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More than safaris.

There are numerous activities and sights to enjoy whilst visiting the beautiful country of South Africa. Car hire can enable you to gain access to the amazing natural beauty here, including Gods Window and Table Mountain.

There are many different mountains, forests, coasts and deserts to enjoy here and South Africa offers many things to do, whatever your interests. Hiring a car will give you the flexibility to explore many different areas of the country at your own pace.

South Africa Tourist Board: The official website for the South African National Tourist Office – a useful resource when planning your trip to South Africa.

Know Before You Go: Travel advice for South Africa from the FCO.

Things to see and do

  • Visit Cape Peninsula where you can whale watch and visit Table Mountain.
  • Follow the South-East coast and drive along the Garden Route.
  • Visit Johannesburg to eat out, shop and enjoy the entertainment.
  • Visit Kruger National Park to try and spot the big five; rhinos, elephants, lions, buffalos and leopards.
  • Go to the beach front at Durban for some sand and sea.
  • See Robben Island and the freedom struggle sites at Soweto and revel in South Africa’s history.
  • Drive along the Panorama Route and enjoy Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Gods Window, Mac Mac Falls, Long Tom Pass and the Berlin Falls.
  • Visit the Kwa-zulu Natal battlefields where the many battles of the Anglo-Boer War and Zulu Wars took place.
  • See the Elephant Coast and enjoy the 21 different eco-systems, home to iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Hluhulwe Mfolozi Park.

Festivals and events

  • Kaapse Klopse is an annual minstrel festival held in Cape Town. (January)
  • Namaqualand Daisies are truly breathtaking and can be seen in Northern Cape. (August - October)
  • The Sardine Run which can be seen along the east coast of South Africa. (May to July)
  • Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees an arts festival held in Oudshoorn. (March - April)
  • The Knysna Oyster Festival raises money for charity whilst encouraging visitors to try oysters. This can be observed along the Garden Route. (July)

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