Some enjoy travel with accommodation in Hotel, room service and set tours groups while others like the freedom that comes with traveling in an RV or Motorhome. Not confined to be at a certain place a specific day and time, Its flexibility without much of a fuss when you want to change routes which gives adventure seekers so much more to experience.
If you plan to travel to South Africa then renting a Motorhome /RV would be a brilliant option, and with so many Route options its bound to bring you memories to talk about forever!
An RV in South Africa cannot be compared to the RV Europe or America since they all refer to them as different classes and based on a different type of Chassis.
South African Motorhomes are Semi-integral whereby the front Chassis and front of the vehicle are made by the vehicle manufacturer and the body is made by the motorhome manufacturer. Most Motorhomes comes with a shower and toilet as well as cozy but adequate kitchen space and plenty of sleep space by night as the dining area would turn into a comfortable place to rest.
There is also the Campervan usually fitted for 2 people are based on a panel van type vehicle whereby the inside is converted and maybe the roof raised for more headspace.
Vehicle license required for Motorhomes in South Africa
- Code B: Motor vehicle with Tare which does not exceed 3 500 kg
- Code C1: Motor vehicle with Tare which exceeds 3 500 kg, but does not exceed 16 000 kg
It’s important to know that Motorhomes are not allowed to travel on dirt roads so sticking to tarred roads is a must. If you plan on traveling some dirt roads there are options to rent an equipped 4×4 and you should be good to go! These 4×4’s are fully kitted with kitchen utensils, mini fridge and rooftop tents which can accommodate a maximum of 4 people.
Where to rent a Motorhome?
My Favourite route to Travel with a Motorhome
Like most, your number of days spent in South Africa will determine how much you get to see
Below is my favorite Itinerary route to travel with an RV rental in South Africa which is obviously the Western Cape. Just a short itinerary summarized with recommended campsites (the number of days will depend on you)
Cape Town – Garden Route & Addo Elephant National Park
Roughly 14 days …
Explore the wonderful Scenery around the Cape Peninsula, Constantia Nek Winelands, Simons Town, boulder beach, Hout Bay Harbour & Chapmans Peak Drive
Recommended Campsite: Imhoff Caravan Park in Kommetjie
Days 3 to 6 head up the N2 on the Garden Route Mossel Bay, the cutest town called Knysna, the beauty of the Wilderness followed by Plettenberg Bay and then Storms River and a quick detour to Oudtshoorn if you have time or be sure to go via Route 62 if you’re going back to Cape Town. Passing through all these little towns offers a variety of places to explore!
- Buffalo Bay Caravan Park – Knysna,
- Woodbourne Resort – Knysna,
- Island Lake Resort – Wilderness
- Garden Route National Park Ebb and Flow – Wilderness
- Garden Route National Park, Tsitsikamma, Natures Valley
- Garden Route National Park, Tsitsikamma, Storms River
Moving further on into the Eastern Cape you can make a stop off in Jeffery’s Bay known as the home of the best right-hand surf break in the world! International surfers flock to surf these legendary waves. Onwards your next stop should be at Addo Elephant National Park which is now the third largest National Park in South Africa of which you need to spend at least 3 – 4 nights and explore all that the Reserve has to offer.
At the end of this route, you can either carry on to Kwazulu Natal or if your heading back to Cape Town then taking the Route 62 back which starts Humansdorp in Port Elizabeth and ends in Robertson could add on an additional 2 to 3 days to your travels. Yippy!
Route 62 from Oudtshoorn to Cape Town
Explore Oudtshoorn situated in the Klein Karoo known for its Ostrich Farms, Cango Wildlife Ranch as well as the Cango Caves which is a 20-million-year-old network of limestone chambers.
After your Oudshoorn adventure, your next stop is the little town call Catlitzdorp, a lovely spot here would be to stop off for coffee at the Gallery Route 62 which was back in the 1860s a general trading store and has now become an Art Gallery and coffee shop holding local and international art. If you plan to overnight in Calitzdorp then the Caltzdorp Spa is a wonderful spot offering warm waters that reach up to 30°C and here you can take time out to relax!
Once you have left Calitzdorp heading into the direction of Cape Town, you will see a shop on the road called Ronnies Sex Shop, known for its unique quirky decor collectibles such as bras, neckties donated by travelers passing by. This was once a Farm stall opened by the owner Ronald Price and later his friends played a prank and wrote Ronnies “Sex” Shop and from then it was kept as such. Pop in for a drink or coffee!
Towns on the route offer picturesque scenery of vineyards with opportunity for wine tasting, Be sure to stop at Die Kloof Padstal in Montagu if you are in time for lunch, they offer a beautiful view over the river and across to the Bloupunt.
As your cruise back to Cape Town soak in all its beauty and return your vehicle with a smile.
Renting the motorhome/RV in South Africa gave us the comfort and the flexibility we needed. No rush packing up bags or tents, just park and enjoy!
I hope to share more for West Coast or Johannesburg to Kruger with a Camper van so please keep an eye out!