Road Trip Johannesburg to Cape Town
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Nov 13, 2013 5:48 PM Last Post By: living2
Oct 29, 2013 4:13 AM
Road Trip Johannesburg to Cape TownHi - Just wondered if anyone has advice about safe or not-so-safe roads travelling by car (NOT 4WD) between Jo'burg and Cape Town, via the Drakensburgs (Estcourt)? We've never been to southern Africa before, and some people we know are suggesting that the roads between Durban and East London are not safe for a couple of 65-year-olds in a small car. Is this really the case? Look forward to your views. Barbara and Andy
Oct 29, 2013 5:25 AM
Oct 29, 2013 10:47 AM
Oct 30, 2013 1:27 AM
Oct 30, 2013 7:59 PM
4We are 80 and 72 and in Aug/Sept drove almost 3000 kms in South Africa with virtually no trouble (just had to give the traffic police a small bribe when caught speeding!). Just be vigilant, doors locked etc, no windows open especially at the traffic lights. Roads mainly good with a lot of potholes in some places but usually signposted. Watch out for a) goats and b) humans nipping, or ambling, across the roads, even the fastest motorways. I would definitely go for it! We had forgotten, after a nine year gap, how absolutely wonderful South Africa is. The standard of B&Bs, restaurants etc is certainly as good as can be found anywhere. Prices are also good especially if you live in Australia.
Nov 13, 2013 5:48 PM
5We are 62 and 69. Also spent 2.5 months driving around South Africa, Namibia and Botswana last year. Read our road reports here if you are interested: http://www.lifewellspent.com
Advice by #4 is good. Doors locked and keep your wits about you but frankly, I've experienced more anxiety traveling in US than I ever have in Africa. We had a small truck and camper.
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