Tomorrow we set off on a 16 day road trip across the South African coastline! I've decided to document our trip in a couple of different ways. I'll be writing about it on here, as well as sharing some highlights on Facebook and Instagram.
We start our journey in Durban and will eventually make our way down to Cape Town via rental car. Yes, both Ben and I will be driving. Yes, we're paying extra for an automatic car. No, we don't really know how to drive on the other side of the road. Stay tuned for how THAT goes.
Our trip will take us through three of South Africa's nine provinces, which are KwaZulu-Natal, as well as the Eastern Cape and Western Cape. We'll also be venturing into the country of Lesotho when we explore the Sani Pass of the Drakensberg Mountain range. Our plan is to travel along the coast as much as possible (where road conditions permit). We'll start on the South Coast before hitting the Wild Coast and the Sunshine Coast. After that, we'll change course and travel inland towards the Cape Winelands, where we'll spend a couple of days tasting some of South Africa's famed grapes! The route will then take us back to the coast on the Cape Peninsula, where we will spend a couple of days exploring before settling down for a final weekend in Cape Town.
Here's a map with all of our specific destinations highlighted:
That's roughly 27 hours in a car with yours truly. Can you imagine?
In order, we'll be visiting Durban, Sani Mountain, Coffee Bay, Colchester (Addo Elephant Park), Still Bay, Hermanus, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Simonstown, and Cape Town. Since we are currently based in Pretoria, we'll be flying from Johannesburg to Durban to save ourselves 6+ hours of driving on a highway.
I don't want to spoil any of the updates to come but for those who are curious, our accommodation will involve a somewhat balanced combination of hostel dorm, camp site, house boat, cottage, apartment rental and bed & breakfast.
There are SO many variations of this route. We've consulted everyone we know who has travelled here and read numerous guides online about each destination. It was so difficult to choose which locations to visit and which to leave out! I'm sure we'll only get to see a fraction of this beautiful country along our journey but we're looking forward to it nonetheless.
Follow along if you'd like :) If anyone has any food / drink / adventure recommendations in any of the areas we're staying, please share!