The Best Scenic Drives In South Africa
South Africa boasts some of the world's best scenic drives. To help you plan your perfect South Africa self-drive holiday, we've put together a list of some of the best that the country has to offer.
A visit to South Africa would not be complete without a drive along the Panorama Route to experience some of the most unique and breathtaking scenery in the world. The highlight of the route is the Blyde River Canyon: one of the longest chasms in the world, consisting of spectacular geological shapes and the most stunning scenic views of the country. Located in the country's Mpumalanga province, it makes a great add-on to a safari in the world famous Kruger National Park.
Chapman’s Peak Drive
Located on Cape Town's western coast, Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the most spectacular scenic road trips in the world. Initially constructed during the First World War, this 9km route with its 114 curves, skirts Chapman's Peak, the 593m high southerly extension of Constantia Berg, and follows the rocky coastline to unfold breathtaking views in both directions. The route starts at the picturesque fishing harbour of Hout Bay and the climb winds steeply up to Chapman's Point, revealing breathtaking views of the sandy bays down below, until the road reaches lower levels again at Noordhoek.
Considered one of the world's top scenic drives, Swartberg Pass is a steep gravel road in the Swartberg Mountains known for its hairpin bends. Built in the late 19th century to link the Great Karoo plains with Little Karoo, the pass remains a popular attraction, boasting scenic views of arid valleys and towering peaks. Navigating the sharp turns of the narrow road, you'll encounter historic sites, striking red-tinted cliffs, and a variety of plant species.
A 200km kilometre stretch of coastline from Mossel Bay in the west to Tsitsikamma in the east, the famed Garden Route is a highlight on most visitors to South Africa's itineraries. With pristine beaches flanked by rivers and rolling mountain ranges dotted with lush forests and valleys, it is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque regions in South Africa, and one of the most spectacular stretches of coastline in the world.
West Coast Flower Route
Time your South Africa holiday well and you might be lucky enough to experience the West Coast Flower Route in all her blossoming glory. During the months of August and September, the wildflower displays on the Cape West Coast are considered to be among the best in the world and transform the area from a semi desert into a carpet of colour that attracts photographers, artists and botanists from around the globe.
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