South Africa car rentals give you the opportunity to see the country’s amazing diversity of beaches. SA’s coastline reaches from KwaZulu-Natal on the east to the Northern Cape on the west with beaches ranging from wild and untouched to first-world and trendy.
KZN is on the east coast of South Africa. Golden beaches and warm Indian Ocean waters make this coastline a diver’s paradise. If you’re going to use South Africa car rentals to travel SA’s beaches, the Elephant Coast is a good place to start.
The Elephant Coast is located in northern KZN. The area is as close to wild African beach as you can get, with much of it classified as game reserves and marine conservation areas. A 4x4 is often necessary for access to the lodges, and there are superb diving, game viewing and birding opportunities on this pristine coast.
The Dolphin Coast is often referred to as the “North Coast”, a stretch of land dotted with small towns and seaside holiday resorts. Bottlenose dolphins are frequently spotted playing, racing and jumping in the waves, and the beaches are good for swimming.
Umhlanga is an upmarket area and its beaches are “the place to be seen”. There are a number of hotels and timeshare blocks set on the beachfront. Umhlanga is also renowned for its excellent shopping and dining.
The Hibiscus Coast (or South Coast) is a holiday destination of note. A coastal route offers panoramic ocean views and most of the towns along the road are packed in high season. The beaches are beautiful with safe swimming-great for families. The area also offers an abundance of excellent golf courses.
The Eastern Cape is partly yet to be discovered and partly South Africa’s watersports capital.
The Wild Coast is so named because much of this lush area is virtually uninhabited. Areas of the coast can only be reached on horseback or by the most breathtaking hikes. The beaches and dramatic cliffs are stunning and well worth the effort to get there.
The Sunshine Coast is a year-round playground for beach lovers. People come here to experience the good life with river cruises, watersports and fantastic surfing. The weather is temperate and nature reserves on the beach make for excellent walking and birding.
The Western Cape beaches are nothing short of incredible. The province has shorelines on both the Indian and Atlantic Oceans and is famous for whale watching.
The glorious Garden Route is a must-do self-drive, especially if you hire a car at Cape Town Airport. The route runs between coast and mountain with spectacular views and lush indigenous flora.
Overberg Coast (Cape Whale Coast)
The magnificent Cape Overberg Coast is famous for its unbelievable whale watching opportunities from June to December when whales migrate to the warmer waters to mate and calve.
False Bay Coast
The impressive False Bay Coast is scattered with lovely little seaside towns and fishing villages. The beaches are wonderful for swimming and surfing and the pace of life is relaxed.
The Atlantic Seaboard is made up of striking mountain backdrops, white sands and the turquoise waters of Cape Town’s trendy beaches.
The West Coast is wild and scenic with civilisation consisting of small fishing towns. The mountains, flora and fauna are exceptional, especially in spring when the wildflowers come to life.
South Africa has a remarkable coastline with a myriad of things to do, see and discover. Try South Africa car rentals to make your holiday dream a reality.