It’s about that time of the year when temperatures drop and moods start to dampen because of winter. Frosty nights, numb fingertips and layers upon layers of clothing make getting out of bed in the morning that much more difficult.
Luckily for South Africans, a warm destination is never too far away. We’ve put together a few routes that will give you a reason to hire a car, get on the road and take winter head-on over the June/July holiday season.
The KwaZulu-Natal coast is renowned for its mild, sunny winters and temperate climate. With plenty of activities to keep the whole family busy in Durban, including the famous Golden Mile beaches, uShaka Marine World and Gateway Theatre of Shopping, there’s no reason to venture further than the city. If you would like to explore the coast, you can head north along the Dolphin Coast or south to the Hibiscus Coast – both offering plenty of beaches, resorts and holiday spots.
Getting there is no issue either. Simply rent a vehicle from Woodford Car Hire, conveniently located at Durban’s King Shaka International Airport and be on your way.
While Gauteng can get pretty chilly during the winter months, further north towards the lowveld provides some of the best weather for game viewing. The Kruger National Park is accessibile via both Limpopo and Mpumalanga, and is one of the most popular national parks in the world. There is a host of other highlights that make a visit to the area a must – Makapansgat Valley, Modjadji Cycad forest, and the towns of Tzaneen and Haenertsburg are some of the attractions visitors can enjoy for a truly natural experience in these historically rich and ancient lands.
Woodford Car Hire offers great long drive rates for travellers wanting to venture into the lowvelds. Rent a vehicle with extra kilometres as part of the deal at Woodford’s branch at OR Tambo International Airport.
From Port Elizabeth
If you’d like to go the opposite route of getting away from winter and choose to get more of it, there are a few places in South Africa where you could possibly experience (a little) snow. The inland towns of the Eastern Cape are the places that are most likely to enjoy snowfall during the June/July period. Some of these towns include Stutterheim, Barkly East, Lady Grey, and Hogsback – some of which receive as much 10cm of snow during the peak of winter. If this doesn’t happen, Tiffendale (also in the same region) will even supply fake snow to play in.
The Eastern Cape is a great place to explore during winter if you’re bundled up and have the right vehicle. Rent exactly the one you need from Woodford Car Hire at Port Elizabeth International Airport when you fly in.
So whether you're looking for a warm, sunny coastal spot, looking to do some game viewing at one of the national parks, or planning a typically wintery experience, Woodford will be there to provide the perfect vehicle for you to hire for your winter vacation.