Europcar unearth SA’s lesser-known destinations

There are so many hidden gems – those out of the way or unknown travel destinations – in South Africa.  These range from un-explored small towns, restaurants, trails or even guest houses, views and river mouths. In an effort to encourage South Africans to see more of their beautiful country and to discover our veritable treasure trove points of interest, Europcar, one of South Africa’s leading rental companies, launched a social media survey to find South Africa’s real hidden gems.

When Europcar launched its search, it was evident just how passionate South Africans are about their local travels and the great places they’ve discovered.  The search encouraged people to upload discoveries of lesser-known destinations; those off the beaten track and map.

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More than 400 destinations were uploaded by enthusiastic fans and it was an interesting post about ‘Die Mond’ that topped the Europcar Hidden Gem’s list of interesting local destinations to visit.

‘Die Mond’ is a two hour’s drive outside of Cape Town, near the Air Force Base on the south-western Cape coast.  The winning nominee, Jan Wentzel, claims that the water at his spot is clean and sparkling blue, especially where the Heuningnes river meets the sea.  He compared the spot to the beautiful Maldives or Mauritius.

“Die Mond is majestic and beautiful, situated within in a nature reserve, one can have the best picnics and great trail walks in the reserve.  I am just pleased that I can share this great gem with other South Africans,” says Jan Wentzel.

Other posts included a picture of a caravan standing high up on stilts, seen near Hermanus.  A local businessman in Cape Town highly recommended Natte Valleij near Stellenbosch when travelling with children.  He says that there are reserves, forests and farms in the vicinity that children could really enjoy.  True child-friendly destinations are few and far between so the fact that it is, is a hidden gem in itself.

We received many entries for good fishing spots.  Fishing is a popular South African hobby and pastime and a favourite fishing spot seems to be Thunzi Bush Lodge near Port Elizabeth.

“As a Proudly South African car rental company, Europcar can be the ‘vehicle’ that allows South Africans to find our hidden gems.   We hope that with our continued commitment to customer service and our new brand promise to provide personalised mobility solutions we can get our customers on their way to their next South African adventure,” says Dawn Nathan-Jones, CEO of Europcar.

Europcar has shared these great finds with its social media fans in the hope that it will inspire them to see and experience more of our country during their road trips.  Often, customers rent cars a meetings or conference in a main city or town, and at Europcar, we’d like to encourage our customers to explore more in their leisure time, as we know how much there is to see in our beautiful country.

“In some cases, the most delightful spot is just around the corner and it’s our pleasure to bring you these first fan favourites,” concludes Nathan-Jones.


Author: Muzi Mohale

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