6 off-the-beaten track spots in SA that will take your breath away

By Robyn Lucas
16 March 2017

If you’re looking to really get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city this Easter, these local hideaways are the perfect places to rejuvenate and recharge.

These exquisitely secluded holiday spots will simply take your breath away – and make you feel like you’re the only person in the world.

De Hoop Nature Reserve

The De Hoop Nature Reserve is tucked away on the Southern coast east of Arniston and Cape Agulhas, just a three-hour drive from Cape Town 
The fynbos-filled reserve is home to bontebok, zebra, eland, red hartebeest and ostrich. 

When you’re not basking on the beautiful sandy beaches, you can also go hiking, mountain biking or even horse riding. 

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The breathtaking Chintsa beach is situated just 45 kilometres north east of East London, located between the beautiful Wild Coast forest and beach.

Visitors can also go horse riding, mountain biking and go for incredible safari or township tours. 

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This majestic region is named after the Amatola mountains and is surrounded by range forest peaks that form the eastern end of the great Cape coastal mountain range.

Not only is it famous for its ethereal chestnut forests but it’s also known for its amazing hiking trails. 


In the spectacularly secluded Karoo, the majestic region is characterised by vast flat plains, distant multi-layered mountains, beautiful farmsteads and the historical town of Graaff-Reinet.

If you’re into stargazing, Camdeboo is definitely worth a visit.

Mpumalanga’s wild frontier

The wild frontier share borders with Mozambique, Swaziland and the Southern tip of the Kruger National Park – so you could visit three countries in a single day while you’re there.

The area has also been referred to as the cradle of life because of all the major archeological discoveries that have been made there.


They say it was where J. R. R. Tolkien was inspired to write Lord of the Rings – and if you’ve seen Hogsback, it’s not hard to see why.

The ethereal forests and waterfalls are perfect for hiking enthusiasts and there are plenty of interesting activities on hand for kids. The Fairy Realm and Labyrinth promise hours of fun, and there are several cosy eateries tucked away in the high street too. 

Sources: cedarberg-travel.com, travelstart.co.za, exclusivegetaways.co.za

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