O Come September, off to South Africa! I have planned an epic road trip covering a minimum of 3500 KM from Johannesburg to Cape Town. If not for having 3 drivers in this trip, I wouldn’t consider doing this over 2 weeks. The longest drive is probably going to be from Durban to East London via Transkei and Mthatha. With 9 hours on this journey, starting the day early to cover more ground is important. As someone who love road trips, the thought of this road trip kicks up some wanderlust endorphins. There is an option of flying but I rather experience what’s in and off the big cities.
Here’s what I am excited about.
With this mini road trip route as part of the whole road trip, it is a good starter dish because it is right outside of Kruger National Park. The good thing about it is that it can be a day trip, either before or after Kruger National Park adventure. It will depends on if you are flying into or out of Johannesburg. As the name suggest, this is going to be a scenic drive with majestic views of God’s creation – nature.
Swaziland, a small, landlocked monarchy within South Africa is a good option to stay a night. There are two of these countries of such nature and they are Swaziland and Lesotho. The former is located on the south of Kruger National Park and definitely an option to put on the bucket list on the way to St Lucia. Lesotho is a little off from the route so this will give the next reason to visit South Africa again.
Kruger National Park
I have been looking for a safari experience years back and is is finally coming true! We are doing a self-drive safari within Kruger and staying in 2 different base camps to experience the game drives. We might do a dawn or dusk game drive with San Parks.
The famous Garden route stretching from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town is the main starting point explore the southern coast of South Africa. There are activities such as shark cage diving, ostrich farm and whale watch. I am excited to see the dramatic sweeping coastline.
Nothing beats the the city of Cape Town – that is what I have heard from the people who have travelled there. Table Mountain hikes, trip to Stellenbosh – known for its wine estates, Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Beach where you get to see the African penguins are just some of the areas to explore in the Cape Town region.
It is going to be my first step into the African continent, for sure I can’t wait.