When travelling from Cape Town to the Garden Route, why not skip South Africa’s N2 national highway and opt instead for Route 62. This incredibly scenic (and slightly shorter) road trip takes you through the wine-growing areas of Wellington and Robertson, over spectacular mountain passes and across the semi-desert plains of the Klein Karoo.
Driving Route 62, you’ll pass through many small and inviting towns. There are ample opportunities to visit wineries along the Breede River Valley, go brandy tasting, stock up on tasty treats at farm stalls, stop in at a museum or two, and even spend a couple of nights at a game reserve. For the more adventurous there are hiking trails, 4×4 and mountain climbing routes, canoeing, horse riding, fishing, and caving.