Top 10 – Self-drive Countries

10. Samoa

Samoa consists of two main island. Driving on both including Apia the relaxed capital is easy. The Lalomanu beach at the south west corner of the main island Upolu is absolutely fantastic and often you can have it almost to yourself – sleeping in Fale’s (open beach huts) if you like.

9. Morocco

Cobras and scorpions on display at Djema Al Fna in Marrakesh. Caravans of camels and earth baked pizza in Sahara near Merzouga. Date Palm Orchards and Todra Gorge. Tree climbing goats. Rad taxis of Casablanca. Perfectly shaped spice pyramids in Essouira. Morrocco is a truly exotic self-driv destination. Driving in Marrakech was a bit tricky but across the mountains and into the desert south and west of Marrakech was easy (except finding the way in Sahara near Merzouga)

8. South Africa

Good roads and lots of sights. We rented a small car in Cape Town (for less than 20USD pr day) and drove all around the country (plus all Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland and Lesotho). We drove to Cape the good Hope, to Gaansbai from where we cage dived with great white sharks and to Krüger National Park .

7. Bulgaria/Romania (combined)

Driving outside of Sofia and Bucharest is easy and there is a lot on offer in these two countries that can easily be combined. Bulgaria has rural bliss of Koprivshtitsa, the great coastal city (with loads of cheap kids activitities) of Varna and the light and sound show on the old fort in Veliko Tarnovo. Romania has Transylvania with Draculas castle, the great cities of Sibiu and Brasov, the cozy village Biertan and the ‘lord of the rings-landscaped’ village of Moecieu de Sus.

6. Scotland

Driving around the Isle of Skye in the winter is a true adventure. Navigating the icy single track roads to world famous whisky destilleries such as Tallisker in rugged coastal locations, staying at spectacular Country Homes at Loch Something. Visiting the Neist Point Lighthouse. Walking the Quiraing Trail or the trail up to the Old Man of Storr viewpoint and seeing this in a winter landscape is an out of this world experience.

5. Tunisia

We flew to Sousse and rented a car there going through central and southern Tunisia. Driving there is easy (except in the Sahara). You will see great berber settlements (Tozeur was our favourite), the salt lake of Chott El Djerid, locations used when Star Wars was filmed, and from Douz you can drive south to Ksar Ghilane – ‘The Oasis at the End of the Road’ (we went in 2005 – the road has sinced been tarmacked – except the very last part near the oasis). A great country for travel photography.

4. Oman

In Oman you can experience the Friday Goat Market in traditional Nizwa, visit the souq, the fish market and promenade the corniche in Muscat. In Ras Al Hadd you can watch giant green sea turtles lay eggs on the beach (summer only). If you are in for an adventure drive through the Sharqiya Sands (4WD and convoys only) or drive all the way south to Salalah and check out the beautifull coast at Fizayah

3. Iceland

Iceland has nature galore on offer and is a great country both for self-driving and for travel photography. Everyone seems to do the Golden Circle – Gulfoss, Thingvellir and The Geyser-area. Also don’t miss driving around the ring road, trying to seeing Nortern Lights in Vik, checking out the Eyafjellajökull  on your way (the volcano that erupted and kept most European flights on the ground for 1-2 weeks in 2010). Recently the worlds largest ice cave under the Langjökull Glacier opened for visitors.

2. Namibia

World class self drive safari in Etosha, meeting the Himba and Herero people in the north, Hiking the Fish River Canyon in the south. Visiting the spectacular sand dunes of Sossusvlei. Throw in the Skeleton Coast, the ghost city of Kolmanskop and the Epupa waterfalls and you will understand why this country is so high on many travel photographers lists.

1. USA

Land of hope and dreams. Home to some of the Worlds best Natural Parks – Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Bryce Canyon, Arches etc. And of course iconic cities New York, Las Vegas, San Francisco etc. Obviously the land of the brave, home of the free needs to make this list. Self-driving is easy even in the large cities and americans know how to entertain and service. Sleeping in the bottom of Grand Canyon, visiting Yellowstone with a snowmobile in winter and driving down to Key West and Everglades are all particularly recommended.