South Africa’s ever-changing landscapes, pristine coastlines, quirky small towns and abundance of wide open spaces have cemented the country’s reputation as one of the world’s best road trip destinations.
For the intrepid traveler, it’s easy to get off the beaten path in the semi-desert of the Karoo or across the rugged hills of the Wild Coast. By the same token, the generally good infrastructure makes a road trip in South Africa much more accessible than in many of its neighbours. And with the spotlight on South Africa this year, with the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth, there’s no better time to explore the incredible beauty and diversity of this country. Here are five of the best road trip routes to experience South Africa.
Underneath is a list of the routes we promote as STAYenRoute. Click on the link to see a map of this route.
Askam – McHarthysrust NC1 / Northern Cape
Cape Town – Vioolsdrift (N7) / The Route to Namibia
Cape Town – Upington N7 & R27
Cape Town – Port Elizabeth via Garden Route / The (N2)
Cape Town – Oranjemund / (South Africa’s West Coast)
Cape peninsula Route / The Mother City
Wild Coast Route / South Africa’s East Coast