We rented a car during our trip to South Africa, and on the advice of friends, took a couple days to drive east from Cape Town along the coast. By the way, cars drive on the left side in South Africa. It was unnerving at first but we did get used to it. What was harder was getting used to the steering on the right side and the bulk of the car on left. All we needed to rent the car were our passports. We did get stopped once at a checkpoint and they were satisfied with our international drivers licenses (available for $15 from AAA). The drive along the coast is called the Garden Route and has beautiful scenery with the mountains on one side and the ocean on the other.
We drove for 3 days from Cape Town to Tsitsikamma (just to the west of Port Elizabeth) and back, and we stopped at a couple of places along the way. Our first stop was Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa. It features a marker where the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean meet. It was very windy that day and the clouds rolling over the mountains made for a beautiful view. The crashing waves were equally lovely. The vegetation in the area resembled what you might see under the sea. All in all, it was a great experience and we left there feeling very fulfilled.
Arriving at Cape Agulhas
Unusual vegetation at Cape Agulhas
Me at marker between Indian & Atlantic oceans