For a grand South African road trip, Wild has selected a route that takes you from coastal fynbos to old-growth forests to ancient kingdoms, plus plenty of wildlife, of course. All in 5,877 km.

We started this circular route at Table Mountain, but you can join it anywhere along the way and decide where and when to catch your breath. What’s more, you can do it in sections and diehard nomads can easily add in extra loops or 4×4 trails.

Our cross-country trip is the supreme example of the journey as the destination. To keep on the move, the lure of the open road, the great escape, what lies over the next hill. As curious travellers know, the real action begins where the asphalt ends, even if it’s not totally off the grid. You’ll undoubtedly come away with many excellent memories of the magnificent parks and reserves in South Africa and Swaziland.

The route (see the map below)

Day 1: From Olifantsbos, Table Mountain to Karoo (531km)
Day 2: From Karoo to Mokala (498km)
Day 3: From Mokala to Marakele (726km)
Day 4: From Marakele to Mapungubwe (409km)
Day 5: From Mapungubwe to Punda Maria, Kruger (328km)
Day 6: From Punda Maria, Kruger to Olifants, Kruger (162km)
Day 7: From Olifants, Kruger to Berg-en-Dal (218km)
Day 8: From Berg-en-Dal, Kruger to Hlane, Swaziland (145km)
Day 9: From Hlane, Swaziland to Ndumo (178km)
Day 10: From Ndumo to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi (179km)
Day 11: From Hluhluwe-iMfolozi to Giant’s Castle (477km)
Day 12: From Giant’s Castle to Golden Gate (176km)
Day 13: From Golden Gate to Camdeboo (748km)
Day 14: From Camdeboo to Addo (244km)
Day 15: From Addo to Goukamma (303km)
Day 16: From Goukamma to De Hoop (277km)
Day 17: From De Hoop to Kogelberg (175km)
Day 18: From Kogelberg to Platteklip Wash House, Table Mountain (103km)

Share your travels

If our article inspires you to hit the road, let us know. Send your letters and pictures to [email protected]. We’d love to see if anyone can do the full trip.

Travel tip

You can offset the carbon emissions of your road trip by planting four trees if you complete the circuit.