Five awe­some off-road drives around Cape Town

Go! Camp & Drive - - Contents - WORDS AND PIC­TURES: Charles Thomp­son (ex­cept where in­di­cated oth­er­wise)

You won’t usu­ally hear us Capeto­ni­ans say some­thing bad about our neck of the woods. In fact, talk­ing to any one of us will prob­a­bly lead to a lengthy ex­pla­na­tion on why we are, in fact, liv­ing in the best place on earth. But there’s one thing you can’t deny if you live in the Mother City: Our neigh­bour­ing coun­tries are pretty far away. Namibia is al­most 700 km and Botswana is a few more hours fur­ther than that. And if you want to go to a pop­u­lar Mozam­bi­can des­ti­na­tion like In­ham­bane, you have to drive more than 2000 km be­fore you can de­flate your tyres and en­joy the sand. That doesn’t only put a big dent in your fuel bud­get, but also in your pre­cious an­nual leave. So this month we went to have a look at some great 4x4 drives you can do within an hour or two from Cape Town. They might be week­end get­aways, but they’re proper get­aways. In these places you can drive all sorts of ob­sta­cles and ter­rain, stay in bush camps and even see big game like rhino, lion and leop­ard. And all that while your neighbour only has to feed the dogs for a night or two.

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