Self drive holidays are becoming an ever more popular way of seeing the world, probably for the simple reason that they can offer such great value. Amity Travel have been experts in this field of travel for many years, putting together all kinds of road trips across the world, here are 4 of the most popular journeys on the open road to whet your appetite.
Garden Route — South Africa
The lush, slender stretch of coastal plain runs from Mossel Bay to Storms River Mouth and takes a couple of days to drive, however we would recommend stretching it out to a week or more, top and tailing it with a Safari and time in Cape Town. Highlights along the way include the very South African town of Oudtshoorn, famed for its Ostrich farms, the quaint and picturesque town of Knysna before ending at Storms River, where you should abandon your wheels to walk the trails.
Tsitsikamma National Park
Icefields Parkway — Canada
To travel the Icefields Parkway is to experience one of Canada’s national treasures and most rewarding destinations. Stretching 232km through the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site, this world-class journey offers access to a vast wilderness of pristine mountain lakes, ancient glaciers and broad sweeping valleys. The Icefields Parkway travel route winds its way through two national parks, boasting a unique and irreplaceable landscape rich in history and natural beauty second to none. Highlights include time in Banff, Lake Louise and the Athabasca Glacier as well as the opportunity to witness some amazing wildlife, from Mountain Goats and Woodland Caribou through to Golden Eagles and Grizzly Bears.
Great Ocean Road – Australia
Leave it to the Aussies to forego bronze statues in favour of “The World’s Longest War Memorial” as a tribute to their WWI veterans. This 151mi drive along Victoria’s coast bypasses monstrous surf, cascading waterfalls, pristine rain forests, and a couple of whale lookout points, not to mention the odd koala bear and kangaroo. Stop off points include the towns of Lorne and Apollo as well as Cape Otway National Park and the star of the show; The Twelve Apostles. While only eight of the craggy limestone pillars remain (there were only nine originally), they still deliver a stunning “behold-the-power-of-nature” effect. The drive effectively comes to an end in the picturesque town of Port Fairy, but should be extended northwards to the Grampians before heading back to Melbourne via the Gold Rush town of Ballarat.
South Island – New Zealand
The South Island is where New Zealand’s landscape is at its most remarkable, and driving around it at your own pace allows you to really soak up the many varied vistas, stopping for an adrenalin fix every now and again. The drive can be broken up into several shorter itineraries, to do it all you will need to allow yourself around a month, to do it justice. Arguably the most stunning part of the drive is between Te Anau and Milford Sound, which crosses tranquil Fiordland and some of the Southern Alps. Whilst the most relaxed is along the Northern coast spending time out of the car, on the waterways of the Charlotte Sound before sampling some of New Zealand’s finest wines around the vineyards of Blenheim, finally walking off all the great food and wine you have sampled as you discover the Able Tasman National Park.