Roads to the End of the Earth
SOUTH AFRICA HIGHWAY N7 NAMIBIA TO CAPE TOWN
Distinction: Southernmost road in Africaand one of the prettiest extreme roads.The second largest canyon in the world is Namibias Fish Canyon, which lies just north of the countrys Orange River border with South Africa. That border also marks the starting point of the smooth, paved N7 highway, which points toward Cape Town, the southernmost city on the continent. The N7 traverses the dry, barren desert of Namaqualand, but the land is only this way for about nine months of the year. In August and September, the beginning of springtime in the Southern Hemisphere, annual rains give life to an amazing array of wildflowers that face north to the sun, which is over the Northern Hemisphere. Because of the variety of flowers and blooms, the towns of Vanrhynsdorp and Nieuwoudtville are homes to two of the largest flower and bulb nurseries in the world.