South Africa is a mecca for self-drive enthusiasts. Driving distances are long, but the smooth roads, easy-going manners of fellow drivers and spectacular vistas around nearly every bend make the mile-munching a breeze. The world-famous Garden Route that hugs South Africa's southern coast is particularly great to drive on.

A South Africa road-trip is also a gastronomical journey. Some of the best vineyards and wineries in the world call South Africa home, while the range of meats served across the country makes it paradise for the carnivores among you.