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Springtime in South Africa is the perfect time to go on a road trip and explore the breathtaking beauty of our country.

With its diverse landscapes, rich wildlife, and vibrant culture, South Africa offers many scenic routes and destinations that are bound to captivate any traveller, local or international.

And honestly, it doesn’t matter whether you’re a nature enthusiast, an adventure seeker, or a history buff, South Africa has something for everyone.

Here are our top exciting spring road trip ideas.

Spring has sprung, and it’s a perfect time to explore the scenic routes around SA! From the Garden Route to the Kruger Park, here are some great routes to explore.

Garden Route

Stretching along the southeastern coast of South Africa, the Garden Route is a picturesque drive that encompasses lush forests, dramatic cliffs, charming coastal towns, and pristine beaches.

If you’re starting your spring road trip in Cape Town, you’ll be journeying through the towns of Mossel Bay, Knysna, and Plettenberg Bay. Beyond Plettenberg Bay, you can explore the Tsitsikamma National Park with its magnificent forests and coastal trails.

And if you want to take a lengthy detour, you can pop into Hermanus. During September, Hermanus is a great whale-watching spot where you can enjoy some amazing seafood.

Panorama Route

For breathtaking panoramic vistas, the majestic and aptly-named Panorama Route in Mpumalanga is for you. Beginning in the town of Sabie, travellers will experience stunning sights such as the Blyde River Canyon, the third-largest canyon in the world.

Then you can visit God’s Window, where you can take in awe-inspiring views of the Lowveld and marvel at the cascading waters of Lisbon Falls and Mac-Mac Falls.

The route also includes attractions like Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the quaint town of Pilgrim’s Rest.

Wild Coast

The beauty of the untouched coastline of the Wild Coast is hard to put into words, it’s something you need to see for yourself this spring.

Driving from East London to Port Edward, travellers will see stunning cliffs, rolling hills, and pristine beaches.

Also, you’ll be able to discover the iconic Hole in the Wall, a natural rock formation, and immerse yourself in the vibrant Xhosa culture that thrives in this region. And while you’re in the region, take advantage of the numerous hiking trails, surfing spots, and opportunities for wildlife encounters along the way.

Kruger National Park

No South African road trip list would be complete without mentioning a visit to Kruger National Park.

This world-renowned wildlife sanctuary is home to all of South Africa’s most majestic animals, including the Big Five. Also noteworthy is that this national treasure is comparable in size to the country of Wales in the UK.

Drive through the park’s well-maintained roads and tracks, and keep your eyes peeled for the wildlife.

If you want, you can also enjoy guided game drives or explore at your own pace. And if you want, you can stay overnight in one of the park’s camps or nearby lodges.

Route 62

For a leisurely road trip with a touch of nostalgia, take on Route 62, officially the longest wine route in the world.

Starting in Cape Town, you’ll journey through the scenic landscapes of the Western Cape, passing charming towns like Robertson, Montagu, and Oudtshoorn. You should enjoy wine tastings at the numerous vineyards along the route.

If you’re looking for adventure, you can visit the famous Cango Caves and soak in the tranquil beauty of the Karoo desert. The route also offers opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, horseback riding, and hot-air ballooning.

Spring Has Sprung Go Out And Explore

Spring in South Africa is a magical time to hit the road and explore the country.

Whether you choose the coastal beauty of the Garden Route, the awe-inspiring vistas of the Panorama Route, the untamed allure of the Wild Coast, the wildlife encounters in Kruger National Park, or the scenic vineyards of Route 62, each road trip promises an unforgettable adventure.

And remember, before heading out on any of these fantastic Springtime adventures, get your battery tested at a SABAT Battery Xpress centre.

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