Route 56 in a rental car

What way do you escape on weekends? Do you relax at home with the kids, do you catch up on sleep or do you hit the open road to explore the beautiful countryside?

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To truly get to know a place, you have to experience it from the seat of car, the open road before you; nothing to do, nowhere to be but exactly where you are, exploring and appreciating the scene as it unfolds before you.

KwaZulu Natal, with its scenic beauty and rich history needs very little introduction, but choosing just how best to explore it does. …

one driver

Hertz Car Hire is a reputable and reliable car hire company worldwide. With numerous branches in and around South Africa and Namibia, can you think of a better company to choose your rental car from than one that guarantees that the start and end of your epic journey need not be in the same location?

Hertz also has a whole range of different classes of vehicles to suit your ever need and own individual drive style. No matter if you are heading out solo, or if you want to pack in the friends and family for an awesome road trip, you will find the perfect vehicle every time.


They have an easy to use online booking system that will have you in the rental car of your needs at the click of a mouse button.

Explore KwaZulu Natal!

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The shortest route between the Western Cape and KwaZulu Natal it might be, but if you get caught up in the incredible scenery it’s going to turn into a rather lengthy affair. Route 56 takes you through the mountain country of Lesotho, the Eastern Cape and KZN, right on the edge of what would once have been known as No Man’s Land – talk about epic adventures to be had on this trip!

It’s a quieter, easier and far more pleasant experience than the N2 but there are plenty of distractions, like fly fishing in the incredible rivers, bird spotting, or simply heading up one or other beaten track too many. Follow Route 56 from either Middelburg or Pietermaritzburg.

battlefields route


KZN’s interior possesses the biggest concentration of important battles and war-related sites in the country. The Battlefields self-drive route takes you to 82 battlefields, museums, historical forts and places of remembrance for the Midlands has a war-torn past. Over 20 000 British troops were killed during the Anglo-Boer War. The route, because it is so extensive, has been subdivided into eras and wars, and to do it justice, it is best to choose a specific era, war or campaign and then select corresponding sites that interest you.


Encompassing the towns of Estcourt, Winterton, Bergville, Weenen and Geluksburg and extending from Hidcote in the south, to the Sterkfontein Dam in the north, this route centres on the Drakensberg World Heritage Site around Giant’s Castle and the central and northern Drakensberg.

On the self-drive route are so many different places to visit and activities to do that you will find that you need more than a couple of days for the experience. From Anglo-Boer battlefields to some of the best hiking trails in the country, the world’s second-highest waterfall and a plethora of San rock art, the barrier of spears is one of KwaZulu-Natal’s greatest draw cards.