Anyone who tells you not to go to Johannesburg has likely only spent a few hours there. But you can’t be an authority on a city after a few hours.
Johannesburg is undoubtedly one of Africa’s greatest cities. It has a thriving creative scene, with loads of restaurants, artisanal markets, galleries and museums. In fact, Jo’burg is home to some of the most prominent museums in the country, including the Apartheid Museum.
The Garden Route
If you enjoy singing along to an endless playlist while driving through gorgeous scenery, then you’ll love the Garden Route. Stretching from the southeastern coast of Africa to the Western Cape, the Garden Route is a scenic drive that takes you through seaside towns, past nature reserves, forests, game parks and beautiful beaches.
The Klein Karoo is a hauntingly pretty region with semi-desert plains, mountain passes, open roads and starry skies.
On Route 62, a winding road that runs through the area, you’ll find quaint villages filled with creatives who have upped and left their city life. You'll also find wine farms, game reserves and ostrich farms. If you do decide to take a drive through, it’s likely you’ll pass loads of farm stalls around the towns of Montague and Barrydale, which are perfect for stocking up on local jams, dried fruit and knitted tea cozies.