Cheapest car hire in Harrismith
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Useful things to know about Harrismith
- Harrismith began in 1849 and was named after the British Governor of South Africa, Sir Harry Smith, who had previously attempted to persuade the Voortrekkers not to abandon Natal
- The city grew as an important staging post following the Kimberley diamond rush of the later 19th century
- Today it’s one of the biggest and most important stopovers for truck drivers crossing the country
Harrismith Mini Guide
What can you Tell me About Harrismith?
Its unusual name comes directly from ‘Harry Smith’, the governor of South Africa and it’s best known as having the largest truck stop in the world where transcontinental truck drivers stop on their routes to and from the south coast of South Africa. Don’t let this put you off though for there are many natural highlights of the area that make it very worthwhile to spend some time there. The town was also a thriving staging post during the Kimberley diamond rush as well as being a large British encampment during the Boer Wars.
How do I get to Harrismith?
Whilst Harrismith has its own airport, it is tiny and flights in and out are limited to general aviation. The closest alternative airports are Ladysmith Airport, around an hour away from Harrismith which takes chartered flights from other South African Airports and Newcastle
Airport, around seventy miles away and which again has only charter flights to the airport. The nearest major airports are in Durban
, around two to three hours away. With these distances, long distance buses are available for connections but it’s far more convenient, and often safer, to hire a car and drive the route yourself.
What Should I do in Harrismith?
In the city, the town hall, made of sandstone, is spectacular and now a national monument. The Platberg Reserve is the key attraction though. It’s a flattish mountain top, around six miles long and home to many rare South African animals. You can hike or mountain bike along the trails, or just enjoy the scenery and the wildlife.
Latest Update from Harrismith:
- Dates have just been announced for the annual Berg Bohaai, a combination of sports events and music festival. With several mountain bike and running races planned for the dates of 2nd to the 4th September, plus evening entertainment in the big tent, it promises to be a great occasion.