South Africa is considered one of the best road trip destination, and it is not difficult to see why. Everyone needs a break from what we have been experiencing here in the last few months. Road trips are a perfect way out to have your bit of enjoyment this spring and summer.
Read on to find 5 exciting places to choose from to have a memorable road trip this spring and summer.
1. Route 62
Route 62 is possibly one of the best trails for the road trips along South Africa. This is known as such because of the road that meanders through the vineyards of the Cape Wineland. A lot of the road trippers who take this route usually take it to visit the Karoo, which is an open semi desert that hones some of the best livestock and farms around the place.
There are beautiful mountain passes along the way and they add to the beauty of the region even further. Some call this route the ‘rural’ garden route. The serenity of the route is what makes this an amazing option for road trippers to look into. You may want to visit Montagu and the Karoo National Park while there. Get your car inspected before such a trip to avoid any problem that could make your trip troublesome.
2. Garden Route
The Garden Route stretches around the coastal and forested area between Mossel Bay and Port Elizabeth. The road trip gets its name from the Garden Route National Park that it covers, and the diverse vegetation and wildlife, and abundance of lagoons, lakes, mountains, forests, and beaches along its winding roads.
With countless detours and pit stops showcasing the region’s beauty, culture and hospitality, the challenge is deciding whether to devote four days or a fortnight. Get your car inspected before such a trip to avoid any problem that could make your trip troublesome.
3. Wild Coast
The beautiful Wild Coast runs from East London in the south of the Eastern Cape to the border of Kwa-Zulu Natal some 350km to the northeast.
As you drive across this region’s rolling hills, along its jagged coastlines or veer off the N2 onto the gravel roads that cut inland, you’ll often have the sense that little has changed here in the past hundred years. The hillsides are dotted with turquoise rondavels (round huts topped with thatched roofs) and small pastoral farming plots.
The Wild Coast also boasts the most idyllic and unspoilt beaches to be found anywhere in South Africa. Get your car inspected before such a trip to avoid any problem that could make your trip troublesome.
4. The Panorama route
Meandering around the beautiful Blyde River Canyon and the historic mining town of Graskop, the Panorama Route is well worth the short detour from Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga’s main attraction.
As the name would suggest, this route, which takes you along the highest tar road in South Africa, offers spectacular views of the area’s mountains, canyons and valleys. Eagles soar overhead and the sound of thundering waterfalls punctuates the stillness.
Fish for yellowtail or carp in the tranquil Ohrigstad Dam Nature Reserve or walk through the mist-covered indigenous forest above Blyde River Canyon, which is the third largest canyon in the world.
The history of this region is as rich as the mineral deposits that sparked a gold rush here in 1873. Relive this history at Pilgrim’s Rest, a former gold mining town that is now a national museum where you can try your hand at gold panning. Get your car inspected before such a trip to avoid any problem that could make your trip troublesome.
5. The Waterberg Meander
A few hours’ drive from the busy urban hub of Johannesburg, the Waterberg Region doesn’t make it onto most South African travel itineraries, and that’s a large part of its appeal.
Tucked away in Limpopo Province and known to locals as Africa’s Eden, this region comprises soaring mountain peaks, antediluvian sandstone rock formations, golden savannah plains, dense riparian forests and plunging river valleys.
The Waterberg Meander is a 350km self-drive route that takes road trippers right through the heart of the Waterberg Biosphere and incorporates many of its highlights, including the exclusive Welgevonden Game Reserve and the stunning Marakele National Park. . Get your car inspected before such a trip to avoid any problem that could make your trip troublesome.