Drive the beloved country: Three post-lockdown routes you need to take
Apart from the lush Garden Route and more semi-desert region of the Karoo, here are a few road trips that you need to experience in your lifetime.
As soon as we are free to travel again, pack your bags and head off. We’ve come up with three must-see road trip routes for you to take after lockdown.
The Panorama Route
This road trip will take you through the province of Mpumalanga. The name of the route suggests its scenic view over the mountains and canyons as you travel on South Africa’s highest tar road. For those that are interested in South African history, you can explore the mine deposits and learn about the gold rush at the Pilgrim’s Rest Museum. Highlights include God’s window and the third largest canyon in the world, the Blyde River Canyon.
The Wild Coast Route
For those who prefer to be closer to the sea, this is the journey along the coast you do not want to miss. Sit back and view some of the best sunsets and hiking spots and watch herds of cows and other livestock roam freely as you experience the laid-back feel that the rugged beauty of the Eastern Cape has to offer.
Iconic stops along the route include; The hole in the wall at Coffee Bay, Cinsta and the rugged cliffs of Morgan Bay. From hiking, to exploring the birthplace of Nelson Mandela, to horseback riding along the beach, this route may be wild due to the uneven roads but it is sure to be one major adventure.
Distance: The road trip is a 260-kilometer stretch from East London to Port St Johns.
Maloti Drakensberg Route
This Maloti route is an initiative of the South African and Lesotho tourism departments to encourage travel along the country’s most awe-inspiring mountain ranges. The route passes through parts of Lesotho, some areas of the Eastern Cape, and the Eastern Free State.
Known for its majestic mountains, the route also includes a World Heritage Site, The Maloti-Drakensberg Park, which houses San Rock paintings. Highlights of the road trip includedinosaur footprints at The Golden Gates Highlands Park, The Sani Pass mountain range and hiking at the Amphitheatre, which overlooks the Tugela Falls.
Distance: It spans 13 000 kilometers between Lesotho, Eastern Free State and the Eastern Cape.
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