South Africa vacations! Visions of sunny skies, wildlife safaris and warm oceans fill my mind when thinking of holidays in South Africa. Since I love to hit the open road and get off the beaten track, self drive safaris is what gets my pulse going! Self Drive Tours of South Africa is an option to seriously consider...
South Africa is such a beautiful country with such diverse landscapes that one must spend some time touring the countryside. Below we share some of the best Day Drives in South Africa that we have enjoyed.
You can of course tour the country from end to end but in my mind a nice way to explore South Africa is to select a base and then to take a look at what the surrounding countryside can offer you before moving on to your next destination.
Always make a point of finding the local tourist info centre where you will find up to date brochures and maps detailing what the region offers.
A good place to start is the lobby of your hotel or bed and breakfast establishment!
Instead of just taking the highways to reach your destination, for example the Kruger National Park, have a look at what scenic route you can take to get there.
View over Kogel Bay
Too many people simply rush off to their destination, spend their time there and rush back without taking in the wonderful countryside that we are blessed with in South Africa. Vacations are meant to be relaxing and to be enjoyed. That is why I believe a holiday starts from the moment you leave home.
There are certainly many great safari destinations in South Africa and beyond but why not make the most of your South Africa Vacations by touring to and from or in the vicinity of your destination as well?
None of these drives need to take more than a day to complete but you might find that you enjoy some places in South Africa so much you that you might want to extend your stay before continuing on your route.
This is no problem in South Africa as there are Bed and Breakfast establishments, hotels, lodges and so on all over the country. You can find accommodation just about anywhere. During the local school holidays it will be better to book beforehand but during the rest of the year you won't have any difficulty finding a place to stay. The people in the rural areas are generally very friendly and hospitable so I am sure you will enjoy simply travelling from town to town, meeting and getting to know the locals.
There are many companies offering tours that are great but Self Drive Tours of South Africa offer you so much more freedom of movement and freedom of time. It does not matter in which of the cities in South Africa you are staying. There are some beautiful self drives in the vicinity that you can undertake.
On this and the following pages is a selection of day Tours of South Africa. These selected scenic routes are ideal if you want to take charge of your own itinerary and plan your own South Africa Vacations. For ease of use it also includes the GPS reference and waypoints to make the task of navigating a pleasure.
The Garden route is well known for the scenic beauty of the coastline between Port Elizabeth and Mossel Bay. The Indian Ocean is flanked by Mountain ranges, indigenous forests, lakes and streams. Some of the attractions are...
Gauteng is the economic and industrial heart of South Africa mainly consisting of sprawling cities across the Witwatersrand. Of these the main metro poles are Johannesburg and Pretoria. There are a large number of sites to visit and enjoy but since we are focusing on self drive safaris we will only consider...
The Karoo is a huge tract of semi desert stretching across the Western cape, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape. If you enjoy travelling of the beaten track, exploring hamlets connected by gravel roads, then this is the place for you. The people are friendly, and the scenic countryside has a way of getting under your skin. The area mainly consists of huge farms and you can explore along the back roads for many, many miles without seeing another car or human being.
It is said that if you plant your walking stick in this land of lush green valley's it will take root and start growing. The kingdom of the Zulu is situated between the Drakensberg Mountains in the west and the warm Indian Ocean in the east. Also known locally as the last British Outpost, this land has a bloody history of wars between the Zulu and the Boer's, then the British and the Zulu and finally between Boer and Brit. As you travel along the winding roads through valleys and hills it is easy to see why so many battles were fought to control this beautiful land...
The name of the province says it all, the place where the sun rises...this beautiful province of mountains and valleys, waterfalls and forests is certainly worth a visit. It is a place to linger and become quiet as you reflect on the magnificent scenery around you...
The North West province stretches from Gauteng in the East to the Botswana border in the west. It is also home to Sun City, the Lost City and the Valley of the Waves. These well known hotel resorts are close to the Pilanesberg National Park which is a great African Safari Destination in its own right.
The Northern Cape is a land of wide open spaces, stretching from the Karoo in the south to the Kalahari in the north. This arid semi desert region boasts of no less than four National Parks and several other Nature Reserves.
The Western Cape with the mother city, Cape Town and Table Mountain is probably one of the best known and popular destinations in South Africa. It certainly is very picturesque with the mountains, the sea and fynbos. It is a region with hundreds of different flowers and spring is a kaleidoscope of colour. The vineyards of the Boland produces world class wines. These winelands are a major tourist attraction in their own right.