South Africa: Touring - Driving holiday
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Tour Driving holiday in South Africa
Rated as the top destination in the world for a tour driving holiday, The Garden Route along South Africa's southern most coastline, is a secret place where unmatched luxury exists in one of the world's most spectacular settings. It is a slender stretch of coastal plain that between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth that can be driven in a leisurely ten day trip. The Garden route bears a legendary status as South Africa's paradise - reflected in local names such as 'Garden of Eden' and 'Wilderness'. This soft, green, forested swath of nearly 200 km is cut by rivers from the mountains to the north, tumbling down to its southern rocky shores and sandy beaches.
Wildlife-spotting, deserted sandy beaches, sheltered lagoons, bush land and mountain passes: this stretch of the Western Cape coastline is an area of spectacular natural beauty. And with outdoor sports including the world's highest bungie jump at Bloukrans bridge, and delicious local food, there's plenty of entertainment along the way.
Apart from the Garden route, South Africa as a whole has a comprehensive road network that crosses kilometres of beautiful countryside and makes driving and travelling a pleasure. Driving is on the left, the roads are good and all the road signs are in English. Car rental is straightforward and a self drive tour gives you the flexibility to enjoy the day as you want unconstrained by a set itinerary… the freedom to travel at your own pace.
If you prefer to join a tour group, there are numerous companies who will also craft a vast number of self drive holidays individually, taking a detailed brief from you.
The main driving routes around the country include the N1 between Johannesburg and Cape Town, the N7 that goes from Cape Town to Springbok and Namibia and the N2 that goes along the Cape Garden Route from Cape Town to Durban and further towards Swaziland. The N3 connects Johannesburg with Durban and the N4 Johannesburg and Kruger Park.