South Africa is riding the wave of a craft beer revolution, with 240+ craft beer brewers dotted around the country. Cape Town is definitely leading the way, but most cities and towns in South Africa now have at least one craft brewery. On a South African beer tour, you can drive from any destination in the country and enjoy stunning scenery and cultural heritage on your way to the next stop. All the while, you’ll be sampling delicious local brews along the way.
Below is a suggested itinerary from Jo’burg to Kruger, which we have personally tried-and-tested.
Day 1-3: Pick up a hire car and stay at Wiesenhaus Guest House for 2 nights, a lovely guest house based in Kempton Park in Johannesburg.
Day 3-6: Drive to Sabie, which will become your base for the next three nights. Sabie is a historic mining town in the heart of the Panorama Route and is home to Sabie Brewing Co.
Situated in a roadside heritage building, Sabie Brewing Company boasts six hand-craft beers named after local characters and events. These include Glynn’s Gold, a London Ale and their most popular beer; Long Tom Lager, a German dunkel; Dravidian Draught, an award winning IPA; Cockney Liz, the ‘wild card’ and seasonal beer; Shangaan Stout and Wheelbarrow Weiss. Visitors can enjoy brewery tours, where they can see how the brewery’s six beers are created. The tour includes a beer-tasting platter so visitors can sample the brewery’s delicious produce. Sabie Brewing Company also houses a restaurant, where you can see the brewery through large glass windows whilst enjoy mouthwatering meals.
Sabie is the ideal place from which to explore the Panorama Route, one of the best self-drive journeys in South Africa. The route is an iconic tourist destination owing to its breathtaking views and dramatic natural features. Some of the most popular attractions include Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondavels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Lisbon Falls, God’s Window and Pilgrim’s Rest. Travelers can enjoy views of Long Tom Pass, one of South Africa’s renowned mountain passes, and the landmark waterfalls of Sabie.