South Africa offers a real smorgasbord of delights, and its diversity is part of its appeal. There is plenty to do and see, and in just one day you can go from wonderful wine farms to the stark, arid desert-like landscapes of the Karoo.
Road tripping around South Africa is an amazing way to see the country, and even driving between Cape Town and Johannesburg offers plenty of opportunity to enjoy what’s on offer. We’ve rounded up the road trips you need to consider if you want to check out SA on 4 wheels.
5. The Garden Route
Possibly the best-known road trip route in SA, the Garden Route takes you down 200km of picturesque highway, starting at Mossel Bay and leading right to the Storms River Mouth.
Along the way you’ll pass beautiful beaches, forests, lagoons, lakes and other picturesque spots that demand to be explored.
Best for: beaches, forest walks, enjoying the great outdoors
4. The Wild Coast
Running from East London to the KwaZulu Natal border, this 350km drive takes you across rolling hills, jagged mountain ranges and farming plots.
The landscape is dotted with little rondavels (round houses) that have been brightly painted, and most of what you’ll see seems relatively untouched and uninhabited.
There are also a number of heritage sites along the way, and you can see the homes of struggle icons and other familiar figures as you drive along.
Best for: Culture, pristine coastline
3. Route 62
Route 62 in the Western Cape cuts through wine lands, mountain passes and finally the Little Karoo, a dusty, arid section of scrubland that’s filled with livestock farms and quaint villages.
This route has gained something of a cult following in recent years and wine festivals, musical events and other happenings are part of the calendar.
It’s not as popular as the Garden Route, but it’s a bit more rustic too, and it’s as fun to explore as playing at a no deposit casino!
Best for: Rural towns, wine, festivals and events
2. The Waterberg Meander
Just a few hours drive from the heart of Johannesburg, the Waterberg region in Limpopo is know as Africa’s Eden, and for good reason. Soaring mountains, amazing sandstone rock formations, plunging river valleys and golden plains are just some of what you’ll see as you drive along the 350km route.
Best for: game viewing, nature buffs, hikers
1. The Panorama Route
Just a short detour from the famous Kruger National Park, this route takes you past the jaw droppingly beautiful Blyde River canyon and Graskop, an endearing and historic mining town.
The route’s name comes from the fact that it takes you along the highest tarred road in South Africa, and the sweeping views are simply spectacular.
As you drive along you’ll come across plenty of fishing opportunities, the chance to swim in natural pools and under waterfalls, and to walk through mist-covered indigenous forests.
Best for: Amazing views, opportunity to get up close and personal with nature