The pit stops make the journey
After a long, draining year of being cooped up indoors, it is time to get some space, fresh air, and excitement in the form of a classic South African road trip! Remember – it isn’t only the destination that counts when touring South Africa by car. You holiday should begin from the moment that you hit the road. Start working on a travel route chockfull of enriching and adventurous pit stops, and you will be just a few weeks away from an epic summer road trip that nobody will be quick to forget! Here are a few ideas to inspire you.
Cape Route 62 has often been referred to as one of the best road trips in South Africa – and Farmer Redbeard is undoubtedly one of the most memorable pit stops along the way. Here, you will have the chance to sample some velvety wines, savour a traditional ‘bush braai’, get stuck into some hands-on farming out in the sunny fields, and sign up for an educational beekeeping experience. The latter involves suiting up in full beekeeper attire, smoking out the bees from the hive, and harvesting some golden honey under the watchful eye and guidance of a professional.
The Tankwa Padstal
If you are looking for quirky trinkets, treasures, and traditional Afrikaans padkos when road-tripping through the Karoo, the Tankwa Padstal is an absolute must-see. Investigate the mini library before browsing the unusual offerings on the shelves, such as prickly pears, specialty fudge, banjos, and more. It is also the perfect spot to sit down for an ice-cold drink and an interesting chat with the eccentric locals who will tell you all about the history of the Padstal and why it has become such a road-trip legend.
Africa Silks Farm
Driving the Panorama Route through Mpumalanga? Be sure to stop off at Africa Silks Farm for insights into South African silk production. There are full day tours of the weavery and showroom available, which are ideal for families. The kids will love touching the squishy silkworms and watching them spin their intricate cocoons! Don’t forget to visit the shop for silky souvenirs, such as sheets, scarves and cushions, before taking to the road once again.
Intabazwe is a charming little Zulu town along the driving route when travelling on the N3 from Johannesburg to KwaZulu-Natal. It is located close to Harrismith, and offers the opportunity to interact with the locals and get to know the Zulu culture better. If you like, you can book a daytime township tour or opt to extend your visit and spend the night with an approved host family where you and your travel party will be invited to experience the true spirit of Ubuntu.
No South African road trip with friends or family would be complete without a pit stop at an Engen Wimpy [Link to: https://wimpy.co.za/partners/engen/]! Give yourself an energy boost with a Loaded Cheese Griller Brekkie or chow down on a Sweet Chilli Mayo Double Cheeseburger at lunchtime. If you’re travelling with children, they will love the free set of World of Animals AR cards that come with every Kids’ Combo Meal. Pair the cards with the new Animal AR app and they can watch the animals come to life right before their eyes. It is interactive, educational, and a fantastic way to keep them entertained once you’re back on the road. Oh, and if your bill totals over R250, you’ll also get a R100 stationery voucher to spend at PNA. That’s next year’s school supplies sorted!
We’re sure that you’re feeling pretty revved up about your road trip by now. Looking at the above, there is no doubt that it’s indeed the pit stops that make the journey. Enjoy!