is an activity which uses single-seater all-terrain vehicles, ridden like motorbikes in terms of controls, but which have four wheels.
We have found that it is very easy to find oneself with a negative disposition towards quad-bikes, they are rather noisy and seem out of place in a pristine safari environment. But in reality this represents one of the most thrilling ways to access truly remote areas and can actually be a lot less disturbing to the environment than larger vehicles. Over the years we have become big fans.
Probably the best location is the incredibly remote and expensive Serra Cafema Camp
in northwest Namibia, where the remote desert scenery opens up in the most dramatic and exhilarating fashion when out on the quads. The dune driving is a real buzz and descending down the scarp slopes of some of the massive dunes is heart-in-the-mouth stuff.
There are much more accessible and affordable options at Sossusvlei
, where guided quad trips take small groups of guests along a fixed trail to the very edge of the great Namib dune sea.
In Botswana quad-bike trips out onto the vast emptiness of the Makgadikgadi salt pans out of Jack's Camp
and the other lodges in this remarkable area are simply awesome.
In Zambia modest guided quad-bike tours are also available in the Livingstone
area, with viewpoints of the Victoria Falls and its canyon.
In South Africa we have also enjoyed quad-biking out to the dunes for a little bit of whale-watching at Mosaic Lagoon Lodge
in Stanford area of the Western Cape.