A guide to 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 area unique and special. You are invited into the studios of crafters and artists to see how they create or, in some, to explore your own creativity.
We handpick from exceptional recommendations to invite a small selection of gems. They cannot just join.
Find what you like, use our maps to plan or follow on Facebook, for routes & fun things to do, already set out. We can also assist you with a Bespoke Itinerary.
Book directly using the links to your choice’s website.
For Quick Access: Use the search bar. The drop down list of choices will guide you to ‘What” and ‘Where’.
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.
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. -Frontier Country. The base we have chosen is Kenton-on-Sea. It is scenically stunning and situated between 2 rivers. With very good swimming options, great activities, choices of places to eat and some fantastic trips out, it is a fabulous place to holiday. The drama of early South Africa played out in this region and you can enjoy the stories of heroes and events from these interesting battlefields. Big 5 Game Reserves, San Rock Art, a gourmet mountain hideaway and some very special artist studios give this Bush and Beach destination, the edge.
The Garden Route: From the Tsitsikamma Forest, described as the Garden of Eden, with lush fernery, huge trees and water from trickling to waterfall, to Mossel Bay in the south. Stunning coastline, incredibly beautiful hikes, marine life experiences and a wealth of outdoor activities. Seafood and oysters are on the menu as well as art, wine and gin.
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! Winelands: A handful of specially selected vineyards where views are wonderful, the wines amongst the best, food is delicious plus some great activity options. Art is a part of what makes this area special. Peninsula: Beaches, mountains, a wealth of activities and in progress.
Conservation- Throughout are very special places to experience our wild habitats and incredible wild life, including The Kruger and around.
Look under Info – Destinations for information on each geographical area. Look under Plan to find some great suggested routes or Saunters.
So, make your choices and spend brilliant time out experiencing some of South Africa’s best, guided by The Saunter.
Please be aware that our site is being re-worked. Everything remains accessible, so you will still be able to plan your trips. The Info and Plan sections are changing.