Tread Lite 4×4 Self Drive Safaris offer 4-wheel drive rentals in South Africa.


It’s not hard to see why South Africa becomes part of your soul. With its breath-taking natural beauty, diverse wildlife and incredible people, who wouldn’t want to have a 4 x4 road trip here at the top of their bucket list? The variety of attractions are mind-blowing!

With your trusty Suzuki Jimny 4×4, you can enjoy some of the most isolated, untouched regions in South Africa. In true man-vs-nature style, these trails will take you into the heart of the African bush. You’ll be able to get up close and personal with wildlife species, and some of the best views our Rainbow nation has to offer.

Did you know? Driving, on the beach in South Africa is prohibited to everyone except those who have special permits. Defying this law carries a heavy penalty and confiscation of the offending vehicle.

Experience the South African wilderness like never before

If you’re looking for a self-drive safari adventure of a lifetime, there’s no need to look any further. 

Sani Pass at 2 876m

(The gateway to Lesotho), KwaZulu-Natal

Along with Chapman’s Peak drive, Sani Pass between KwaZulu-Natal and Lesotho is probably one of South Africa’s most iconic mountain passes. Built in the 1950s, it has never been tarred, providing a challenging gravel climb only accessible to 4×4 vehicles

As far as 4×4 trails are concerned, Sani Pass offers a challenging trail filled with spectacular views and can become quite a serious track in cold and rainy weather, so it’s wise to attempt during warmer months, however, the effort will be well worth it.

Naudes’s Nek, Eastern Cape

This is officially the highest dirt road mountain pass in southern Africa. It offers some of the most spectacular scenery in South Africa but should not be attempted if it is snowing

The pass between the town of Maclear and historic hamlet Rhodes is a modest dirt road named after the brothers Naude who first travelled this route in the 1890s on horseback.    

Baviaanskloof Pass, Eastern Cape

This is actually a sequence of passes starting with the Grootrivier Poort west of Patensie in the Gamtoos Valley stretching all the way towards Willowmore.

Although not a particularly difficult 4×4 trail, some parts are sufficiently demanding to make it interesting. We suggest giving yourself a lot of time to drive the entire route as progress can be slow.

If you haven’t tried your hand at your own 4×4 adventure, you’d better start planning. . . With trails like these in our backyard, you have no excuse not to cross these adventures off our bucket lists.  

Some of the destinations to keep in mind is the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Richtersveld, Marakele National Park and the Wild Coast. Combine these with destinations such as the Kruger National Park, Cape Town and the Garden Route for a superb South Africa self-drive holiday.