If winter came early this would be the perfect excuse to do some exploring in and around South Africa. What do Dullstroom, Montagu, Clarens, Nieue Bathesda, Paternoster, Prince Albert and Tulbach all have in common?


They are all quirky, small and interesting towns that should be on your bucket list if you like to explore and do things that are a little different. It is time to think out of the box and discover places that will appeal to your adventurous spirit; winter is certainly the best time to test the waters. Winter can be depressing and dull at the best of times, yet there is only one person that can change that for you – and that is – well – you!


A little research can go a long way when looking for the best places and the most interesting spots to visit, and South Africa is certainly overflowing with quirky towns and interesting places to see and uncover.


Prince Albert:


Prince Albert is a town nestled at the foot of the Swartberg Mountains, situated in South Africa’s Western Cape, flanked by vineyards, orchards and olive farms.

The nearby Swartberg Nature Reserve presents panoramic views that stretch forever, and for those keen on historical artifacts, the ancient San rock art will satisfy most artistic palates. A must-visit is the Fransie Pienaar Museum and there is even a functioning moonshine distillery.


The Tulbach Hotel is a stunning, up-market establishment where your stay is guaranteed to be a pleasing experience. Visit some of the nearby olive farms that are a stone’s throw away from the town centre, where you can partake in an olive tasting, and stock up on excellent olive oil to take back home.

Nieu-Bethesda :

If Nieu-Bethesda is not already on your bucket list, then you absolutely have to include this town. There is a little something for everyone in this town nestled at the foot of the Sneeuberge which is not far from Graaff Reinet. The town was founded in 1975 and an absolute must see and must do is the Own House museum that showcases over 300 statues by Helen Martins. There is much to see and do in South Africa – and if winter came early – even better!