As much as the digital age has made jetting off to destinations the most appealing mode of travelling, a good old road trip may be the only true way to unwind from a bustling lifestyle. Sometimes you just need to get away from it all, avoid the masses and hit the road. Here are some of South Africa’s most spectacular routes that are perfect for that well-deserved road trip.
Travel along the south-eastern coast of South Africa via the Garden Route from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to Storms River in the Eastern Cape. All year round, the route has beautiful scenery, which includes lagoons, lakes and ecologically diverse vegetation. The Garden Route is one of the most popular routes to travel in the country, which takes you through towns such as:
- Heralds Bay
- Plettenberg Bay.
These towns are part of the reason that venturing through the Garden Route is worth the time. Even so, there are more hidden gems along the route, which are only discoverable along the journey. This route is a scenic drive that is more than one could have bargained for.
Wild Flower Route
Sure to astound you, the flower-infested Wild Flower Route has so much on offer, which will persuade you to spend a few days there just to absorb it all. Although the Wild Flower Route is located in the Northern Cape, many destinations in the country are suitable as a starting point. However, be sure to include Garies, Springbok, Komieskroon and Port Nolloth in your itinerary. The highlight of the route stands in Namaqualand, where you’ll get to see the famous and awe-inspiring view of the daisies, and over 3 500 floral species. The flora magic doesn’t stop here, either. Visit the Skilpad Wild Flower Reserve for its popular spring flowers and the sandy plains of Goegap Nature Reserve.
Only three hours away from Johannesburg, the Waterberg Meander is a 350-kilometre route that will take you on a journey comprising of savannahs, endless views and bushveld. The Waterberg Meander offers a close encounter of South Africa’s wildlife and rich biodiversity. The route is best to self-drive, as it is the only way to explore Waterberg’s history, geological features, culture and environment. Some of the star attractions include:
- Nature parks
- Game viewing
- Mountain range.
Words cannot justify the beauty you’ll see along the above-listed routes. Experience it for yourself – you certainly won’t regret it.