Our #SAroadtrip plans

It feels like I’ve been talking about it for ages but I am so excited to finally be able to announce the plans for our visit to South Africa next month. It is a country I have been waiting a long time to explore and what better way to start our adventure than with a wedding followed by a road trip?

So here’s our rough plan so far, although knowing us things can (and will!) end up changing along the way…

Days 1&2 – We’ll spend out first couple of days exploring Johannesburg, including a tour of the Soweto township and a visit to the Apartheid Museum.

Days 3-5 – Our friends’ wedding weekend will take place at a reserve outside Pretoria. I’m sure it’s going to be absolutely gorgeous.

Days 6&7 – Our road trip begins! Our first stop will be the Pilanesberg Game Reserve for a couple of days of safari. I’m hoping to spot the Big 5!

Will we get lucky?

Will we get lucky?

Day 8 – This will be a long driving day as we head south. We will drive through Kimberley to see the Big Hole mine and then on to the semi-arid desert of Karoo.

Day 9 – We’ll explore the amazing Owl House in Karoo, which was created by the reclusive artist Helen Martins, before heading towards Oudtshoorn, which has the claim to fame of being the Ostrich Capital of the World.

The Owl House

The Owl House

Day 10 – Today we’ll drive from Oudsthoorn to Knysna along the Garden Route. We’ll have the chance to explore the Knysna Heads, stuff ourselves on Knysna oysters and try to locate the famous sea horses.

Day 11 – We’ll drive to our friend’s beach house in Hermanus, with some Garden Route stops along the way.

Days 12-18 – We’ll be dividing our time between Hermanus and Cape Town so we can have a bit of a chill out, as well as do some exploring. Places on the list include, of course, Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape Point and Betty’s Bay penguin colony.

The awesome Table Mountain

The awesome Table Mountain

We’re doing the road trip with a group of friends, including the newlyweds, so I know it’s going to be lots of fun. I can’t wait! If you want to hear about what we’re getting up to then I’ll be updating the blog and also tweeting using the hashtag #SAroadtrip.

So what do you think? Have you visited any of these places before?

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9 responses to “Our #SAroadtrip plans

  1. What a great trip! I lived in Joburg for 3 months and would definitely recommend the Soweto Bike tour which is organised by Lebo’s Backpackers Hostel. I did the four hour tour twice, it was such a great experience.
    The Pilanesberg can actually be done in one day if you’re stuck on time. And in Oudtshoorn I definitely recommend doing the adventure tour at the Cango Caves, so much fun! A visit to an Ostrich farm is also great and the penguins in Boulders beach are awesome.

    Have fun!!

    • Thanks Jenny, was thinking about staying at that hostel so will definitely check out their tours – although I’m not too good on a bike! Thanks for the other recommendations too. I like the sound of the adventure tour of the caves!

      • Oh don’t worry about the biking, they go REALLy slow and there’s hardly any traffic around there, you’ll be just fine! And they also have really easy bikes and helmets 🙂
        Let me know if you need any hostel recommendations for Cape Town, Garden route or Oudtshoorn, would be happy to help. And enjoy the trip!

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