Whilst the glorious nation of South Africa might be a new tourist destination for many people, it’s increasingly becoming one of the most popular places to take a holiday in the whole of the African continent.
So what can you do to avoid getting lost in the herd? Here are a few locations in South Africa that are somewhat off the beaten track, but well worth the effort!
Although it may not have the bright lights of the major cities such as Cape Town and Johannesburg, Grahamstown on the Eastern Cape is a charming university town that will offer plenty of time for relaxation.
The town is packed full of inviting bed and breakfast accommodation, but really draws people to this historic place is the National Arts Festival that takes place in July and provides the very best in arts, music and theatre.
And if you’re on the Western Cape, then be sure to check out Stanford. Whilst it may not have the global reputation of the nearby whale-watching hot spot Hermanus, it does offer plenty of laidback charm.
With a picturesque mountain backdrop, it has rows of intriguing antique shops, chic cafes and a great range of outdoor activities too!
If you’re feeling somewhat adventurous, then head to the mountain kingdom of Lethoso and visit the spectacular Sani Pass.
The road up there can be fairly bumpy, but it is well worth it for the awe-inspiring views and the chance to meet some of the local Basotho people, and visit the highest pub in Africa!
And even out in the wilds you can still enjoy all of the luxuries of the first world with good internet coverage offering you the chance to stay in touch with your loved ones, and even have a go at some of the online gambling options to enjoy some great bonuses with easy withdrawal methods.
But no trip to South Africa is complete without a visit to the beach. And with over 2500 km of beautiful coastline to explore, you’ll be sure to find your own little seaside paradise.
A great place to sample the South African seaside is Chintsa beach on the Eastern Cape. This offers some spectacular surfing opportunities, golden sands and also off-beach activities such as horse-riding and checking out the local safari.
And just in case you’re feeling a little isolated on the Wild Coast, then be comforted in the knowledge that the famous Buccaneers Backpackers hostel is located close by!