We have three fantastic road trip destinations for you: The Cradle of Humankind, Oudtshoorn and Mozambique.
The Cradle of Humankind: Bones, Caves and Lions
The Cradle of Humankind is a world heritage site just 90 minutes from Johannesburg. Within the site is the world’s oldest human fossils dating back over 2 million years. Other attractions at the site include the Sterkfontein Caves and the Lion and Safari Park.
Oudtshoorn: Ostriches, Cango Caves and Arts Festival
Oudsthoorn is home to South Africa’s ostrich farms and the famous Cango Caves. It is a 6 hour drive from Cape Town giving you a chance to take the scenic garden route and stop at Swellendam or check out the historical Montagu Pass. Your other option is to get to Oudsthoorn from George – a cool, calm 45 minute trip.
Oudtshoorn is the main town in the Klein Karoo (South Africa’s own semi-desert) and hosts the Klein Karoo Kunste Fees (Arts Festival) attracting a large crowd in the Easter period.
Be advised: Roadworks are in progress on the road between Oudtshoorn and the Cango Caves from September 2017 to April 2018.
Mozambique: Beach, Food and City Sights
Our next stop is Maputo, Mozambique for a spot of sun, sand and surf. Maputo is a fun road trip destination and takes roughly 7 hours from Johannesburg, 8-10 hours from Durban. A suspension bridge connecting KZN to Ponto de Ouro will be completed by August 2018 and will likely cut drive time by 3-4 hours.
Tourists often take a day trip along the coast to Beline Beach for water activities such as speedboats and jet skis. Apart from the beach, one of the most talked of Mozambican attractions is the food. Fresh seafood cuisine prepared with a distinctly Portuguese flavor and a unique African flair.
Maputo city offers beautiful old world architecture. Some famous sites include the Central Train Station, The Iron House, Independence Square, Tundura Gardens, and the Maputo Elephant Reserve
Load up the car this holiday season and enjoy the best of South Africa’s roads.