Think road trip living is not for you? Think again. Discovery is transforming the humble self-drive vacation into a rich experience for the discerning traveller.

And why not? South Africa beckons with hidden gems, diverse landscapes and unforgettable encounters to grant every wish on your bucket list. Let’s dive in.

1. If you have a flair for the dramatic

You must visit Baviaanskloof, a UNESCO World Heritage Site tucked away in the Karoo Midlands. Time stands still in these untouched landscapes, where you can traverse dramatic mountains and lush valleys, go mountain biking through the Longmore Forest, discover ancient San rock paintings or simply relax in serene seclusion.

Baviaanskloof
Baviaanskloof

2. If you love wine and whales

Head over to the Overberg region where rolling hills and hidden charms will sweep you off your feet. Take a drive through this world‑class wine country, embark on a whale watching adventure in Hermanus, sample fresh produce and home‑grown honey in Stanford, and kayak on the tranquil Klein River Lagoon.

Hermanus whale
Hermanus whale

3. If you wish to witness gentle giants

Embark on an unforgettable safari adventure in Addo Elephant National Park, a diverse wildlife conservation haven near Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape. Witness herds of majestic elephants roaming freely alongside antelope, Cape buffaloes, lions, spotted hyenas, zebras and various other animals.

Addo Elephant National Park
Addo Elephant National Park

4. If magic is on your list

Visit the glorious Garden Route, a unique 300 km stretch of coastal and inland splendour that runs from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to Storms River in the East. There’s something for everyone – pristine, emerald‑green forests, beautiful beaches, magnificent mountain passes, ancient caves and more.

Garden Route
Garden Route

5. If untamed beauty is on your list

Go explore the crashing waves of the dramatic Wild Coast. Hike the challenging yet rewarding Otter Trail, a multi‑day adventure along the coast. Spot dolphins and whales from the shore, learn to surf at world‑renowned spots like Jeffrey’s Bay, or immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the Eastern Cape.

Jeffrey’s Bay
Jeffrey’s Bay

And the pièce de résistance?

You can road trip like a rockstar with Vitality Travel, Discovery Bank’s premium travel booking platform that gives you an up to 25% discount on local holiday accommodation anywhere on your road trip. Think luxury lodges, cosy bed and breakfasts, glamping with all the trimmings and more. Plus, save up to 25% on unlimited car hire bookings, and enjoy priority service at its finest with Discovery Bank and Europcar’s Ready2Go express checkout counters.

Go everywhere with Vitality Travel. Visit www.discovery.co.za to start your journey.