Cape Town - They've labelled it the 'road trip that will break your Instagram', and we couldn't have summed it up better ourselves.
That's National Geographic, advising Northern Hemispherians to head to South Africa's Garden Route if they're after the very best spring trips in 2017.
This Cape-to-Cape trip of our beautiful SA tops NatGeo's list of 12 Global destinations, which includes Australia's Great Barrier Reef, New York City's Central Park and the Balkan express through Eastern Europe.
"South Africa’s southern N2 highway from Cape Town in the Western Cape to Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape was designed for detours," NatGeo's Maryellen Kennedy Duckett writes. Suggesting that travellers shouldn't drive straight through, but rather "pull off frequently — particularly on the spectacularly scenic Garden Route section — to explore lagoons, lakes, forests, mountains, beaches, and bays."
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This international affirmation of SA's incredible coastline (which stretches far beyond the Garden Route, actually), makes us want to hit the road ourselves! And with the Easter school holidays around the corner, the temptation is almost too great to resist...
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Also check out these 5 suggestions on what to do, so, eat and where to sleep, as outlined by NatGeo -
Hike in Garden Route National Park...
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Or catch a wave at world-class surf spot, Jeffreys Bay...
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At Mossel Bay - the halfway point on the drive - try sandboarding on 170-metre-high Dragon Dune...
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Where the Western and Eastern Cape meet, walk out on — or, if you dare, bungee jump from — the arch of the 216-metre-high Bloukrans Bridge with Face Adrenalin...
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Sleep cheap at backpacker hostels like Tube ‘n Axe in Storms River...
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