZERO liability insurance option. R 360 per day.
  • At the start of your rental we do a do take an imprint to the value of R 3 000 for security reasons.

Calculate your Rental Amount

  • An Admin Fee to cover the toll fees, washing of the 4×4, cross border documents and for extra drivers.
  • A daily rate for the 4×4.
  • Choose your insurance.

There are no hidden fees and extras. Add the 3 components together and that is the amount you pay.

How to make a Booking

  • Send me by email : A completed Client Information form
  • Copy of passports for ALL MEMBERS of the tour group
  • Copy of driver license for ALL DRIVERS

Once receive I will mail you a confirmation and instruction to proceed with the deposit payments.

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Payments

We accept : Cash / Transfer ( wire / EFT ) / Credit Card payments.

Rentals Contract

Please read in detail and let me know if there are any extra info our clarification on detail you need. It is important to me that you understand the rental contract and what will happen and how things work.

4×4 Rentals Africa – Land Rover Defender 110 ( TD5, Puma and Puma Expedition ), Toyota DC 4×4, Toyota Land Cruiser, Toyota Fortuner.

All rentals with unlimited mileage and 100% insurance. Satellite phone included.

Long Term Rentals – 1 night’s FREE accommodation in Johannesburg on rentals of 25 days or more.

www.southafrica4x4.co.za   – Hire of Defenders

www.4x4rentalsafrica.com  – Hire of Land Cruisers and Hilux 4x4s

www.sa4x4blog.co.za  – Travel Information

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South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Sudan, Angola, Congo DRC, Cameroon

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Why You Should Go On A 4×4 Selfdrive In Africa

Tick Off Your Bucket List: Why You Should Go 4×4 Selfdrive In Africa

  1. Getting back to nature.
  2. Taking the path you choose.
  3. Seeing incredible sights with just your friends, loved ones and family.

These are just three of the many reasons why a 4×4 selfdrive is a must-do for anyone who gets a buzz from exploring and travelling in a completely fun and wild way. Instead of flying thousands of miles to hit a resort and stay there, half the fun of a 4×4 selfdrive is the journey you take to get to your destinations.

Confident in your purpose-built truck that’s ready for adventure, your 4×4 selfdrive experience will be a trip like no other. Need more convincing? Here are just a few of the many reasons why you should choose a 4×4 selfdrive for your next exhilarating holiday.

  1. Experience life as a nomad

Where do you really want to go today? Where do you want to sleep? With an 4×4 selfdrive experience, you get to decide exactly where you want to go and how you want to get there. With you, your passengers and your truck, you have all you need for a self-sufficient tour that is completely up to you.

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Stop being a ‘yes man’ and take control of what you want to do. With a 4×4 selfdrive, you can go in the direction you choose and take a route that suits you. The trucks are designed to work on low-quality roads and even where there are no roads at all.

Let the spirit of adventure take you.

  • Have a tech-free holiday

There are so many amazing sights to see in Africa that there is no reason to be glued to digital screens. The amazement is there, right in front of your eyes. When touring across the African plains, there may not be WiFi, and you may not receive phone signal, so use this to your advantage and take a break.

Pack up your gadgets and let the beauty of the journey inspire you. With the freedom, you get from this experience, if you see something you like, you can go and get a closer look.

Experience everything first-hand, rather than through a screen.

  • Relax under the stars

Instead of finding your hotel, with a 4×4 selfdrive, your bed for the night is wherever you want it to be. When you find the perfect spot, pull up, prepare a campfire and sit comfortably marvelling at the beautiful starry sky without the city pollution.

After a day of thrilling driving and incredible sights, you’re bound to be wiped out, so you’ll really appreciate this relaxing, natural space to get some of the best night’s sleep you’ll ever have. Your body will become in tune with sunsets and sunrise which will help to sort out your body clock too.

  • Experience a road less travelled

Life is too short to be the same as everyone else.

4×4 Selfdrive gives you the flexibility and capability of finding places that most people won’t. You’ll probably feel like you were the first ones to discover it. With the robust 4x4s, you can take a path that would often be considered inaccessible, so get off the beaten path and look forward to finding the unexplored.

With your truck having all you need for eating, drinking and sleeping, you can go for days exploring the unknown without having to worry about a thing. There are not many trips where you can feel so much contentment of not having a single thing to worry about and can enjoy not knowing what’s around the corner tomorrow.

Are you ready for an adventure?

SOUTH AFRICA 4×4 Hire, Land Rover Defender 110 ( TD5, Puma and Puma Expedition ), Toyota DC 4×4, Toyota Land Cruiser, Toyota Fortuner.

All rentals with unlimited mileage and 100% insurance. Satellite phone included.

Long Term Rentals – 1 night’s FREE accommodation in Johannesburg on rentals of 25 days or more.

www.southafrica4x4.co.za   – Hire of Defenders

www.4x4rentalsafrica.com  – Hire of Land Cruisers and Hilux 4x4s

www.sa4x4blog.co.za  – Travel Information

Also follow us on Social Media – Links at the top right of the page.

We 4×4 Africa

South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Sudan, Angola, Congo DRC, Cameroon