3 Best South African road trips

Travelling overseas for holidays is expensive, especially with the current exchange rate. But luckily for us there is a world of beautiful natural diversity on our doorstep. South Africa also has good road infrastructure and a tourism sector that is well-developed that makes travelling within our borders appealing for visitors and locals alike. You can enjoy nature by sightseeing, hiking, horse riding and swimming along with many other outdoor activities. There are also other activities and adventure sports such as bungee jumping, dependent on the region.

And, if you aren’t ready for the trip to end, you could also consider combining your South African road trip with easily accessible neighbouring destinations like the Victoria Falls, or a Mozambique beach holiday. Here are some ideas for trips. Use our advice to plan your route so that you can have an enjoyable and affordable South African road trip. 

Kruger National Park and Panorama Route

Most people visit the Kruger National Park for the authentic bushveld safari experience but for a longer trip you can extend your itinerary to include the Panorama Route. Drive through Mpumalanga "place of the rising sun" with its scenic and wildlife diversity to  Blyde River Canyon, a natural reserve so beautiful it's guaranteed to restore your belief that there is goodness left in the world. The 2,5km long canyon averages 750m deep and is mostly made up of red sandstone that forms the northern part of the Drakensberg escarpment. The canyon forms part of the Panorama Route with beautiful vistas and waterfalls, flora and fauna. It begins at Graskop and includes the famous landmark, God's Window; the Pinnacle and Bourke's Luck Potholes.

The Garden Route

This is a classic South African road trip. Make your way along the southern coastline of South Africa on the famous Garden Route in the Western Cape. The Cape is a tourist mecca that is both easy on the eye and packed with interesting things to do. The area around Cape Town boasts Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront and the the Cape Winelands among other attractions. From Cape Town, make your way through unspoilt Baviaans Kloof, the beautiful Tsitsikamma Forest and the wildlife of the Addo region. The Garden Route was named after the beautiful and diverse vegetation found all along this route. Stop off to explore lagoons, lakes and ancient forests and enjoy the hospitality of the small artistic communities.

The West Coast

If you have the time and the inclination, this road trip could last you up to 10 days or even more. The Cape West Coast region stretches all the way from Namaqualand in the north to Blaauwberg in the south taking in 44 small towns along the way. Famous for its unique flowers, and landscapes, this region comes alive as the indigenous flowers bloom from mid-August to mid-September. The cold Atlantic Ocean bordering on the west is an important factor in the ecology of this region, and the breath taking coastal landscapes have to be seen to be believed.

Other highlights of the West Coast include the traditional restaurants serving local fish and seafood, whale-watching in Lambert’s Bay from August to October, the Snoek Derby and Crayfish Derby on the beach at Yzerfontein, the West Coast National Park and the Langebaan Lagoon.

When you are on your South African road trip don’t forget to stop off at Shell service stations across the country to refuel and refresh.

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