Travelling through South Africa by car is an excellent way to get around. You can plan your own route and stop at the sights that interest you the most. You can choose from short or long trips and to stay for the time of your choosing at each destination. Hiring a car is of course the first thing you should do with Europcar South Africa for example. But what are the most unusual road trips you can plan in South Africa? Here are some options you may want to take for your South Africa road trip 2019.
Cape Route 62
Noted as the longest wine route in the world, Cape route 62 stretches from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth through some amazing wine regions of South Africa. Stop and taste some of the region’s best and even stay at one of the winery lodges here. However, there are plenty of things to do in addition to the wineries and tastings. There’s Sanbona wildlife reserve in Barrydale, Safari ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn and Leiwater Dam bird sanctuary. The best time to visit is during the summer months and the whole route will take between 4 and 5 days depending on the itinerary you choose.
Sunshine Coast road trip
If you are looking for a trip filled with beautiful coastlines and plenty of warm sunshine, then the route between Tsitsikamma and Port Alfred is a great choice. Follow the N2 and discover some amazing unspoiled secret spots on the way. Stop at Storms River Mouth, Addo Elephant Park and Great Fish Point lighthouse. Of course, you need to stop at a beach along this route. Cannon Rocks, Boknesstrand and Shelly Bay Beach are all great choices. Again, the route will be best taken in the summer months where you will make the most of the great weather. Expect around three days for the whole trip and more if you plan to explore further.
Cape Agulhus Whale watching
During this road trip you can expect to see whales from the coastline whilst following coastal trails in the Cape Agulhas area. The Southern Cape is a great place to see whales during September and following the route from Bredasdorp to Gansbaai. Along the route you can stop at Agulhas National Park, The Shipwreck museum and Danger Point lighthouse as well as many viewing points and cut ins for amazing sights. Late summer, early Autumn are the best times to visit this route and you should give yourself around three days for the road trip.
A road trip through the Karoo
This route gives you the impression of old frontier towns and old-world countryside. It is a great road trip to take if you want to really experience getting away from it all. Expect quaint vineyards, expansive deserts, Ostrich farms and game drives into the mountains. This is a place that you can spend as much time as you like in. With no real boundary or preferred routes, the choice is yours letting you really explore the raw area of South Africa that is the Karoo.
Which road trip would you choose in South Africa?
As you can see there are many options and this is just the tip of the iceburg. When choosing which route to take, think about what type of holiday you want and what sights you want to include in your South African adventure. Pick a well-known route or a something off the beaten track. There are plenty of unusual road trips to plan in South Africa this year.