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The best scenic drives in South Africa

A road trip is the best way to explore a country, especially one as vast as South Africa. So which province in South Africa has the best road trips? Short answer? All of them! Have a look at our list of the most scenic routes across our country.

Chapman's Peak

Regarded as one of the most dramatically picturesque drives in the world, Chapman’s Peak offers up some of the most stunning views on the planet. Chapman’s Peak Drive winds its way between Noordhoek and Hout Bay with incredible 180° views. Be sure to really take in your surroundings. If you are stuck behind the wheel and are missing out on the amazing views, park your car at one of the many picnic and viewing spots dotted along the way.

The Maluti Route

The Free State Highlands are a spectacle unto themselves and the Maluti Route is no exception. The route starts in Harrismith, goes through the Free State and across to the Eastern Cape over the Orange River, to the Wild Coast. This route is naturally dominated by the Maluti Mountain Ranges and offers the traveller a variety of experiences ranging from art, culture, history, rock art sites, and spectacular scenery over and above the host of cultural experiences.

Clarence Drive, Route 44

It might only be a short drive from Gordon’s Bay to the whale-watching town of Hermanus, but the unspoiled views are plentiful. This scenic Clarence Drive route guides you all along the coastline which boasts indigenous fynbos, towering cliffs and as such plenty of photo ops. If you want an eyeful of blue sky, blue seas, mountain peaks, whales, penguins, seaside villages, nature reserves, cliff paths, hiking trails, caves, a botanical garden and sheer artistry when it comes to the great outdoors, then Clarence Drive should be top of your list.

Garden Route

Named for its idyllic and lush vegetation awash with forests and nature reserves, this part of the country experiences rain all year-round and an oceanic climate that produces a natural beauty second to none. Excellent beaches, inland lagoons, lakes, undulating hills, the mountains of the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma, and indigenous forest between Wilderness and Knysna form the backdrop to a never-ending list of things to do. Drive the 7 Passes Road for a real treat.

If you’re always on the look-out for routes that capture the beauty of South Africa, this guide may help with your quest for that picturesque route on your self-drive holiday.

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