Category: Overland Routes

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Take a wild drive down the Wild Coast

After leaving Lesotho, Maggie and team headed for the Wild Coast of South Africa’s Eastern Cape. This region stretches along the N2 motorway, from the border of KwaZulu-Natal in the north, to East London in the south. This area is the homeland of the Xhosa people, and was where Nelson Mandela was born...

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Four awesome mountain passes in Lesotho

Lesotho is called the ‘Mountain Kingdom’ for a reason – the country is home to some of the highest and most stunning mountain passes in Africa. We recently visited Lesotho and had the pleasure of driving some of these passes, many of which are unavoidable when accessing tourist destinations. Tips for those attempting...

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Overlanding Lesotho: a week in the Mountain Kingdom

After leaving the Drakensberg mountains, we headed for the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. One of Africa’s most mountainous countries, Lesotho does not fail to disappoint the overland traveller. We found the country to be an absolute joy to overland – with some of the highest mountain passes in Africa, including the aptly named ‘God...

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From Kosi Bay to St Lucia: Driving the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

After leaving Swaziland, we drove Maggie south to explore KwaZulu Natal, the Elephant Coast and the iSamangaliso Wetland Park. iSimangaliso means ‘Place of Wonder’ in Zulu, and the Park, which is South Africa’s first natural UN World Heritage Site, easily lives up to its name. With about 280km (174 miles) of unspoilt, sparsely-populated coastline,...

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Our week-long road trip through Swaziland

Last week, Noel and I left South Africa for the small, landlocked Kingdom of Swaziland. One of Africa’s smallest countries by area, Swaziland nevertheless packs a big punch. Some call Swaziland ‘hassle-free Africa’, and we couldn’t agree more. The country has a well-developed road network and numerous well-maintained campsites, which...

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A panoramic drive through the Mpumalanga lowveld

Just a three hour drive east from Pretoria and Johannesburg lies one of South Africa’s most stunningly beautiful regions – the Mpumalanga (pronounced: Mmm-poo-ma-lan-ga) lowveld. ‘Lowveld? But it looks so high!”, you might be thinking. Although upwards of 2,000 metres high in many places, the region is called a lowveld (‘low bush’ in Afrikaans)...