A road trip will always be exciting and it certainly is an excellent way to get to know a place, but these kinds of holidays will always take a bit of research and a little planning… unless you’re happy to just get behind the wheel, hit the road and see what happens, of course.
If you’re planning a big trip to South Africa over the coming months, you’ll be pleased to hear that there are some incredible car journeys you could take. Here are just a few to consider.
The Panorama Route
This is a magnificent journey to take, through the country’s Mpumalanga province, and there’s some spectacular scenery to take in as you wend your way through the mountainous highlands.
Here you’ll find the Blyde River Canyon, the third largest of its kind in the world - and it certainly is a wonder to behold. You’ve also got the Kruger National Park right on your doorstep here so if you’re keen to go on safari, this part of South Africa has all you could want and more. Give yourself two or three days to have a proper explore of the region.
The Midlands Meander
Head to KwaZulu-Natal and you’ll find a collection of different tourist routes that will take you through some stunning surroundings - and it’s only an hour’s drive from Durban, so you’ll find there’s a huge amount you can get up to if you include this on your holiday itinerary.
Make sure you visit the Nelson Mandela Capture Site, just outside Howick in Natal. He was arrested on August 5th 1962 and spent the next 27 years of his life in prison, with the Capture Site commemorating this historical moment.
The Garden Route
Fancy a coastal drive? Then the Garden Route is the one for you, an incredible 200km stretch of coast that will take you through the Eastern and Western Cape provinces of the country.
The official route starts in Mossel Bay and ends at Storms River, with popular stops including the winelands and Hermanus so you can really explore the region. Indigenous forests, coves, lagoons, beaches and a whole lot more can be found here - and you’re also likely to spot dolphins, great white sharks, Southern Right whales and even African penguins!
If you want to avoid tourist hotspots, then consider following Route 62, which takes you through amazing collections of local vineyards, through mountain passes, open scrubland, livestock farms and charming little towns.
The historic spa town of Montagu would be a great little pitstop to make, with gorgeous colonial architecture to see and hot springs to indulge in. You’ll never want to leave!
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