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1. Albertinia

Picturesquely situated between the Indian Ocean in the South and the Langeberg mountain range in the North along the N2 route between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth you will find this peaceful country village which has retained much of the character of a typical late 18th and 19th century trade outpost. The Town Albertinia originated from the the spiritual need of the farmers in the area - and to establish an education institution. A portion of the farm Grootfontein was bought by the Dutch Reformed Church in 1902 from the widow Anna Sophia Lourens. Mr Henry Stanford had already bought another portion of the farm in 1881 which was called Stanfords. This portion came in 1912 under the control of the Town's Management and Albertinia was named after Reverend J R Albertyn. Eco-paradise The…

2. Amanzimtoti

Amanzimtoti, fondly known as “Toti”, is a popular seaside destination for families. The town borders the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, only 26 km south of Durban, and is popular for its warm climate and numerous beaches! The warm water is home to a variety of exotic fish species, stunning coral reefs and even the odd wreck for exploring and allows for all year round, swimming, diving, snorkeling and surfing. But this seaside town is not only about sun, surf and beaches, it has many outdoor activities for the younger visitors from indoor arcades, outside water worlds and ice-skating to animal sanctuaries, gold clubs and plenty of pubs, sports bars and restaurants.  With Durban being…

3. Bisho

Bhisho lies just 3km north-east of King William's Town and has some of the most spectacular views of the Amatola.It was previously the administrative capital of the former Ciskei, one of the black homelands of the apartheid era, but is today the capital of the Eastern Cape plus the former Ciskei, which was re-incorported into South Africa.Bhisho is the Xhosa word for Buffalo and took its name from the river that runs through the city. For this reason the department of Arts and Culture published a correction of spelling of Bisho to Bhisho in their government notice No. 830 of Gazette No. 26552 on the 16th of July 2004.The Provincial legislature and many other government departments are headquartered in the town.

4. Blue Downs

Blue Downs is part of the Oosterberg sub-region of Cape Town and is located in the Cape Flats. It is one of the outlying areas of Cape Town that has been targeted by the Western Cape provincial government for development. Planned developments include improved public transportation for the area and the building of additional schools.

5. Blue Horizonbaai

Blue Horizon Bay is a peaceful, seaside holiday resort which can be found almost precisely equidistant between Port Elizabeth and Jeffrey’s Bay.  This little village also lies close enough to the Garden Route to extend your travels and explore the routes natural beauty. Blue Horizon Bay’s biggest attraction is its relaxing atmosphere where days can be spent strolling the beaches picking up shells or catching up on your reading while listening to waves effortlessly crash on the shore in the background. The Stadens River Mouth just west of Blue Horizon Bay has beautiful beaches with great dolphin and whale watching opportunities and Jeffrey’s Bay is easy to reach and is one of the most renowned surfing spots in the world and has numerous attractions on hand. The surrounding area…

6. Bluff

A four kilometer bush-covered ridge which provides the land-locked harbour of Port Natal, renamed Durban, with its southern arm is known as the Bluff, or to the Zulus as isiBubulungu, meaning 'the long bulky thing'. The Bluff comprises of several suburbs and has the finest bathing, fishing and surfing beaches in the area. It is a popular holiday spot for those 'in the know'. Much of the accommodation establishments overlook the Indian Ocean where dolphins frolic close to shore all year round and where in winter, whales are often spotted. The Bluff is Durban’s most prominent natural landmark; the ridge is actually a 90m high dune of silt and sand, laid down long ago when the sea level was higher. The ridge provides the harbour with a landfall and protection from south-easterly…

7. Botrivier

The small, picturesque village of Bot River, meaning butter river, was given this name because the Hottentot tribe resident there used to sell butter to the European pioneers and the name stuck ever since. The Bot River meanders its way through the town, the fertile valley surrounded by mountains covered in fynbos, historical wine farms, fields of wheat and into a large lagoon which forms a marshland at its mouth. This wetland is home to thousands of waterfowl and one of the only remaining herds of wild horses is said to still roam in this area. The town is the centre of an onion-growing industry and nestles in the foothills of the Houw Hoek Mountains, en route to Hermanus. Lying close to Kleinmond and Walker Bay, Botrivier is ideal for travellers who want to escape the crowds during…

8. Brenton Blue Butterfly Nature Reserve

The Brenton Blue Butterfly Reserve is situated in Brenton On Sea in the Western Cape, South Africa. Just outside Knysna along the heart of the Garden Route, the little village of Brenton On Sea is home to a very unique reserve, unique in the sense that it came into being solely for the purpose of preserving one of the rarest butterflies in the world, the Brenton Blue Butterfly. The Reserve is marked by a single signpost with knee-high poles indicating the boundary of the reserve. The site is approximately 2 hectares and came into being as a reserve in 1998 and declared a Special Nature Reserve on the 4th July 2003. The Brenton Blue shares its home with a large number of other…

9. Brenton-on-Sea

Brenton-on-Sea in the Western Cape of South Africa, lies just on the other side of Knysna’s Western Head, 16 km from Knysna and approximately 60 km from George. This little, quiet and serene town offers the tourist clifftops covered in fynbos with ample whale and dolphin watching opportunities in season. It is virtually surrounded by the Goukamma Nature Reserve and offers hiking trails for those feeling more energetic. Paragliding is a popular pastime and Brenton on Lake provides a jetty and slipway for boats and canoes. The beach is safe and very popular for sunbathing and swimming and was voted one of the top-twenty beaches in South Africa.Enjoy a slow walk to Buffels Bay for a…

10. Butterworth

Butterworth, also known as Gcuwa, is one of the oldest towns in the former Transkei region. It is a very small rural village situated approximately 110 Km from East London. The surrounding grassy countryside and the towns close proximity to other seaside towns such as Morgans Bay, Cinsta, Coffee Bay and of course East London is what gives this tiny town its holiday appeal. There are many attractions in these small wild coast towns and Butterworth is a mere hours’ drive from most – beaches, hiking trails, farmers markets, canoe trails, a light house and much more! Qunu, which is also a small town just an hour away has its own Nelson Mandela Museum and a guided tour is worth the…

11. Kaapstad

Die MoederstadDie Moederstad, is ook hoe Kaapstad liefdevol bekend staan, geleë in een van die mees dramatiese natuurskoon instellings van enige stad op die aarde. Ingebed deur die instelling van Tafelberg, Duiwelspiek en Leeuwkop, is dit die befaamde Taverne van die Sees, 'n belangrike hawe vir seevaarders deur die wêreld.Kaapstad is die poort na die Wes-Kaap, Noord-Kaap en Namibië. Dit is dikwels beskou as een van die plekke om te besoek voordat jy sterf, en dit is nie moeilik om te sien hoekom, wanneer jy dit beleef deur die skouspelagtige berge, pragtige kuslyn en natuurlike, unieke fauna.Robbeneiland, Kaappunt, Kirstenbosch Botaniese Tuine, die V & A Waterfront, en die Wynland is…

12. Clarkson

Clarkson, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, can be found approximately 45 km outside of Humansdorp. It is scenically placed at the foot of the Tsitsikamma Mountains. This small town could be a short stop over for a traveler meandering along the R102 and Route 62, which offers a more scenic route to that of the N2 Highway. With no hotels in the town, travellers can book outdoor accommodation in caravan parks, chalets and camping sites. If being this close to nature is not for you, more suitable accommodation in the form of Guest Houses, B&B’s etc. can be found along Route 62 and the R102.Places to VisitWith plenty of outdoor activities and attractions in the surrounding areas, time spent in Clarkson would be ideal for the adventure seeker and those looking for the peace and…

13. Constantia

Oldest Wine-Making Region in the Southern Hemisphere Constantia lies below Table Mountain National Park, in one of the greenest, leafiest parts of Cape Town, the Mother City of South Africa. The suburb is home to award-winning wine farms, unrivalled natural beauty and some of the finest restaurants in the country! Constantia is one of the oldest areas in the Cape and is the oldest wine-making region in the southern hemisphere and has an appeal that offers something of interest to everyone. Constantia’s wine farms are all close together, making them easy to visit one after the other however, it is highly recommended that you take a few days to explore them all as each one has its own unique charm. This suburb of stately homesteads and oak-lined streets is filled with heritage and…

14. Durban

South Africa's Pleasure Capital by the Sea Durban is the largest city in the Province of ZwaZulu-Natal of South Africa. Situated on the eastern seaboard of Africa, it is known as South Africa’s pleasure capital by the sea. Durban is a natural paradise with sun-kissed beaches, sub-tropical climate and probably best known for its lifeguard protected beaches. Its famous Golden Mile of beachfront provides any visitor with many seaside activities – surfing, swimming, fishing, scuba diving, body boarding and more. This city, however, offers a unique experience that is more than just its beaches. Its rich cultural diversity offers its visitors wonderful foods, festivals and shopping. The…

15. Oos-Londen

Buffalo City East London in the Eastern Cape of South Africa is situated on the Buffalo River and is South Africa’s only river port. Known as the Sunshine Coast this stretch of sweeping white sand, unspoilt and uncrowded is all about swimming, surfing and sun bathing. Of the three beaches within the city limits, Orient Beach is the closest to the city centre and is known for its gentler water and safe swimming and surfing. Nahoon Beach is also a favourite with surfers and is host to some national surfing competitions. East London lies close to the Wild Coast and the Amatola Mountains further adding to its appeal as a holiday destination. Long hikes, horse trails, game farms or even…

16. Elgin

Although Elgin is little more than a railway station, its name is known in many parts of the world. From here is sent much of the fruit grown in the Western Cape. Long trains of refrigerated trucks take apples, pears and peaches to Table Bay to be loaded into the insulated and refrigerated holds of waiting ships. During the apple-picking season (January-May) the two great pack-houses near the railways station are scenes of frantic activity and the sweet smell of millions of apples fills the warm Cape air. A continual stream of trucks bring bulk containers of apples to be graded, washed, polished, packed, cooled and loaded, then sent on the first stage of their journey. Tourists can visit the packhouses, though tours are not arranged during busy periods.

17. Empangeni

Empangeni, easily accessed via the N2 highway, lies 170 kilometres north of Durban and only about 20 kilometres inland from Richards Bay on KwaZulu-Natal's North Coast. The picturesque town is surrounded by hilly countryside and sugarcane plantations, Empangeni is all about sugarcane, timber, hot days and outdoor attractions! The 295-hectare Enseleni Nature Reserve, whose name is isiZulu for 'lair of the badger' is situated only 14 km north east and is the perfect attraction for birdwatchers and trail hikers/runners. Empangeni forms the gateway to the reserves of Hluhluwe and Umfolozi and is a good stopover before venturing further afield. The town itself offers a museum, war memorial…

18. Enseleni Natuurreservaat

Enseleni Nature reserve consists of coastal grasslands and forest and the Nseleni river provides a freshwater habitat. Birding For birding enthusiasts the reserve boasts several unusual or rare species, namely African finfoot, purple crested lourie, Pels fishing owl, white-eared barbet and three species of elusive nightjars, Mozambique, fiery necked and European. Game Game species found in the reserve include giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, impala, reedbuck, waterbuck, bushbuck, bushpig, red, blue and grey duiker, hippopotamus, crocodile, large-spotted genet and the shy bushbaby. Walking trails There are two walking trails in the reserve, the Nkonkoni trail which is 7 km long and the Mvubu trail which is 2 km. Both offer fantastic scenery and the opportunity to spot a variety of birds…

19. Ermelo

Garden Town of Mpumalanga Ermelo is the main centre of the Grass and Wetlands Region of Mpumalanga, surrounded by sheep, cattle, sunflower and maize farms. The extensive pine plantations, endless rows of cedars, acorn trees and wattles, and rolling green landscapes make it easy to see why Ermelo is known as the garden town of the Mpumalanga Province. The town boasts a magical beauty and its’ spectacular surroundings afford visitors the opportunity to enjoy numerous outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, fishing and birding. Ermelo is a town not to be underestimated, the province's tranquil Lake District, which includes the pretty little village of Chrissiesmeer, is only…

20. Featherbed Natuurreservaat

The Featherbed Nature Reserve is situated in Knysna in the Western Cape, South Africa. The reserve is a unique, privately owned reserve that has also been declared a Natural Heritage site. It is located on the Western Head of the famous Knysna landmark known as “The Heads”. The reserve is only accessible by ferry and many visitors make a day of it with a four hour long tour which includes a trip across the lagoon, a drive and walk through the reserve and a lunch under Milkwood Trees before heading back across the lagoon. Shorter trips are available, but visitor numbers are restricted to ensure the maintenance of the reserve and trips are only allowed with a reserve guide. Visitors to the reserve may even spot the beautiful, but elusive, Knysna Loerie or the Blue Duiker, one of…

21. Gamtoos Mouth

Hidden Jewel of the Sunshine Coast Gamtoos Mouth valley is a natures paradise just 20 minutes from Jeffrey’s Bay and 35 minutes from Port Elizabeth. Gamtoos Mouth is surrounded by fynbos and natural vegetation, river and lagoon and stunning ocean views, making it a prime holiday destination. This is the perfect spot to unwind, relax and explore! The area has a number of scenic hikes and trails and the Gamtoos River and Lagoon offers wonderful opportunities for canoeing, boating and fishing. The river is formed by the confluence of the Kouga River and the Groot River and is approximately 645 kilometres long. At the mouth of the Gamtoos River lies a stunning beach with a huge stretch of soft white sand, perfect for lengthy strolls. The soft white sand is lapped by the warm greens and…

22. George

George is situated in the Western Cape, South Africa. Located at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains, George finds itself as a perfect stopover from which to explore the Garden Route. It has reformed itself from an industrial town to that of a tourist hotspot and is often referred to as the “Golf Capital of the Garden Route”, not surprising as it is home to two of the Top Ten golf course in the country, plus many more appealing courses throughout the area. It lies in close proximity to other popular tourist towns such as Wilderness, Sedgefield and Knysna. George is a place of exquisite natural beauty, surrounded by mountains, forests, lakes and the ocean on your doorstep.…

23. Gordonsbaai

Gordons Bay in the Western Cape of South Africa is a picturesque harbor town situated 50 km from Cape Town just off the N2 highway. Nestled at the foot of the Hottentots Holland Mountains and overlooking False Bay, this old town was built around the harbour and Bikini Beach.  Bikini Beach is a very popular blue flag beach, especially with the students from the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University nearby. In peak season you will find this beach full of activity with students playing volleyball, surfing, sun tanning and enjoying the many coffee shops, restaurants and bars along the promenade. The main beach of Gordons Bay is more to the taste of families as the water is…

24. Goukamma Natuurreservaat

The Goukamma Nature Reserve is situated between Sedgefield and Knysna in the Western Cape, South Africa. The Reserve is approximately 2 500 hectares which includes a 14 km coastline making it not only a nature reserve, but also a marine reserve. The coastline extends from Buffalo Bay to just outside Sedgefield and 1 nautical mile out to sea. The Reserve is fairly unknown, despite being on the popular Garden Route, making it the ideal hideaway holiday destination. The area is rich in coastal fynbos and coastal forest which includes Milkwood, Candlewood and Yellowwood Trees, while the extensive dune field boasts some of the highest vegetated dunes in the country. The vegetation is home to Vervet Monkeys, Bushbuck, Grysbok, Bushpig, Porcupine, Mongoose and…

25. Grabouw

Grabouw Lodge aan die buitewyke van die dorp

Grabouw in the Western Cape of South Africa is situated approximately 65km southeast from  Cape Town along the N2 Highway. Grabouw is a mid-sized town in the “Valley of Apples”, as it is internationally known due to 65% of South Africa’s apple export is produced in this valley. Located over Sir Lowry’s Pass from  Somerset West it is situated in one of the most beautiful valleys in the Western Cape, filled with fynbos, fruit, wine and flowers. The locals actually refer to the town as Elgin-Grabouw. The Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve and the the Groenland Mountain border the town of Grabouw adding to its already naturally scenic beauty. There are many trails for hiking,…

26. Grahamstown

City of Saints Makhanda lies just between Port Elizabeth and Port Alfred and is probably most well-known as being the home of Rhodes University. The city is also home to no less than 52 churches from numerous denominations, earning Makhanda the name the "City of Saints". Makhanda may be fairly small for a city, but this famous “student town” has many awesome things to do. This arty hub is full of good vibes and friendly locals and is well-known for its annual National Arts Festival, the largest celebration of arts in Africa! Tourists and artists descend upon the city in their thousands and broad tree-lined streets, gorgeous historical buildings and museums welcome all with the charm…

27. Groot Brakrivier

Groot Brakrivier is predominantly a holiday destination with its beaches and lagoon being the main attraction. Two 'brak' ('brackish') rivers, the Klein-Brak and the Groot-Brak, reach the sea at Mossel Bay and both have holiday resorts on their lower reaches. Groot-Brakrivier has a lagoon at its mouth and a cluster of bungalows built on an islet. The island residential area is still linked to the mainland by its original, single lane bridge. The town was founded by the Searle Family in 1859 and the footwear and timber industry they established there still thrives. Other attractions include a local history museum, historic buildings built between 1852 and the mid 1930s, the Wolwedans Dam and a restored power staion dating back to the early 1900's. The 4-star Botlierskop Private Game…

28. Harding

Harding is a small farming town at the foot of the Ingeli Mountain Range, less than 80 km inland from Port Sheptone on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. Visitors to Harding will experience the tranquillity of rural life surrounded by great natural beauty. There are excellent hiking, horse riding and mountain biking trails and on the trip from Harding toward Port Shepstone is the spectacular Oribi Gorge. Harding is an ideal road stop-off en route to towns along the South Coast such as Margate, Shelly Beach, Port Shepstone and to Durban. A road trip between the town and the coastline is an excellent way to view the picturesque Natal countryside of rolling hills and sugarcane fields. A…

29. Harold Johnson Natuurreservaat

The Harold Johnson Nature Reserve on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast, is a delight for the amateur naturalist with 100 hectares of fascinating fauna and flora. This lovely sanctuary lies 6km from the Thugela river mouth on the south bank of the river. Wildlife species include blue, red and grey duiker, impala, bushbuck, zebra, slender mongoose, white-tailed mongoose, banded mongoose, porcupine and vervet monkey. For birders the reserve has a list of almost 200 species and there are 114 species of butterflies. Fort Pearson and the Ultimatum Tree, the site of the British ultimatum to the Zulu nation in 1879 which precipitated the Anglo-Zulu War, are both found in the reserve. They have both been declared a National Monument. The main activities to enjoy in Harold Johnson would be simply…

30. Heidelberg (WC)

Heidelberg in the Western Cape of South Africa can be found on the banks of the Duivenhoks River. It is situated on the N2 highway, 162 km from George and 274 km from Cape Town and is regarded as the western gateway to the Garden Route.The little town of Heidelberg has a quiet and rustic atmosphere and is relatively unexplored by tourists. The Langeberg peaks provide the backdrop to the town, offering a great natural beauty. The Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve is situated in the Langeberg Mountains and is 250 ha of forest, any nature lovers’ paradise. The Bosbok Hiking trail is a popular circular trail inside the Reserve. A popular sea-side resort, Witsand, is only 40 km away and here you…

31. Heroldsbaai

Charming Seaside Hamlet Herolds Bay is an unspoilt and secluded little bay, 15 kilometres west of George. The small village of around 100 houses is situated on a ridge which overlooks the scenic bay. Situated in a rocky cove, Herolds Bay is comfortably sheltered from the South Easterly wind that blows off the coast, making it an ideal holiday destination for beach lovers and avid fishermen. Historically it has always held an allure for holiday makers, the George Museum tells of ox wagons filled with tents, goods and servants, camping out on the beach itself. Herolds Bay has a lovely little stretch of beach where surfing is particularly popular. The many natural rock pools make it a popular spot for exploring and snorkelling. Dolphins visit regularly in the warmer months and whale…

32. Hibberdene

Hibberdene is a small seaside village, 97 km south of Durban, halfway between Scottburgh and Port Shepstone. The town is perfectly located on the South Coast, meaning residents here have the pick of the best from the dozens of towns to the north and south, from Margate to Amanzimtoti! Out of season Hibberdene is a quiet coastal town, but experiences a high number of visitors come holiday time, particularly when the greatest Shoal on Earth comes to town! Locals claim that their town is one of the best spots to view the Sardine Run, from land or from sea. Fishing, swimming and lazing in the sun are the main persuits on the balmy stretch of coast around this cozy little seaside village. The…

33. Hluhluwe

Hluhluwe is a small town situated on the East Coast, between iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. Only two hours from Durban and four hours from Johannesburg, Hluhluwe is considered the hub of tourism in KwaZulu-Natal. The Elephant Coast is an area known for its national parks, natural diversity and cultural heritage. The Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve, established in 1895, is the oldest in the country – the story is, that it was the Zulu kings who encouraged the very first conservation laws in this game reserve. The area is visitor-friendly and convenient for exploring other game reserves, protected reefs and its pristine coastline. The Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game…

34. Humansdorp

Humansdorp in the Eastern Cape of South Africa can be found at the foot of the Kouga Mountains where the famous Garden Route begins. Situated 87 km west of Port Elizabeth, Humansdorp is easily accessible via the N2 Highway and a trip to Jeffreys Bay for a day of exquisite surfing is only 16 km away. An alternative route to Humansdorp is on  Route 62, the road you will find this sleepy town on. A far more scenic route, this road is often chosen by visitors to this beautiful part of the country. Even with all the facilities of a city, Humansdorp still maintains a small town charm and is the ideal base to explore the magnificent coastline, Baviaanskloof Reserve area and Tsitsikamma…

35. Idutywa

The chief attraction of the great horse-riding centre of Dutywa is the annual gymkhana, which draws many top-quality animals and expert riders. The town, which in its early days was the scene of several tribal upheavals, is now a farming centre with numerous trading stations. The department of Arts and Culture published a correction of spelling of iDutywa to Dutywa in their government notice No. 830 of Gazette No. 26552 on the 16th of July 2004.

36. Jeffreysbaai

Home to the Perfect Wave and an Endless Summer Jeffreys Bay is situated in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.The town can be found just off the N2 Highway, less than an hours’ drive from Port Elizabeth. Part of the Sunshine Coast, it has become a popular tourist destination, particularly with surfers from all around the world. Surfers have made Jeffreys Bay internationally famous and within easy walking distance of the town are many renowned surfing beaches. It has become one of the top five surfing destinations in the World and is host to the Annual Pro Surfing Championship. Jeffreys Bay is not only a surf town, but is popular with all tourists looking for adventure and relaxation. It is…

37. Kareedouw

Kareedouw in the Eastern Cape of South Africa is a gorgeous little town situated between the Tsitsikamma and Zuuranys Mountains on Route 62, only half an hours’ drive from Jeffreys Bay and an hours’ drive from Port Elizabeth or Plettenberg Bay. Route 62 offers the tourist the more scenic route to that of the N2 highway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. With excellent road conditions, adequate accommodation and the ever changing colours of the mountains, rivers, orchards and vineyards along the way this drive will ensure the traveler an unforgettable adventure. The small town of Kareedouw is rather simple with tin roofed houses, mainly dirt roads and a large stone Church. You can, however, still find the odd restaurant and petrol station on the main road in this tranquil…

38. Keurboomstrand

Keurboomstrand in the Western Cape of South Africa, is a resort town 12.5 Km from Plettenberg Bay.From the beach you have a spectacular view of the Robberg Peninsula and Nature Reserve. The area is popular for swimming, fishing and hiking. The Keurbooms River meets with the Bitou River to form a Lagoon with its own island. This lagoon is popular with holiday makers for water-skiing and boat cruises. Nearby is the Matjies River Cave where late Stone Age relics have been found. The upper reaches of the Keurbooms River are roofed with trees, notably at Whiskey Creek.Keurboomstrand is perfectly situated on the Garden Route for you to explore many attractions in the surrounding area.Places to VisitThings to do and see: Keurbooms River Nature ReserveMatjies River CaveKeurbooms River FerryThyme…

39. King William's Town

King Williams Town is a small historical town less than an hours’ drive from East London in the Amatola Region. Along with Grahamstown, this little town is considered one of the most interesting to visit in the region due to its distinct history and part British, part German colonial heritage. King Williams Town is famous for its European architecture from beautiful stone buildings, many of which date back to the Frontier wars, to historical churches and museums – the Natural History Museum houses the body of Huberta the hippo who walked some 1500 kilometres across KwaZulu Natal to the Eastern Cape in the early 1900’s. Being a small town, its’ heritage value stands out, and it is easy to walk around which is a great way to explore its many hidden gems such as the old post…

40. Kingsburgh

The amalgamation of five small holiday resorts and residential areas combine to form the Municipality of Kingsburgh, named in memory of Dick King, who passed this way on his famous 1000 kilometer ride to Grahamstown in 1842.The 8km of long sandy beaches and the coastal lagoons, with nets to keep out sharks, offer safe bathing.Each of the five parts of Kingsburgh have their own individual character:Near to Amanzimtoti is Doonside, a little settlement with a shady beach and a modern apartment block: an ideal place for a relaxing holiday.Warner Beach is a friendly little resort situated on a lagoon which is a favourite haunt of sailing and motorboating enthusiasts.Winklespruit offers good sailing waters and good fishing, and there are pleasant walks in the dense forest bordering the…

41. Knysna

Knysna is situated in Western Cape, South Africa. The town surrounds the extensive Lagoon of the same name and can be found along the famous Garden Route. Knysna boasts breathtaking natural scenery complete with golden beaches, tranquil lakes, indigenous forests and of course the lagoon. The town is most famous for its’ Oyster Festival and the Knysna Heads, a striking geological feature made up of huge cliffs, flanking the treacherous waters at the entry point into the lagoon. From the eastern head there is a lookout with spectacular views of the Lagoon, Knysna and Leisure Isle, while the western head is a privately owned nature known as Featherbed Nature Reserve. The Lagoon is a…

42. Kokstad

Kokstad lies at the foothills of the Drakensburg Mountains, in the East Griqualand area of KwaZulu-Natal, near the border with the Eastern Cape. Lying in the shadow of Mount Currie, Kokstad is popular for its many rivers and dams which provides locals and visitors ample opportunity for trout fishing. There are also no fewer than three nature reserves in the area with wonderful walking trails and beautiful picnic spots, making the little town a tourist destination worth visiting. Kokstad is a bustling little town, with a Museum and National Monument on Main Street which focuses on the Griqua people and their history. It was also once the subject of international news when Oprah Winfrey’s…

43. Komga

The name Komga means 'place of clay'. The town lies in a setting of rolling green grassland. It was near Komga, during the ninth Frontier War of 1877, That Major Hans Garett Moore of the 88th Connaught Rangers won the first Victoria Cross to be awarded on South African soil. A memorial next to the road, at Draaibosch, marks the site where, on the 29 December 1877, he led a patrol against the Gaikas. One of his scouts was surronded and attacked by the enemy. Major Moore road to his rescue, but the scout was killed. The Major escaped with a wounded arm.

44. Kuils River

Gateway to the Wine Routes The small suburb of Kuils River lies at the foot of the Bottelary Mountains, only a 30 minute drive from Cape Town. Visitors to the “Mother City” have recently discovered this tranquil town as a way to escape the confines of a city, but still be close enough to benefit from her many attractions. This peaceful town started out as a cattle farming area for the Dutch East India Company, but despite its rural nature it is still considered a suburb of Cape Town. Some original farms and small holdings still operate in the area and visitors can look out for the cow crossings that still exist and bear testimony to the suburbs rural setting. Other than offering fresh milk to the area, Kuils River is also known as the “gateway to the wine…

45. KwaDukuza (Stanger)

KwaDuza, formally known as Stanger, has become the centre of the sugar cane industry along the Northern Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. It lies just inland from Blythedale and only an hour outside of Durban. KwaDuza was home to Shaka Zulu during the last years of his life and today it epitomises the historical background of the area. The town forms part of not only the Zulu Heritage Route, but the proposed Sugar Route as well. Visitors can arrange tours to nearby Shaka sites as well as the large sugar and paper mills on the edge of town. The town is also one of the many in the area that has a distinctly eastern flavour brought here by the first Indian immigrants who came to work on the sugar cane fields. Today there is a strong Indian heritage with mosques, markets and temples adding a vibrancy to…

46. KwaMashu

KwaMashu is a township twenty miles north of Durban, with high levels of poverty and crime. It is Durban's oldest township formed by the apartheid state to house the mass resettlement of Africans that were living in Cato Manor during 1958-65. It is the largest of 3 townships in the area (Inanda and Ntuzuma are more rural with a lower population density). In total the Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu (INK) area is home to approx 500,000 people living on 9,572 hectares of land, with almost 25% having incomes below subsistence level and a 30% unemployment rate. KwaMashu is notable for its lively performance arts scene. Within the township, a lively performing arts scene thrives including Maskandi, hip hop, pansula dancing, dance and drama. Through performance the young people of KwaMashu are…

47. Piet Retief

Piet Retief, or Mkhondo as it is now known, is a reasonably sized town situated in the Assegai Valley in the extreme south east corner of Mpumalanga.  In 2010 it was renamed Mkhondo, meaning Assegai, the name of the local river running through the valley. The town is picturesque, surrounded by beautiful plantations of Blugum and Wattle trees and lies approximately 100 km from its neighbouring towns, Ermelo and Vryheid. Piet Retief is also used as a popular stopping point en-route to Swaziland and the Kwazulu-Natal coastline. Visitors can enjoy the great outdoors around Piet Retief, forests, dams and mountains which provide many opportunities for walking, hiking and biking. Fishing is…

48. Mosselbaai

Mossel Bay is situated in the Western Cape, South Africa. Set against the backdrop of the Outeniqua Mountains, Mossel Bay is a bustling holiday town and port. It is the obvious stopover when visiting the Garden Route as it is exactly halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, 400 km in each direction. Second only to Hawaii, Mossel Bay is known for having the mildest all-year climate in the world and so makes the town an ideal holiday destination in both summer and winter. Mossel Bay boasts 60 km of sandy white beaches, warm Indian Ocean waters, hiking trails and water sports is just considered a way of life here offering surfers an experience to rival that of Jefferys Bay. It is…

49. Mount Ayliff

Mount Ayliff is a small town in the eastern part of the Eastern Cape province, near the border with KwaZulu-Natal. A busy day in Mount Ayliff is like a scene from the wild west, for this is great horseman country. Outside each trading station, clusters of horses can be seen tethered to hitching posts while their owners do business or gossip on the verandahs of the stores. A dash of colour is added by the local Tribespeople, the Xesibe, in their traditional costumes.

50. Mount Edgecombe

The seat of the Earl of Mount Edgcumbe in Cornwall, England, is the source of the name of this sugar-growing town in KwaZulu-Natal. William Campbell, the renowned sugar pioneer, settled in the area in 1850 on an estate he named Muckleneuk.Mount Edgecombe lies in a tropical garden setting of flowering creepers, plants and tall trees and is famous for its resorts and a game of golf. A lot of elderly people have chosen it as their retirement home.Two Famous TemplesWhen the Indian indentured labourers settled in Durban, they were faced with a challenge of maintaining their rich culture and tradition in a foreign land. Their first priority was in setting up an area of worship wherever they settled. Majority of the labourers were Hindus and there was always a need to set up a place of worship.…

51. Mount Frere

Mount Frere is a minor town known as the town of Kwabhaca to the locals. The town was founded in the 17th century and named after Sir Henry Bartle Edward Frere. A busy centre on the trunk road, Mount Frere has several stores, government buildings and a beautiful countryside. South of the town, the road drops down to the vast valley of the Mzimvubu River. There is only one major road, being Main Street, on the N2. Mount Frere is very undeveloped in terms of infra-structure and sanitation and most of the roads are gravel roads. Most people do not have water tanks and still make use of river water and most of the villages are still without electricity.

52. Mount Moreland

John Moreland surveyed this area which is named after him and it was here, in the 1860's that Liege Hulett began a farming industry which eventually made the name of his family synonymous with sugar in South Africa. His first sugar mill at Tinley Manor is now one of the largest in the country.

53. Mthatha

Madiba Country Mthatha, formally known as Umtata, lies along the Wild Coast approximately and hour and a half’s drive from Port St Johns and Coffee Bay, home to the famous Hole in the Wall attraction. Mthatha is the region’s biggest, most colourful and liveliest town and is the turn off point for Coffee Bay, which is the only coastal resort, other than Port St. Johns, to have a tarred road from the N2 all the way to its’ doorstep. Mthatha is known as Madiba Country! Nelson Mandela was born in the nearby town of Mvezo, spent his childhood in Qunu, and his last years of retirement, and today the town is home to one of the three Nelson Mandela Museums in South Africa. Spread across…

54. Mtubatuba

Mtubatuba lies along the Elephant Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, just 200 km north of Durban and a mere 55 km from Richards Bay. It is a small town in the heart of the Province's main sugar farming area. Mtubatuba is also ideally located as a base from which to explore the rich culture of the Zulu Nation, world renowned Game Reserves and the Greater St Lucia (iSimagaliso) Wetland Park. The town has become a popular stopover for tourists on their way to the parks or going inland to the battlefield areas of Zululand. Mtubatuba is not only the land of sugar cane, but also forests and further north a mountainous ridge along the coast that culminates in a series of giant forested dunes – some of…

55. Mtunzini

Mtunzini is a small coastal town, situated almost exactly halfway along the KwaZulu-Natal coastline, approximately 140 km north of Durban. The town lies perched on a ridge overlooking a nature reserve, the beach with a beautiful dune forest, an estuary lined with a mangrove swamp forest and the Indian Ocean. The name of the town comes directly form the Zulu word “emthunzini” meaning “a place in the shade”. Mtunzini is historically in an area regarded as the traditional home of the Zulu Nation, South Africa’s most populous people. The town ticks all the boxes for a spot that is “off the beaten track” - a pristine beach, modest development, a rustic and undiscovered atmosphere, as well as a laid-back lifestyle! It offers visitors a host of outdoor and leisure activities…

56. Nature's Valley

Place of peace and serenity Nature’s Valley is situated in the Western Cape, South Africa. This small undiscovered village is possibly one of the most beautiful parts of the famous Garden Route coastline. Only 32 km from Plettenberg Bay it forms part of the Tsitsikamma Section of the Garden Route National Park, the only residential area in the country to be within the borders of a National Park. Its’ beach is the final pit stop of the popular Otter trail, one of South Africa’s flagship hikes. The village was well named as it is encircled by the magnificent Tsitsikamma National Park and is within walking distance of pristine beaches, tranquil lagoons…

57. Nieuwe Guelderland

In 1859 a Dutch immigrant, Theodorus Colenbrander, founded a settlement which he named after his home town in Holland. He brought a party of 80 Dutch immigrants to his settlement and housed them in a large building next to a sugar mill. The settlement did not prosper but New Guelderland remains an atmospheric small village.

58. Pennington

Pennington lies along the South Coast, alongside other seaside towns of Bazely, Sezela and Kelso. It is easily accessed via the N2 from Durban, less than an hour away. Pennington is one of those coastal villages that is quiet and peaceful out of season but when the holidays come around, it comes alive with holiday makers seeking sun and surf. This beautiful area offers pristine beaches and safe tidal pools which creates an ideal destination for families. A bit of exploration will reveal numerous attractions which include kilometres of attractive beaches with excellent fishing spots and popular surfing sites, to nature reserves, hiking and horse riding. Close to the town are some excellent…

59. Philippi

Philippi lies between Ottery, Hanover Park, Grassy Park, Mitchells Plain and Manenberg on what is known as The Cape Flats in the surrounding area of Cape Town. There are still mixed feelings about whether this is actually a tourist location as it is known as a dangerous part of the Cape. What has been advised is that when visiting a township while on holiday, it is highly recommended that it is done so in a group with a reliable vehicle and a well researched route mapped out or if you do not have a group of friends with you why not join a township tour – these are fun, educational and definitely safer! Aptly named for its flat landscape, Philippi and other parts of the Cape Flats is steeped in history, culture and heritage. Some of the history is sad, even tragic, but essential to…

60. Phoenix

Phoenix is an Indian settlement northwest of central Durban, minutes away from Mount Edgecombe and the very popular area of Umhlanga. Today Phoenix is the largest “Indian” town in South Africa. Phoenix is one of the attractions along the Inanda Route and is an interesting stop whether you know the history of Gandhi or not. Visitors to the area can enjoy seeing where he lived, a reconstruction of his home was built after it burnt down during the Inanda Riots of 1985 and is called Sarvodaya. Visitors can also visit the landmark printing press he founded. Throughout his life, he was able to inspire people and he dedicated his life to fight injustice and call for peace. Life in Phoenix has its own charm which sings of stories of resilience and triumph. The settlement is close to many…

61. Pledge Natuurreservaat

The Pledge Nature Reserve is situated in Knysna in the Western Cape, South Africa. It is hard to believe that this 10 hectare local nature reserve was once a dumping site for builders’ rubble and refuse. It is now registered as a non-profit organization after being rescued by a group of people who cleared it of alien species and declared it a reserve. It is a fairly unknown reserve therefore offering peace and tranquility to visitors, along with over 90 species of birds as well as grysbok, mongoose, porcupine and spotted genet. The reserve is made of fynbos, wetland and forest filled with small ponds, streams and and approximately 250 species of indigenous plants creating an exceptional beauty. Pathways and benches provide peaceful retreats throughout the reserve. Various trails are…

62. Plettenbergbaai

The place to be or be seen Plettenberg Bay can be found on the N2 between Storms River Village and Knysna on the Garden Route, 240 km from Port Elizabeth and 520 km from Cape Town.  It is the place to be or be seen and was voted the most exclusive town in South Africa. This beautiful and popular coastal holiday village has many sandy, safe beaches, a lagoon and a river mouth, and is backed by mountain ranges and the prominent Cape Seal, at the end of a promontory known as Robberg or 'mountain of seals’. The coastline is magnificent and the long walks on the beach or refreshing dips in the ocean are a given, but don’t forget to look out for the distinctive flower-shaped Pansy Sea…

63. Pongola

Pongola is a small town just 10 km from the Swaziland border and is almost the same distance from Johannesburg, 5 hours, as it is to Durban, 4 hours. The town is situated on the Pongola River which flows on to the Jozini Dam (previously called the Pongolapoort Dam) and at the foothills of the Lebombo Mountains. It is surrounded by sugar cane farms and sub-tropical fruit plantations, some of which are under irrigation that was installed during the great depression in the 1930’s. With not much to do other than to admire the magnificent scenery and wildlife, visitors can expect to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the area and to spend a lot of their time in the beautiful outdoors. The…

64. Port Elizabeth

The Friendly City Port Elizabeth is a coastal hub in the Eastern Cape and is one of the largest cities in the country. Known as the “Friendly City” Port Elizabeth is a superb value-for-money holiday base, offering a diverse selection of attractions for all ages.  The city boasts 40 km’s of breathtaking coastline with a perfect combination of warm water and a wonderful climate, Port Elizabeth has been rated as having the fourth best weather of any coastal city in the world. Protected areas for swimming can be found at some of the most beautiful beaches South African has to offer, popular spots include Kings Beach, Humewood Beach and Pollock Beach. Snorkelling, scuba diving and…

65. Port Shepstone

Port Shepstone lies approximately 120 km south of Durban along the Hibiscus Coast and is one of the largest towns along the South Coast. Port Shepstone is a popular tourist destination founded along the Mzimkhulu River, the same river that created the beautiful Oribi Gorge, a huge attraction a short distance inland. This gorge boasts spectacular rocky outcrops such as the Overhanging Rock and the shimmering 170 metre Lehr's Falls. It is also home to the world's highest commercial abseil at 110 metres. The area boasts a few nature reserves surrounding the town which offer some wonderful game viewing, birdwatching and hiking trails. Tourism here also revolves around the many beautiful beaches…

66. Queensburgh

Queensburgh is a small town situated only 15 minutes inland from the city of Durban and centrally situated for easy access to all main highways, M7, N2 and N3. The little town has grown in popularity, mainly because of its ideal location, and Queensburgh now includes as many as 10 suburbs and is just a short drive from other areas such as Pinetown, Hillcrest, Kloof, Chatsworth, central Durban as well as the Pavilion Shopping Centre. While most tourists head straight for the beach, there are many little gems dotted along the way that are often missed in the quest for the ultimate seaside vacation and Queensburgh is just such a town as it introduces you to an inland vacation as well. Beautiful landscapes and Queensburgh in particular boasts parks and nearby nature reserves with plentiful…

67. Rheenendal

Rheenendal lies along the magnificent Garden Route, just 21 km from the popular holiday destination, Knysna. It is a piece of blissful countryside on the edge of the Knysna forest and home to many artists and skilled crafters. Rheenendal has always been popular with nature lovers and since the establishment of the Rheenendal Ramble – a tourist route which encompasses forest walks, beautiful craft centres, mountain bike trails and where foodies can enjoy farm fresh goods and local preserves at quaint farm stalls. Visitors can expect to explore the exceptional fauna and flora of the area which infuses every part of Rheenendal with a magical quality. The forests, rivers and coastline of Knysna are all home to many bird species, monkeys, porcupines and small buck and there are plenty…

68. Richardsbaai

Richards Bay lies almost halfway between Durban and Kosi Bay and serves as an entrance to Zululand.  Its spectacular scenery and unspoilt beaches has understandably become a popular holiday destination on the north coast of KwaZulu Natal.Richards Bay has plenty to offer its visitors from art gallaries to bird-watching. The Zululand Birding Route includes the Game Reserve, also known as New Mouth, which covers freshwater pans, mud flats and extensive mangroves. The towns’ coastline stretches 350 km from the Turgela River in the south to the Mozambique border in the north and its golden shores include endless unspoilt beaches perfect for surfing, swimming, fishing and canoeing.The…

69. Riversdale

Ingang na die dorp van Riversdal

Valley of the Sleeping Beauty Riversdale is a country town situated on the N2 between Cape Town and George. Its’ ideal location gives it the advantage of being within a few kilometres of seaside towns such as Still Bay and Witsand and also an excellent base for one-day trips to explore the natural beauty of the surrounding area. The town lies at the foot of the Sleeping Beauty mountain peak, a well-loved landmark and has earned its name of the Floral Paradise of the Garden Route because of the abundance of indigenous flora, referred to as Fynbos, which covers the mountains and surrounding areas. This floral rainbow is in full bloom throughout the winter months. Riversdale remains a…

70. Riviersonderend

Riviersonderend is a small town situated along the N2, between Cape Town and Mossel Bay, in the beautiful Overberg region. Just 140 kms, give or take, east of Cape Town the town lies on a loop of the Sonderend River, the river from which it takes its name, and is surrounded by various farms. It is as peaceful as it is beautiful and offers many diverse outdoor activities for adventure seekers. There is always a spot to fish or take a rowboat up the endless river! For thrill seekers, Riviersonderend has an exhilarating Kloofing Trail, in the nearby Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, which is approximately 4 km hiking and 6 km kloofing. The River and its surrounds is also home to almost…

71. Salem

The small village of Salem lies just 40 km north from Kenton-on-Sea and 20 km south of Grahamstown, in a truly unspoilt part of the Eastern Cape. The town is one of those places that is not high on the average travellers list, but rather a place en route to somewhere else, usually Grahamstown. This however is a rather misguided conclusion to draw about this quaint town and travellers are learning to stop and stay awhile in the village whose name means “peace”. Some may push on to Grahamstown and take day visits to Salem to explore its hills and peaceful surrounds, a true Botonists delight with a number of unusual forms of flora and fauna, hiking trails in the area are quite popular with the outdoor enthusiasts! Salem is a little 1820 Settler village and is popular for it array of…

72. Seal Island Mossel Bay

Seal Island is home to about 3000 Cape Fur Seals, the largest of the Fur Seal species. Bulls can grow up to 2.5 m in length and can weigh between 200 and 350 Kg. The cows are much smaller, approximately 1.5 m and 40 - 60 kg. The seals have small, somewhat comical, round ears and are also referred to as eared seals. They are fairly agile on land and climb rocks surprisingly well. A unique way to meet these clown-like residents of Seal Island is to take a boat trip out to the Island. The boats leave from the Mossel Bay harbor, on the hour every hour, weather permitting. On leaving the harbor passengers can admire the surrounding bay and learn about upcoming sights from their guides’ commentary. On the trip out to the Island, keep an eye out for dolphins and sharks. The Island is…

73. Sedgefield

The Tortoise sets the pace Sedgefield is situated in the Western Cape, South Africa. Sedgefield, the secret gem of the popular Garden Route, is Africa’s first ‘Slow Town” affiliated to the founding organization, Italy’s Cittaslow. Evolving from the new concept, “conservation without boundaries”, the quaint town now falls within the Garden Route National Park. It is also a stone’s throw from other coastal towns along the Garden Route such as Knysna, Wilderness and George offering any holiday maker an abundance of activities. In Sedgefield, visitors cannot help but, slow down to the speed of nature. Laze on the long stretches of golden beach, picnic next to the lagoon,…

74. Seekoei Natuurreservaat

The Seekoei Nature reserve lies between the coastal villages of Aston Bay and Paradise Beach, approximately 5km from Jeffreys Bay, along the N2. The nature reserve comprises of an estuary of about 66ha at the confluence of the Seekoei and Swart rivers. For this reason the bulk of the reserve is only accessible by way of a small pontoon. Birdlife and animals Large flocks of birds frequent the estuary and the birdlife is awesome, with around 120 species including flamingos, fish eagles and red-knobbed coots when conditions are right.Penguins can be viewed at the Penguin Rehab Centre, where they re-cooperate after treatment from pollution & exhaustion. One should also be on the lookout for blue duiker, bushbuck, bush pig, caracal, common duiker, Grysbok, porcupine, large spotted genet,…

75. Sidbury

The small village of Sidbury can be found halfway between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown in the midst of what is considered “frontier country”. It is one of several quaint little towns such as Alicedale, Riebeeck East and Hogsback, and with Grahamstown as their centre, that makes up one of the most ecologically diverse regions in the country. The area is made up of thousands of hectares of nature and game conservation dedicated to returning this part of South Africa to its former glory as free game roaming country. Once ravaged by war, this beautiful land now famous for its myriad of game farms and nature reserves which offers malaria-free game viewing at your fingertips, including the Big Five! Sidbury town itself has a few attractions and still boasts two beautiful churches as well…

76. Somerset-Wes

 Uitsig oor die Strand en Gordonsbaai vanaf Silverboom Kloofweg in Somerset West

Somerset West is perfectly situated on the slopes of the Helderberg in the Hottentots Holland area and only a 30 minute drive from Cape Town along the N2. The town of Somerset West is a popular residential area for people working in Cape Town as it continues to maintain a village atmosphere while thriving as the commercial and residential capital of the Helderberg Basin. The town is only 20 km’s from Stellenbosch and is only a 35 minute drive to Paarl, Franschoek and Wellington therefore providing a central base for tourists visiting the Winelands Region. Somerset West is itself home to the very popular Vergelegen Wine Farm, with its elegant 18th Century Cape Dutch Style Farmhouse,…

77. Stormsrivier

Storms River Village is situated in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. At the foot of the breathtakingly beautiful Tsitsikamma Mountain Range, along the scenic Garden Route, lies the quaint little village of Storms River. The village provides the perfect holiday destination for both guests, those looking for a peaceful and tranquil hideaway or for those thrill seekers looking for adventure. The Storms River is a key attraction of the area. It is a scenic and powerful river that flows through the Tsitsikamma Mountain Range and into the Indian Ocean, providing much entertainment to visitors in the area from scenic attractions, tubing, kayaking, snorkeling and hiking. Other key…

78. Strand

The Strand is a popular resort town situated at the foot of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, only 40 minutes from Cape Town. The town forms part of the picturesque Helderberg Basin along with Somerset West and Gordon’s Bay. Strand, meaning “Beach” in Afrikaans, is the ideal family venue with plenty of fun and safe outdoor attractions and activities for young and old. As its name indicates though, the Strand’s main attraction is the beach. The white sandy beach stretches for 5 km and has the reputation of being the safest swimming beach in the country. The beach is pet friendly, just remember to bring your pooches on their leash and stick to the designated areas. Life guards are…

79. Suurbraak

Suurbraak is a tiny village located in the Langeberg Mountains just east of Swellendam along the N2 and R324, at the southern end of the Tradouw Pass. On the other side of the Pass you will reach Barrydale.  Suurbraak is a great escape from the busy city life – it is a former Mission village and is the most quaint, little town in the Overberg Region. It is a town with a rich history with many restored historical buildings, well the heart of the town to be fair, buildings that rest on the village square and the two church buildings have been restored. Most of the old style homes that line the street are sadly in need of some upkeep. If you wish to explore, visitors can go on guided walks…

80. Swellendam

D R Kerk in Voortrekstraat, Swellendam

Swellendam is one of the Western Cape’s best kept secrets, only a two-hours’ drive from Cape Town along the N2 that runs from Cape Town all the way to Port Elizabeth, east of this sleepy town. This beautiful town is often not thought of, except as a passing stop on the way to the Garden Route, but stop for a few days and explore, Swellendam has much to offer a traveller. Swellendam lies at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, a patchwork of farmlands and hectares of indigenous forest and offers a magical beauty that is hard to beat. The town has become the largest Youngberry growing area in the world and includes berry farms where berry-picking and liqueur tastings are just some of…

81. The Crags

A Destination with a Difference! The Crags is such a 'happening' place; a destination with a difference. It is bang in the middle of the Garden Route embraced by the popular coastal town of Plettenberg Bay and the quaint village of Nature’s Valley.  Due to its perfect location, there is a wealth of things to do in and around The Crags, particularly for animal and nature lovers. Visitors can enjoy animal sanctuary, hiking, zip-lining, wine tasting as well as craft shopping and surfing, snorkelling or simply sunbathing on pristine beaches. The Crags offers the best of the South African outdoors and forest walks, canopy tours and mountain bike trails in this part of the world promise…

82. Thornhill

Thornhill is a small community, and many of those inhabiting it work on nearby farms or in Port Elizabeth or Jeffrey’s Bay, due to its being positioned so conveniently between the two. Much of the appeal of Thornhill lies in it being secluded and apart from the hustle and bustle of the city – it appeals to those who enjoy a peaceful, scenic atmosphere. Its beautiful location amongst rolling hills, farmlands and countryside is also home to an abundance of wildlife and a spectacular variety of birds. The well-known Dawn Wildlife Sanctuary promotes the care of injured or abandoned animals, which include a plethora of bird species. Thornhill and its surrounding towns lie in a productive agricultural region thanks to its location among the Gamtoos River Valley. The small town also…

83. Tinley Manor

Headlands is a lovely relaxed holiday resort in the famed KwaZulu-Natal Province, also known as the Zulu Kingdom. Just 50km north of Durban and close to the bustling resort of Ballito, Headlands offers holidaymakers the best of two worlds. A magnificent lagoon teeming with birdlife laps pristine beaches where dolphins and whales often frolic close to shore. In addition to rock and surf fishing, Headlands boasts some of the best spear-fishing reefs in the world and deep-sea fishing is available from the nearby ski-boat club. World-class golf courses are a few minutes’ drive away. As Headlands is still relatively undeveloped, accommodation is limited to self-catering chalets, cottages, beach houses and duplexes which are in huge demand. The famous Zululand game…

84. Tongaat

Tongaat is situated approximately 37 km north of Durban – the name “Tongaat” is readily associated with “sugar” and for good reason as Tongaat is one of the largest sugar producing districts in the world. Planning a trip to Durban can leave you with much to see and many areas to visit, for Tongaat we would recommend keeping one or two afternoons open to explore the well-known town. Aesthetically Tongaat is English colonial, but is distinctly cosmopolitan in flavour and home to the oldest Indian community in the country – the Hindu temple of Juggernath Puri, built in 1920 in a North Indian architectural style, is both a place of worship and a national monument visited by tourists. It also goes without saying that a visit to Tongaat should include gaining some insight on the…

85. Tugela

The Tugela River marks the end of the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal, with Zululand on its northern side. This is the pricipal river of Natal and Zululand, flowing through a prodigious valley set beneath towering cliffs. The river is known to the Zulus as Thukela - "something that startles". Where the river reaches the coastal terrace it broadens and at times of flooding it presents a picture of awesome power. As the frontier river between Natal and Zululand, the Tugela has had an important role in history. For many years it was a serious obstacle to travellers. What was known as the Lower Tugela Drift provided a hazardous crossing point, but only if the river was low. During floods the Tugela was impassable and travellers could be delayed for days. Nowadays the river is apanned by a…

86. Umdloti

Umdloti is a small resort town located just a stones’ throw away from South Africa’s third largest metropolitan area, Durban. Technically the tiny holiday town forms part of the greater Durban municipal area yet the drive out of the city almost seems as if you are miles and miles from city life. Umdloti is a town where sun, surf and pleasantries are the order of the day instead of busy city streets and people. Out of season the residents enjoy a quiet town atmosphere however, when holiday time arrives, the many holiday apartments along the beachfront are filled with holidaymakers looking for a bit of the same relaxation! The holiday town is well situated, close to the bustling Umhalnga…

87. Umhlanga

Sandton by the Sea Umhlanga is a charming, trendy resort town on the coast of KwaZulu-Natal just north of Durban city. A holiday destination of choice for many and an oasis from the hustle and bustle of the city for its residents, Umhlanga has fast grown into a popular place to settle for many South Africans. Visitors flock to this coastal village to both relax and to have fun on one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. The wide sandy beaches are lined with exclusive hotels and apartment blocks, the beaches scattered with umbrellas and bathers enjoying the sunshine. Umhlanga is a playground for all ages and interests offering not only exciting outdoor adventures, but also casinos,…

88. Umkomaas

River of Whales The small coastal resort of Umkomaas, 48 kilometres south of Durban on KwaZulu-Natal's south coast is perched on a hill on the south bank of the Umkomaas River with beautiful sea and river views. The famous Aliwal Shoal is Umkomaas' claim to fame and attracts divers from all over the world. The Shoal is a world renowned scuba diving site which lies 5km out at sea and roughly 28m down; a sea-world of magnificent wonders with a rich diversity of tropical fish and sharks living amongst the coral reefs. Ragged-tooth sharks, Rock Cod, and a number of other species can be found in the shoal. Several ship wrecks, some of which are home to the much feared large…

89. Verulam

The middle reaches of the river known as Mdloti, from the wild tobacco plants of that name which grow on its banks, is a warm and green area, almost completely covered by sugar cane. In 1850 a party of 400 methodists immigrated to this area from a depressed Britain. They were under the patronage of the Earl of Verulam, and the party was well organized, bringing seeds, agricultural impliments, a large marquee tent to serve as a meeting place, and a blue banner inscribed with the name Verulam. From Durban the settlers were taken in ox-wagons to the valley of Mdloti, where they were allocated farms, and founded the attractive town of Verulam.

90. Victoriabaai

Garden Route Gem Victoria Bay lies just 5 minutes off the N2, almost hidden, between George and Wilderness. Known as Vic Bay to the locals it is one of the smallest Bays along the Garden Route and without a doubt one of its little gems! Victoria Bay is a small resort, basically a cove, compiled of little cottages clustered around the waterfront – undoubtably also one of the most beautiful Bays along the Garden Route. The homes and holiday cottages are so close to the shoreline you can probably spot the whales and dolphins from your bedroom! Vic Bay's waterfront is home to one of the most famous beaches in the vicinity for safe swimming. Its gently sloping beach leads to safe waters and…

91. Westbrook

Westbrook Beach is a small growing community situated on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast between Ballito and La Mercy. The area is ideally placed for the nearby retail centres of Gateway and La Lucia Mall and ten minutes drive from Ballito, just a few kilometres to the north. The closest "large centre" to Westbrook is Umhlanga, about 30 minutes drive along the coast to the south. Umhlanga is an extremely popular resort that was once just a coastal dune forest. The beach here is ideal for swimming, and there are frequent visits from dolphins and whales. Once a year the 32 km International ARB Surf Ski World Cup race to Durban's Bay of Plenty starts at Westbrook Beach. Westbrook Beach has been awarded international Blue Flag status for excelling in safety, amenities, cleanliness and…

92. Wilderness

Wilderness, in the Western Cape of South Africa, is situated a short distance outside the city of George, down the Kaaimans River Pass on the N2 Highway. Honeymooners have long favoured Wilderness, a romantic seaside resort of international reputation. It is known for its long sandy white beaches, approx. 8 km long, and many look out points for whale and dolphin watching. It is surrounded by mountains, forests, rivers and lagoons – a watersports enthusiasts dream destination. Wilderness is also a perfect holiday venue for birdwatchers as many types of water birds breed here. Other types of recreational activities include hiking, ferry cruises, paragliding, horse riding and mountain…

93. Wittedrift

Wittedrif is a small village in the Eden District Municipality in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is a semi-rural village 5.5 km from the N2 road and 30km from Knysna.