Taking to the open road, wind in your hair and a spirit of adventure in your soul, is something many crave.
And for those in the know there’s one road trip that really is the ultimate – featuring breathtaking coastline and taking in some of the world’s best beaches.
South Africa’s Garden Route road trip also ventures through national parks and forests, with the N2 highway forming the backbone of the route.
Lonely Planet explains more about the route that stretches the south-eastern coast of South Africa, extending from Witsand in the Western Cape to the border of Tsitsikamma Storms River in the Eastern Cape.
The popular traveller’s bible said: “It’s one of the most popular parts of South Africa for visitors both local and international.
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“Stretching some 200km, a Garden Route road trip takes in national parks, dense forests, placid lakes and some outrageously beautiful beaches.
“Known as much for its outdoor activities as its natural beauty, along the way you can learn to surf, leap into water-filled canyons, dive to shipwrecks or simply sit on board a yacht admiring the view with a glass of local bubbly in hand.”
And it has an army of die hard fans who have also fallen in love with the route.
Many have taken to TripAdvisor – a website where tourists can leave reviews – to talked about their amazing adventures.
One said: “We drove the garden route recently, travelling to Hermanus, Knysna Sedgefield and Mossel Bay.
“The route is spectacular in parts and the roads are excellent.”
Although the reviewer did have something to say about fellow road users adding: “The same cannot be said of some of the South African driving!”
Another happy Garden Route traveller said: “Garden Route in South Africa is one such tour where you can experience wildlife in its natural habitat, and indulge in adventure sports as well.”
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“One of the nicest drives in the world,” said another.
They added: “Garden route is an amazing road trip that takes you through the heart of South Africa from Cape Town till the town of Knysna.
“It passes mountainous valleys, nice lush green canola fields, amazing beach towns and has water/sea almost for half the way.”
As well as fun watching coastal sunsets and scenery, there are lots of attractions on the route too.
The TripAdvisor top three – which are rated by travellers – are Knysna Elephant Park, which takes the top spot, Robberg Nature Reserve at number two and The Congo Caves coming in at third place.
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