Open Africa Routes
Safe Social Distancing Routes

Everyone loves a good road trip – and with a country as beautiful as South Africa, it’s easy to see why. Taking to the road is ingrained in South African culture and what better way to plan your safe social distancing route than to have a basket of attractions that you can choose from.

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South African safe social distancing routes provide a great platform for exploration, often allowing you to take the byways and not the highways, to find the lesser-known gems of the country and enjoy the wide open spaces. 

Here there are no theatres, shopping malls or traffic jams, just streams, valleys, hills and rocks. Pick your spot anywhere in the Lowveld, Drakensberg, Karoo or Kalahari, There is something for everyone. 

Adventurist at heart? Go and play in the surf at Jeffreys Bay, take on the whitewash of the Orange River, or play with Great Whites in the Indian Ocean. Feel like taking it easy? Take in the sunset over the Karoo, watch a herd of buffalo escape the heat at a waterhole in Kruger Park, or just take a stroll along the Wild Coast.     
Some say that one day in the African bush can change your life forever. Think what two days could do. Follow one of these South African tourism routes and see where the road leads you... 

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Do Travel Differently

Open Africa envisions a different world where authentic and unexpected experiences for travellers translate into opportunities for rural people.

A social enterprise that works with small businesses to establish rural tourism routes, Open Africa offers travellers authentic experiences while generating income and jobs for local people.  
Travelling with Open Africa is different. Your travel is organised according to routes that cater to diverse interests, where you choose your own experiences. You will explore off-the-beaten-track places that deliver the unexpected, meet real people and have local experiences that support local businesses and livelihoods while you travel.

What if taking a break, going away, wasn’t a luxury?  What if it was easy and affordable to have fun? Experiencing the world in new ways excites and revitalises people, and at Open Africa we know it is possible for everyone. 

These safe social distancing routes were all carefully crafted with local communities to offer you memorable experiences that reveal the people and stories that make our country special, and we have visited every single one. We know the hosts. We have tasted the homemade bread, and tried out the zip line. 

Whether you are an adventure seeker looking for exciting and different places to go, or a family looking for a special place for a gathering, Open Africa will take you on a life-enriching journey.

Drakensberg Experience Route

The Drakensberg Experience is located in the midlands of the Kwazulu-Natal Province of South Africa. The route is centred on the Drakensberg World Heritage Site, which includes Giants Castle and the Central and Northern Drakensberg....more

Eastern Cape Coastal Route

The Eastern Cape Coastal Route covers the length of the Eastern Cape Province stretching across a number of districts. The route starts at Tsitsikamma and includes famous attractions such as the Tsitsikamma National Park, Addo Elephant National Park....more

Kalahari Red Dune Route

The Kalahari Red Dune Route showcases the Kalahari at its fascinating best, through a wide range of activities including dune boarding, camel riding and 4x4 trailing for the adventurous, and game drives, guided walks...more

Karoo Highlands Route

Situated in the Northern Cape, the Karoo Highlands Route route covers a very unique part of South Africa. The Karoo also offers some of the best stargazing on the planet....more

Kokerboom Food and Wine Route

The Kokerboom Food and Wine Route embraces the towns and settlements of Keimoes, Kanoneiland, Kenhardt, Augrabies, Upington and Marchand. The Kokerboom (Quiver tree) is a botanical symbol of that part of the world...more

Kruger to Canyons Route

The Kruger to Canyons Route brings the imagination of every explorer to life. Stretching through the semi-arid savannah land of the Bushveld, to the depths of the canyons...more

Richtersveld Route

Activities on the Richtersveld Route include hiking, 4x4 trails, bird watching, mountain biking and donkey-cart rides. The Richtersveld Route also embraces the Richtersveld National Park – a haven for the 4x4 enthusiast....more

Route of Lost Kingdoms

The Route of Lost Kingdoms stretches from inside the gates of the Kruger National Park at the ancient stone wall site of Thulamela, follows a trail of myths and legends to the Mapungubwe World Heritage site and onwards...more

Southern Overberg Fynbos Route

The Fynbos Route is situated in the Overberg region of the Western Cape province of South Africa. This route takes you into the hidden corners of the Agulhas Plain, near the southern tip of Africa...more