It’s all about the journey, not the destination. Planning a trip, packing the camera and padkos, and that sense of freedom as you set off. There’s nothing like hitting the open road — the freedom of just getting away and the anticipation of adventures to come.
CNN Traveler recently published the World’s Top 10 road trips and, yes, South Africa cracked a nod. Here’s their list, in their order:
CNN’s World’s Top 10
- Route 62, South Africa — 748km
- NC500, Scotland — 830km
- Ticlio Pass, Peru — 132km
- Jebel Hafeet, United Arab Emirates — 12km
- The Atlantic Road, Norway — 8km
- The Alcan Highway, Canada to Alaska — 2167km
- Transfagarasan Road, Romania — 116km
- Great Ocean Road, Australia — 253km
- Amalfi Coast Road, Italy — 56km
- Milford Road, New Zealand — 120km
Over 65 wineries along the way will have you wishing you were a passenger rather than the driver.
Shift driving works best along this long tourist route stretching between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, with stops at dozens of non-boozy attractions splintering off the main path, such as cliffs, fauna, rivers, valleys and plains.
Chapman’s Peak Drive is a recommended diversion at the start of your journey, a spectacular nine-kilometer marine drive winding its way around the mountainside between Hout Bay and Noordhoek.
Highlights: The hot mineral springs and private Roman baths at the Warmwaterberg Spa are a godsend for shoulder muscles after hours of driving.
Alternatively a two-day hike on the famed Donkey Trail over the Swartberg Mountains will get the blood pumping again before the next stretch of road.
The Klaasvoogds Game Reserve further along Route 62 is speckled with black wildebeest, leopard tortoise and Burchell’s zebra.
Stop for a bite at: Ronnie’s Sex Shop. Initially the sign was “Ronnie’s Shop” but when “Sex” was graffitied as a prank Ronnie decided to leave it up and run with the theme. It’s now a bizarre sex-themed popular pub hangout for bikers, local farmers and regulars along the road.
But it’s not only for travellers between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. It also offers a far more scenic route to Johannesburg. One connects to the N1 at Colesburg — click here for more.
CapeInfo has already published a story about what we think the Best Drive in SA is, but how about the Top 10 Road Trips?
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