8 Of Our Favourite Scenic Routes In South Africa
1. West Coast
“One of my favourite places to visit is the West Coast National park,” says the 37-year-old. “You are able to drive for kilometres within the park, with a good chance of seeing eland and ostriches.”
“Make sure you go to the rocky outcrop that overlooks Langebaan and the lagoon for some spectacular views. I’d like to think of it as a place untouched by time,” says Casey.
2. Franschhoek Pass
“One of the most beautiful valleys to look upon. Let’s not forget the wine, too,” Casey says.
Pro tip: Make sure you’re atop the pass near sunset for a postcard perfect view.
3. The Garden Route
“Unfortunately, the train doesn’t run anymore but there are plenty of options for the outdoor enthusiast, from fishing to mountain biking and even paragliding. Any trip that takes me to a destination filled with activities like that is worth making!”
4. Signal Hill
“A short trip around signal hill is a highly popular destination for tourists and for good reason. Panoramic views of the Cape Town CBD, the harbour and Atlantic seaboard.”
This spot is one of the perfect sweet escapes from the city, with Casey trying it for years. “I’ve been returning to this spot for years as a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.”
5. The Cederberg Mountains
For Casey, it’s all about being in the midst of nature, and this area is one of the best. “I love mountains and narrow winding roads that cascade down to the valleys below carrying fresh mountain water.”
“Make sure you pop in to Bains whiskey distillery if you ever pass by Wellington and onward to the Cederberg. Named after the man who built Bainskloof Pass, a beautiful stretch of road into the interior and an engineering marvel of its time.”
6. The Northern Cape
If you want to be a lone traveler and spend some quality time with yourself, the N14 to Pofadder is the perfect place. Nothing around for kilometres, just you and the open road.
7. N7 North And Beyond
“Some of the most dramatic landscapes and terrain I’ve ever driven was beyond our northern border towards The Fish River Canyon in Namibia. Absolutely spectacular.”
“I picked up a group of American students, ran out of fuel, and got two flat tyres on the same day – not for the faint hearted.”
The small town of Hermanus may be known for its tourist attractions such as whale watching, shark cage diving, its wine and incredible seafood, but the drive along the coast is not to be overlooked. The striking blue of the ocean opens up as the roads hug the mountainside. Check out the drive below, it’s one we highly recommend!
Casey’s Pro Tip For Taking Travel Photos:
If you’re looking for that professional finish to your photos, invest in a filter system like Cokin. Using graduated ND filters helps balance the brighter sky with the foreground or slow down your shutter for those moody seascapes. Visit www.landscapegear.co.za for all you’ll need.
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