Looking for a different holiday destination this year doesn't have to be a neck breaker. You might realise that what you have been looking for is literally under your nose. South Africa boasts a range of hidden gems and least travelled places that are a must-see, but where do you start?
Kaapsehoop in Mpumalanga
For nature lovers and adventurers at heart, this is a spot that is worth the drive. The scenic views that can be seen through horseback riding or Scootours can offer the much-needed break from the city. There is also the option of going for a hike through Kaapsehoop escapement walk or cool off at the Battery Creek Falls. It is suitable for a solo or family trip to help you unwind.
Clarens in the Freestate
Nicknamed the "Jewel of the Eastern Free State", Clarens is a small town which is located in the foothills of the Maluti Mountain range, offering a tranquil and cultured holiday for anyone who is in need of a break. There is a wide range of entertainment that is offered by this small town ranging from white water rafting, horseback riding through the park with a guide, a colourful and cultural Basotho Cultural Village along with architecture that dates back to the 18th century.
Hattingspruit in Kwazulu-Natal
Take a short left through Hattingspruit which is situated on the banks of the Tom Worthington Dam that boasts scenic views and picturesque sunsets at the Vudruk dam. You can also enjoy a slice of Germany at the Farmers Brewery (Brahaus Afrika) that brews German beers on site and offers German & Austrian styled cuisine to match.
Tsitsikamma National Park
While the Tsitsikamma National Park may not be a hidden gem per se, but it is a place that is worth the visit. It offers a beautiful coastline with a backdrop of mountains that will take you to a place that feels out of this world. It is great for people looking to explore the great outdoors that offers a variety of things to see and do such as hiking and mountain biking or catch nature at its best at the gorgeous Otter Trail where you can catch glimpses of dolphins and whales.
Ghost tour of Stellenbosch
If you are intrigued by the paranormal or looking for something out of the ordinary, embark on a walking ghost tour of Stellenbosch. Arranged by Stellenbosch Tourism, you will get to experience the eeriness of shaded venues and dated architecture that have a story to match. You can always shake off the chills with sun-filled scenic views of the wine farms around Stellenbosch.