Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park

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Fantastic Roadtrips on Your South African Campervan Holiday

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Visitors with motorhome rental or campervan hire vehicles are in for a real treat when it comes to fantastic road trips.  There are lots of known tourist’s routes that take in some incredible scenery, with a range of wildlife and culinary experiences thrown in.  Here are just a few to give you some ideas.

Cape Route 62.
This route takes you through the fertile valleys of South Africa’s wine lands from the Western to the Eastern Cape, and now also includes the route 62 Brandy route as well, absolute heaven!  The route travels between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn, and there is also a shorter version between Langkloof to Port Elizabeth on the scenic N2 highway.  The whole area is very diverse, it’s not just about wine, there are some very beautiful towns and villages along the way, as well as mountains, streams and lots of trees to shade you from the hot sun.  Route 62 has become very popular, especially with people on motorhome rental or campervan hire holidays, as not only are the roads excellent but the facilities and sites along the route are too.  Of course, at the end of a long day driving it’s nice to find a nice spot to sit and appreciate some good food and wine before retiring to your home from home.  

Panorama Route
The Panorama Route is based around the Nelspruit area, and is another route for great scenery and lots of activities.  This route travels through White River and the sleepy town of Hazyview and leads you one of the best attractions in the area, the Kruger National Park.  

Long Tom Pass
From Lydenberg; previously known as Mashishing, to Sabie take a drive that is only 57 Km but it reaches 2149 meters above sea level.  This drive is not for the faint hearted as it’s prone to sudden mists, but the area is steeped in legend, and has some beautiful views.

The Garden Route
The highlights of this popular route are the southern Cape coast, the lush vegetation of the Tsitskamma forest, the river and lakes around Wilderness and the lagoon and forest of Knysna.  There’s also some other kinds of routes; the ones you take on foot, the Harkerville Forest has a 9km circular route, there is the Kranshoek coastal day walk, and the 2-day, 24km Harkerville hike along cliffs overlooking the coast.

All these routes are popular and well travelled and have excellent services for visitors with a motorhome rental or campervan hire vehicle, but they are by no means the only great road trips to take.  Wherever you visit in South Africa you will find that travelling by road will give you the opportunity to see some amazing scenery and to visit some very beautiful places along the way.

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