America might have Route 66, but South Africa’s roads snake through ancient bushveld, forests, and mountain passes. Take scenic routes or stay over on a whim. You determine the route, pace, mood, and moment

Whether you hit the trail in your grandma’s old Citroen or in the latest SUV with a built-in GPS, you’ll find whatever you want at auto trader  to get the most out of your joyful road trip.

  • Abel Erasmus Pass and the J.G. Strijdom Tunnel on the legendary R36.

    Get your kicks on the R36: The awesome R36 takes you up the legendary Abel Erasmus Pass and through the Strijdom tunnel. Ascend over 800m towards the tunnels and emerge from the cool darkness into views 1000m above the Olifants River valley. Dramatic? I’ll say!

  • Buffalo survey our vehicle in the Waterberg’s Lindani private reserve.

    Shaw Thing: Still in the western Cape, there’s a new 30-hectare reserve on the slopes of Shaw’s Mountain to the right to preserve the area’s endangered fynbos, and the widened tarred  Shaw’s Pass offers a faster route to Hermanus with exquisite views of the valley that must be seen to be believed.

  • The Wonderful Waterberg:The R33 from Bela-Bela to Vaalwater is an evocative drive through the heart of the Waterberg. Expect herds of wildebees and magnificent sunsets.
  • Misty Mountain Trail: The 40km long Magoebaskloof Pass along the R71 from Haenertsburg to Tzaneen descends from Highveld to Lowveld through dense forests in a series of corkscrew bends
    Even on tarred road signs warned to: “Beware of the elephants/ 80km an hour.”

    – at one stage it drops 600 metres!

  • Elephant crossing: Take the R40 from Phal-Phala (Phalaborwa) to Mica, through the scenic heart of the region they call the Valley of the Olifants. Great beauty, wild atmosphere. You pass through the famous Selati, Klaserie and Balule wilderness areas. Check out the surreal granite outcrops and road signs saying Beware Elephant Crossing.
  • A beautiful cliff-side drive on the route to Cape Point. Picture: Malcolm Manners

    Cha Cha Chapman’s: No trip to Cape Town is complete without a  drive along the Atlantic seaboard winding through Clifton and Camps Bay to the magnificent Chapman’s Peak. It’s a mother of a pass!