If you enjoy a game drive in search of Africa’s awesome wildlife, then this is for you. And if it’s for free, so much better! Affectionately known as ‘Poor Man’s Game Drive’, this popular route borders some of the well-known Big Five game reserves in the area.
Poor Man’s Game Drive
From Kenton drive 12 kms west (or 13kms east from Alexandria) on the R72, turn right (left if coming from Alexandria) at the sign to Ngcyo & Emlanjeni and take the dirt road flanked by Big 5 game reserves, over the Bushmans River, cross the R343, continue through game reserves, cross the Kariega River onto the Southwell Road and turn right back to the R72 and Kenton. The drive can be as rewarding as anywhere, only ten minutes from Kenton and costs nothing!
Time required is approximately one and a half hours (depending on the number of stops to enjoy the beauty of the scenery and game sightings).
Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/gRoa3wmU79U2
The Poor Man’s Game Drive combines well with the Woody Cape Scenic Drive. See below for more details.
Bush + Beach + Forest Route
If you have time, a short detour will allow you to visit Diaz Cross. The route takes you past coastal villages of Boknes and Cannon Rocks. From there you travel along open grasslands hugging the coast. Further along the route enjoy incredible views of the Alexandria Dunefields and Bird Island in the distance. Then onto the beautiful Woody Cape area. The indigenous forest attracts a myriad of bird species and you might even be lucky enough to see a caracal (lynx) or some of the antelope species that occur in the area.
Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/SChucuhfzCR2
Originally published here.