LekkeSlaap is bringing small towns to the spotlight in 2021
When it comes to local holiday destinations, bigger towns and coastal spots tend to get all the glory. But far away from the crowded cities and coastal hotspots, South Africa’s small towns with their charming history and interesting activities, offer opportunities to experience the country in a completely different light. With Covid-19 still raging, 2021 might just be the year to do holiday differently ─ to venture to those small-town spots you have always heard of. This year, LekkeSlaap wants to place some of these small towns in the spotlight, so you can enjoy South Africa’s beauty away from the crowds.
Beaufort West, Western Cape
Beaufort West is so much more than just an overnight town between Cape Town and Johannesburg. Here you can visit the Karoo National Park, which is only five kilometers from the town center. It’s the ideal activity if you love game drives and 4×4. 4×4 enthusiasts can venture along the Karoo Nuweveld route, the history fanatic can stroll through the town on a
guided tour and explore national monuments for hours and the sporty visitor can enjoy the numerous hiking trails. There is just about something for everyone!
Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape
“Graaff-Reinet is not a destination, it is a homecoming.” We just love this sentiment exclaimed by a LekkeSlaap user who recently visited this town. Graaff-Reinet is packed with activities that will make your holiday unique and just all-around fun. Visit the Valley of Desolation which is one
of our country’s most beautiful valleys. You can enjoy a gorgeous view of the valley from a vantage point in the Cambedoo National Park. Stroll down Church Street, visit the charming art galleries and make a point of exploring the town’s buildings, as 200 of them have been designated as national monuments! Also check out the Kamdeboo’s only theater, the John
Rupert Theater. And if you are not one for sitting still, grab your bike and explore all the biking trails in the area.
Gariep Dam, Free State
Gariep Dam maybe just a sleepy town for many, but this extremely quiet town has many treasures awaiting anyone who wants to explore it. This town is the ideal place for those who want to switch off their cell phones and spend quality time with their loved ones again. The Gariep Dam Nature Reserve boasts an enormous dam, the Orange River, and a game reserve
with a whole range of activities. The game reserve is home to the largest herd of springboks in the country! There are 242 bird species to look out for and 100 kilometers of dirt roads and twolane trails all along the water that cyclists just cannot resist. The dam also provides water sport opportunities, and you can also take a closer look at the dam on a dam wall tour. Hang gliding is just as popular in this area and is the ideal opportunity to explore the world from above. The area is known for its starry sky that enchant visitors night after night. Make sure you get the chance to look up at the incredible night sky.
Victoria West, Northern Cape
LekkeSlaap users who have spent a night in this town often say that they would like to return, and we can see why! Victoria West may be small, but that old saying that dynamite comes in small packages rings true in this town. The streets boast Cape, Karoo, and Victorian cottages just waiting to be explored. The Victoria West and Northern Cape Regional Museum is a
treasure trove of knowledge and nostalgia that can enchant you for hours. If you are a nature lover, then explore game species that are native to the Karoo at the Victoria West Nature Reserve. Bird watchers will enjoy the fantastic vantage point above the dam wall at the end of Church Street. People are buzzing about the Ka’roux Restaurant and a visit to the Apollo
Theater is a must!
Yzerfontein, Western Cape
Yzerfontein is just the place to be if you are an ocean lover, but you want to steer clear of the crowds. Here you can drive through the streets for hours and marvel at the houses, sunbathe on the beach that is not only pristine but also quiet, and then browse the tiny shops that hold all sorts of interesting things. Yzerfontein is a West Coast gem that offers all our coastal favourites: ice cream, delicious seafood, and white sandy beaches. A detour to the harbour where you can watch the boats and feed the dassies is also a popular pastime in this gorgeous town.
This Bushveld village is nestled between the Kruger National Park and the Blyde River Gate. This makes it the ideal base from which to these two areas for days on end! But you do not necessarily have to leave town for a wonderful getaway. The town focuses on tourism and offers activities such as horse-riding safaris, micro-flights, hot air balloon flights, and if you
would rather be more relaxed, you can visit one of the many spas in the town.
Heidelberg is the type of town you visit for a weekend to surround yourself with history, smalltown charm, and tranquility so unique to this town. Pack your sneakers and explore routes such as the Klipkraal and Suikerbosrand hiking trails. The Alice Glockner Nature Reserve is a hidden gem that everyone should visit. It boasts an impressive variety of plant and animal species. Heidelberg is the perfect example of a charming South African small town: There is something fun to do around every corner ─ you just have to know where to look!
It’s time to make the same old holidays a little more exciting and interesting. Leave the crowds behind this year and explore South Africa’s small towns with LekkeSlaap ─ it’s worth it every time.
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