Exploring South Africa’s Scenic Routes

South Africa’s scenic routes offer travellers a tapestry of breath-taking landscapes, diverse cultures, and hidden gems waiting to be discovered. While popular attractions draw crowds, it’s the off the beaten track roads that truly unveil the country’s raw beauty and authentic charm. So buckle up and get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey as we explore South Africa’s lesser-known scenic routes, highlighting some must-visit stops along the way.

At ATC, we have a diverse collection of scenic self-drive holidays as well as a number of exceptional guided tours. These are some of the scenic routes that you should consider driving when you next find yourself in South Africa.

Take a long, greenery filled drive through the Garden Route

Stretching along the southern coast, the Garden Route is a paradise for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers.

To get there you need to venture off the main highway and take the R62, a lesser-known route that meanders through the most picturesque landscapes. One of the first stops you should make is at the captivating Cango Caves near Oudtshoorn. These caves are a subterranean wonderland of awe-inspiring stalactite formations.

As you travel further along the route, take time to visit the charming town of Barrydale, known for its artistic community and cosy cafes.

As you continue your journey, be sure to explore the dramatic landscapes of Wilderness National Park and revel in the coastal beauty of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.

See the most Majestic Landscapes and Cultural Treasures on The Panorama Route

In Mpumalanga province, the Panorama Route offers a visual feast of majestic vistas and cultural wonders.

Departing from Nelspruit, you will wind your way through the Drakensberg Mountains on the R532. Make a stop at God’s Window, where panoramic views stretch across lush forests and deep valleys, and discover the impressive rock formations of Bourke’s Luck Potholes and marvel at the cascading waters of Lisbon Falls and Berlin Falls.

Don’t miss the cultural immersion of Pilgrim’s Rest. The village a living museum that showcases the gold rush era with its restored buildings and vibrant atmosphere.

Take a Journey through the Heartland on Route 62

For an authentic taste of South Africa’s heartland, take Route 62, an enchanting road that winds through the scenic valleys of the Western Cape and Eastern Cape provinces.

This is a long drive that departs from Cape Town, and then heads towards the charming town of Montagu, famous for its hot springs and Victorian architecture.

After that the journey continues eastward, where you should stop in Barrydale, where you can savour homemade pies and browse local art galleries. You should also explore the quirky town of Oudtshoorn, known as the ostrich capital of the world, and venture into the Cango Wildlife Ranch for an up-close encounter with these magnificent creatures.

Go on a Coastal Adventure on The Wild Coast

For intrepid travellers seeking rugged beauty and untamed landscapes, the Wild Coast is the place to explore.

Depart from East London and follow the N2 highway until you reach the town of Port St. Johns. From there, venture off onto the untamed coastal roads that snake through remote villages and pristine beaches.

Make a stop at the iconic Hole in the Wall, a majestic rock formation that juts out into the ocean and explore the idyllic beaches of Coffee Bay and Chintsa, where you can soak up the sun and immerse yourself in the laid-back coastal lifestyle.

South Africa’s scenic routes offer a treasure trove of natural wonders and cultural discoveries for those willing to venture off the beaten track. So be daring and take the road less travelled.

Book a South Africa tour and immerse yourself in the captivating landscapes, connect with the local communities, and create unforgettable memories as you journey through South Africa’s off the beaten track scenic routes.