The Perfect South African Road Trip
Forget your preconceptions about South Africa, this colourful nation is one of the best countries in the entire world to do a road trip. The rainbow nation, as it is affectionately called, offers some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery in all of the African continent from rolling hills, sprawling vineyards, deserted beaches, rugged mountains and more wild animals than you will ever be able to name. The best way to see as much of the country as possible to to fly direct to Cape Town, rent a car and wind your way up the Garden Route for the perfect South African road trip.
Here are the best stops along the way:
1. Cape Town
No visit to South Africa would be complete without visiting Cape Town, South Africa’s ‘Mother city’. The possibilities here are endless from climbing Table Mountain to watching whales breach beside your boat as you make your way to Robben Island, paragliding off the side of Signal Hill or relaxing in Camps Bay with some freshly caught seafood and wine from the local Stellenbosch winelands. Finish off your day in any of the multitude of lively bars on Long Street and your South African holiday will be off to a lively start!
A wine tasting tour in Stellenbosch is a must do for any wine connoisseur! With hundreds of wineries to choose from, you can either do a day tour from Cape Town that will stop at 5 different wineries and include a stop for lunch or you can do a self drive tour yourself visiting as many wineries as you please. Be sure to stock up on all your favourite wines which you can then enjoy with dinner for the remainder of your trip. With tasting sessions costing as little as £1.50 and bottles of wine starting at about £2, this is sure to be one of the highlights of any trip to South Africa!
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Wilderness is one of the first stops along South Africa’s famed ‘Garden Route’. Here you will find some of the most unspoilt beaches in all of South Africa along with a plethora of outdoor adventure activities such as sandboarding, surfing, sea kayaking and whale and seal watching tours. Located close to the town of Knysna, a popular tourist town for South Africans during the hot summer months, there are plenty of accommodation options for all budgets.
4. Jeffrey’s Bay
Jeffrey’s Bay is the surf capital of South Africa and is also home to some of the best waves and best surfers in the world. There is a real fun vibe in this surf haven, which also happens to be a shopper’s paradise, offering big name brands such as Quiksilver, Roxy and Billabong for rock bottom prices. If surfing isn’t your calling, you can do township tours, boat tours, sandboarding or hit up the biggest bridge bungee in the world which is just one hours drive away at Bloukrans Bridge. Not for the faint hearted!
Hogback is a sleepy, mystical down high up in the Amathole mountain range. It is unlike anywhere else in South Africa and is also unlike anywhere else on earth. Said to have been the inspiration for J.R.R Tolkien for his Lord of The Rings series (he lived here until he was four), the entire area is covered in a low lying mist and is home to fairies and other mythical creatures. Perfect for nature lovers, days here can either be spent hiking through forests to stunning waterfalls or simply sitting in an outdoor bath tub, reading a book and thinking you are on top of the world.