South Africa's most scenic drives
South Africa is known for its stunning scenery and for the great outdoors. So hit the road and explore 5 of the most scenic drives in the country.
1. The Garden Route, Western & Eastern Cape
If beauty were to have an address, then we're guessing that it would have to be in South Africa. Nowhere encapsulates this country's beauty more than on the world famous Garden Route, where it manages to incorporate unspoilt beaches, amazing forests and magnificent wildlife all into one incredible route.
2. Chapman's Peak Drive, Cape Town
Voted as one of the top drives on the planet, Chapman's Peak is a coastal drive unlike any other and showcases the Western Cape's remarkable beauty. It is a narrow road that offers spectacular views of the ocean, windings its way for 5 miles (9km) from Hout Bay to Noordhoek near Cape Town. This is a dream drive in a classic car so hire one for the day and make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
3. Johannesburg to Hartbeespoort, Gauteng
The picturesque drive from Johannesburg to Hartbeespoort takes in many scenic spots along the way including the Hartbeespoort Dam. There are pretty walks, more challenging hikes and water sports that you can stop off and try on your way. There is also a local bird sanctuary.
4. Sani Pass, KwaZulu-Natal
This jaw-droppingly beautiful route is up there on many people's bucket lists - a stunning and wild mountain pass through Southern Africa’s Southern Drakensberg region, which can only be driven in a specialist 4x4 vehicle (climbing 1,330 metres in only 8km). At 2,874m it is the sole road linking the province of KwaZulu-Natal with the tiny kingdom of Lesotho.
Once you navigated this challenging route, why not reward yourself with a beer at Sani Top Chalet, the highest pub in Africa and enjoy the out-of-this-world views.
5. Swartberg Pass, Western Cape
A drive along the magnificent Swartberg Pass, through the Swartberg mountains, is truly exhilarating. The route runs east-east through the Little Karoo in the Western Cape and if you head though Oudtshoorn towards De Rust, have lunch in Prince Albert and then head back along the spectacular pass - you can then go to the famous Cango Caves.