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.
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.
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.
Beaufort West, the oldest town of the area and gateway to the fascinating Karoo, is a typical platteland dorp at the foot of the Nuweveld Mountains.
Betty's Bay, the sleepy town an hour's drive from Cape Town, is as laid back as it is pretty.
The Free State's provincial capital and judicial capital, Bloemfontein is rich in history with fine examples of late 19th and early 20th century buildings as well as museums and monuments. The city has an urban game reserve, an excellent art museum and a peaceful pace.
The small seaside village of Cape St Francis is a year-round attraction with its tranquil, unspoilt beaches, mild temperatures and the longest sunshine hours on the South African Coast.
Cape Town, fondly known as The Mother City, is one of the most picturesque cities in the world.