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The Lesser Known Wonders of South Africa

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The Lesser Known Wonders of South Africa 

Tourists to South Africa are generally dished up the usual itineraries where only the mainstream destinations of Cape Town, the Garden Route and the Kruger National Park are included.

However, for those select few who are prepared to make the effort, there are several fascinating destinations that offer visitors a glimpse into a nation that is both diverse and incomparably beautiful.

We have selected a couple of niche destinations you'd least expect to be interesting to the large number of tourists who flock to the country in growing numbers each year.

The vast majority of these 'specialist' villages and towns are well off the usual beaten track, so visitors inclined toward the unusual will have to opt for car rental.

Taung in the North West Province

Taung, the place of the lion, is the origin of one of the most remarkable archaeological discoveries made to date; that of a lime-encrusted skull of early man. The priceless remains of a child is yet further proof that Africa was, and still is, the literal cradle of man. Today the area is a heritage site.

Once all the evidence of the bones has satisfied your archaeological bent, make for the popular 'Blue Pools', the source of which flows from the very same limestone formations that kept the Taung skull hidden for millennia.

Prieska in the Northern Cape

The town of Prieska is ideally situated on the banks of the mighty Orange River, a river that forms the natural boundary with neighbouring Namibia.

It can only really be accessed by car, so make for the nearest car rental company and hire a bakkie or 4x4, as the road from Cape Town is long and rugged.

Long the preferred production centre of tiger's eye and other gemstones, it is still possible for the patient and eagle eyed amongst us to snaffle up a handful of these semi-precious gems in Prieska.....free, gratis, for nothing!

Once your treasure has been carefully stashed, take a good look at the area between Prieska and Vioolsdrif - it is the Rock Garden Route where rare succulents grow unhindered in the desert dust.

Other Attractions

Other local attractions include

 

  • Die Bos (The Bush) Nature Reserve that boasts abundant and colourful bird life
  • an old fort hewn out of tiger's eye by the British during the infamous Anglo-Boer war
  • the acclaimed Schumann Rock collection, featuring ancient Khoisan stone implements and semi-precious stones

 

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Reeds Car Rental offers a 24/7 car hiring service throughout South Africa, where rented cars can be picked up at the airport after any flight or delivered to your hotel at your convenience. www.reedscarrental.co.za

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