There is nothing as exhilarating or adventurous as a self-drive adventure – 4×4 hire in South Africa gives you the chance to set off to some of the most rugged and beautiful destinations in South Africa, with the durable, hard-wearing and all-terrain toughness of a 4×4 vehicle. This allows you to experience even more on your holiday – going where regular cars cannot, you can take on dirt roads and mountain passes for the trip of a lifetime.
Many travellers opt for the added accessibility and endurance of a 4×4 to help them transverse some of the tougher roads and passes in the country. Those who enjoy outdoor sports and adventure sports are able to fit in gear such as surfboards, paddleskis or climbing equipment, and with the help of a car that can navigate steep or uneven roads, travellers are able to get to even more exotic locations.
Here are some of the most popular destinations and routes for 4×4 hire adventures:
- Eastern Cape and Garden Route
Despite having only a few 4×4 trails, the Eastern Cape still boasts some of the most spectacular routes. Addo Elephant Park is one of the most popular destinations in this region, along with Lammergeier Private Nature Reserve and Khululeka Retreat in Port St Johns, with excellent trails to visit. The Waterfall Bluff, Magwa and Frasier waterfalls are also highly recommended. The Garden Route is filled with thrilling destinations, from Kynsna Forest to Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve, Nature’s Valley and George.
- Cape Town
Cape Town and its surrounds offers spectacular mountain passes, forests, river beds and many other thrilling routes. Some of the most popular include the Boegoeberg Trail in the Cedarberg Mountains, Glen Oak 4×4 trail in the foot hills of the Klein River Mountains, the Karoo National Park along the West Coast plus many other diverse and rich habitats that beg to be explored when you enjoy South African 4×4 hire and experience the thrill of a self-drive safari.
- Johannesburg and Gauteng
The City of Gold has very few 4×4 trails, but the ones that can be enjoyed are well worth the effort. Berakah 4×4 Eco trail is found just outside Parys, plus there are two excellent Hennops trails which vary from highly advanced to family-friendly. Most of the trails here are organised by adventure groups, for more information ask your 4×4 rental agency to advise you on available options.
With its vast and varied landscapes and rich wildlife, Mpumalanga offers some excellent 4×4 opportunities. The breathtaking Blyde River Canyon, the Sudwala Caves, the Wonderkloof Hydro, Kruger National Park and Riverwild 4×4 in Nelspruit are just some of the fantastic routes on offer.
Experience some of the most staggering views and landscapes with a host of options for self-drive. Drakensberg mountains, Cetshwayo’s Retreat 4×4 trail, ush Nkandla Forest, the Insuze Gorge, Thukela River at Jameson’s Drift, the shimmering Shushu Hot Springs, Sani Pass, Thule Beacon Trail and many other trails can be explored in your hired 4×4.
Enjoy the adventure of a lifetime as you witness some of the country’s top natural wonders and premier locations – all experienced at your own pace, in your own time. Get the best deals for affordable and reliable4x4 rental in South Africa, and contact a reliable vehicle hire or travel agency to help you plan the ultimate off-road adventure.