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Four interesting facts about Lion’s Head

Nestled between Table Mountain and Signal Hill, Lion’s head is a popular attraction for travellers visiting Cape Town.

Peaking at 669 metres above sea level, hiking Lion’s Head will provide you with spectacular views of the city, the Atlantic Seaboard and even Robben Island. If you’re interested in summitting this mountain, here are some interesting facts to know before you start your journey.

Travelling in and around Cape Town is best when you have your own wheels, if you need some - car hire Cape Town is your best option if you plan on exploring Lion’s Head and the other plethora of activities at your disposal in the Mother City.

Four interesting facts about Lion’s Head

Exploring Durban’s Inanda Heritage Route

The greater Durban area has so much to explore, from the sun-kissed, untouched North and South Coast to the towering Drakensberg Mountains to the suburban tranquility of areas such Hillcrest and Kloof. There is an adventure waiting around every corner. The valley of a thousand hills is a place in which a rich cultural heritage exists with its own locations of significance to the country, amazing nature and wildlife and colorful, friendly, eccentric locals with their own traditions and customs.

Getting there

Unless you have arranged a tour it’s advised that you take your own vehicle. If you don’t own a vehicle renting one will be your best option. No matter where you are travelling from Car hire in South Africa will ensure that your Inanda Heritage route outing is a success.

Exploring Durban’s Inanda Heritage Route

10 reasons why you should explore Knysna in 2017

10 reasons why you should explore Knysna in 2017

Five South African towns to visit in 2017

So the year 2017 is upon us and many are now thinking of where to visit - as there are so many wonderful South African towns out there just waiting for visitors. Smaller towns are great for so many reasons. Get out there and explore and venture to these wonderful places which have kept South Africa a leading travel destination for so many years.

Getting there

These particular towns are fairly far from each other so unless you own a reliable vehicle it’s widely regarded that hiring a car will be your best bet. If your town or origin happens to Cape Town, car rental Cape Town will be your best bet of achieving this.

Five South African towns to visit in 2017

Five South African towns to visit in 2017

So the year 2017 is almost upon us and many will now be thinking of where to visit in the New Year as there are so many wonderful South African towns out there just waiting for visitors. Smaller towns are great for so many reasons. Get out there and explore and venture to these wonderful places which have kept South Africa a leading travel destination for so many years.

Getting there

These particular towns are fairly far from each other so unless you own a reliable vehicle it’s widely regarded that hiring a car will be your best bet. If your town or origin happens to Cape Town, car rental Cape Town will be your best bet of achieving this.

Five South African towns to visit in 2017

Middle Earth or not? - Hogsback, South Africa

No one is concretely sure whether or not the iconic and monumentally influential author of The Hobbit and Lord of the rings JRR Tolkien was inspired by the natural wonderland that is situated in the Eastern Cape of South Africa – Hogsback.

Many say that it’s purely speculation but locals are convinced hence naming many pertinent locations in the town after chapters of the book. Whether you are a Tolkien fan or not the majestic landscape could very well be middle earth, with its towering mountains, forests, rivers and fields and abundance of trees and nature it’s hard not to at least think that there could have been some inspiration there, which could even very well have links to ancient Xhosa culture and folklore as well, it's hard not to speculate that the world’s favourite fantasy novels - in fact, have their roots firmly cemented in Africa.

There has been some controversy over this though which has lead most to the statement that Tolkien hardly even knew of the place. Read this article for more. 

Whether you believe it or not, it’s a magical place and well worth the visit. Here is a rough guide for when you decide to visit this iconic and enchanting part of South Africa.

Getting there

Hogsback is a little off the beaten track, so it might be hard to get there on local transport this is something to bear in mind when wishing to visit this part of South Africa. It's quite a long way from the mother city of Cape Town, so it's best to hire a car and take your time getting there. Car rental in Cape Town is your best bet of achieving this.

Middle Earth or not? - Hogsback, South Africa

Five Mountain passes to explore in the Western Cape

The Western Cape is blessed with so much natural beauty and places to explore it’s no wonder that people travel to this part of South Africa from all over the world to experience this. From the majestic Cape Town with its towering table mountain to the many picturesque wine routes not from any destination, this is why it’s stayed an important location for South African and international visitors looking to experience this part of Africa. Here are five mountain passes for those looking to get away this holiday season and explore.

Getting there

Some of these mountain passes won’t be fully paved and so if you don’t own a 4x4 this is something to consider. Hiring any kind of vehicle or car from Cape Town is as easy as one two three. Cape Town car hire is your best bet of getting to see all the great mountain passes the Western Cape has on offer.

Five Mountain passes to explore in the Western Cape

Overnight hiking trails in Cape Town worth exploring

Cape Town, the mother city of South Africa is a city for which has an abundance of nature around every corner widely because of the towering mountain which stands tall wherever you may look. Exploration really is as easy and getting in your car and driving sometimes literally only minutes from the epicentre of the main city. Whether it’s hiking up Table Mountain or exploring nearby Newlands forest there really is something out there for everyone. No, it being holiday time people are looking to go camping as well as hiking; Cape Town has many options for those who wish to overnight hike. Here are five worthwhile overnight hikes to experience in the Western Cape not far from Cape Town.

Getting around

There is so much to see and do all over the Western Cape and if you want to experience the more remote areas it really is the best idea to hire a car. Renting a car in Cape Town will be your best bet if you wish to explore everything that these great hiking trails have to offer.

Overnight hiking trails in Cape Town worth exploring

Travel essentials to take on your next self-drive safari

A self-drive safari is beneficial for various reasons as you get to go at your own pace and see as much as you would like to see without being dictated to by someone else’s schedule. It also gives one the option of going to unexplored parts of the country in which you are visiting. So why not get some friends together and get out there in a 4x4 or camper van and explore the world on a self-drive safari. Here are five must pack items when going on a self-drive safari.

Getting around

Doing a self-drive safari of this magnitude will probably mean you will have to hire a 4x4 or camper van as a normal wheel drive won’t suffice. If your trip starts in from the Cape Town international Airport will be your best bet of achieving this.

Travel essentials to take on your next self-drive safari

Five must visit summer locations in Cape Town

Cape Town has a cold and dreary winter - however, those who brave it are treated to what would seem like endless days where the sun goes down around 9pm every evening and the weather is considerably warmer. This creates an environment where people are outside enjoying themselves in various forms, whether it's surfing, exploring a wine route or enjoying a meal in trendy beach communities, Cape Town really does have a lot to offer.

Five must visit summer locations in Cape Town

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