Monday, 4 February 2013

South Africa - hire a car and do it on your own

In April-May 2003 we toured South Africa with our daughter (then 9 years old and omnipresent GameBoy in rear seat). Very few Australians go to South Africa, but they should. Hiring a car and doing it by yourself was the way to go. Accommodation ranged from ritzy hotels to self-catered cabins. We mainly used the Protea Hotels chain. We travelled from Cape Town along The Garden Route to Durban then through Swaziland to Kruger National Park and finally Pretoria. We dropped the hire car off at Johannesburg Airport.

Map: Copyright


  • Deciding where to drive in our little hire car, seeing more wildlife than on the "organised" game drives in Kruger.  Check out this photo taken out of the window while driving: when Nissan meets "King of the jungle".
  • Staying 10 nights at different camps in Kruger - it's BIG.
  • CapeTown and Robben Island Prison (home to Nelson Mandella for 18 years)
  • in the surf at Durban
  • Incredible National Parks - canyons, chasms, coastal scenery
  • Blydespoort and "God's Window"
  • Addo Elephant National Park
  • Staying at "Shakaland" Zulu Cultural Village - sounds touristy but, wow!
  • Maholoholo Rehabilitation Centre
  • Sun City - didn't gamble, too much else to see
  • great white wine

Rhino and calf, another "out the rental car window shot"

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