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  • The most picturesque roads in Africa

    Swartberg Pass, photo by exfordy

    Some would say that the best continent for roadtrips is America, which is not quite a lie – after all, it feels like it was in the US where the good old road trip was invented. But there are plenty more fish in the sea and roads in the world, and many of them are on the fascinating continent of Africa.

    Taking a road trip through Africa is like traversing different corners of the world sometimes: go you from savannahs to deserts, forests to lowlands, from tiny villages to bustling cities. And traveling from one point to another is half the fun on this continent, so here are the most picturesque roads in Africa.

    The Swartberg Pass, South Africa

    Mountain roads are some of the best because the scenery is almost always guaranteed to be beautiful. This is definitely the case with the road than connects Oudtshoorn and Prince Albert. This winding  and rather narrow road makes its way through the Swartberg mountains, and reaches as high as 5000 feet. While the road is pretty, it is not a good idea to take a drive on it on rainy days when the dirt turns to mud.

    High Atlas Mountains, Morocco

    photo by jonl1973

    If you want to see a truly dramatic scenery, the High Atlas Mountains will offer that to you. The Atlas mountains have a surprisingly diverse scenery ranging from rocky outcrops to snow-capped peaks and everything in between. If you start in Marrakesh and wander up the mountain, you will see lots of Berber villages on the road.

    Sani Pass, Lesotho

    One of the best ways to access Lesotho from South Africa is through this very scenic road that winds its way through the mountains on the border between the two countries.

    In addition to being very beautiful, the road through the pass is notoriously dangerous that will require a study car. It used to be a road for donkeys, and while now 4×4 vehicles can use it, regular cars will be stuck on the road very quickly.

    Chapman’s Peak Drive, South Africa

    photo by Mister E

    If you drive on Chapman’s Peak road from Noordhoek to Hout Bay on the Atlantic Coast you will have the foamy waters of the ocean on one side and forest covered mountains on the other.

    The road is quite dangerous for inexperience drivers, seeing as it is 9 km long and it has over 100 curves, but there are lots of places where you can stop.

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