Time to take that road trip? These guides will help

2018-03-11 00:00 - Kate Turkington
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No four-wheel drive SUV? No problem!  Take a road trip across Southern Africa with the help of these books. 

  • Road Tripping South Africa
    Map Studio
    208 pages with maps
    R305 at takealot.com

If you don’t own a 4x4, you may think that road-tripping is not for you. But this attractive, enticing book, now revised and updated, describes 20 iconic journeys and off-the-beaten-track detours you can manage in a normal sedan. The information covers everything from before you start your journey with car check lists, necessary paperwork and what to pack, to driving times and detailed destinations. The author suggests staying off the N1 with its hectic traffic and taking to some back roads. Whether you’re planning a long, meandering route through the mountains or the Karoo, a leisurely drive through the fishing villages of the Western Cape, game drives in Mpumalanga, or a golf road trip along the KwaZulu-Natal coast, you can start from your armchair by immersing yourself in these pages. You get extra advice on pet-friendly routes, background reading, where to stop and where to shop.

  • Road Tripping Namibia
    Map Studio
    184 pages with maps
    R304 at takealot.com

If you thought that only 4x4s could take road trips through Namibia, think again. This book provides detailed information on 15 stunning journeys you can drive in a normal sedan. You’ll get practical advice on driving on Namibia’s gravel roads (never exceed the speed limit), driving times, points of interest and detailed route descriptions from adventure to cultural or wildlife routes. The authors point out that road-tripping in Namibia is very different to road-tripping in South Africa, and explains why and how you should tackle your trip to one of Africa’s most dramatically different and starkly beautiful countries.

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