Nieuwoudtville buzzes with visitors in spring when it claims its due as the bulb capital of the world. But out of flower season, there are some quiet gems waiting to be discovered.
Addo Elephant National Park, home to more than 500 elephants, is an ideal place to see the grey leviathans. What began as a 2 000-hectare reserve in 1931 is now a patchwork of protected areas that add up to 168 000 hectares.
At the meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, Agulhas National Park occupies a wild, intoxicating stretch of coast with whale-filled bays and rocky promontories.
Game which had been absent for over 100 years now roams freely in the Amakhala area that includes the Bushman's River valley and rolling hills of grassveld and savanna.
Arniston, one of the gems of the Cape, is a charming fishing village of pretty whitewashed fishermen's cottages set against turquoise water, rocky cliffs and rolling white sand dunes.
The Atlantic Seaboard of the Cape Peninsula stretches from the popular V&A Waterfront in town along the western flank of the peninsula southwards to Cape Point. Take in the breathtaking scenery while driving along the coast with the magnificent Twelve Apostles and other mountain ranges on the on
North of Durban at the heart of the Dolphin Coast, Ballito is a built-up bustling seaside town with fantastic golden beaches, great surfing and plenty of fishing spots.
Bathurst lies in the heart of one of South Africa's largest pineapple growing areas, close to Port Alfred on the Sunshine Coast. Saturated in history, the town is home to various national monuments.
This beautiful region with its rolling hills, rivers and valleys is brimming with historical battlefields.