Maybe your thing is to travel long distances on the road. Then the trip between Durban and Cape Town in South Africa must definitely should be on your to do list. This stretch of coastline in the Indian Ocean will offer you endless adventures.
You can start in the southeast city of Durban on the N2 in the direction of East London. In Mthatha, you can go down the national road heading to the coast, to Coffee Bay. Here Wild Coast lives up to its name. The arrival is spectacular, and you can take a short walk around the place.
The next stop is Kei Mouth, where you can relax on the beach or surf at Wacky Point. From there you can head east to Port Alfred through East London. Then you can continue through the sunniest coast of South Africa, until the beginning of the Garden Route in Port Elizabeth.
On the N2, you will first see Storms River in the Tsitsikamma National Park. There you can take a jump from the Bloukrans bridge, a 216 meters bungee drop. This could be one of the best experiences you will have on the trip. The multi-day hiking along Otter Trail is great, if you have the time.
A little further on, you will pass through Plettenberg Bay. Here it is worth visiting the Natural Reserve of the Robberg Island. The best thing about this place is to dive into the sea among herds of wild seals.
The neighboring Knysna is a little quieter. Here you can explore the Elephant Park, which is a sanctuary that allows you to be in contact with these huge mammals. If you take a small detour through Oudtshoorn, you will be rewarded with an adventure in the Cango Caves and a visit to the crocodiles in the ranch Cango Wild life.
Back on the N2, shortly before Cape Town, Chapman’s Peak Drive begins, offering stunning views. You must definitely stop at the Cape of Good Hope and walk from the parking lot to the infamous Cape. You must stop at Noordhoek Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Cape Town and often void of tourists.
In Cape Town there is a detailed guide for a trip on the Garden Route. And if your taste for Africa does not end here, we recommend this article, with many more things that you can expect out of this impressive continent: Safari in Africa without Spending a Fortune.
Information and data of interest of South Africa:
- Road of Route: 1,700 kilometers
- Estimated trip duration: Three weeks
- Best time for the trip: spring and summer
- Languages: English (official language), Afrikaans, Xhosa, Sesotho, Zulu and Setswana.
- Religion: Mostly reformed Christianity.
- Currency: rand (ZAR)
- Vaccinations: Yellow fever
Not required (except from or who have gone through the so-called “yellow fever belt of Africa and South America”: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Panama, Nigeria, Kenya, etc.). more about the Yellow Fever Vaccine in this link: Vaccine against the Yellow Fever.
- Visa: To know if you need it you can enter the following link: CLICK HERE
- Telephone code: +27
- Total area of the country: 1,219,902.00 km²
- Population: 47.43 mill. hab.
- Train: Shosholoza Mayl. It connects the main cities of the country.
- Bus: InterCape travels all over the country.