Discount airlines may be making air travel cheaper than ever, but when it comes to family vacations, there's still nothing like a good old-fashioned road trip. Don’t repeat last summer’s staycation, the one where you slept through the entire holiday. This year, load up the car, fill the tank (it’s still cheaper than flying), and take your family on an exciting trip around South Africa. Here are a few places that is a must visit this summer.
South Africa’s most famous landmark, Table Mountain, is more than just a pile of rocks in the bay. A protected national park, it has some remarkable features that make it a great destination for nature-lovers, deserving of more than just a cable car ride for a view from the top. It goes without saying that Table Mountain is a sight not to be missed.
For those looking to sightsee away from the coast, travelling through Oudtshoorn to the Karoo National Park is a great road trip route. Known as the ostrich capital of the world, Oudtshoorn is a popular tourist destination with its fantastic scenic diversity. Based in the ‘Klein Karoo’, visitors can experience the beautiful Swartbergmountains or explore the Cango Caves. For the more adventurous, there’s the opportunity to ride an ostrich or even eat an ostrich egg omelet, which is rumoured to feed at least twelve people.
Located in the eastern part of Johannesburg’s former CBD, this brand new artsy area is one of several being created to uplift the industrialised city centre. The Maboneng Precinct is full of modern loft apartments, stunning shops, restaurants and entertainment areas, as well as offices, a hotel and a museum. Maboneng means “Place of Light” in Sotho, and it’s become just that: a creative hub for artists and designers. It includes a cultural entertainment centre called Arts on Main, where residents and visitors come to eat, play and shop. Whether you go there on purpose or are making a stop on your way to look at used cars in Gauteng, you simply must visit the Maboneng Precinct.
These are just a few of the fantastic driving routes in South Africa and it can be difficult to choose between all of the roads the country has to offer. Road trips are a great way of exploring the country at your own pace and experiencing the scenery at its best. If you’re thinking about using a car to sightsee in South Africa, consider the routes above and discover some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.