Self-drive holidays are arguably the best way to explore new destinations. Self-drive trips offer adventurers the freedom of a fully flexible journey as well as the experience to get to know the area they are touring via a first hand account.


Chanele van Tonder, Hertz South Africa’s marketing executive and her team had a look at the best self-drive destinations and compiled them in this list.


In South Africa, there are many destinations that are the perfect places to tackle a self-drive trip. One unique route to consider is the Cape to Kalahari self-drive route. This option contrasts the vibrant city life of Cape Town with the dry, raw beauty of the Kalahari. Kick off your trip in the city and head north to the Cederberg region. After your stay in the Cederberg region, venture to the Namaqualand and see some untouched floral landscapes. Your next stop will be in the heart of the Kalahari, the Kgalagadi. This trip is ideal for those looking to rough it for a couple of days and spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of normal life.


If you are looking for a bit more luxury, why not travel from Johannesburg to Durban. This might sound like a bland option on a self-drive list, but taking the N3 means you can get there in less than 6 hours and still see some fantastic sights along the way. Not only are there excellent restaurants to pick from along the way, there are also loads of unique shops selling all kinds of local goods. Travellers can also visit the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve while making their way to Durban. Having your own set of wheels in Durban is, of course, also ideal as it gives tourists the chance to explore this popular destination at their own pace.


Route 62 is also a popular self-drive route. The route stretches all the way from Cape Town to PE with several authentic towns to see along the 850 km road. Places like Robertson, Montagu, Calitzdorp and Barrydale are places one simply has to see in order to confidently call oneself a true South African traveller. Adventurers like this route, because it offers them the chance to stop over for a night’s rest at any of the towns on the way as they are usually not more than 80 km from each other – adding to the customizability factor of self-drive trips.


For those looking to experience new cultures and countries, a trip to one of South Africa’s neighbouring countries might be in order. Places like Mozambique and Namibia come to mind and welcome South Africa tourists with open arms. In Namibia tourists can go on adventures like dune riding and exploring quaint coastal towns. Mozambique offers guests the chance to unwind on the beach and experience local culture like never before.


Finally, travelling up the West Coast is something those looking for peace and quiet will enjoy the most. With loads of small towns like Paternoster, Langebaan, St Helena Bay and Vredenburg on the West Coast, with their white houses and large beaches, give visitors the chance to rest and get away from the pressures of city life. Staying in the West Coast means that one will definitely want to explore towns other than the one they are staying in. Meaning that having a car at their disposal will greatly add to how memorable the trip will be.


“At Hertz, our main mission is to ensure that our clients drive in style and comfort. All of our vehicles are serviced regularly to ensure their quality and reliability. We also offer value added services like waivers, GPS systems and much more to further ensure the convenience of renting a car from Hertz,” said Van Tonder.


Finding the right car for a journey shouldn’t have to be a challenge. Hertz Rent a Car South Africa offers renters a variety of vehicles to choose from. From smaller hatchbacks to sedans and bakkies. Hertz also makes it easy for renters to cross the South African border at certain points, like at Namibia and Mozambique. Hertz also offers vehicles modified to take on the tough Namibian terrain with ease and comfort. Certain services like Hertz Assist also gives self-drive adventurers access to an agent who can help in case of an emergency along their way, giving travellers added peace of mind while on the road.


Self-drive adventurers can book a car online by visiting the new website at They can also call +27 21 935 4800 or email Stay up-to-date with all the latest news from Hertz by liking their page on Facebook (@HertzRentaCar), following them on Twitter (@HertzRentACarSA) and Instagram (@HertzRentACarSA).

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