4×4 Routes through Southern Africa is a selection of top off-road guides and operators have contributed chapters about routes that they regularly travel with groups of off-road tourists. They range from club guides to part time commercial guides and full-blown off-road tour operators. What they all have in common is a love of the outdoors, an appreciation of nature and a willingness to promote the off-road lifestyle and share it with the public. These professionals know their routes like the backs of their hands and are able to impart information on the places of interest along the way, while ensuring your safety and enjoyment of the great outdoors. (See page 222 for more information on them and their companies or clubs.)
The book covers 20 tours in Southern Africa, eight of which are within South African borders and the rest to neighbouring states, with the Serengeti migration tour being an extended expedition up to Tanzania. This is by no means a comprehensive coverage of Southern Africa’s off-road destinations, nor are they the most popular, however, they are all routes that the guides love and enjoy and they are a good sample of what you can expect the next time you venture off the tar.
Some routes are only operated by concession holders, while other areas pose too many dangers for you to attempt venturing there on your own. The benefits of being led by a trained and experienced off-road guide are many - not only from a safety point of view, but particularly in that you will be taken to, and shown, sights that you could easily have driven straight past, not knowing that they were even there. As most of these destinations are hundreds if not thousands of kilometres from home, who knows when you will get the opportunity to return?
This book is aimed at all off-road enthusiasts, irrespective of your experience and the type of vehicle you own, or wish to own some day, as long as it is a 4X4. We hope that you enjoy reading it and that it leads to your contacting one of the 4X4 guides to book your family on an off-road adventure of a lifetime!
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