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Garden Route Drive

Garden Route

We rented a car during our trip to South Africa, and on the advice of friends, took a couple days to drive east from Cape Town along the coast. By the way, cars drive on the left side in South Africa. It was unnerving at first but we did get used to it. What was harder was getting used to the steering on the right side and the bulk of the car on left. All we needed to rent the car were our passports. We did get stopped once at a checkpoint and they were satisfied with our international drivers licenses (available for $15 from AAA). The drive along the coast is called the Garden Route and has beautiful scenery with the mountains on one side and the ocean on the other.


We drove for 3 days from Cape Town to Tsitsikamma (just to the west of Port Elizabeth) and back, and we stopped at a couple of places along the way. Our first stop was Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa. It features a marker where the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean meet. It was very windy that day and the clouds rolling over the mountains made for a beautiful view. The crashing waves were equally lovely. The vegetation in the area resembled what you might see under the sea. All in all, it was a great experience and we left there feeling very fulfilled.

Arriving at Cape Agulhas

Unusual vegetation at Cape Agulhas

Me at marker between Indian & Atlantic oceans

about the author

I have been fortunate enough to live in different countries in Africa, and I take every opportunity to visit more. The countries I have been to include Nigeria, Cameroon, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Kenya. Cultures are unique in each country and I love the artwork in each country. Of course I love my continent too and I try to educate others about it through art.

One comment

  1. Atep

    Hi There.I would suggest you visit the more aenulfft area’s of Cape Town.Constantia is a beautiful leafy suburb and is very popular with visitors. The Atlantic seaboard is also fantastic with Camps Bay, Bantry Bay and Llundudo top choices. These areas are near the beach and the properties are breathtaking and world class. I stayed in a rental when I vacationed in the Cape last year. I didn’t have the time to contact Holiday home owners directly to enquire about availability etc, so was lucky to find an estate agency Holiday Rentals in Cape Town who managed the process for me.Good luck!

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