Our South Africa road trip was one of the best trips we’ve ever taken. We drove from Johannesburg to Cape Town in just over a month stopping to see the Big 5 on safari in Kruger, hike lush green mountains in the Drakensberg, walk along the dramatic Wild Coast, and explore the beaches and parks of the Garden Route. We learnt about South Africa’s turbulent history, met its diverse people, sampled the country’s excellent wine, and ended in one of our new favourite cities, Cape Town.
Oudtshoorn is often included on South Africa’s Garden Route drive from Cape Town and it’s definitely worth taking the detour inland. It’s only a short drive from the coast but the scenery of the Klein Karoo semi-desert is dramatically different. It’s hotter and drier but not at all lifeless—the wide open plains dotted with thorny bushes and backed by orange, red and chocolate mountains are starkly beautiful.
We have mixed feelings about Coffee Bay. It was both our least favourite and most memorable destination on our South Africa road trip and I wish we had given it more of a chance (we left after one night despite paying for two nights accommodation).
How do I get started as a digital nomad? This is one of the most common questions we are asked. You want to work online while travelling but your current job is not portable and you have no idea how to create a travel-friendly career.
I understand why some people are disappointed with Bali. The touristy, over-developed, and traffic-clogged beach towns in the south aren’t quite the tropical paradise they were expecting. We felt the same at first and haven’t had particularly good experiences outside of our beloved Ubud.