If you are among those who plan to drive across South Africa from Cape Town to Durban, you are not alone. But then, don’t plan to do it if you have only a week in hand. The distance between Durban and Cape Town South Africa is 1,650 Km, but the route is so beautiful that you will blame yourself for rushing through it.
Routes to Take
Nothing can soothe the soul better than a good old-fashioned road trip. There are three routes that you can take: two of the most popular ones are along the coast and the interior, while the third route is through the country and the coast. Irrespective of the route you take, you can find a lot of vacation rentals along the way to take a break and stay for 1-2 days before resuming your road trip.
The Coastal Route
Most people prefer to take this route that stretches through the Mossel Bay to the mouth of the Storms River in the Eastern Cape Province. This stretch offers you with spectacular landscapes to view. You will pass through gently rolling hills of sugarcane and there are expansive sea views.
The Garden Route or N2 starts from Port Elizabeth. There are a number of beautiful spots on the way that offer breath-taking views. You can spend time at Tsitsikamma National Park and Storms River. There are options of going for hiking and canopy tours. Bloukrans is the highest commercial bungee jump place in the world. Once on N2, don’t even think of nodding off or you will miss the magnificent Cape scenery.
The Country Route
Taking N3 from Durban through Bloemfontein and Karoo will take you into the Natal Midlands. You can spend time in Midlands Meander and visit Midmar Dam. Beaufort West takes you through Karoo, which is an arid and beautiful place. The peace and serenity of this natural semi-desert region actually give you time for introspection. Once you pass these plains, you will get into the regal mountains surrounding Cape Winelands. Enjoy the glorious views here while stopping for refreshment.
Country and Coast Route
This route is a blend of the above two going through Bloemfontein and the Garden Route. It works brilliantly for those who love to have a medley of the country and coastal drive. N6, which is Bloemfontein-East London, will provide you with the experience of both these worlds. In this route, you basically go upcountry through the Midlands and Battlefields and then across the Bloemfontein. Then, drive down to Port Elizabeth from where you can take the Garden Route.
Irrespective of the route you prefer, one thing is for sure that you will have a wonderful experience of the diverse landscapes that will make your drive really memorable. Furthermore, your stay at vacation rentals along the way can make you feel at home without getting homesick.