Top tips for road trips around South Africa

With all the public holidays around this time of year, this is the perfect time to take a road trip. And, fortunately for us, we live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world where you don't have to break the bank to enjoy the most awe-inspiring scenery.

Wondering where some of the best places to visit are? Well you're spoilt for choice.  Here are our top selections, compliments of Avis Fleet. 

There is the Eastern Cape with it's rolling hills and rugged cliffs. And the rough seas and the dense green bush of the the Wild Coast.

The Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Mountains, with breathtaking views of the "barrier of spears" and the "dragon's back" rock formations where it gets its name from. You will be able to enjoy towering cliffs, unspoilt forests, soaring peaks and rich animal life.

The famous Garden Route in the Western Cape, named after the beautiful and diverse vegetation found along the coast. There are lagoons, lakes and ancient forests. Stop along the way to experience the hospitality of the small artistic communities.

The Karoo is another kind of experience altogether. Vast open spaces that lead onto distant horizons. There are rocky mountain ranges and hills, and, at night, a massive sky with stars brighter than you thought possible.

Visit the Kruger National Park for the authentic bushveld safari experience, drive through Limpopo's primeval indigenous forests and unspoilt wilderness with patchworks of farmland, or see Mpumalanga  the "place of the rising sun" with its scenic and wildlife diversity. 

Pre-roadtrip travel checklist

To make sure your holiday is as stress-free as possible; use our checklist to ensure that you are completely prepared for your road trip.

  • Make sure your car service is up to date
  • Check the oil and brake fluid levels
  • Check that your windscreen wipers are working and in good nick
  • Check that the lights and indicators are working
  • Check to ensure that your driver’s license and vehicle registration are valid
  • Plan your journey and make sure that your GPS has the most recent maps downloaded

Once you've made sure your car is “road trip ready”, check that you have everything you might need in your boot for any mishaps that might happen on your road trip.

  • A spare tyre that is in good condition
  • A jack
  • A tow rope
  • A can of tyre inflator
  • Two reflective triangles
  • A torch
  • A first-aid kit
  • A toolkit

For more information on our fleet solutions and what to do if you have an accident on your road trip, check out our Fleet Accident Management Guide.


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