Did you know that South Africa boasts the ninth longest road network in the world?

The country's vast road network covers an impressive 7 200 kilometres in total, and transverses all kinds of terrain, from green winelands and luscious forests to rugged mountains and narrow coastal plains.

Here’s a countdown of South Africa’s nine longest roads.

N2

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At a length of 2 255 kilometres, the N2 is the longest tarred road and the longest numbered route in South Africa. This national road runs from the docks in Cape Town to the town of Ermelo in Mpumalanga.

Statistically, it's South Africa’s most dangerous road – as well as one of the most dangerous in the world.

N1

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The N1 stretches 1 937 kilometres from Cape Town to the Beit Bridge border post, on the Limpopo River between South Africa and Zimbabwe.

The highway forms the first section of the famous “Cape to Cairo” route, and is the most popular route for travelling between Cape Town and Johannesburg.

N12

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This 1 170 kilometre stretch of road runs from George in the Western Cape through Beaufort West, Kimberley, Klerksdorp and Johannesburg to Witbank in Mpumalanga.

The section of road that connects Johannesburg and Beaufort West is home to some of South Africa 's most historic battlefields, towns and gold and diamond mining regions, and is aptly named the N12 Treasure Route.

N14

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This national road travels from Springbok in the Northern Cape to Pretoria in Gauteng, and is 1 186 kilometres in length.

The road passes through many legendary towns in the Northern Cape, including Upington, Kuruman, Kakamas and Pofadder. It traverses diverse landscapes, from barren semi-desert to vast farmlands and green vineyards.

N10

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The N10 national route begins at Nakop on the Namibian border and stretches 998 kilometres to Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.

The road crosses the famous Orange River in the Northern Cape, and passes the historic towns of Upington, De Aar and Cradock in the Great Karoo.

Route 62

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This scenic road starts in the Cape Winelands and meanders for 850 kilometres, through the Klein Karoo and the Garden Route, to Port Elizabeth.

The road passes through the prominent wine-growing areas of Wellington, Tulbagh, Worcester and Robertson, making it one of the longest wine routes in the world.

N11

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The N11 runs for 660 kilometres from Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal to the Botswana border at Grobler's Bridge, passing the towns of Newcastle, Volksrust, Ermelo, Middleburg and Mokopane.

The N11 is a popular alternative route to the M3 between Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, and as a result carries more than 1000 trucks per day.

N4

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The N4 covers a total distance of 650 kilometres. The road travels from the Skilpadshek border post in North West through Gauteng to the border post of Mozambique at Komatipoort, directly linking the east and west coasts of southern Africa.

N7

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The N7 runs for 666 kilometres, from Cape Town in the Western Cape to the border post of Namibia in the Northern Cape.

The road passes through the Cape Flower Route, known for the Namaqualand daisies (along with upwards of 3 500 floral species) that carpet the region in early spring. Among the attractive towns located along the route are Darling and Clanwilliam.

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