Road-Tripping: Ultimate ‘Off The Beaten Track’ Around South Africa

When visiting South Africa the usual hotspots become standard for anything from a one week to three trips. However, South Africa has many lesser-known gems worth visiting. If you are the kind of person who loves to be original, take photos not often seen, and forge your own adventure, then this ultimate self drive ‘off-the-beaten-track’ road trip is for you.

4 Week Road Trip

Fly into and out of Cape Town

Made with TEP’s Route Planner

Route Segment: A – B

From: Cape Town Airport, Western Cape – Cape Town International Airport (CPT), Matroosfontein, Cape Town, 7490, South Africa
To: Blue Gum Country Estate, Stanford – Unnamed Road, South Africa
Distance: 146 km

Route Segment: B – C

From: Blue Gum Country Estate, Stanford – Unnamed Road, South Africa
To: Jan Harmsgat Country House, Swellendam – R60, South Africa
Distance: 110 km

Route Segment: C – D

From: Jan Harmsgat Country House, Swellendam – R60, South Africa
To: Bonnievale River Lodge, Bonnievale – Angora Road, Bonnievale, 6730, South Africa
Distance: 24.5 km

Route Segment: D – E

From: Bonnievale River Lodge, Bonnievale – Angora Road, Bonnievale, 6730, South Africa
To: Tierhoek Cottages and Organic Farm, Robertson – Noree Rd, South Africa
Distance: 49.7 km

Route Segment: E – F

From: Tierhoek Cottages and Organic Farm, Robertson – Noree Rd, South Africa
To: The Lord Milner Hotel, Matjiesfontein – Matjiesfontein, N1 National, Matjiesfontein, 6901, South Africa
Distance: 163 km

Route Segment: F – G

From: The Lord Milner Hotel, Matjiesfontein – Matjiesfontein, N1 National, Matjiesfontein, 6901, South Africa
To: Kambro Kind Guest House, Sutherland – 21 Piet Retief St, Sutherland, 6920, South Africa
Distance: 111 km

Route Segment: G – H

From: Kambro Kind Guest House, Sutherland – 21 Piet Retief St, Sutherland, 6920, South Africa
To: De Oude Pastorie Guest House, Victoria West – 3 Cypress St, Victoria West, 7070, South Africa
Distance: 285 km

Route Segment: H – I

From: De Oude Pastorie Guest House, Victoria West – 3 Cypress St, Victoria West, 7070, South Africa
To: Die Tuishuise and Victoria Manor, Cradock – 6 Voortrekker St, Cradock, 5880, South Africa
Distance: 319 km

Route Segment: I – J

From: Die Tuishuise and Victoria Manor, Cradock – 6 Voortrekker St, Cradock, 5880, South Africa
To: Intaka Birders Lodge, Salem (Kenton on Sea) – R343, South Africa
Distance: 216 km

Route Segment: J – K

From: Intaka Birders Lodge, Salem (Kenton on Sea) – R343, South Africa
To: Mbotyi River Lodge, Mbotyi – Main Rd, Mnceba, South Africa
Distance: 550 km

Route Segment: K – L

From: Mbotyi River Lodge, Mbotyi – Main Rd, Mnceba, South Africa
To: Thandulula Luxury Safari Tents, Southport – 14 Umhlangakulu Dr, Southport, Port Shepstone, 4230, South Africa
Distance: 239 km

Route Segment: L – M

From: Thandulula Luxury Safari Tents, Southport – 14 Umhlangakulu Dr, Southport, Port Shepstone, 4230, South Africa
To: Ambercrest Bed & Breakfast, Scottburgh – 46 Galway St, Scottburgh, 4180, South Africa
Distance: 56.4 km

Route Segment: M – N

From: Ambercrest Bed & Breakfast, Scottburgh – 46 Galway St, Scottburgh, 4180, South Africa
To: Alpine Heath, Bergville – Unnamed Road, South Africa
Distance: 326 km

Route Segment: N – O

From: Alpine Heath, Bergville – Unnamed Road, South Africa
To: Amakhosi Safari Lodge, Pongola – Unnamed Road, South Africa
Distance: 360 km

Route Segment: O – P

From: Amakhosi Safari Lodge, Pongola – Unnamed Road, South Africa
To: Amangwane Camp, Kosi Bay – Unnamed Road, Mahlungulu, South Africa
Distance: 205 km

Route Segment: P – Q

From: Amangwane Camp, Kosi Bay – Unnamed Road, Mahlungulu, South Africa
To: Buckler’s Africa Lodge, Komatipoort – Unnamed Road, South Africa
Distance: 226 km

Route Segment: Q – R

From: Buckler’s Africa Lodge, Komatipoort – Unnamed Road, South Africa
To: Ivory Tree Game Lodge, Pilanesberg – Kgabo Road, Moruleng, 0318, South Africa
Distance: 584 km

Route Segment: R – S

From: Ivory Tree Game Lodge, Pilanesberg – Kgabo Road, Moruleng, 0318, South Africa
To: Kalahari Ranger’s Lodge, McCarthy’s Rest – Unnamed Road, South Africa
Distance: 654 km

Route Segment: S – T

From: Kalahari Ranger’s Lodge, McCarthy’s Rest – Unnamed Road, South Africa
To: Dundi Lodge, Augrabies – Unnamed Road, South Africa
Distance: 526 km

Route Segment: T – U

From: Dundi Lodge, Augrabies – Unnamed Road, South Africa
To: Naries Namakwa Retreat, Komagaas – Naries, South Africa
Distance: 340 km

Route Segment: U – V

From: Naries Namakwa Retreat, Komagaas – Naries, South Africa
To: Kamieskroon Hotel, Kamieskroon – N7, South Africa
Distance: 93.3 km

Route Segment: V – W

From: Kamieskroon Hotel, Kamieskroon – N7, South Africa
To: Agama Tented Camp, Klipfontein – Unnamed Road, South Africa
Distance: 39.2 km

Route Segment: W – X

From: Agama Tented Camp, Klipfontein – Unnamed Road, South Africa
To: Donkieskraal Guest Lodge, Leipoldtville – Unnamed Road, South Africa
Distance: 252 km

Route Segment: X – Y

From: Donkieskraal Guest Lodge, Leipoldtville – Unnamed Road, South Africa
To: Farr Out Guest House, Paternoster – 23 Seemeeu Cres, Pelgrimsrust, Paternoster, 7381, South Africa
Distance: 140 km

Route Segment: Y – Z

From: Farr Out Guest House, Paternoster – 23 Seemeeu Cres, Pelgrimsrust, Paternoster, 7381, South Africa
To: Cape Town Airport, Western Cape – Cape Town International Airport (CPT), Matroosfontein, Cape Town, 7490, South Africa
Distance: 161 km


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