South Africa is a diverse and culturally rich country and if possible, it’s worth exploring every corner of its beautiful landscapes. These 3 places in South Africa are off the beaten track and take a bit more planning than your average outing, but are definitely worth it. Here’s our pick of 3 hard-to-reach places worth visiting in South Africa.
The Central Drakensberg peaks, KwaZulu-Natal
The Central Drakensberg forms part of the 200km Drakensberg mountain range and World Heritage Site. Famous for its family and sports related resorts, the Central Berg offers a range of activities and eco-tourist attractions. The Drakensberg‘s high slopes can be reachable on foot, however, the hikes are strenuous and require high fitness levels. The views from the top are spectacular. Some of the most famous peaks include Champagne Castle, Cathedral Peak and Giant’s Castle.
Sani Pass is known to have the best mountain passes in South Africa. Statistically and in every sense, it out distances, out climbs, and out performs all its competitors with ease to have become the most iconic gravel pass in South Africa. The Sani Pass summits at 2876 metres (9436 feet), and visitors can expect snow late in the year. You’ll need a sturdy 4×4 and the best option is to book through a tour operator as they’ll ensure that your vehicle is in top condition and capable of trekking the pass.
Die Hel, Western Cape
Gamkaskloof, also known as Die Hel, is a really special full day’s outing, unfortunately only suitable for 4×4 vehicles. It’s an unspoilt part of the vast Karoo offering visitors total peace and quiet. Die Hel lies within the Swartberg Nature Reserve, a World Heritage site, and leads travellers through one of the most breath-taking valleys in South Africa.
If you’re looking for a less crowded adventure in South Africa, be sure to check out these places. They may not be the easiest to get to, but they definitely are worth visiting.