South Africa is a country rich in natural scenery and with loads of heritage. The country is also famous for all the different cultures one can come across when exploring it. This destination offers global travellers a world of beauty and experiences that are not easily found anywhere else on earth.
It is often said that South Africa is a country that undeniably lends itself to being explored by car. There are so many scenic routes that travellers can take to witness the picturesque landscapes of the country. Often times, travellers are more amazed with what they find off the beaten track than in the big, vibrant South African cities. Exploring the country by car might just be the best way to get to know the mzanzi side of life.
Chanele van Tonder, marketing executive of Hertz South Africa, and her team compiled a list of all the experiences one can look forward to when planning a trip to South Africa.
A trip to the Cradle of Humankind is an experience of a lifetime. This Unesco World Heritage site is said to be the birthplace of mankind as we know it. Visitors can look forward to seeing fossils and other relics that are more than three and a half million years old. This destination is located about 50 km outside of Johannesburg on the northwest side.
One of South Africa’s most famous natural wonders is the Drakensberg mountain range. This range spans across four provinces and is estimated to be about 1 000 km long. Travelling from KwaZulu-Natal, visitors can take the breathtaking Sani Pass to explore this mountain range.
Tourists who are looking for more of a vibe around them, will certainly enjoy the Mother City, better known as Cape Town. Boasting hundreds of boutique restaurants and eateries, travellers are bound to be in for a culinary treat. The city is also home to the famous Table Mountain, one of the Seven Wonders of the World! Tourists can also pay a visit to the impressive V&A Waterfront area and take colourful pictures in the iconic Bo-Kaap region.
The Hole in the Wall is a fascinating arch that formed naturally off the coast of the Eastern Cape. The local Xhosa residents refer to the location as “The Place of Noise” because the waves slap the rocks with a cracking sound in certain weather conditions. Hole in the Wall is located 8 km from Coffee Bay which is part of the Wild Coast region.
Any traveller heading to South Africa would have heard of the Kruger National Park. This is one of the biggest game reserves in Africa and has the entire big five roaming the park. Guests should spend a few days in this massive park. There are several camps featuring camping sites and chalets. Having a car to explore the park is essential to ensure that visitors get the most out of their visit.
“The fact that there are so many things to do in South Africa that are outside major cities or towns, means that travellers need a vehicle to visit these destinations. At Hertz South Africa, we have an extensive fleet of vehicles at the ready for tourists to rent to take on this magnificent country,” said Van Tonder.
Van Tonder went on to explain that Hertz South Africa has over 40 branches located all over the country. Travellers are thus bound to come across a Hertz branch no matter where they are going. The company also allows renters to return Hertz vehicles to any branch, no matter where they picked it up from. One of the major benefits of this car rental company is the fact that they have branches at all major airports in South Africa. Tourists thus have the convenience of picking up a rental shortly after touching down.
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