Tips on planning a road trip in your own Country
We are all so eager to travel overseas…but what about the amazing experiences and sightseeing options available within our own borders? There are plenty of them in South Africa.
A road trip in your own country can be a true adventure that will beat any overseas trip for value. Not to mention that it may be a far better option for budget, environmental and practical reasons – especially in this day and age.
However, before you pile the camping gear on the land-cruiser for a typical SA-style road trip, take some time to think about what you really want out of your holiday. There’s more to SA than game reserves and the many outdoorsy options one traditionally associates with local travel.
If you want to find the hidden gems to make your trip really special, consult with your travel agent, as you would for an overseas adventure. There are ‘hidden gems’ everywhere. Some are destinations in themselves. Some are a version of a typical ‘blikkiesdorp’ for 360 days of the year, but a unique experience for the other 5. Think the Cherry Festival in Clarens. Never heard of it? That’s why you need professional help with your itinerary!
Create a tailor-made itinerary for your road trip within SA’s borders:
- Taking the time to create an itinerary, just as you would for a tour overseas, can ensure you make the most out of your road-trip. Your travel consultant can also help you:
- Find the best accommodation. Yes, pre-plan it, and pre-book it. A bad experience can ruin a road-trip, as can a night shivering in your vehicle on the side of the road because you can’t find a place to stay. That hotel you saw in ‘Outdoor’ magazine is full, or closed, and you are stuck. Not fun.
- Some places are marketed to the hilt, but the reality is very different. They may even be dangerous, and the roads full of potholes the travel journalist forgot to mention.
Be prepared. If you want to make decisions as you go along, do it based on pre-planned options, not on…’let’s see where this road goes’. The latter sounds romantic, but it usually leads to a derelict sheep farm, or worse.
(And don’t end up in Clarens the day AFTER the Cherry Festival finished.)
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