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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

Kimberley Griffioen Road Trip Through South Africa

South Africa, is one of the most popular countries in Africa and is a must-see destination for any international traveller. 

Kimberley Griffioen Road Trip Through South Africa

Ghost towns and shipwrecks: Namibia’s haunted hot-spots

Ghost towns and shipwrecks: Namibia’s haunted hot-spots

Three of the most underrated beaches in South Africa

South Africa has a beautiful, mostly rugged coastline that is home to numerous beaches that each have their own highlights.

While most travelers would be directed to some of the country's most popular beaches such as Ballito, Clifton, Camps Bay or Umhlanga Rocks, you can skip the crowds all together and head to any of the lesser known, hidden gems that are just as picturesque and offer a unique slice of the tropical sanctuary this is Africa's southernmost country.

Three of the most underrated beaches in South Africa

Four of the best hiking trails to explore in the Eastern Cape

The Eastern Cape is one of the most beautiful provinces in South Africa. It offers a lot of variety for visitors looking to experience nature up close and personal. Most of the places that draw adventurers and people who love hiking are along the coastline, but it’s amazing how the coastline moves and encompasses lush forests and misty mountains.

If you are looking for a unique way to experience the Eastern Cape, here are four of the best hiking trails that will take you through the dramatic coastline, sandy and rocky beaches, lagoons, coves, cliffs, mangrove swamps and the fauna and flora that are nothing short of spectacular.

Four of the best hiking trails to explore in the Eastern Cape

10 facts you need to know about Cape Town

Boasting with its sun-kissed beaches, a mountain in the city, world-class restaurants and a buzzing nightlife scene, Cape Town is one of South Africa’s most visited destinations.

10 facts you need to know about Cape Town

20 reasons to visit Damaraland

Damaraland is one of Namibia’s most scenic areas, blessed with breathtaking desert vistas, towering mountains in Namibia and starry night skies.

20 reasons to visit Damaraland

Best Routes To Explore During Your South African Road Trip

South Africa is unrivalled for beautiful, scenic drives and travelling by road is one of the best way to see what the country has to offer.

If you’re a firm believer that it's not about the destination but the journey, then a South African road trip holiday is a stunning way to explore the diverse region. If so car hire Cape Town is your best bet of affordable vehicle hire.

From the dramatic landscape in the Drakensberg to the beautiful coastal in the Western Cape, South Africa is a smorgasbord of scenery that is just waiting to be discovered.

Best Routes To Explore During Your South African Road Trip

Three Autumn weekend getaways in the Western Cape

Autumn is a special time of the year in South Africa. The skies are still crystal clear, the weather is mild, and the landscapes around Western Cape are breathtaking.

Make the most of the long weekend in April by planning a getaway to these destinations in the Western Cape.

Three Autumn weekend getaways in the Western Cape

10 reasons why you should explore Namibia’s Skeleton Coast

According to CNN, did you know that only 800 people are allowed to visit Namibia’s Skeleton Coast each year in an effort to preserve its fragile environment?

10 reasons why you should explore Namibia’s Skeleton Coast

South Africa’s Best Sunset Hotspots

It is amazing to think that wherever you are in the world you are witnessing the same sun as it dips below the horizon its rays creating a unique kaleidoscope at different locations.

Depending on where you are, you get to enjoy an exclusive and refreshing view with the same sun setting every day.

South Africa, besides being among the top wildlife destinations also offers some of the world’s remarkable locations for watching the sunset. Whether you fancy the soft silhouette of rolling mountains or the gentle lapping of waves, Mzansi has a variety of magnificent spots to suit your preference.

Here are some of South Africa's best sunset hotspots.

South Africa’s Best Sunset Hotspots

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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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