5 Beautiful Towns in South Africa

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South Africa is renowned for its varied great natural beauty, cultural diversity and topography. It is located at the southern most part of the African continent.

Historically,during the 20th century, the black majority sought to claim more rights from the dominant white minority, which played a large role in the country’s recent history and politics. The National party imposed apartheid in 1948, institutionalizing previous racial segregation.

 After a long and sometimes violent struggle  by the Africa National Congress (ANC) and other anti apartheid activists both inside and outside the country, the repeal of discriminatory laws began in the mid 1980s. 

Since 1994, all ethnic and linguistic groups have held political representation in the country’s liberal Democracy , which comprises a parliamentary republic and nine provinces . 

Due to it populous nature as a country, South Africa has three capital cities namely Pretoria,Cape Town and Johannesburg. It is also ranked the 23rd most largest country in the world .

Below are some beautiful towns that South Africa can brag of.

 

  • Betty’s Bay Town in South Africa 

Betty’s Bay is said to be developed by a name Arthur Youlden with his daughter Betty Youlden whose name bares the title of the town.

Betty’s Bay is a small holiday town situated on the Overberg coast of South Africa ‘s Western Cape province. It is located 100 km from Cape Town beneath the Kolberg Mountains on the scenic R44 ocean drive between Pringle bayand Kleinmond. This village stretches over 13 km along the coast. Tourism plays a large role in the town’s economy due to its popularity with holiday makers from across the Western Cape and Cape Town in particular.

Due to the town’s location on the south western coast and surrounding mountainous geography it receives near constant wind and ample rain throughout the year, With south easterly winds bringing the occasional thunderstorm from the warmer eastern coast, and frontal rain from the west in winter which can be very heavy at times.

 

  • Darling Town in South Africa 

Darling is a small town in a farming area located on the west coast region of the Western cape journeyed about 75 km and 46.6 miles from Cape Town .

The adjacent arts and crafts market has been taken over in 2006 by the Darling Trust, a charitable organization which addresses the problems of impoverished communities in the area through the establishment of grassroots  projects. The first private school to open its doors in the Swartland area, Darling College, is also situated close to the entrance of the town on the Malmesbury side.

In 2006, the city launched the Darling Music Experience with the aim to organize small concerts in a rural setting for both classical and more popular music. The festival offers chamber music, popular choir works and jazz. A young local composer is commissioned every year to write a piece for the festival.

 

  • Hermanus Town in South Africa 

Hermanus was initially called Hermanuspietersfontein in the 1902. Hermanus is a town on the southern coast of the Western Cape province of south Africa . It is famous for southern west whale watching during the southern winter to spring seasons and is a popular retirement location. 

Although the Southern Right whale is the most prolific species in the bay, it is not the only one that visits these shores. The whales can be seen from the cliffs all along the coast from as early as June and usually depart in early December. They were once hunted in the nearby town of Betty’s Bay, but are now protected to ensure the survival of the species. The Old Habour museum contains several exhibitions that explains the whaling industry and the De Wetshuis Photo Museum houses an exhibition of photos by T. D. Ravenscroft that depicts the history of Hermanus. The Whale Museum houses a skeleton of a whale and shows an audio visual presentation of whales and dolphins twice daily.

 

  • Knysna Town in South Africa 

Little is known about the indigenous inhabitants of Knysna, the khoikhoi. The area east of present day George  was separated by high mountains and deep gorges, making it virtually inaccessible to European travelers.

In 1878, an important discovery was made in the area. A gold nugget was found in the Karatara River. Soon fortune hunters from all over the world arrived at the mill wood forest in search of gold, and Mill wood grew into a bustling town. Mill wood was declared a gold field , the first in South Africa. 

However, not enough gold was being recovered to sustain a growing town, and the mining industry in the area collapsed. Some miners relocated to Knysna, bringing their little homes with them. One of the houses, known as ‘Mill wood House’, now functions as a museum.

 

  • Clarens 

Clarens is a small town situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in the free state province of south Africa  and nicknamed the Jewel of the Eastern Free State. It was established in 1912 and named after the town of clarens  in Switzerland where exiled Paul Kruger spent his last days. 

It is situated 336 km from Johannesburg, 284 km from Bloemfontein, 389 km from Durban.

Clarens is part of the scenic Highlands Route and is surrounded by mountains. 

The Rooiberge is the range encompassing the village, whilst further towards the southeast are the Maluti mountains in shades of purple and blue. All around are the sandstone cliffs with their multi colored layers.These horizontal strata are a characteristic feature of the area. Many homes in the Clarens Valley are made from clad in sandstone.

There are various establishments offering accommodation, including bed and breakfasts, self catering, lodges, backpackers and farm guest houses in the surrounding area.

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