What do you expect to see when planning a trip to South Africa? A Lion Kingesque setting of orange skies and vast rocks? Perhaps spotting the big 5 in one…
South Africa is one of the most “Western” countries in Africa. It is relatively easy to get around, especially in the West of the country where the roads are paved. A great way of visiting the country is by hiring your own car to get around. My South Africa trip started in Cape Town. There I hired a simple budget car and started driving south to the impressive shores of Cape Point. Next up was a drive north and east through the wine estates of Stellenbosch, the semi-desert of Klein Karoo, the excellent hiking spot Montagu to the ostrich-crazy town of Oudtshoorn. A short drive later Addo Elephant Park was next on the itinerary, where we did an impressive self-drive through elephants, warthogs and many other creatures. From here I headed south to the coast to stay at a couple of awesome hippie-hostels in Hogsback, Nature’s Valley and Wilderness. I followed the popular Garden Route back to Cape Town via whaling-capital Hermanus and Betty’s Bay.
My South Africa route
If you have ever stayed a night in a hostel dormitory, you probably have an idea of how little privacy exists here. You can either smell your neighbour’s well-traveled (and…