Bordered by mountains on three sides and located in a fertile, serene, wine-producing valley, Tulbagh is a hidden gem.  The town is one of South Africa’s oldest (the first farmers settled here in 1700) and in Church Street visitors will find the highest concentration of national monuments in South Africa (32).  The nearby Matroosberg reserve is known for its snowfall during winter and Saronsberg Wine Estate produces some of South Africa’s best wines.

Bordered by mountains on three sides and located in a fertile, serene, wine-producing valley, Tulbagh is a hidden gem.

St Lucia’s iSimangaliso Wetland Park became the first South African World Heritage Site in 1999.  Wild and largely unspoilt (hippopotami roam the streets at night), nature lovers can marvel at the area’s large populations of hippos, crocodiles and other wildlife.  Apart from the wetlands areas, the area also offers pristine beaches and sensational scuba diving.

ST LUCIA'S iSimangaliso Wetland Park became the first South African World Heritage Site in Wild and largely unspoilt (hippopotami roam the streets at night), nature lovers can marvel at the area’s large populations of hippos, crocodiles and other

This tiny village at the foot of the Sneeuberg is a favourite amongst artists and writers.  The village gained popularity thanks to Athol Fugard’s acclaimed play, The Road to Mecca, which tells the story about the Owl House and Helen Martins, its reclusive and eccentric former inhabitant.  One of the most interesting places in South Africa, if not the world.

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Located in a fertile valley cradled by mountains, the town of Villiersdorp is as charming as you’ll ever visit.  With quiet streets lined with storm water canals and oak trees, beautifully maintained gardens and old houses, the town has a lovely country feel.  Getting there is a pleasure, with four spectacular mountain passes to choose from (The Franschhoek pass is particularly breathtaking).  To top it all off, the nearby Theewaterskloof dam is a playground for watersports in summer.

Located in a fertile valley cradled by mountains, the town of Villiersdorp is as charming as you’ll ever visit. With quiet streets lined with…

Located in a fertile valley cradled by mountains, the town of Villiersdorp is as charming as you’ll ever visit.  With quiet streets lined with storm water canals and oak trees, beautifully maintained gardens and old houses, the town has a lovely country feel.  Getting there is a pleasure, with four spectacular mountain passes to choose from (The Franschhoek pass is particularly breathtaking).  To top it all off, the nearby Theewaterskloof dam is a playground for watersports in summer.

Located in a fertile valley cradled by mountains, the town of Villiersdorp is as charming as you’ll ever visit. With quiet streets lined with…


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In the rolling green hills of KwaZulu-Natal lies the charming village of NOTTINGHAM ROAD.  An art-lover’s paradise, Nottingham Road has country charm and an abundance of natural scenic beauty.  It lies at the heart of the Midlands Meander, where visitors are welcomed into the studios of some of South Africa’s best-known artists, craftsmen and sculptors.  The site of Nelson Mandela’s capture, which eventually led to his 27-year imprisonment, is 30 minutes’ drive away.

In the rolling green hills of KwaZulu-Natal lies the charming village of Nottingham Road. An art-lover’s paradise,…

At the foot of the Langeberg mountains on the eastern edge of the Cape Winelands, lies the charming village of MONTAGU.   The town has an old-world charm, great restaurants, a vibrant Saturday market and superb guest accommodation which caters for every budget.  Whether visiting for a weekend of fun with the kids, relaxing with friends or a romantic breakaway with a loved one, Montagu will not disappoint.  Voted “Town of the year” by CapeInfo.com in 2012.

At the foot of the Langeberg mountains on the eastern edge of the Cape Winelands, lies the charming village of Montagu.

South Africa - A living museum which offers an insight into the gold rush at the turn of the 20th century, the entire town has been declared a national monument.  As much as the town itself is interesting and quirky (don’t miss the Royal Hotel’s Church bar, which was transported from Cape Town to Pilgrim’s rest, via Maputo, by sea and ox-wagon), the town is on Mpumalanga’s picturesque Panorama route, which boasts with some of the most majestic scenery on earth.

A living museum which offers an insight into the gold rush at the turn of the century, the entire town has been declared a national monument.

The Best what South Africa has to offer in some of the best small towns listed below: Clanwilliam Image Source With the picturesque Clanwilliam and Bulshoek dams and the spectacular Cederberg mountains in the area, this town offers the…

DULLSTROOM. Fresh air, tranquility, magnificent scenery and the unofficial title as South Africa’s premier flyfishing destination make this village the perfect getaway and a shoe in on our list.

Fresh air, tranquility, magnificent scenery and the unofficial title as South Africa’s premier flyfishing destination make this village the perfect getaway and a shoe in on our list.

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