Top Five Road Trips in South Africa

In Car Hire Tips, Road Tripping by Around About Cars Staff

South Africa. A country full of dreams, beautiful landscapes, the Big 7 and endless roads. All of this
makes it a perfect destination for road trip lovers. Book your car at Around About Cars and travel the
country on your own. To help you on your journey we have composed a comprehensive list of the Top Five(5) Road Trips to take whilst in South Africa.

1. The Garden Route

The most common Road Trip in South Africa – The Garden Route.

Even though the Garden Route officially starts in Mosselbay and ends near the Tsitsikamma National
Park, most of the people use the Garden Route to go from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth.

The drive leads you to the penguin colony in Betty’s Bay; to Hermanus to go whale watching (best
between May and November); the most southern spot in Africa at Cape Agalhu; and one of the
biggest bungee jumps at the Tsitsikamma National Park (the Bloukrans Bridge).

Conclude your road trip by visiting the Shamwari Private Game Reserve.

Cape Town→Betty’s Bay→Hermanus→De Hoop Nature Reserve→Cape Agulhas→Swellendam→Mossel Bay→Wilderness→Knysna OR Plettenberg Bay→Stormsrivier OR Tsitsikamma National Park→St. Franci’s Bay→Jeffrey’s Bay→Port Elizabeth→Shamwari Private Game Reserve.

Boulders Beach (📷 by Jana Linneman)

Tsitsikamma National Park (📷 by Aadil Adam)






2. Western Cape to the Northern Cape

A secret yet popular road trip is the route from Cape Town, Western Cape to the Northern Cape. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to experience a far from ordinary African road trip.

Departing from Cape Town you will make your way through to Sutherland- the home of the largest
optical telescope in the Southern hemisphere. Continue to Namaqualand and visit the wildflower
fields, make sure to ask the locals for the best place to see the wildflowers.

Conclude your road trip in the Kalahari Desert at the Kgaligadi Transfrontier National Park near the Namibian border where you may spot the infamous Kalahari Lions.

Cape Town→Sutherland (SALT)→Kagga Kama Private Nature Reserve→Namaqualand→Augrabies Falls
National Park Orange River→Kgaligadi Transfrontier National Park.

Sutherland- South Africa’s Largest Telescope (📷 by @dean_hooper)


Namaqualand (📷 by @panaramio)






3. Panorama

One of the most beautiful Road Trips – is known as the Panorama route in the northeast of South Africa.

*Note: this road trip is time-consuming and is not suited if your time is limited. However, the picturesque view from above the Blyde River Canyon will make taking the time-off well worth it.

Start your road trip from Graskop and we encourage you to stop at the majority of the look out points along the way. When you take a rest, be sure that you always take a look to your left and ride – maybe you will find a great spot that isn’t crowded by tourists.

Conclude your road trip with an African adventure drive from Graskop to the Kruger National Park and treat yourself to a Safari.

Johannesburg→Graskop→God’s Window→Berlin Falls→Lisbon Falls→Bourke’s Luck Potholes→Lowveld Lookout→World’s End Lookout (Three Rondalves)→Graskop→Kruger National Park.

📷 by @thewanderlustmovement

📷 by @showmeadventore






4. Three Countries (South Africa/ Lesotho/ Swaziland)

There can’t be a ‘top’ road trip without a Trip that doesn’t include a 4×4, right? This road trip doesn’t only take place within South Africa, but you also have the opportunity to visit Lesotho, head back through the Sani Pass at Drakensberg to South Africa, visit Kwa-Zulu Natal and end up in a THIRD country, that is Swaziland. Perfect for those who are eager to go on a 4×4 adventure and eager to spot a multitude of African animals.

Johannesburg→Golden Gate National Park→Lesotho→Sani Pass→Kwazulunatal iSimangaliso Wetlandpark→Kosi park→Swasiland→Kruger National Park→Johannesburg.

4×4 Lesotho Trail (📷 by @tobhe)

Kruger National Park (📷 by @mambo53)


5. The Full Monty

Not suited for the faint hearted- if you have the time to spare and don’t want to miss out on anything? Take the risk and drive from Johannesburg to Cape Town by car?! This road trip will get you through your travel bucket list quicker than you think– from Johannesburg; the Kruger National Park ; and the Blyde River Canyon to Durban, the Wild Coast in East London and Port Elizabeth.

Continue with your road trip and hook onto the Garden Route, drive to Franschhoek for a Wine Tasting with the tram and conclude your road trip in Cape Town. Taking on this Road Trip will allow you to see the majority of beautiful South Africa.

Johannesburg→Pretoria→Kruger National Park→Hayzview→Blyde River Canyon→Clarens→St Lucia→ Durban→Wild Coast in East London→Graaff Reinet→Port Elizabeth→Knysna→Oudtshoorn→ Hermanus/Betty’s Bay→Stellenbosch/Franschhoek→Cape Town.

Kruger National Park (📷 by Jana Linnemann)

Coffee Bay (📷 by @lifeofmikeza)

Marine Life (📷 by @meaeyes)


Franschhoek Wine Tram (📷 by @loicmathe




















Written By: Jana Linneman, Germany

Edited By: Bianca MacDonald, South Africa