KwaZulu-Natal is a traveller’s dream and with the seemingly perpetual summer of its subtropical climate, it is not surprising the destination is famous for its outdoor activities, beaches, natural environment, sporting events and the variety of adventure activities. The Indian Ocean is warm and with relatively stable sea temperatures, it provides opportunities to swim, surf, fish, sail, snorkel and scuba dive or just hang out on our numerous beautiful beaches throughout the year.
No trip to KwaZulu Natal would be complete without a stay in the Battlefields. An area made famous by the Anglo-Boer Wars. The quiet hills now ring with the voices of expert guides who tell visitors of South Africa’s bloodiest chapter in history, of the struggle at Isandlwana where the British were defeated by the Zulu in 1879 and then just days later how the British defended Rorke’s Drift so gallantly. Visiting the Battlefields is a learning experience for South Africans and tourists alike.
The Drakensberg is another famous destination in Kwa-Zulu-Natal. This spectacular region includes uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with soaring basalt peaks that are some of the highest in the country and San (Bushmen) rock paintings. The mountain range is more than 200 kilometres long and combines rugged peaks with verdant valleys and spectacular backdrops. Families, backpackers, nature lovers and photographers will find the Drakensberg region as a must-see destination.
Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park is the oldest game park in Africa and one of only a few parks in KwaZulu-Natal where visitors can see the Big Five: lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino. The park offers a rewarding safari experience with an impressive diversity of flora and fauna and typically less crowds than Kruger National Park, making it a much more enjoyable experience.
The Durban metro area is packed with a variety of restaurants, shops and all sorts of other quaint establishments that tourists can visit after a long day of touring the KwaZulu-Natal province. Being centrally located, it is the ideal place to stay during a trip to the province too!
All of the above destinations are best explored and reached by car, making them options that are best suited for self-drive holidays.
Self-drive holidays entail that you drive yourself around in a new destination. Thus, you do not rely on tour groups, public transport or chartered travel services to get around. The practical advantages of these self-drive trips are numerous. They give travellers the chance to explore their destinations at their own pace, offer more comfort for families or groups travelling together and it is often a lot cheaper to arrange self-drive trips than booking experiences with tour groups that include all travel.
“KwaZulu-Natal is definitely best explored by car. Seeing as there is so much to do, having the freedom to stop at the sight you want to spend time at is a luxury that all travellers should give themselves,” said Chanele van Tonder, Marketing Executive of Hertz South Africa.
Of course, some travellers prefer not to drive themselves around at all when they are enjoying a holiday in a new destination. Hertz South Africa has the perfect solution!
“We offer a reliable, professional Chauffeur Service in most major parts of KwaZulu-Natal. With this service, our drivers pick clients up and take them to their next destination,” said Van Tonder. This Chauffeur Service can be booked at any of the Hertz branches in the province.
Travellers who are looking to rent a car to get around the province on their own terms should look no further than booking a car with them from any of their branches in KwaZulu-Natal. They even have a branch at King Shaka Airport so that tourists can pick up a car right after touching down.
“We really want to make it as easy as possible for clients to book a car or a chauffeur from us. That is why we have designed our website to be as user-friendly as possible when booking from your laptop in your office or your mobile when out and about. Our friendly call centre agents can also assist clients with bookings, either telephonically or via email,” explained Van Tonder.