A week of nature, wine, adrenaline and ocean views along South Africa's south coast
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South Africa9 days / March - April - May - June - July - August - September 2017
Highs & Lows
Look out for the highest bridge bungee jump in the world
Public transport and shuttles make for little flexibility
This is one of many backpacking trips I’ve taken on the most scenic of routes along South Africa’s Garden Route between the coastal cities of Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. The trip can be started at either end but I prefer to wrap it up in the ‘Mother City’ of Cape Town as there is so much to enjoy and see in the city and surrounds.
Many people rent a car and self-drive however there are also options such as public transport (various bus companies) that will stop at many towns on the route and shuttle services which offer door-to-door trips right to your accommodation.
This is one for food and wine lovers, adrenalin junkies, anyone who appreciates hideaways in nature and of course water-babies from surfers to whale-watchers.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
I'd have spent a little more time in the small towns in the Eastern Cape - Knysna and Jeffrey's Bay have some beautiful beaches, small guesthouses and food to get into.
How was the food?
Make lots of stops at the farm stalls particularly in smaller towns for fresh bread, pies and more home-made goodness!
What tips would you give a friend?
If you do self-drive, check that your accommodations have off-street parking for safety and peace of mind. Not all of them are able to offer that, especially in bigger cities.
Prepare for a little light rain in the summer, although the weather is generally beautiful.
Self-drive really is the best option to stay flexible and stop wherever you want.