Are you planning your next holiday? Here’s some of South Africa’s best spots:
The Garden Route (Western Cape):
The Garden Route is one of the most popular road-trip routes to travel on in South Africa. It composes of a lovely and quaint 200km distance of the N2 highway between Mossel Bay and the Storms River Mouth. It is prominent for its diverse vegetation, with easy access to different beaches, mountainous forest views, and beautiful lakes with excess in different outdoor activities.
The Waterberg Meander (Limpopo):
Located in the Limpopo Province and defined by the locals as Africa’s Eden, this area possesses high and extensive mountain peaks, primal sandstone rock pieces, plains, opaque riparian forests and steep river valleys. The Waterberg Meander is a 350km drive through the Waterberg area which comprises of the Welgevonden Game Reserve and also the Marakele National Park as well as cultural and historical sites.
The Wild Coast (Eastern Cape):
The uneven yet beautiful and locally known as the Wild Coast stretches from East London to the boarder of Kwa- Zulu Natal approximately 350km to the northeast. If you travel along this rout you will realize that not much change has been introduced over the years. There are still rondavels and small farming plots. This area is rich in history, which produced anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko and Nelson Mandela, where history can be revisited in heritage sites found in this region.
Route 62, Western Cape:
Route 62 stems from the R62 road that passes through the vast and beautiful vineyards of the Cape Winelands, cutting through striking mountain passes and into the centre of Little Karoo. This is a dusty area with scrubland, farming community and attractive rural towns. On this route there has not been much development leaving it effortlessly beautiful, making it popular for its idiosyncratic nature. Montagu is also a great town to visit, for a taste of the colonial infrastructure and also the hot springs. Barrydale has quite a few cafes to visit as well, with Karoo National Park, has a beautiful night sky to offer.
The Panorama Route (Mpumalanga):
Moving around the Blyde River Canyon and the ancient mining town of Graskop, it is a short route from the Kruger National Park. This route takes you down the highest tar road in South Africa, with a great view of the mountains, canyons and valleys. Eagles fly close by and the sound of the waterfall can be heard. Fish in the Ohrigstad Dam Nature Reserve or stroll through the indigenous forest above the Blyde River Canyon, which is regarded as being the third largest in the world. Visit the town of Pilgrims Rest a former gold mining town which is now regarded as a national museum.
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