Let’s face it, when it comes to road tripping to some of South Africa’s most beautiful destinations some of us can’t help wanting to show it all off on social media. Having a collection of great photos and memories to remind you of your travels is also a great reason document it all, and having a good camera is equally as necessary.
If you’re an aspiring photographer looking for some great road trip destination ideas, we’ve listed our Top Five Favourites!
The Garden Route
The scenic and very popular stretch between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth has the perfect view for some amazing snaps. The name ‘Garden Route’ comes from the verdant and ecologically diverse vegetation along the route and the numerous lagoons and lakes along the coast. You’ll find a number of modern golf courses, ancient forests, modern malls, craft centres, mountain hideouts and beach holiday homes along the stretch. The designated areas for stopping and enjoying the scenery make for some great photography – especially along the route with the mountain and vegetation in the background. Towns like Mossel Bay, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay also gives you a scenic backdrop for that perfect photo!
Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park is one of the largest and most exciting game reserves in all of Africa. Here you’ll find a diverse group of animals, including the big five. You’ll find many elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos and buffalos roaming around. The best photography often comes when the sun is setting, with the vast landscapes and spectacular African wildlife making an appearance.
Most people visit Oudtshoorn for only one thing: Ostriches. The town has been known to be the ostrich capital of the world – but it has so much more to offer. Oudtshoorn is rich in history, visit the Cango Caves, go wine touring or go off-road on their 4×4 routes. Go on an adventure and take interesting photos!
The Drakensberg area falls into four valleys, beginning with the Champagne Valley in the Central Berg, through the Cathedral Peak and Didima Valley, then the Royal Natal National Park and Amphitheatre Valley, and finally the Middledale Pass Valley in the Northern Berg. Each of the four valleys has its own kind of beauty and character; all have magnificent mountain views – which makes for some sensational photography.
The Drakensberg area is filled with activities for the whole family, including horse riding, fishing, golf, bowling, hiking excursions, unguided/guided tours, quad biking, off-road, go-karting, river rafting, bird watching and mountain biking.
The official whale watching capital of the world: Hermanus. Built along the beautiful shores of Walker Bay has become a popular holiday destination as the Southern Right Whales visit the bay from July until December every year.
Visitors are treated to the best views of the whales – with some close-up displays as the whales come to within 10 meters of the coast (Imagine the photos you can take!). Hermanus is surrounded by majestic mountains as well as indigenous Fynbos. The cliff tops in Hermanus also give photographers the best views and ability to snap the whales up close. Besides whale watching, Hermanus offers a variety of activities; from horse riding, paragliding, kayaking, shark cage diving, fishing, hiking, plane trips to simply swimming and sunbathing at one of many gorgeous beaches.
While these five road trip destinations are just some of our favourites, South Africa has so many more to offer. For the best photography to capture your destinations, explore your creativity with Canon’s range of cameras and accessories.
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