World’s Longest Test Drive
KIA Sportage. Made to wow.
Durban to Ermelo
We kick off our epic adventure in one of the most beautiful parts of KwaZulu-Natal; the glittering Umhlanga. From there, we’ll be weaving our way through breath-taking architecture along staggering ocean-side streets towards the heart of subtropical Durban.
From KIA Durban, new teammates will be taking the wheel, cruising towards the lush Hillcrest; home to some of our most famous sportsmen. From Hillcrest we’re off to Howick, and then towards the banks of the Klip River, to the historic Ladysmith. The final leg of our first day’s journey will take us to KIA Ermelo; a beautiful farming town, once home to the mysterious Legoya People.
All in all, our first day promises to be a tropical exploit through some of the most beautiful parts of jungle covered KwaZulu-Natal.
Ermelo to Pretoria
Our first leg of day 2 will be from Ermelo to the farming settlement of Hendrina. We’ll then continue across gorgeous Mpumalanga towards the cultural heartland of the province, Middelburg, known for the architecturally unique Botshabelo Historical Village, from where we will head toward eMalahleni.
At midday we’re weaving through to Bronkhorstspruit, home to the largest Buddhist Temple in the Southern Hemisphere, before cruising into the picturesque suburb of Silver Lakes. Hatfield is next on the list, with a quick sojourn in Menlyn before completing our day’s driving in Centurion.
JHB to Bloemfontein
On day 3 we’re hitting no less than 11 stops, ensuring this will certainly not be your usual Sunday driving experience! We’ll be thoroughly exploring the Pretoria and Joburg area, cruising through this mammoth manmade garden country.
We’ll be receiving a hero’s welcome at all of our state-of-the-art KIA dealerships along the way; from Centurion to Sandton, Fourways to Weltevrendenpark, all the way to Alberton before we visit the Vaal, with visits to both KIA Vereeniging and KIA Vanderbijlpark. A brief stop in Sasolburg will see the fleet off to Bloemfontein, the final destination on day 3.
Bloemfontein to East London
We’re kicking off Monday with a heart-warming bang! The new KIA Sportage has inspired the spirit of giving in all of us.
We’re heading out to the historic town of Reddersburg for a charity stop at one of the schools to deliver stationery sponsored by Butterfly Products.
Once we’re finished we’re back on the road, heading to Smithfield and then on to the KIA dealership in Queenstown. Finally, our journey will take us to KIA in East London.
East London to George
On Day 5 we’re hitting the heart of the Sunshine Coast from East London; the truly idyllic Port Alfred. This world of eco-tourism boasts a plethora of marine and land dwelling wildlife, scattered in and around the many canals surrounding the area.
From Port Alfred, we head towards the friendliest city in South Africa, Port Elizabeth and into the world famous surfing destination, Jeffrey’s Bay. Our final test-drive of the day will take us towards George, via Humansdorp.
George to Hermanus
This is the second last day of The World’s Longest Test-Drive, and we’ll be hitting the ground running.
We’ll start by winding our way along the Garden Route to the nation’s energy capital, Mossel Bay. Nestled between equal parts fynbos and forest, these roads cross some of the most beautiful terrain in the country.
From Mossel Bay we’re off to whale country. Hermanus, apart from being a beautiful coastal town, is a world-famous Southern Right Whale watching location and one of the Cape’s newest viticultural hot-spots.
Hermanus to Cape Point
For the last day of our adventure we’ll be up at the crack of dawn, as we’re cruising all the way from Hermanus to Cape Point.
We’ll continue winding our way along the coast, heading towards The Betty’s Bay Botanical Gardens via Kleinmond before winding our way among one of the most beautiful roads in the world towards Gordon’s Bay. From there we’ll be visiting our KIA home bases, from Somerset West to Stellenbosch, Paarden Eiland and Diepriver.
We’ll then head out on our very last test-drive, crossing the finish line in Cape Point, where we will be triumphantly setting the record for The World’s Longest Test-Drive.