There’s something exhilarating about setting out on a road trip: the freedom, the adventure, and the endless new horizons. We’re lucky to live in a place so amazingly diverse that it truly deserves the label of ‘a world in one country’. And, with an RCS Personal Loan, you can enjoy exploring it today. Here are five iconic and exciting road trips that every South African should take at least once.

 

 

  1. HIDDEN TREASURES ON ROUTE 62

Everyone has heard of the great Garden Route from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, but did you know that there’s a slightly shorter and even more scenic alternative to the N2 highway? Meandering past the beautiful towns of Worcester, Robertson, Montagu, Barrydale and Oudtshoorn, Route 62 takes you through spectacular mountain passes, lush green valleys, the vast openness of the Klein Karoo, and one of the longest wine routes in the world. There’s no shortage of adventures to be had along the way. On a trip along Route 62, you can go hiking and mountain climbing, canoeing and fishing, caving and skydiving, and even ride an ostrich.

 

 

  1. PERFECTION ON THE PANORAMA ROUTE

For views that will leave you in absolute awe, Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route simply can’t be beaten. At God’s Window, you can stand on the edge of 700-metre-high cliffs where, on a clear day, you can see all the way to Mozambique. At Bourke’s Luck Potholes, you’ll explore a fantasy land of strangely sculpted rocks. Then there’s the Blyde River Canyon – the third largest canyon on earth. Other highlights along the route include the world’s oldest caves at Sudwala, the distinctive peaks of the Three Rondavels and Pinnacle Rock, and the historic town of Pilgrim’s Rest.

 

 

  1. GO WILD ON THE WILD COAST

Stretching from East London all the way to the KZN South Coast, the Wild Coast is a strip of paradise that astonishes all who are lucky enough to visit it. Here you’ll find long golden beaches washed by warm waves, gently rolling green hills speckled with colourful huts, deep forested gorges, and waterfalls pouring off monumental cliffs straight into the sea. As you crawl up the coastline from Cintsa to Coffee Bay, be sure to drop in at quirky spots like Buccaneers, Bulungula and The Coffee Shack, and get plenty of snaps of sublime scenes like cows on the beach at Hole in the Wall. This is surely the stuff that summer dreams are made of.

 

 

  1. DO IT YOUR WAY ON THE WEST COAST

Whether it’s scenery, culture, great food or new experiences you’re looking for, you’ll find it all on a road trip up the coast from Cape Town towards Namibia. Swim in sparkling lagoons in the West Coast National Park. Go wine, beer and toffee tasting in Darling. Discover ancient creatures at the West Coast Fossil Park. Gorge yourself on fresh seafood at outdoor restaurants in Langebaan and Muisbosskerm. Photograph colourful fishing boats at Paternoster. And surf the perfect left break at sunset in Elands Bay. It’s up to you how far you go, but our recommendation is to take it slow so you can soak up the sunshine and stillness.

 

 

  1. THE DRAMA OF THE DRAKENSBERG

If the wild majesty of mountains captures your heart, there’s no question that the Drakensberg is calling you. The Maloti Drakensberg Route will take you from the glorious Golden Gate National Park in the Free State and over the border to the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. Here you can explore endless mountains, waterfalls, streams and lakes on hikes or pony rides, camping in the wilderness or staying in luxury lodges. Thanks to a newly tarred road on the Lesotho side, you can even take a drive to the top of the Sani Pass. Of course, if you have a 4x4, you can’t miss the opportunity to carry on over Sani Top for the adventure of driving South Africa’s most famous dirt road.

 

GET AN RCS PERSONAL LOAN AND START YOUR ADVENTURE TODAY

The good news is, there’s no need to wait before you start exploring. When you apply for an RCS Personal Loan, you could be granted a loan from as little as R2 000, with flexible repayment options from 12 to 60 months. Use the cash to hit the road and see South Africa’s greatest sights.

 

Now, the only question is, which road trip will you do first?