The Best Towns In South Africa

Typically, when a traveller is visiting a new and exciting country, they will tend to gravitate toward the larger cities within the city. Cities are great for first timers that are trying to immerse themselves in the local culture, but cities are also not for everyone. Sometimes it’s worth skipping the businesses and stress of the city and going out to experience what small town life is like.

Cape Town and Johannesburg are all worth giving a visit, but many would argue that it’s the small towns in South Africa that offer the best experience of what living in the country is like.


Nestled at the top of the Western Cape and requiring a bit of driving on dirt road, Greyton is a hidden gem among the mountains of the area. With plenty of restaurants, art galleries, craft stores, and extremely pleasant weather, Greyton has not just become a favourite among tourists, but is also a popular spot for people looking to settle down. Although the town has been around since the 1850s, visitors can expect to find a clean and modern small town that makes for a great way to spend a weekend.


On the other side of the country, in the Free State province, the famous town of Clarens can be found not far from the Drakensberg. The town is well-known throughout South Africa, especially among those who love art and culture. The drive to Clarens is one of the most beautiful in the country, with picturesque mountain views, small villages and farms, and ending with the main square of the town itself, which is a great place to sit and have some lunch before exploring some of the many stores that can be found within walking distance.


Originally founded as a farm in 1851, the small town of Montague quickly became a favourite for people looking to escape the city and live somewhere peaceful in the mountains. It’s situated at the foot of the Langeberg mountains, and because of the unique formations of the surrounding rock, it’s become a popular stop for hikers, rock climbers, and geologists. It’s the perfect place to see what the Western Cape is all about and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding nature, or just to sit and enjoy Canadian slots online in the sun.


While it’s a bit larger than a lot of the other entries on this list, Hermanus is nonetheless a fantastic stop-over for anyone driving along the Western coast either to or from Cape Town.

Situated on a part of the country that offers some of the best whale watching in the world, Hermanus is a tourist paradise, with plenty to do and see, including a permanent market, museums, lots of art galleries, and so much more. And thanks to the fact that it’s only two hours from Cape Town, there’s no reason not to give it a visit.