It is not only tourist places that you often look forward to visiting, at times you wish to escape to some quiet places in South Africa as this country has plenty of such soothing and isolated places.
Traveling to such places can be exhilarating, eye-opening and, more often than not, transforming.
Getting off the bustle and rush of seeing, doing and experiencing the abundance of what South Africa has to offer can often prove too much for the wearied tourist.
Top Tranquil Places in South Africa
Here are some really splendid and quiet Places in South Africa that are beautiful, peaceful and remote.
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1. Northern Drakensberg
The northern Drakensberg is famous for its Amphitheatre – KZN’s most snapped wall of basalt peaks which is 100 metres up; a height maintained for about 5 km, from where the place got its name – dragon mountains.
You can even scale the mountain if you’re fond of mountaineering love heights and can handle a chain ladder.
There are many other ways to export the place as it is awash with walks and hiking paths, the majority of which take you on a journey into space and peace.
2. Tankwa Karoo
This stark yet ruggedly elegant part of the Karoo is out in the middle of the country’s interior miles from anything that you can claim remotely to be a city, to be more precise. You’ll get accustomed yourself to great distances, open spaces, vast blue skies, and silence so loud that it roars.
This tranquil place in South Africa is the centre of the Roggeveld Karoo where dirt roads are prominent, getting anywhere will make you pass at least one mountain and the vistas are pretty much splendid.
3. The Village Of Rhodes
Time and residents of SA have both forgotten about Rhodes where it sits perched in between the huge mountains in its quaint Victorian-style charm that appears insignificant until you arrive in this cottage endowed and tree-lined historical town.
Long silence and star-studded skies dominate the place. You can have a 4X4 drive up and down eight linked passes through mountains that act as the border between the Eastern Cape and Lesotho.
Here you should choose your visit mindfully to miss any serious 4X4 community weekends, the Wild Trout Flyfishing Festival (March) and the annual Stoepsitfees (Feb).
This place in South Africa is located on the lower reaches of the Duiwenhoks River, at the south of Heidelberg which also has enough off-the-beaten-track to have remained ‘undiscovered’ by most.
Its name is something startling which means ‘entertainment’ or ‘amusement’ but it is up to you to decide. The city’s main road is a handful of white-walled Cape-style cottages, and sometimes open shop also.
Earlier what used to act as a toll house and halfway spot between Still Bay and Riversdale is now known as one of the quiet places in South Africa that no-one else discovered.
5. Hluleka, Wild Coast
It is just a breathtaking Marine Protected Area that lies midway between Coffee Bay and Port St Johns, covering 4 km of the Wild Coast, considered to be one of the quietest places in the country due to its roads as they aren’t that amazing and you’ve wished to visit to venture out here.
In addition to being a rough drive, it can be described as beautiful with cliffside chalets and then you can get a chance to kayak and dive its shores or hike alongside the beach whilst watching out for the long list of birds and wildlife.
6. He Richtersveld
This appears to be a harsh environment – it can be described as the massive, mountainous desert that lies in the extreme north-west corner of the country offering tranquillity so loud you’ll have withdrawal symptoms upon leaving.
Here you will some of the world’s richest desert flora litter the Martian scapes of the Richtersveld National Park, a World Heritage Site, and it is home to what remains of the Nama people who name these succulents ‘halves’ or half-human.
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