10 of the most dangerous roads in South Africa

10 of the most dangerous roads in South Africa

No one should feel fearful when driving across our beautiful country, but you should always be aware of where accidents do often occur. This way you can be extra cautious while driving or plan an alternative route.

Here are a few routes around South Africa that are known to be dangerous and could lead to fatalities:

Eastern Cape

N2 from East London to Mthatha has had a number of deaths that have occurred and is known as the “highway to hell”.

R61 from Queenstown to Mthatha has had many fatalities because of negligent driving, weather conditions such as heavy mist and animals on the road.

Western Cape

Several fatal crashes have occurred on the N2 from Cape Town to Somerset West because of human error and high traffic volumes.


N2 from Mthatha to Kokstad splits between the Eastern Cape and KZN. It is known as one of the deadliest roads in the country due to traffic backups, negligent driving and animals that cross the road.


R573 Moloto Road was called a ‘road of death’ before major upgrades started in 2016. Motorists now have a habit of disobeying traffic measures which have caused many accidents.


N4 from Waterval Boven to Nelspruit has a steep pass along with ongoing roadworks that have caused many accidents.

N17 from Leandra to Ermelo has many mining trucks and other traffic that passes through. There has been many accidents and fatalities that have occurred.

North West

N14 from Coligny to Biesiesvlei is not in the best condition and can be very dangerous as a result, if drivers do not drive cautiously.


N12 from Springs to Witbank has had many fatal accidents as a result of poor weather conditions, speeding or dangerous overtaking.

R573 from Pretoria to Kwamhlanga faced many deaths caused either by traffic backups or negligent driving.

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