The Drive South Africa Blog

Stellenbosch and the Winelands

The scenic Boland (literally ‘Upland’) immediately inland of Cape Town enjoys twin claims to fame. Not only is it home to some of South Africa’s oldest and most vivid towns (most notably Stellenbosch and Franschhoek), but it also forms the hub of the Cape’s burgeoning wine industry. Characterised by lush vine-planted valleys set below spectacular […]

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Why You Should Visit Kruger National Park

Picture this: A fierce red sun kisses the horizon as the last rays of daylight bathe the camelthorn trees around you in a warm glow. At the waterhole in front of you a mother elephant helps her newborn take a mud bath while an elegant giraffe kneels nearby for a drink. You sip a sundowner […]

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Five Reasons You Should Go on a Big Five Safari in South Africa

The Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino and Leopard, are known as South Africa’s Big Five. You have probably seen them on television, online or in books, but here are some reasons why you should go on a Big Five Safari in South Africa.  Everyone wants to see the “King of the Beasts” at least once in […]

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Eight Reasons why Botswana is the ideal destination for your next African Safari

Famous for its spectacular natural beauty, amazing wildlife and rich lineage to early African anthropology and culture makes Botswana a must for all African safari enthusiasts. If you’re planning a Botswana 4×4 self-drive safari, make sure to make a booking with 4×4 hire South Africa.  Here are eight reasons why it’s well worth the trip. […]

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Botswana: National Parks, Game Reserves and Concessions

Like many first time safari-goers, you might have some questions about what the difference between game reserves, national parks, and concessions. We’re here to offer some clarity on how these designated areas differ, and what this means for your Botswana safari experience. National Parks vs Game Reserves The difference between these is quite straightforward. A […]

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May- September: The Best Time To Visit Namibia

Namibia has much more to offer than safari and 4×4 driving. The beautiful country’s coastal region is a hidden gem for surfers and is slowly gaining popularity for the large swells during June and August every year. The Winter swells in Namibia unleash perfect waves for surfing, transforming the coast into a surfers paradise. If […]

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Your Guide to Choosing a Suitable Vehicle to travel through South Africa

Self-drive is also the most affordable way to go on safari. Kruger National Park and most others are 100% accessible to normal cars. The only limitation with sedans is that they tend to be relatively low to the ground – not the ideal vantage point for game viewing. Most travelers opt for booking a vehicle […]

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Highlights of South Africa

South Africa attracts more than its fair share of repeat visitors. Some return every year or two to enjoy the familiar pleasures of a favorite beach or re-explore the vast expanses of the Kruger National Park, where no two days on safari are every quite the same. For others, it would be the fact that […]

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Where to Experience a Family Safari in South Africa

South Africa is one of the world’s best safari destinations for families. It’s mostly malaria-free and offers excellent infrastructure and relatively good road networks. There are also a number of parks that offer self-drive safaris, making it ideal for families wanting to holiday in the African bush. Amongst the best family-friendly parks is Pilanesberg National […]

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Exploring South Africa in April

Johannesburg and the highveld is warm by day, cool at night and might receive occasional rainfall. Cape Town and the Western Cape is mild by day, cool at night and might start receiving occasional rainfall to mark the start of the wet winter period. The Kruger Park and surrounds sees the seasonal shift towards autumn […]

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