Just sit in your car and drive off, without any rules, but with good music and lots of time – the hottest feeling in the world! On a roadtrip you get to know a foreign country and its people. No tour guides, no full dormitories in the hostel and no program. Just you, your car, the road and endless possibilities – a road trip promises pure adventure!
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Hermanus South Africa Garden Route
South Africa – Durban to Cape Town
When it comes to road trips, the route between Durban and Cape Town in South Africa is definitely on your list. The Indian Ocean coast awaits you with some adventures. We start in the southeastern city of Durban along the N2 towards East London. In Mthatha, you first have to get off the national road and head for the coast, more precisely to Coffee Bay. Here the Wild Coast lives up to its name and especially the “Hole in the Wall”, a rock arch in the bay is worth a short hike.
The start of the Garden Route
Next stop is Kei Mouth, where you can chill on the beach or surf at Wacky Point before continuing via East London to Port Alfred. Here you can canoe the Kowi River. Afterwards you continue along the sunniest coast of South Africa to the start of the Garden Route in Port Elizabeth.
On the N2 you will arrive first at Storms River in Tsitsikamma National Park. There you can plunge from Bloukrans Bridge 216 meters with the bungee rope into the depth! The several-day hike along the Otter Trail is also really ingenious.
Passing Plettenberg Bay
A little further you pass Plettenberg Bay. Here a hike in the Robberg Island Nature Reserve is worthwhile. Or you can throw yourself into the sea with snorkel and diving goggles and swim amidst wild and super curious seals – an unforgettable experience!
In neighboring Knysna, it’s a bit quieter while you explore the elephant reservoir by mountain bike. If you take a short detour via Oudtshoorn, you will be rewarded with a cave adventure in the Cango Caves and a crocodile dive at the Cango Wildlife Ranch.
On the way to Cape Town
Back on the N2, Chapman’s Peak Drive begins just before Cape Town, giving you breathtaking views! Make sure you stop at the Cape of Good Hope and walk down from the parking lot to the infamous Cape. You should also stop at Noordhoek Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches around Cape Town and often deserted!
Also in Cape Town itself some adventures and good coffee are waiting for you: Fly down from Lion’s Head with a paraglider or surf into the waves on Bloubergstrand Beach.
Look up for my next list of the best epic road trips in the world and some tips on the routes and places to visit on the way.