Blog

Six tips to pass your driver’s test

You’re struggling to get through your driver’s test. But don’t worry. Here are some easy but logical tips to follow if you’re making that excruciating drive to the local testing yards. No longer will you hear the ominous ‘dead man walking’ running through your mind. Steady on and take a deep breath. You’ll soon be able to borrow your mom’s Toyota, rent a car or save up for that bakkie safe knowing that you can actually drive the darn thing.

Be pedantic

Nobody passes their test by showing the instructor all the fancy tricks and flair you’ve picked up while joyriding your father’s VW in the middle of the night. They want to see every indicator and every blind spot checked. That handbrake must get pulled up more times than you want to remember.

Don’t panic if it rains

This is actually a good thing! While signs and road markings may be obscured if it is really pouring, the instructor will provide some leeway if they are understanding of the situation. What really helps though is that you will naturally drive slower. This will reign in any overconfidence you may have and will only cause you to be extra careful.

Always be aware

Sometimes in the heat of the test, you forget that humans even exist. Be sure to stop at the zebra crossings if there are people waiting. It can often slip your mind when you are stuck inside your indestructible bubble. As well as pedestrians, you should look out for drivers that have developed bad habits or break the law. Be mindful that anything can happen and those inconsiderate few who change lanes illegally or run a red light can really be a danger to you and your passengers.

The dreaded yard

This is when having a driving instructor really pays off. Nobody in their right minds would encourage you to take the test by feel. Learn the tricks that you need. Acquire visual cues and distance markers with cones and the curb. Again, be confident but don’t let that over-confidence fool you. If you do the yard methodically, you will be guaranteed to defeat the old nemesis.

Stay calm

Don’t worry if you’re nervous. There is a big difference between a natural bout of nerves and crumbling into a sweaty wreck. Your judge will sit with eagle eyes, noticing your shakes and quaking voice. Always be aware of the pressure on the pedal. Your unease might cause you to speed without you noticing. If this does happen, the driving test will be over and you will fail immediately. Just focus, take even breaths and remember that you will settle down once you get into the swing of things.

Don’t let them trick you!

It’s the simplest things that can really get you. There have been horror stories where people have failed their test because the key suddenly gets jammed or your tires are ‘too smooth’. As obvious as it seems, make sure the car is off before you put the keys into the ignition. These may be little traps that the tester will set for you and it is easy to fall into them. Near the end, be careful to watch your speed! Things are nearly over. Don’t take a turn which you haven’t been told to take. Always listen to where the instructor tells you to go.

These aren’t meant to scare you but are meant to help you. Don’t shy away from the dreaded driving test problems and be brave. Be aware that this is meant to be challenging and you’re ultimately going through this suffering to be a fellow responsible driver. They are not looking for speedy or flashy racers but those who are methodical and aware.

Your first roadtrip

The car rental company is calling you. You’re young, fresh-faced and restless and the only thing that calls to you is the open road. Nothing will feel better than the wind rushing through your hair as you motor across Africa’s highways. But travelling to your heart’s content will not be cheap. Nor will it be easy to acquire a car for rent because of your age. But there are always possibilities and there reputable companies out there willing to provide you with a vehicle for hire. If you’re from some other country outside the continent, make sure the license is valid for cross border entry to Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia and Mozambique to fully live the ride.

Who is coming with you?

There are a few lone wolves out there but you will in all likelihood be heading out with your mates or family. Be careful not to take any negative characters along as those who will crumble at the first sign of trouble will not be very helpful under pressure nor will they be fun. This trip will be a momentous occasion and one that will be stored away in the memory banks for a very long time. Don’t spoil it by hanging around with the wrong crowd.

road trip friends

Planning…there has to be some

While your trip is going to be filled with surprises and the unexpected, bear in mind that you’re going to have to plan for some things to make your journey a little bit easier. For example, if you don’t have an end destination, things could go very wrong and you may get lost in the wrong part of town. Check out the local newspapers if you plan on staying in town for a while or else plan ahead and browse events on the internet. If you value a soft bed and a hot meal, booking accommodation in advance is a must. But you can always curl up in your car if you’re prepared to rough it.

driving road trip family

Budget for your trip

Don’t let things spiral out of hand. While landing yourself in a sticky situation may make things a little more memorable and exciting, running out of money is not something that will cure hunger pangs or quench your thirst. Don’t sell yourself short when it comes to food and drink. Careful rationing is needed, especially if you’re heading out into the unknown wilderness or taking on a deserted stretch of highway that could potentially go on for miles and miles. This budget should include fuel stops, free amenities, campsites over hotels and avoiding costly tollgates.

road trip budget

Drive safe

This one is particularly important since you’re driving a hired car. The last thing you want is to get caught in a fender-bender (or worse) because of reckless driving. You need to remember that you are responsible for the lives of your fellow passengers while you are behind the wheel so make sure you drive considerately and you don’t endanger your life or theirs. Let someone else drive if you’re feeling sleepy or pull over immediately if you are finding it hard to concentrate due to fatigue. If you want to be really considerate, wake up the next driver a few minutes before his shift.

road tripping

As thrilling as your adventure into the wild or new big city will be, always bear in mind that you have to be responsible, in more ways than one, on the road. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity so by all means enjoy your African roadtrip but be safe and smart doing it. You’re young with the world at your fingertips, so get out there, hire some wheels and hit the tarmac with all the youthful abandon and wild spirit you can muster.

On the hunt for waterfalls in Zambia

waterfall in Zambia

The extraordinarily beautiful country of Zambia is home to the thundering Victoria Falls and the wild and tempestuous Zambezi River. While Victoria Falls remains a huge drawing card for many visitors, the northern reaches of the country are home to a treasure chest of majestic and awe-inspiring waterfalls. Travelling with a 4×4 is the only practical way to explore these “off the beaten track areas”, as many of the roads leading to these hidden gems have no tarred roads. Make sure to contact the cross border specialists at Drive Africa when arranging your 4×4 rental before you embark on exploring the rugged beauty of this largely unspoilt land.

Zambia is home to an abundance of waterfalls but very few people know about those less famous than the iconic Victoria Falls. Local villagers in the small towns surrounding the waterfalls are always excited to tell visitors about the traditional lore behind each waterfall, many of which are considered to be sacred.

Victoria Falls

Victoria falls

One of the most iconic waterfalls in the world, the Victoria Falls is possibly the single most amazing natural wonder you will ever witness in your lifetime. Hundreds of streams travelling thousands of kilometres converge into the mighty Zambezi River which is the lifeblood of the Victoria Falls – a celebrated World Heritage Site. Known affectionately by locals as “Mosi-oa-Tunya”, which means the smoke that thunders, Victoria Falls is the greatest single curtain of water in the world, famous for its thunderous roar of water plummeting over a 2.5km wide basalt precipice and clouds of spray which rise high over the horizon.

Kalambo Falls

Located in the Northern Province of Zambia, the Kalambo Falls is the second highest single-drop waterfall in Africa. Kalambo Falls is also Zambia’s other cross-border waterfall, sharing a border with Tanzania. Fed by the Kalambo River, an uninterrupted stream of water plummets 221 meters down into the shadowy gorge below before meandering on into Lake Tanganika in Tanzania. The Kalambo River, along with the falls, defines the Zambia/ Tanzania border all the way into the expansive Lake Tanganika.

Kundalila Falls

Found in the Central Province of Zambia, dominated by escarpments and spectacular scenic beauty, Kundaila Falls provides viewers with incredible natural scenery. Fed by the Koambe River, Kundalila Falls boasts a 70 metre drop, with water breaking into thin veils which irrigate the natural botanical gardens below. Kundalila means “crying dove” and it is said that these falls were named after these crying doves because gold prospectors of yesteryear used to hunt these endemic birds for their gizzards which were believed to contain gold dust.

Lumangwe Falls

Lumangwe Falls

Spanning the width of 160 metres with a 35 metre high drop, the Lumwangwe Falls looks like a smaller version of Victoria Falls. The Lumangwe Falls sustains a small rainforest on the Kalungwishi River. The cascading water dances and shouts, throwing rainbows high into the air to create an amazing spectacle; it is an ideal spot to camp overnight. Local lore claims that Lumangwe Falls is home to the Great Snake Spirit called Lumangwe and locals will wax lyrical about how, in the olden days, the snake was said to have stretched itself between the Lumangwe and smaller Kabweluma Falls, which is located a short 5km away.

Ngonye Falls

The Ngonye Falls marks the transition point of the mighty Zambezi River’s flow from the arid Kalahari floodplains to the basalt dyke, which contributes to the awe-inspiring gorges of Victoria Falls. The mesmerising sight of hundreds of thousands of cubic litres of water which cascade over the staggered, twenty metre drop creates a spectacular panorama. The road leading to Ngonye Falls affords 4×4 enthusiasts an exciting challenge with certain stretches of the road proving particularly tricky.

Bundu bashing in Botswana

If you’re searching for Africa’s last Eden, look no further than Botswana. Punted as one of the premier wildlife destinations on the planet, Botswana has it all; from its stark and contrasting landscape of the Kalahari Desert to the crystal clear waters of the Okavango Delta, there are a myriad of natural attractions waiting to be explored. Botswana offers exceptional natural scenery which at times are best viewed and accessed by 4×4 vehicles.

This southern African land-locked country is only slightly bigger than France, making it a great 4×4 destination. As you venture through Botswana by road, the dramatic scenery changes from arid plains and rolling ochre dunes to emerald green wetlands and waterways dotted with forested islands in the expansive Okavango Delta. Botswana is a mystical realm with unforgettable beauty, all begging to be explored via 4×4.

If this sounds all too alluring and an off-road adventure in Botswana has pushed its way onto your bucket list, make sure that you hire a reliable and well maintained all-terrain vehicle from Drive Africa. Not only does Drive Africa boast the unique offering of 4×4 rentals but they can also assist you with Cross Border Entry into Botswana.

Here are five unforgettable destinations in Botswana which are great for exploring from the comfort of your 4×4:

Chobe National Park

Chobe-National-Park

 Chobe National Park boasts one of the highest concentrations of game on the continent, covering an expanse of over 10,000 square kilometres. The Chobe River winds through the reserve, bringing with it its life-giving waterways, supporting a diversity of wildlife. The Chobe River is famously known for attracting large herds of elephants of up to a hundred or more individuals who converge at the river to drink and cool down from the hot African sun.

Okavango Delta

okavango delta

 Known as the jewel of the Kalahari, the Okavango Delta evokes scenes of spectacular beauty deep within the Kalahari Basin. The largest inland delta in the world is home to an astounding array of wildlife, with a recent overview revealing over 122 species of mammals, 71 species of fish, 64 species of reptiles, 44 species of birds and 1,300 species of flowering plants, making this a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts. Whether you are cruising the papyrus-fringed waterways in a traditional mokoro boat or watching lions stalk their prey from your 4×4 in the reserve, one thing is for certain – you’ll be hard pressed to leave the Okavango without a deep appreciation for the rich natural splendour.

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

central kalahari game reserve

Central Kalahari Game Reserve holds the distinction of being the second largest wildlife reserve in the world as well as the most remotely situated reserve in southern Africa. Wide empty salt pans and golden-hued grasslands that seem to melt seamlessly into the horizon provides visitors to the reserve with an immediate sense of unending space. The landscape is dominated by acacias and interspersed with grasslands, salt pans and shallow fossil rivers with game such as springbok, wildebeest, eland and giraffe sparsely distributed throughout the reserve. Make sure to include a drive to Sunday and Leopard Pans, Passarge Valley, Piper’s Pan and the northern reaches of Deception Valley. Experience travelling through untouched wilderness and seemingly unending landscapes of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve for an adventure of a lifetime.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

The expansive 37,000 square kilometre reserve is shared by South Africa and Botswana as a protected conservation area. Wildlife roam freely through the reserve unrestricted by border fences, ensuring the continued use of ancient migration routes which are pertinent for the survival of wildlife populations in this desert landscape. The main areas to explore within the reserve are the Nossop River Valley, the wilderness trails located along the South African/ Botswana border and the north eastern reaches of the reserve which was formerly known as the Mabuasehube Game Reserve. Well-equipped 4×4’s such as those available from Drive Africa are required for the rough, sandy roads found in the reserve.

Moremi Game Reserve

Moremi Game Reserve

The crown jewel in Botswana’s conservation crown, the Moremi Game Reserve, was established by local residents who were concerned by the depletion of wildlife on their ancestral lands. Situated in the central and eastern areas of the Okavango Delta, here land and delta meet to create a spectacular preserve of floodplains which attract a plethora of birdlife and wild game. Make sure to visit Chief’s Island and Moremi’s Tongue while exploring the reserve as they boast some of the most diverse ecosystems on the continent.

Exploring Cape Town

Explore the sights and sounds of Cape Town with Drive Africa’s unbeatable car rental rates. Let’s face it, nothing beats the open road with the windows down, music pumping and the company of your favourite friends. The Mother City offers visitors a compelling mix of stunning natural scenery and cultural activities alive with creativity, colourful sights, sounds and tastes.

Festivals in southern Africa

Africa is home to a colourful collection of vibrant people who know how to have a good time. Breathe taking landscapes create the perfect backdrop for a range of festivals and its little wonder why so many event organisers take advantage of the amazing natural landscape by hosting outdoor festivals showcasing the continent’s most talented musicians and artists.

We’ve selected some of the best festivals in southern Africa, which make perfect road tripping destinations. Added to this Drive Africa’s unbeatable cross border rentals make it that much easier to experience the best festivals that southern Africa has to offer. The Cross Border Car Rental Service  is one of Drive Africa’s best known specials allowing people to traverse the borders of Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia (Livingstone only) and Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls only) at very little additional expense.

Swaziland

The MTN Bush Fire Festival  is Swaziland’s premier outdoor festival, backlit by smoky mountains set ablaze by the amber sunset This three day festival celebrates creative expression through live music performance, art installations, handmade crafts and so much more. The festival is also a huge drawing card attracting talent from across the continent and far reaches of the globe. The festival hosts a vibrant handcraft market as well as an interactive art and dialogue space, a testament to nurturing the Swazi arts and cultural scene.

Dates: 30 May -1 July 2014

Mozambique

The AZGO Festival held in Maputo serves as platform for emerging and acclaimed artists and musicians to collaborate and perform in front of a culturally diverse audience. Festival goers are spoilt for choice in terms of the music on offer from hip-hop, traditional African music to dub step and jazz.

Date: 23-24 May 2014

South Africa

Afrika Burn is a unique derivative of the internationally renowned Burning Man festival held in the USA. It really is so much more than a carbon copy of the States based event and offers something distinctly African. Held in the Tankwa Karoo in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa, festival goers are treated to art installations, live performances, theme camps and international dj’s as well as a kaleidoscope of colourful individuals who all make this week long event a truly remarkable experience. Nothing but ice is on sale at the event and festival goers are encouraged to participate in the a barter economy- it’s a decommodified zone that’s all about giving without expecting anything in return.

Date: 28 April – 4 May 2014

Malawi

Hosted on the palm fringed shores of Lake Malawi, the Lake of Stars is an award winning festival. Founded by Will Jameson, the event was started to raise money for Malawi’s developing economy, promoting it as a tourist destination as well as showcasing Malawian artists. The festival brings with it a diverse range of music genres from Afropop, reggae, folk as well as top international dj’s and beatboxers.

Dates: 26- 28 September 2014

 

Vehicle essentials when driving through Mozambique

Mozambique

Mozambique is a tropical wonderland filled with vibrant sights and sounds waiting to be explored. Before you embark on your next Mozambican expedition make sure that you contact the experts at Drive Africa to ensure that you have the best cross border rental solution that meets all the legal requirements.

Drive Africa wants you to explore! Drive Africa not only offers the most competitive rates for car rental within Mozambique, but also offers excellent value for money with their cross border rentals. Drive Africa’s Cross Border car rental option is available to non-South Africans and local residents and has been specifically designed for adventure-seekers wanting to explore the beauty of the African continent. Not only are you guaranteed to benefit from Drive Africa’s special deals on exclusive packages, but you will be able to travel with the peace of mind that you have been provided with all the essentials needed when travelling the roads of Mozambique.

Mozambique vehicle essentials

  • A valid passport with atleast twor to three blank pages in it is needed. Be sure to check with Mozambican authorities regarding the validity of your passport and to find out if you require a visa specific to your nationality.
  • A valid driver’s license or international driving permit which is recommended.
  • Two reflective vests that should be worn in the event of an accident or breakdown.
  • A second red emergency triangle – Drive Africa’s rental partner will supply you with the first emergency triangle.
  • Two blue and yellow triangle warning stickers are required and are used in the event of your vehicle being towed after an accident. A warning sticker must be displayed on the front bumper of the vehicle as well as the back.
  • Vehicle should have a ZA sticker attached to the back of the vehicle.
  • Third party insurance is essential and can be purchased at Mozambican side of the border for approximately ZAR 400 per vehicle.
  • Each passenger will need to go through standard immigration procedures at the border. Immigration fees are currently ZAR 17.50 per person.
  • The driver of the vehicle will need to complete a temporary import permit for the vehicle (approximately ZAR 15 payable in Mozambican Meticals – MZM) as well as a vehicle declaration form (approximately ZAR 50). This can be done at the Mozambican side of the border at their customs office where forms are free of charge.

The rental company will supply you with the following

  • A copy of the registration papers for the vehicle.
  • Cross border Letter – Letter of Authority to allow the border crossing.
  • One emergency triangle (two are required).

Stickers, Triangles and Safety Gear for Mozambique – Decoded

  • ZA stickers: It is compulsory for any South African vehicle, caravan or trailer to have a ZA sign displayed when it crosses any of the borders. The ZA sign must be placed on the rear of each vehicle, caravan and trailer in a visible position and may not be within 150mm of the rear number plate.
  • Blue and yellow warning triangles: When travelling in Mozambique with a vehicle in tow, you are required to display a set of blue and yellow warning triangles. One triangle must be placed on the front right bumper of the vehicle and the other on the rear of the vehicle towed.
  • Red and white T sticker: When travelling in Zimbabwe and towing any caravan or trailer, you will be required to display a set of T-signs. The white T-sign must be placed on the extreme right of the caravan or trailer whilst the red T-sign must be placed on the extreme right rear of the same caravan or trailer.
  • Set of red warning triangles: When travelling with any South African registered vehicle in Mozambique you will need to have a set of red warning triangles in your possession.

Regulations are as follows

  • Each side of your triangle must be 500mm long and 50mm wide, with a thickness of roughly 5mm.
  • The triangle must be uniformly covered in red reflective material.
  • The back of the triangle must either be uniformly white, or have a 5mm-wide white border.
  • The edge of the triangle must be yellow.
  • The reflective surfaces must be well-maintained.

The triangle must be visible from at least 100m in the presence of light.

  • Reflective jackets: It is now compulsory for motorists to carry the reflective jackets when travelling to Mozambique. Your reflective vest must be made from polyester and it must be closable at the front and adjustable on all sides. The vest must be equipped with polyvinyl reflective strips, no less than 400mm wide, in yellow or green on the front, to the sides, and on the back of the vest. The vest must be worn when at the scene of a car accident, when repairing your vehicle on the side of the road and when reloading cargo that has fallen from your vehicle on to the road.

Contact Drive Africa today and arrange your cross border car rental to Mozambique.

Drive Africa Tip:

  • Be vigilant for speed traps when travelling back to South Africa – there is a 5km stretch just before the border where the speed limit is 60km/h.
  • Make sure to carry copies of your passport and driver’s license with you at all times.

Explore Mozambique with Drive Africa

Surprising as it may seem, the idyllic paradise of Mozambique is often overlooked as a major travel destination. With over 2 500 kilometres of pristine beaches and home to some of the most coveted dive sites in the world, it is mind boggling that the exotic destination of Mozambique has not received the attention it deserve as it is remains beautifully unspoilt with most of its natural landscapes preserved.

Mozambique, with its tropical archipelagos of Quirimba and Bazaruto, its coastal inland plains and forested mountain peaks, offers the discerning traveller a myriad of contrasting landscapes and dramatic scenery. Influenced by Arab slaves and Portuguese conquistadors, Mozambique is rich in cultural heritage. The port town of Pemba displays some beautiful examples of colonial Portuguese architecture. A trip to Pemba is not complete without a visit to the Muslim quarter of Paquitequette – hundreds of houses made from coral rock, mud and thatch dot the hillside as the gentle slope leads you down to the beach where colourful fishing dhows line the coast.

mozambique market
Vibrant markets filled with exquisite hand crafted items and fresh produce make Mozambique a shopping haven for travellers who are looking for unusual and bespoke keepsakes to bring home. The northern regions of Mozambique are well known for an abundance of fantastic artwork, crafts and sculptures produced by the Makondo people. The artwork of this region depicts common held traditional beliefs as well as the journey and struggle for independence and the Civil War.

mozambique
Mozambique is an adventure traveller’s paradise with plenty of activities on offer. From exploring the coral reefs teaming with marine life, ocean safaris where you can spot the mysterious manta ray and bull shark, leisurely horseback rides on the beach and water sports such as kayaking and kite surfing, there is bound to be something to tickle your fancy. Attractions are not exclusively bound to the coast line and underwater paradises of the Indian Ocean. There are a multitude of cultural and historic attractions that are also waiting to be explored. The unspoilt wildlife edens of Gorongosa National Park and Niassa Reserve exude the atmosphere of an untouched Africa.

Mozambique with all its natural splendour is still reeling from the effects of a civil war and severe flood damage from the year 2000. Due to this, independent travel without a rental car in Mozambique is particularly difficult as the public transport system is not strictly regulated. Most citizens use informal transport such as chapas (minibuses) and machibombos (buses). Although these can be a cultural experience in itself, it is not the most reliable or safest means of transport.

Drive Africa negotiates and secures special rates with established affiliates to bring you a safe, cost effective and reliable car rental solution. As many of the roads outside of major cities in Mozambique aren’t tarred and the country prone to flash floods, it is important that you rent a reliable and robust vehicle that gets you safely where you want to be.

Better yet, if you are deciding to embark on an epic road trip from South Africa to Mozambique, Drive Africa offers expert guidance and support in arranging your cross border rental . Drive Africa will ensure you have everything you require to cross the border and drive safely on all roads.

Eight amazing attractions to see in magical Mozambique

Few other destinations will satisfy your wanderlust better than Mozambique. Now that you’ve arranged your cross border rental with Drive Africa you can focus on planning the details of your epic adventure.

Bazaruto Archipelago

Set in the decadently warm waters of the Indian Ocean, the Bazaruto Archipelago is a collection of six emerald islands that have escaped the grasp of modern influences. Virtually untouched, these islands offer a wonderfully laid-back atmosphere that exudes an exotic allure that is distinctly African. The Bazaruto Archipelago is a proclaimed marine national park and its snorkelling and dive sites are world-renowned.

Bazaruto Archipelago
Bazaruto Archipelago

Quirimbas Archipelago

Originally home to fishing settlements and influenced by Arab slave traders, the Quirimbas Archipelago is known today for its incredible diving and game fishing sites with phenomenal drop-offs, some up to 400m. Found in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean off the north eastern coast of Mozambique, the Quirimbas Archipelago consists of 27 islands. Eleven of the most southerly islands have been incorporated into the Quirimbas National Park, which spans an area of 7,500 km². Breath taking dive sites, dense mangrove forests and pristine beaches make this a remarkable destination rich in natural splendour.

Quirimbas Archipelago
Bazaruto Archipelago

Gorongosa Nature Reserve

Known as Africa’s lost Eden, the Gorongosa National Park is situated at the southern end of the Great African Rift Valley in the very heart of Mozambique. Due to its varied terrain and mosaic of different soil types, the park hosts a variety of distinct ecosystems and wildlife. The dramatic contrasting scenery ranges from dense rain forest to open plains of savannah, dotted with acacia trees. Often referred to as Africa’s wunderkind of conservation, the reserve has seen a remarkable restoration over the past 20 years. Where once only a handful of zebra and antelope roamed the park and elephant populations dwindled down to less than a hundred individuals, the park now focuses its efforts on rehabilitating the wildlife population. Gorongosa Nature Reserve has adopted a strong ethos of conservation and employs 120 rangers who patrol Gorongosa’s vast wilderness who have re-established a thriving pride of lions and growing elephant population that now numbers in the 300’s.

Gorongosa Nature Reserve
Gorongosa Nature Reserve

Niassa Game Reserve

Located in northern Mozambique, the Niassa Game Reserve spans an area of 42,000 km² and boasts the highest concentration of wildlife in Mozambique. With over 9,000 sable antelopes, 12,000 elephants, 8,000 buffalo and approximately 200 endangered African wild dogs, as well as an abundance of predators such as lion and leopard and a rich diversity in birdlife, Niassa Game Reserve affords you a safari experience of a lifetime.

Niassa Game Reserve
Niassa Game Reserve

Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary

Situated on the São Sebastião peninsula, just south of the tiny town of Vilanculos, the 30 000 hectare wildlife sanctuary forms the southernmost portion of the Bazaruto Archipelago. The sanctuary covers a diverse range of ecosystems including pristine wildlife and marine territories. Well known as one of Africa’s biodiverse “hotspots”, you will be able to encounter an astonishing array of fauna and flora. View fresh water inhabitants such as the elusive dugong and fresh water dolphin, deep sea game fish such as marlin and barracuda, as well as a plethora of birdlife such as the mangrove kingfisher and spectacular flocks of wading flamingos.

Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary
Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary

Maputo

The bustling port city of Maputo is best known for its colourful markets, lively nightlife and vibrant street vendors. Maputo is a great place to explore and enjoy the country’s wealth of fresh produce and seafood. Amble down the jacaranda and palm-lined streets stopping off to enjoy an ice cold beer at one of the many charming street cafés and bars in the Fere de Populare district. A day trip to Maputo is not complete without relishing in the country’s signature dish of mouth-watering peri-peri prawns made from a spicy concoction of incredibly hot bird’s eye chillies.

Maputo
  Maputo

Inhambane

Known by locals as Terra de Boa Gente (Land of Good People), the city of Inhambane is located in southern Mozambique. The seaside town boasts an eclectic mixture of rustic colonial architecture which borders expansive palm-lined beaches. Tourists are drawn to the holiday villages of Tofo and Barra as they boast wonderfully wide, white sandy beaches and clear waters that attract large numbers of manta ray and whale sharks.

Inhambane
Inhambane

Pemba

The port city of Pemba is renowned for its colonial Portuguese architecture as well as being a prime destination for water sports and diving enthusiasts due to the exceptional coral reefs located close to shore. Pemba’s city centre is home to an authentic Souk (local market) which has an incredible amount of arts and craft as well as traditional silverware on display. Located in the northern region of Mozambique, Pemba is the ideal gateway to gain entry to the idyllic archipelago of Quirimbas.

Pemba
Pemba

 

Image credit:

www.safari365.com

www.safari365.com

magicalmozambique.com

www.chaloafrica.com

aardvarksafaris.co.uk

www.hollandamericablog.com

www.visit-mozambique.com

martinprivatehomes.com

The ultimate road tripping play list – Good jams make for great times

Nothing embodies the spirit of travelling better than a carefully selected playlist to accompany you on your road trip. Nothing beats the open road with the windows down, music pumping and the company of your favourite friends.

A good road tripping playlist not only enhances the journey but aids in getting through those long, uninspiring stretches that wind before you from time to time. With a myriad of interesting attractions, make sure that you rent a car with Drive Africa with their wide range of affordable car rental options across a range of models and rates.

Whether you trying to figure out how to get lucky with Daft Punk or singing along to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers we have an awesome selection of classic and current tracks that will keep you on the right track.

  1. Get Lucky – Daft Punk
  2. Road Trippin – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  3. Cross Town Traffic – Jimi Hendrix
  4. Fast Car – Tracey Chapman
  5. Drive – Incubus
  6. Big Jet Plane – Angus and Julia Stone
  7. Passenger – Iggy Pop
  8. Ticket to Ride – The Beatles
  9. Ho Hey – The Lumineers
  10. Rear view Mirror – Pearl Jam 

If you’re not sure where to venture off to why not check out our list of day tripping destinations around the Western Cape? If the spirit of adventure is hard to ignore and the confines of the Cape just won’t cut it contact Drive Africa today to make all the necessary arrangements for cross border car rental. It’s never been easier to explore the contrasting landscapes of the African continent in comfort and style with Drive Africa’s exceptional rates and impeccable service.

Image credit: andresr / 123RF Stock Photo