Five alternative road trips to the Garden Route in South Africa

Mandela map launched to inspire South African travelThere are many ways to make personalised South Africa holidays the type of trip that will forever be remembered, savoured and looked back on with awe, and a road trip is certainly one of them.

With windows open, music playing, the wind in your hair and the sun on your face, nothing could sound much sweeter than a South African road trip. It’s not just the Garden Route that deserves the miles, though…

Route 62, Western Cape

If you want a road trip journey with a mixture of untouched and man-made beauty on your personalised South Africa holiday, then hit the tarmac of Route 62, where you’ll be able to drive windingly past quaint, picture-perfect villages, famous, working vineyards with acres of fruitful land and stunning estates and mansions.

Blyde River Canyon (R532)

They don’t call this beautiful route ‘The Panorama Route’ for nothing! This road trip will take you to the gorgeous Blyde River Canyon, where you’ll get to feast upon miles and miles of untouched, natural reserve.

As you travel from one end to the other, you’ll get to see many famous landmarks and areas, including God’s Window and the Bourke’s Luck Potholes.

The Eight Passes

This is certainly a South African road trip for the adrenaline junkies (and those with 4×4 vehicles!).

This route gets its name from the fact that all road trippers pass eight mountains during the trail, starting on a road that is the most unpaved (and therefore uncomfortable!) in the country!

By starting your travels with Naudés Nek Pass, within a couple of days, you’ll have laid eyes on eight breathtaking mountain landscapes.

Camps Bay to Chapman’s Peak

If it’s a breezy, coastal road trip you’re after, then opting for this route will certainly please and satisfy.

As you drive along this course, you’ll be treated to panoramic, ocean scenes, as well as views of the famous Twelve Apostles, a mountain which is part of the world-famous Table Mountain.

Along the Limpopo

This is a track that takes you through traditional South African bush. As your car drives alongside the Limpopo River, you’ll be treated to gorgeous views, ancient shrub land, vast lakes, and even baboons, elephants, lions and leopards, which are often spotted by travellers cruising by.

This route certainly is an exciting one, but of course, precautions should be taken by everyone aboard the vehicle!