With the pace of life ever increasing, there’s no better antidote than a road trip that takes you out the city and helps you unwind and reset your mind.
Instead of focusing your entire time away at one location, road trip journeys put you at eye-level with the breath-taking landscapes found along the journey and allows time for evaluating the astounding beauty of the attractions you pass by.
Here are our top four road trip routes that you should travel in Gauteng:
The route extends from Rustenburg and continues to the Bronkhorstspruit Dam, which is near the east of Pretoria. Along the journey you’ll get to witness the wonders of the majestic Magaliesberg Mountains that is roughly 100 years older than Everest.
Things to do along the Magalies Meander:
- Hot air ballooning
- Fly fishing
- Horse back riding
- Zip lining
- Quid bike trails.
Johannesburg/Pretoria route to the Dinokeng Conservancy
Just under an hour’s drive away from Johannesburg, this route will take you through the heart of the Dinokeng region. This includes the opportunity to see the Cullinan Village, which is the home of the world famous diamond mine. The Dinokeng Game Reserve is the only game reserve in Gauteng in which the “Big 5” roams freely.
Things to do at Dinokeng Reserve:
- Boat cruises
- Bush walks
- Clay pigeon shooting
- Game drives.
Johannesburg/Pretoria to Cradle of Humankind
Just 45 minutes from Pretoria and central Joburg, you can visit one of the eight World Heritage Sites in South Africa, the Cradle of Humankind. This historical landmark stands at 47 000 hectares and boasts the Sterkfonein Caves, which is where an Australopithecus africanu, a pre-human skull known as “Mrs Ples” was discovered. The road trip to the Cradle of Humankind entails an enlightening and entertaining experience, as there are many attractions and restaurants along the way.
Things to do in and around the Cradle of Humankind:
- Visit the Sterkfontein Caves
- Horse trails
- Nirox Foundation.
Golden Gate Highlands National Park and Clarens
If you have more time on your hands, be sure to drive to the Golden Gate Highlands National Park and Clarens. Just three hours from Johannesburg, this attraction is popular for its sandstone cliffs and caves. Clarens boasts a prosperous artistic community that sell arts and crafts.
Things to do at the Golden Gate Highlands National Park:
- Mountain biking
- Horseback riding
- Visit Cathedral caves
- Visit the Basotho Cultural Village.
Road trips mean a break away from the city lifestyle, if you think your car wouldn’t do well on the long road; you can hire a suitable vehicle from a car rental service in Johannesburg, Pace Car Rental. Other than a comfortable, secure and spacious car, be sure to pack in some road snacks for the long journey ahead. Happy travelling!