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Hire a car and see more of
South Africa by Andrew Regan
As winter looms on the horizon,
the long haul holiday market springs into life offering sun and heat in
the southern hemisphere. From the cosmopolitan offerings of Cape Town and
Johannesburg to the wilderness of the Kruger National Park to the rugged
Atlantic and Indian Ocean coastlines, South Africa has plenty to offer
the holiday maker this winter.
Africa is vast, and traversing the distances between the major attractions
is most easily accomplished by taking advantage of the internal flights
available, but perhaps the more rewarding experience can be derived by
hiring a car as it helps to convey a deeper understanding of what the country
has to offer. Car rental firms have a presence in most of the major cities
and car hire in South Africa is relatively cheap.
Cape Town is the first port
of call for many flights to South Africa and the city greets all with a
bustling, cosmopolitan atmosphere. The city skyline is dominated by the
omnipotent table mountain and the city retains a bustling café culture
and impressive seafood at the harbour area. Moving out of Cape Town and
along the Garden Route - touted as Africa's answer to Route 66 - is a series
of beautiful coastal towns of South Africa's Indian Ocean coastline.
Durban is a surfer's mecca
and offers a laid-back alternative to the bustle of Cape Town and Johannesburg.
For the more adventurous, Durban can be used as a base for exploring South
Africa's most fearsome ocean predator, the Great White Shark. For land
based predators, there can be only one place to visit - Kruger National
Park. South Africa's top attraction offers the unique opportunity to view
outstanding wildlife on safari and the chance to spot the big five in their
natural habitat for a unique and rewarding experience.
Travelling by road through
the Transvaal provides a rewarding experience allowing visitors to see
more of the real South Africa by car, taking in Johannesburg and Pretoria
en-route. These cities offer a greater glimpse into South African life
and can act as a good base for booking and exploring a Kruger safari.
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