South Africa
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1. Aliwal-Noord

Aliwal North lies on the border of the Free State and Eastern Cape where the N6 and the R58 cross each other. The principal attractions of Aliwal North are two hot mineral springs, both of which have extremely high concentrations of minerals and gases. On the south side of the Orange River, close to an ancient fording place, two thermal springs surface at 34.4 degrees C. The daily flow is consistent; more than 2 million litres from one spring and 1 million litres from the other. From early times these springs were credited with curative properties and were visited by sufferers from ailments such as rheumatism, arthritis, lumbago and neuralgia. The town’s mineral springs continue to…

2. Barkly-Oos

Switzerland of SA Barkly East lies nestled between the picturesque mountains of the Southern Drakensberg, between Lady Grey and Elliot in the Eastern Cape. It is one of the highest lying towns in the country at 1 777 metres above sea level. Despite being a small town, Barkly East has a lot to offer the passing the holiday-maker and virtually guaranteed snowfall in winter, between June and August, is one of the main draw cards to the area and the reason that Barkly East is known as the Switzerland of South Africa. The popular ski resort, Tiffendell, is only 80 km’s from Barkly East. With hundreds of kilometres of unspoilt, and natural well stocked, rivers and streams, Barkly East also attracts Fly Fishing enthusiasts to this premier destination for trout fishing. Specimens include…

3. Burgersdorp

Oldest Town in North-Eastern Cape Burgersdorp lies just south of, and halfway between, Aliwal North and Venterstad. This Merino sheep farming town does not lie on an obvious route, but is a worthy stop if you have a lot of time on your hands or are interested in historical sites as this little village has made it onto the list of most popular small towns in the Eastern Cape. Burgersdorp is beautiful town, well looked after by its residents and full of museums, national monuments and historical sites. The town is considered the cultural heart of the northern reaches of the province and has been a pivotal point in Afrikaner history, culture and religion. It is home to the first Afrikaans…

4. Colesberg

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The quaint town of Colesberg, between Hanover and Springfontein, lies within a typical Karoo landscape of clear skies and small koppies (hills) with the most well-known Coleskop Hill on the horizon. The Coleskop Hill was formally known as “Toverberg” (Magic Mountain) which seemed more appropriate and was so named because, for the traveler, it is visible from 40 km, but as you travel towards it, it never appears to get any closer. Colesberg is only 220 km from Bloemfontein and is the perfect stopover when travelling between Johannesburg and Cape Town. The Karoo is famous for its wide open spaces and healthy climate so if you find yourself staying overnight there are a few outdoor…

5. Elliot

The small rural farming town of Elliot lies in the valley of the Slang River, covering an area of only 7 kms. The town is situated at the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg. The sleepy, almost “one-horse town” still offers wonderful activities against a backdrop of dramatic mountain scenery with magnificent sandstone formations, crystal streams with trout and bass, waterfalls, towering cliffs and fascinating rock formations with Bushman art. The region boasts numerous high-quality game reserves and safari opportunities and other outdoor activities include hiking, fly-fishing for the skilled and adrenaline seeking tourists can enjoy some excellent white-water rafting. Drakensberg…

6. Gariepdam

Gariepdam is a stunning stop-over for tourists and travellers, with accommodation facilities flourishing during the holiday seasons. In 2010 it was voted tourist town of the year and the number of visitors are increasing every year. It has a tranquil safe environment with crisp clean air and offers one of the best rural lifestyles and climates in the country for those wishing to retire or own a holiday home away from the hustle and bustle of city life. It is not short of leisure pursuits with activities such as bird watching, boating and other water sports, bowls, fishing, game viewing, nature hikes, sailing, tennis and more. Gariepdam is host to a number of national and international…

7. Khayamnandi

Khayamnandi township borders the town of Venterstad. It houses the workers of the area.

8. Lady Grey

Dorp van die Jaar 2012 The small rural village of Lady Grey is situated within the stunningly beautiful, and often snow-capped, Witteberg mountain region near the border of Lesotho. The quaint Victorian style village is considered the best kept secret of the Eastern Cape with overnight visitors tending to linger longer than first expected! Lady Grey can be entered from Joubert’s Pass, the third highest Pass in South Africa and one of the major draw cards to the town. The area which includes towns like Lady Grey, Barkly East, Elliot and Aliwal North is surrounded by many scenic Passes for visitors to cycle or drive. Various annual events attract a large number of tourists to Lady Grey, none more so than the Lady Grey Passion Play though, when the Easter Weekend becomes a hive of…

9. Norvalspont

Norvalspont is a small village situated just off the Johannesburg - Cape Town - Port Elizabeth routes, located at the very centre of the country where the Eastern and Northern Cape provinces meet the Free State, and as the word “pont” (ferry or boat) in the towns name suggests, Norvalspont lies on the southern banks of the Orange River. This is a pretty little town surrounded by hills with its closest neighbour, Colesburg, approximately 40 km away. Norvalspont lies on a particularly beautiful section of the Orange River with the Bethulie hills as a backdrop. The little village offers spectacular sunsets and beautiful clear night skies. This is the spot to enjoy authentic Karoo lamb…

10. Venterstad

Venterstad is a small establishment 43 km south-east of Norvalspont and 65 km west of Burgersdorp in the Eastern Cape. The town lies south west of the Oviston Nature Reserve which has more than 48 animal species, and nearly 150 bird species have been identified in the area. The Reserve is traversed by over 50 kms of game viewing roads and has as a guided overnight wilderness trail. Another one of the most appealing attractions of Venterstad is the Gariep Dam. The country's largest dam is a magnet to water sports enthusiasts and there is excellent fishing. Venterstad is more of a town you stumble upon. This is “big sky country” where the horizon is shared with windmills and the odd…