Drive South Africa Travel Blog

Welcome to Drive South Africa's Travel Blog. The writers of the Drive South Africa Blog are passionate travellers and explorers, we present a collection of our experiences, knowledge and interests

Things to know about South Africa when travelling for the first time

Things to know about South Africa when travelling for the first time

The top 50 golf courses in South Africa

The top 50 golf courses in South Africa

Tired of visiting the same golf course? Here are the top 50 golf courses in South Africa.

The top 50 golf courses in South Africa

3 reasons why a South African safari should be on your travel bucketlist

South Africa is one of Africa's premier wildlife destinations for a reason.

3 reasons why a South African safari should be on your travel bucketlist

Enjoy a City Bowl food crawl

When most people think of Cape Town, their thoughts immediately turn to unforgettable wine lands, idyllic beaches and towering mountain ranges. What many forget is that the Mother City is also recognised as one of the world’s most cosmopolitan destinations, renowned for its bustling nightlife and amalgam of cultures, coming together in an explosion of music, dance and art.

Enjoy a City Bowl food crawl

4 tips to make the most of your road trip

There’s nothing quite like packing your bags and hitting the road for a few days. A road trip provides the perfect getaway for anyone who doesn’t have the time (or the budget) for a week on an exotic island. It’s also pretty versatile – you choose the direction, the destination and your companion (or whether you want one or not).

4 tips to make the most of your road trip

6 Reasons travellers love Cape Town

Table Mountain Cable Car by Pixabay

Cape Town is a city that bursts with flavour, giving each traveller a taste of something they like. Here are five (out of hundred) reasons why travellers love Cape Town.

6 Reasons travellers love Cape Town

Places you can’t miss during your Garden Route road trip

There are so many beautiful places to discover in South Africa and the Garden Route in the south eastern part of South Africa is definitely one of the best. Did you know that the name of the garden route came from the verdant and ecologically diverse vegetation, and coupled with the numerous lagoons and lakes along the coast it makes for a breathtaking experience. Below are just some of the majestic towns and cities you’ll find along the way.

Places you can’t miss during your Garden Route road trip

Botswana 4x4 Safari: 12 Days, 12 Epic Experiences

 by Andre van Kets

Botswana is quite possibly the most authentic of all the game-viewing destinations in Africa. A 4x4 safari to Botswana will leave you with that pioneering feeling, as if you were the first to discover this spectacular wilderness. Add a reliable and well appointed 4x4 safari vehicle and you’re in for some life-changing experiences. We traversed Botswana from South to North (and back) in 12-days. Here are just 12 of our favourite experiences from the adventure.

Botswana 4x4 Safari: 12 Days, 12 Epic Experiences

Petrol Price - South Africa guide

Petrol Price South Africa by Neil Sequeira

Looking at 2007-2015, the petrol price has gone from R7,30 to over R12, but the jumps have been very erratic over the past 7 years. There was a brief period from August 2008 to August 2009, when the price dropped by nearly R2.50 to R8,85. But since then, it has almost doubled to new highs. Below we give you a complete overview of the past 7 years as well as the current petrol and diesel prices.

Petrol Price - South Africa guide

SA’s New Travel Laws/ Visa Requirements

The recent changes in visa requirements, especially the biometrics testing and restrictions for minors travelling to SA, have created quite a stir. This is especially due to the anticipated negative impact that it’s likely to have on one of the consistent performers in the economy – the tourism sector.

SA’s New Travel Laws/ Visa Requirements

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Teresa Huyzers
Teresa Huyzers Teresa loves to travel. Experiencing countless childhood road trips from the Southernmost tip of Africa to the lush tropics of Limpopo is where it all began. Even though a piece of her heart now lives in Florence, Italy, her love for Africa keeps her passion for travel and writing alive from her home in Cape Town, South Africa.

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EcoTraining
EcoTraining EcoTraining is a passionate environmentally-conscious company specialising in the training of nature-guides and those with a deep appreciation of the natural world. Courses are run in simple unfenced bush camps in the middle of great wilderness areas where participants get to truly experience what it is like to live in wild places.

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Muazzam Rahim
Muazzam Rahim As a hobby Muazzam runs his own website, dedicated to providing information on the Otter Trail in Tsitsikama. By day he's an accountant and MBA graduate, family man by night and a Kingsley Holgate wannabe every other time. He aspires to have a braai whilst exploring every place in South Africa; two things he loves dearly.

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Andre Cronje
Andre Cronje Andre is an eager traveller who enjoys writing reviews when he's not off enjoying African festivals or networking in the travel industry.

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Fiona Rossiter
Fiona Rossiter Fiona is a Capetonian blogger with a passion for all things beautiful and creative. Her inspirational lifestyle blog, Super Mom Blog, focuses on everything from fashion to motherhood. She has also started another project called “a beautiful life” in which she explores and shares her love of cooking and photography.

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Jacqueline Freer
Jacqueline Freer Jacqueline has a career background consisting of nightlife eventing and entertainment fused with hospitality then blending with branding and business and over the past few years focusing on digital media. Her personal passions include the arts, travel, food, film and photography. Please visit the Inrichmint Media Studio website.

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Ray Leathern
Ray Leathern SAGMJ’s Magazine Motoring Journalist of the year in 2011 and SAGMJ COTY Jury Member. Contributing to SACarFan.co.za, CARmagblog.co.za, AutoCirca.com and Fleet Magazine. Published in the Mail & Guardian, Independent Newspapers, TopCar, GQ, TNA. Lover of anything automotive, lover of the open road. You can follow him on twitter @Ray_AutoCirca

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Joe Lategan
Joe Lategan Joe Lategan worked in the International tourism industry for more than 20 Years. During this period Joe's work entailed travelling through Southern Africa on a weekly basis and as far as the USA and was never far from his cameras or fishing rods. Today Joe is undoubtedly one of Southern Africa’s top fine art and wildlife photographers and run photographic workshops and fine art photography safaris for small groups. For more visit www.JoeLategan.com

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Stan Rogers
Stan Rogers Stan Rogers is a recently retired Australian. He and his wife, Marianne decided that they want to explore Africa and in 2012 they will be driving from Cape Town to Cairo with their Land Rover Defender called “Tin Can” .

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Dorette Marais
Dorette Marais Dorette Marais has a degree in journalism and a postgraduate degree in media. As a child she lived in the Kruger National Park, ran away to Spain for a gap year and dabbled with the idea academics before she braved the world of online media. After a couple of years working for publications like Pasella, Nuus24 and Beeld she decided to leave everything behind to fulfil a lifelong dream of travelling Africa for an extended period of time. This journey will also be her honeymoon, a recipe for interesting stories and events.

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Corlia Goosen
Corlia Goosen Corlia Goosen is an avid traveller and foodie. She exchanged the media industry for the dynamic world of tourism. The marriage of the online world and her love for travel fits her like a glove and her diverse work environment ensures that she’s got a fresh outlook on things.

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Dalene Ingham-Brown
Dalene Ingham-Brown Passionate about travel, social media and making lists, Dalene is on a mission to nurture her love for camping in South Africa.

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Cheréne Pienaar
Cheréne Pienaar Born and bred in Bloemfontein, this Free state gal is an obsessive reader and hiker and loves discovering... all the time. As an e-marketing assistant and copywriter she believes social media is the future and plans to conquer Africa one word at a time.

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Michael Hammond
Michael Hammond Michael Hammond is a photo-journalist based in Cape Town, providing images to various news publications. He is a nature lover and also an avid hiker. He regularly hosts photographic workshops around the country and earned his B-Tech Degree at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2008.

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George van der Westhuizen
George van der Westhuizen George is a South African that now lives in Tanzania. He is a professional hunter an also the owner of a fishing company (www.proselect.co.za) in the Selous Game Reseve. He loves travelling to African countries and has been to Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Botswana a few times. He has also travelled to Mexico, Australia and Canada in the past.

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Anne du Plooy
Anne du Plooy Anne du Plooy is a retired teacher and markets a teaching programme that keeps her occupied as she visits schools and present workshops to teachers. This gives her the opportunity to travel quite a lot and loves doing! And enables her to see the beauty in the created world. She currently lives in WILDERNESS, GEORGE after having lived in a number of other places in South Africa.

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Andre Van Kets
Andre Van Kets (Featured on the right in this photo) Andre's passion for exploration is complimented by his interest in integrating useful technology into the journey. From road trips to smart phone apps Andre's desire to bring innovative technological solutions to the industry will keep readers on the cutting edge of travel.

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Steve Conradie
Steve Conradie Some say he is more at home in the bush than beneath a ceiling, an observation easily attributed to the sheer amount of 4WD and safari experience Steve has accrued. Well versed in 4x4 lore and African off road travel, Steve's knowledge, insight and camp fire tales are a colourful addition to the DSA blog.

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