Self-Drive Holidays in South Africa

Getting around South Africa is quite affordable if you follow a few inside tips

One of the hottest, and cheapest, destinations on the planet is, undoubtedly, South Africa with its lure of both beach and bushveld. It’s a fine introduction to the rest of the continent and has, for years, been branded ’a world in one country’.

Excellent Value

The local currency, the South African Rand, is excellent value against the major currencies – the Dollar, Euro and Pound. Even when one discounts the exchange rate, South Africa remains a value-for-money destination for both young and old.

The beauty of the southern tip of Africa is its diverse attractions, many of which are totally free, or demand a small stipend as an entry fee. National Parks offer safe and clean lodges, cottages, guesthouses and camping as well as exclusive lodges and other luxury accommodation in South Africa.

Once in the parks, a range of activities are on offer, from hikes (see hiking clubs in South Africa) through the sublime countryside to kloofing, game drives, game walks and a whole lot more. Even these activities are not expensive as the new democratic dispensation is very much aware of the relative economic hardships of many who live within the nation and are adamant all South Africans should be afforded an opportunity of enjoying the beauty and serenity of the natural surroundings.

Accommodation

In all cities, and the vast majority of urban centres, there are backpackers and hostels and Bed & Breakfasts offering great accommodation. A range of restaurants serve cuisine from all over the world and although some of the more popular eateries are a little hard on the pocket, there are many offering budget meals. If all else fails, head for the local supermarket and buy your own fare for the day.

Car rental a sound economic option

Getting around will be a breeze as the South African government is spending a small fortune on the upgrading of infrastructure in time for the World Cup. Car rental, however, is a sound economic option in South Africa and has the added benefit of allowing complete freedom of movement. Many of the most attractive and alluring draw cards to the country are off the beaten track and require independent transport.

A great way to see the diverse gems of South Africa is to hire a car on arrival in Johannesburg and then travel to the coast, via the Kruger National Park and quietly amble along the Indian Ocean all the way to Cape Town, stopping off where ever you fancy.

Independent transport a smart choice

The area from Durban to Port Elizabeth is a ‘must see’ for the young and young-at-heart traveller – the unspoilt Wild Coast is undoubtedly one of the more beautiful, and culturally interesting, areas of South Africa. Couple that with the world famous Garden Route, which extends from Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Bay) all the way down to Cape Town, and then you have arguably seen many of the premier locations of the land.

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This post was submitted by MiMi G.

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