A visit to South Africa features the best of both worlds. With sophisticated urban experiences and exciting adventure travel, there’s something here for everyone. From the top in dining and cuisine, to the exotic locales for beaching and safari, here are our top ten picks for the best places to visit in South Africa.
1. Cape Town
Cape Town is the top destination in Africa for visitors, and is also its legislative capita. The city sits at the tip of the Western Cape Province, and is the ideal jumping off point for all that South Africa has to offer.
Cape Town is surrounded by extraordinary beaches and jaw-dropping scenery, while also offering easy access to the beauty of the Cape Land Winelands. With its Mediterranean-like climate, Cape Town is a dream destination filled with eye-catching infrastructure and a multicultural population with delicious cuisine.
It includes exciting tourist spots like the world-class aquarium and premier shopping along the waterfront. The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an attraction you can’t afford to miss.
Getting around can be done via Uber, local public transport such as taxis and car rental. A local car rental company named – Comet Car Rental, deals with affordable cash car rental which is a bonus for all the tourists.
2. Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park is the premiere park of the South African network of reserves. It features awe-inspiring landscapes of savannah and bush country. With its well-known abundance of magnificent wildlife and vegetation, the park is one of the most popular among tourists.
Well-kept roads make self-guided tours an absolute must. An SUV hire is also on the cards from Pace Car Rental Johannesburg.
3. Cape Winelands
Just northeast of Cape Town, the Cape Winelands have been producing some of the world’s best wines. The lush river valleys are perfect for producing Cabernets, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon varietals.
The area is set against a gorgeous backdrop of mountains, and offers a luxurious indulgence of boutique wineries and hotels, exclusive restaurants, and breathtaking scenery.
A great idea would be to hire a minibus (7/8/9/10/14 Seater) from Comet Car Rental and go on a trip to the winelands and taste wine all day with friends and family. Bliss!
For a wild, raw landscape visit the mountain region of the Drakensberg. Located between South Africa and Lesotho - Pace also does cross border rentals, the dramatic views have inspired the Dutch and Zulu for centuries.
5. Addo Elephant National Park
The Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape region is home to over 600 elephants that can be seen in their natural habitat. The park features numerous other species, including rare birds, water buffalo, warthogs, ostriches, and lions.
Day trips are feasible, but you can also elect to stay overnight in accommodations that range from camps to luxury lodges.
Never fear Comet Car Rental also has a branch in the Eastern Cape – Port Elizabeth, you can zoot around this gorgeous region in your rental vehicle.
Touch down in Johannesburg (aka Jo’burg / Jozi) for the excitement of the city life. Johannesburg is not only the second largest city in South Africa, but is also the financial center of the continent, and houses the richest square mile in Africa – Sandton.
If you want something more personal for getting around, you can trust the home of long term car rental Johannesburg in Sandton, Marlboro – Pace Car Rental for awesome cars at low rates.
The nearby Soweto township has been the scene of major historical advancements, and today is a vibrant community of over one million people.
The main attraction here is the whale-watching. The sheltered waters off Hermanus are the ideal spot for the Southern Right Whale to mate and breed. While tour boats are available, the whales are easily watchable right from shore along a six-mile cliff walk complete with benches and telescopes.
Durban is just outside Johannesburg and is the scenic beach spot for South Africans to get away. The city is teeming with grand old English Colonial architecture that is now infused with cross-cultural vibrancy from Zulu murals, mosques, churches, and Hindu temples.
You can also find Pace Car Rental Durban here where they exclusively deal with long term car rentals.
9. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Herds of wildebeest, elands, and gemsbok find their home among the undulating red dunes of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in the Kalahari region. Apex predators like lions, cheetahs, and leopards roam free and can be seen in their natural glory.
Tours by 4X4 and accommodations are available throughout the park.
10. Garden Route
Explore the scenic Garden Route from the Western Cape to the Eastern Cape, along the Southeastern coast. The landscape is filled with lagoons, lakes, and a range of flora and fauna. It’s considered to be one of the best experiences in the country.
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