Is there any better way to explore South Africa than by filling a car with friends and hitting the road? Natural beauty, world-famous attractions and easy to find accommodationare just a few of the reasons why our country is a road tripper’s paradise.
Whether you’re a veteran or you just got your license, these tips will help you plan the most memorable adventures for you and your squad.
Travel can easily put you in the mindset of focusing on the destination and ignoring the journey. The beauty of a road trip is that the journey becomes more than just a means to an end. It’s all about enjoying the moment – and the best way to do that is by not rushing.
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There’s no point in getting hangry when you’re hours away from the nearest town. Pack as much food as you think you’ll need… then pack a little extra!
It’s a well-known road trip best practice to have a person in the back seat that’s a designated snack provider. Keep a collection of sweet and savoury food and plenty of drinks to stay hydrated when you’re far off of the beaten track.
We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to beautiful places to stop at along the road. Find all the interesting places on your route and plan to stop at the best ones. You’re sure to meet amazing people, find hidden gems with great food or even the perfect place to have a quick selfie.
Don’t be too picky when you’re deciding where to stop. Pick a few sights that you’ve never seen before and have fun exploring them. The unexpected parts of your trips are what make the best memories!
Nothing says road trip quite like driving into the sunset with your favourite tunes blasting on the radio. Make sure you have a playlist ready that everybody in the car will love or let everybody have a chance at playing their own music.
If you’re heading out into the wilder parts of the country, remember that you might not get radio signal. Avoid this by having a phone with all your music on it and a way to play it through the radio.
Don’t Drive Tired
If you’re ever feeling sleepy and you’re losing concentration, take a break, let someone else drive or find a hotel to get some rest. We don’t recommend driving late at night or pushing on to the next town. Take it easy and don’t try to cram too much distance into a single day. Spread it out as much as you can and make sure you’re always feeling awake and aware while you’re driving.
We know that there’s a strong urge to rush through your travel and focus on the arriving at the destination, but you should definitely add a road trip across South Africa to your bucket list. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed!