The best getaway towns in South Africa

Do you need to break away from the city life?

We know it’s only Monday, but the only way to get through the beginning of the week is to look to the weekend. Sometimes you need a breakaway from the busy urban streets to feel like yourself again. Here are five towns in South Africa you should consider going away to when you need a getaway!

1. Clarens


This charming town is nestled in the foothills of the Maluti mountains and a short trip away from the Golden Gate National Park, which lies on the border between the Free State, Kwa-Zulu Natal and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, Clarens is also known as the “Jewel of the Free State”.

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2. Gariepdam


Many motorists travelling through the Free State pass this gem by without giving it a second thought. The many islands and bays are reminiscent of a Mediterranean archipelago, made all the more spectacular against the backdrop of the Free State’s plains.

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3. Montagu


This cute, quaint town offers everything for a weekend getaway. The town, at the foot of the Langeberg mountains, has an old-world charm, great restaurants, a vibrant Saturday market and superb guest accommodation which caters for every budget.

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4. Nottingham Road


Little people have heard of this town, but if you’re an art lover in KwaZulu-Natal, you won’t want to miss it! It lies at the heart of the Midlands Meander, where visitors are welcomed into the studios of some of South Africa’s best-known artists, craftsmen and sculptors. The site of Nelson Mandela’s capture, which eventually led to his 27-year imprisonment, is 30 minutes’ drive away.

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5. St. Lucia


St. Lucia’s Wetland Park became the first South African World Heritage Site. Wild and largely unspoilt, nature lovers can marvel at the area’s large populations of hippos, crocodiles and other wildlife. Apart from the wetlands areas, the area also offers pristine beaches and sensational scuba diving.

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For more destinations go to SA Visitorsvisa.com