Hondeklip Bay, Northern Cape

Hondeklip ('Dog Stone') Bay in the Northern Cape has had many incarnations, from being a humble trading store to a copper port, a crayfishing centre to a diamond diving hub. Today it’s happy to host long-distance tourists who love far-flung adventures and a plate of seafood on a distant beach. more

Haenertsburg, Limpopo

The hamlet of Haenertsburg, in the Magoebaskloof Mountains, is a great place to stroll for a few hours. You can climb to the top of the hill for amazing mountain views, stroll the main street with its quaint shops and historic buildings, or wander through the beautiful arbour park. more

Bethelsdorp, Eastern Cape

When the village of Bethelsdorp near Port Elizabeth was first established in 1803, it was managed by two very driven men from the London Missionary Society, who found themselves acting as guardians, defending the resident Khoikhoi against the representatives of the colonial government and the labour-hungry Boer farmers of the area. more

Arniston, Western Cape

You'll find photographs of the picturesque fishing village of Arniston adorning many travel posters and brochures. Situated on the Western Cape’s Indian Ocean coast, its incredibly brilliant blue seas and long stretches of white dunes are irresistible to local and international holiday makers. more

Chrissiesmeer, Mpumalanga

Chrissiesmeer, in the heart of Mpumalanga's’s lake district, is surrounded by 270 lakes and pans brimming with birds, butterflies and frogs. There’s even an annual frogging festival which keeps everyone on their toes. It’s full of history too, from Anglo-Boer War battles to poignant graves of lost lovers. more

Ficksburg, Free State

Ficksburg offers visitors more than 30 experiences, including visits to cherry and asparagus farms; hiking and horse riding in magnificent sandstone mountains; a leisurely cruise through a private nature reserve aboard the White Mischief; and sampling decadent chocolates made in the village by an Alaskan chocolatier. more

Groot Marico, North West

Settle in to a genuine South African experience in Groot Marico. It's no wonder that so many of Herman Charles Bosman's tales featured this part of the country. With its enchanting atmosphere and warm hospitality, the Groot Marico offers you a culturally rich holiday that will be both relaxing and entertaining. more

Cradock, Eastern Cape

Walk the Victorian-era streets of Cradock, enter the local hotel and be transported right back to 1850, when adventurers and explorers rubbed shoulders at the long bar. Or come to Cradock in October and do friendly battle with the Great Fish River in one of South Africa’s premier kayak races. more

Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape

Set in a curl of the Sundays River, the Karoo town of Graaff-Reinet is the fourth oldest settlement in South Africa and has seen more than two centuries of travellers, adventurers and prospectors pass through its streets. Today it is a vibrant centre for tourism, game farming and traditional agriculture. more

Fauresmith, Free State

Every little South African town has its quirks and special features, and Fauresmith in the southern Free State is no exception. With its old loco as an historic reminder of the days when steam trains chugged along its main street, Fauresmith has retained its other specialty: breeding superb endurance horses. more