South Africa is easily one of the best road trip destinations in the world and it is not hard to see why. When you look at the vast array of options available it’s difficult to choose. Personally, I have a preference for the dry Karoo and the Northern Cape, but also love exploring Mpumulanga and the small towns of the Western Cape as well as the Orange Free State. Road tripping allows one to explore small towns and discover the hidden gems they have to offer.
So hit the road, crank up the volume and see what the locals have to offer as you explore new terrain.
- Someone needs to compile a kickass playlist for the journey, bear in mind that not all tastes are the same.
- Pack your bags, cameras and gear.
- A cooler-box with snacks and padkos is essential.
- Chairs and tables for those photo opportunities where you may just have to wait for the sunset or sunrise.
- All passengers and driver should carry their drivers’ licenses.
- Local is lekker- chat with locals to find out the hidden secrets in the area.
- If travelling with friends use the car that is most suited to the trip- comfort, space and economy come to mind.
- Get lost if you have to, you never know what you may find.
- Be mindful of distances and your fuel situation.
- Do some pre-trip planning to ascertain the “must-see,must-do” places.
- Take plugs and chargers for your devices, even though one would prefer to be without them,in today’s day and age communication is essential.
Bear in mind that good company makes the trip so much shorter and enjoyable, as well as the great playlist. Although time limits us we will be leaving on Friday morning to photograph the “blood moon”the longest lunar eclipse of this century.Destination-Kenhardt in the Northern Cape. Location-Verneuk Pan and the Quiver Tree Forest. Fun rating 10/10. Photo opportunities abound – we will share them en route and on our return. Returning on Sunday- a short period over a long distance- but then that is a road trip.