5 Incredible routes that will make you want to go on a road trip today
As we enter the festive season, if you have not already finalised your holiday plans, you are most probably deciding on where to go and what to do during your December break. Why not go on a road trip? Here are 5 incredible routes that will make you see why our beautiful country is considered one of the best road trip destinations in the world.
The scenic Garden Route
The Garden Route is a 300 km stretch of splendid natural beauty along a beautiful coastline that attracts holidaymakers from all over South Africa and beyond our borders. If you’re looking for inspiration or adventure, this route will allow you to experience the wild beauty of South Africa. The Garden Route stretches from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River in the Eastern Cape. Highlights include the Tsitsikamma National Park. Why not discover why this is one of the most famous road trips in South Africa?
- Bungee jump off the Bloukrans Bridge, the highest bridge in Africa.
- Visit Kaaimans Grotto secret cave in Wilderness.
- The gorgeous coastal towns of Plettenberg Bay and Knysna.
Picturesque Cape Route 62
Does good wine, scrumptious food, amazing landscapes, and quirky experiences make your heart beat faster? Then this is the road trip route for you. The route is a stretch from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and includes towns like Worcester, Robertson, Oudtshoorn and Humansdorp. Not only will the route take you through charming towns, but it will introduce your palate to glorious tastes. Cape Route 62 holds the title of the longest wine route in the world.
- Have dinner in a watermill in Uniondale (Die Watermeul Restaurant).
- Visit the famous Pampoen Padstalletjie in Worcester.
The magical Karoo
A road trip through the Karoo should probably be at the top of your list as this is one of the best road trips you can take in South Africa. This route stretches through a vast area and “offers endless opportunities for exploring the wild open country and discovering the unusual magic of the Karoo,” as written by Travel Start.
- Stargaze in Sutherland.
- Roaming wildlife.
Spectacular Panorama Route
Stretching from the picturesque forestry town of Sabie through Graskop, Pilgrim’s Rest, a 1800s museum town surrounded by lush mountains, and along the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, the Panorama Route is one of the most scenic routes in South Africa. It passes through the heavenly emerald landscapes of Mpumalanga and encompasses some of the most spectacular hiking trails and waterfalls in the country.
- The waterfalls: Lone Creek Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Sabie Falls, Forest Falls, Mac Mac Falls.
- Wild river raft on the Sabie River.
The unforgettable West Coast
Last but certainly not least, we have the West Coast. A road trip along this picturesque route is one to remember. The West Coast begins in Melkbosstrand and sweeps through Darling, Yzerfontein, Langebaan, Paternoster, Elands Bay, and Lamberts Bay.
- Enjoy a stroll through quaint fishing towns.
- Surf in Elands Bay.
- Visit the Namaqua National Park.
A road trip gives you the opportunity to discover more of South Africa and to make some unforgettable memories. Just ensure your car is in good condition for the road and that your Car Insurance is up to date, to ensure you don’t get any nasty surprises should anything happen to you while you’re on your road trip.