“All you need is a car, a sense of adventure and an Open Africa route” – these are the thoughts of Open Africa, a tourism initiative that hopes to expose travellers to the ‘real’ South Africa by taking them on road trips into lesser known towns and small communities.

There is something special about the open road, padkos, your favourite songs on the radio and going on an adventure. South Africa is a remarkable place filled with many contrasts in its landscapes and people. It is a melting pot of cultures and many South Africans have no idea or have never experienced how people live in smaller communities. Open Africa gives travellers the opportunity to meet these people, stay with them, learn from them and even party with them and in so doing enrich their lives and gain once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Open Africa is a NGO and proudly supported by Hertz Rent a Car’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme.

Several different routes have been designed, the initial ones in the Northern Cape and Limpopo, each with a different focus, be it art, culture or heritage. Try ‘hands-on in Mbhokota’ which introduces you to the Ribola Art Route that blends the different shades of Tsonga, Venda and Shangaan cultures in the province. Learn more about the textile community, clay pottery and unique jewellery interspersed with local cuisine and end the day with a sunset cruise on the Albassini Dam and an evening with a local family. Discover the mystique of Limpopo with a visit to the Soutini Village salt pans and a traditional healer as well as cultural performances and singers.

You can follow the journey of a few travel bloggers that have written about their experience of the first #WeOpenAfrica roadtrip on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/weopenafrica/) and Twitter. It will most definitely inspire you to pack your bags and hop in your car to explore our beautiful country.