As a country, South Africa is a haven for tourists, whether they are locals traveling within the country or visitors from abroad. Of course, the big cities are often what draw people to visit South Africa and it is easy to see why. With beautiful cityscapes to explore, world-class shopping and exquisite dining, tourist destinations like Cape Town and Durban draw thousands of travellers every year. However, South Africa is a country that has a huge amount to offer. With some of the best beaches in the world, stunning wild life and uniquely African towns, visitors to the country are spoilt for choice. If you are travelling to South Africa or looking for a new destination to visit, you may want to look beyond the typical tourist destinations.
George in the Western Cape
George is a town situated on the Garden Route between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. As one of the oldest towns in South Africa, it is well known for being the hub of the southern region. It has fantastic tourist facilities and is great for visitors looking to explore the beautiful region. The town is nestled at the foot of the Outeniqua mountains, which are a stunning range with magnificent scenery. George really is an ideal tourist destination and has a variety of activities to suit any traveller. Whether you enjoy relaxing on the beach, engaging in water sports, walking through beautiful scenery or visiting game parks, George is a must-visit town in the Western Cape.
Clarens in the Free State
Clarens is one of the top towns to visit in the Free State and it is known for being an artist’s hideout in South Africa. It is a tranquil village that is home to a number of famous artists and there are a plethora of galleries for tourists to visit whilst in the area. Aside from art, visitors can take in the stunning sandstone mountain views and enjoy some of the best trout fishing in the country. As a small town, it has a tranquil and relaxing vibe, which means it is an ideal location for those looking for a romantic weekend getaway or to escape the bustle of city life. It’s a haven for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits and visitors can hike, abseil, horse ride or even go white water rafting.
Rhodes in the Eastern Cape
Situated in the highlands of the Eastern Cape, Rhodes is a small town that boasts beautiful mountain views and tranquil rivers. The town has a Victorian-era vibe that promises an escape from the bustle of city life but also is a great destination for adventure lovers. Rhodes hosts some of the best sporting events in the South Africa, including the Rhodes Trail Run and the Rhodes Mountain Bike Challenge. The area also has great trout fishing and hosts the Wild Trout Festival annually. For adventure seekers looking for a bit more speed, Rhodes is well known for it’s 4x4 trails and mountain drives are popular off the beaten track.