There’s no denying we live in one beautiful, diverse and expansive country. What better way to enjoy and understand its depth of experience than to get into your car and just drive.
Our country has a plethora of beautiful places to explore. Traveling does not only mean, taking an overseas trip. Explore your own land, South Africa, It’s Your Country, Enjoy It Besides, South Africa belongs to all who live in it, and all who live in it have the right to enjoy it.
Jozi to Durban
Every year thousands of holiday-makers travel from Johannesburg to Durban via the N3, the main road that links the two provinces.
Once you head out of the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg onto the wide and open N3, the road should take you towards the green rolling hills of KwaZulu-Natal towards the small town of Newcastle into the Midlands Meander.
The Midlands Meander is also known as an arts and crafts area so take your time to explore the attractions. Make sure to also not miss the Mandela Capture Site or stop for a fun family activity, such as horse riding, wine tasting, Zulu cultural experiences, trout fishing and curio shopping.
Howick, is the next town after the Midlands Meander and at this point you will join the N3 which should take you straight into Durban.
Hit the N12 and N4 highways from Johannesburg en route to Mpumalanga and you will discover many surprisingly quaint stops along the 300km journey. Depending on which route you take, you could drive into Dullstroom.
As you arrive in this Highveld town, you will notice the beautifully designed piazza on your right – this Italian-style “village” boasts quaint shops, restaurants and luxury accommodation for tourists who would like to stay overnight.
Journey on and venture further into this province known for its incredible mountain peaks and vast escarpment. The Long Tom Pass is just one of the areas where road-trippers have plenty of opportunities to take in the picturesque scenery.
When experiencing all the gems on this epic road trip through Mpumalanga, the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and God’s Window is a must do, boasting extraordinary views and more.
The Kokerboom route
As South Africa’s biggest province, the Northern Cape was simply made for road trips. The Kokerboom Food & Wine Route is part of the Green Kalahari in the Northern Cape and mostly runs next to the Orange River, including the small towns and settlements of Kanoneiland, Kenhardt, Keimoes, Friersdale, Kakamas, Marchandt, Augrabies and Riemvasmaak.
When you take this route, you take in a wonderful contrast of lush, green countryside and arid semi-deserts, and of course, delectable food and wine. As the beautifully arid and desolate countryside passes you by, one of the Northern Cape’s star attractions will become your must-stop destination – Augrabies Falls.
Situated within Augrabies Falls National Park, the waterfall is only the beginning. Exploring the region reveals many other attractions nearby, including a wide variety of flowers, animals and the unique Moon Rock. Augrabies also offers something for adventure seekers. Take to the skies in a hot air balloon canoe down the Orange River.
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Courtesy of SA Tourism.