We have handpicked some of the best places to eat, to stay, wonderful unspoiled wild areas, inviting beaches, interesting and fun things to do. The Saunter showcases extraordinary local talent and amenities that contribute to making each Saunter area unique and special. You are also invited into the studios of crafters and artists to see how they create beautiful things. Some let you to explore your own creativity. With many choices, you create your own personal itinerary. Many of the Leizure Activities, and visiting the Artists, is free. Prices are listed for other activities.
Venues are invited onto The Saunter. They cannot just join. This means that the options are of high quality and result from many, many recommendations. You can opt to visit one place, choose a couple of things to do or use our maps to plan a great itinerary. Follow on Facebook, to find lovely routes and clusters of fun things to do, already set out for you. To book ahead, call the venue directly. Options have opening times or a request to let them know ahead of time, so you are not disappointed.
Kwa-Zulu Natal: This beautiful area includes golden beaches, palms and lush subtropical vegetation, stunning gorges and magnificent mountains, Midland mellowness, African plain landscapes filled with wildlife and two World Heritage sites: uKhahlamba Drakensberg and the iSimangaliso Wetland. The area is steeped in history from San Bushmen to modern. Both colonial and traditional heritage sit side by side. There are country havens to unwind in and also, town options for those who like city buzz.
Southern Free State: Bordered by mountains, beautiful quirky, creative hot spot, Clarens, the area around, stunning Golden Gate and a world class place to chill overlooking the Sterkfontein Dam. These areas are easily added to a trip including the Drakensberg or the Battlefields.
The driving distances are pretty good. You get to see a great deal without too much time on the road. Driving time from Durban to Clarens is just 4.5 hours, to the Anglo-Zulu Battlefields is 3.5 hours, to Sodwana Bay is 4 hours, to the Northern Drakensberg takes 3.5 hours. Of course, it is the stops that make the journey special.
Eastern Cape- The Wild Coast. This is the part of South Africa that the modern world passed by. Rolling hills dotted with colourful thatched huts, estuaries forming wide sandy, simply stunning deserted beaches, rocky coves, magnificent cliffs, waterfalls and gorges plus simple outdoor holidays where your cell phone will probably. not work. Good fishing, boating, hiking and biking allow time out to truly relax. This is the best place to see The Sardine Run from the water.
The Western Cape- We are slowly building to give you what we consider to be the South African gems…. please be patient as like Rome, The Saunter was not built in a day!
Look under Area Descriptions for information on each geographical area. Look under Info to find some great suggested routes or Saunters.
So, choose an area, decide on your itinerary and spend a brilliant day, Le Weekend or a holiday to remember, on The Saunter. Relax, unwind and experience some of the best of South Africa.
Please be aware that our site is being re-worked over the next 6 weeks. Please forgive the temporary look. Everything remains accessible as we work, so you will still be able to plan your days out and holidays.
Please check the website. It varies artist to artist as these are private studios and not shops. There are other options in each area in case a particular studio is closed. Planning will be important.
The Saunter is different: For most of the studios, unless stated otherwise, call ahead to make an appointment, in case they are not in.
Please check the website to see what methods are used to avoid disappointment.
The location of some toilet facilities means that some studios do not have a toilet for the public to use. The website and the maps will indicate if a toilet is available.
Wheelchair access is shown with the wheelchair symbol.