The joys of holidaying in a South African small town

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The joys of holidaying in a South African small town

Small towns in South Africa have a certain kind of charm. And you won’t experience quite the same atmosphere anywhere else in the world. And, of course, they aren’t all the same. These places vary in the small town experience that they offer. For example, the town of Kathu in the middle of the Kalahari Desert is known as the town under the trees and is as beautiful as that description sounds.

While the big cities may offer a certain type of entertainment, that entertainment is usually centred around the hustle and bustle of the city centre. There’s so much to see and do that you’ll have little time to actually relax. In small towns, the experiences are all offered in a relaxed manner and you can enjoy your time there at your own pace. Read on to find out the joys of holidaying in a South African small town.


Unique characters

You’ll meet some truly unique characters living in local small towns. The people who choose to live in places such as Kathu in the Northern Cape province are people who enjoy the quaint and quiet lifestyle that comes with small town living. This, of course, doesn’t mean that they aren’t interesting. In fact, you will likely find that the opposite is true of the locals. These people are filled to the brim with stories. They’ve lived in the area long enough to know everything about the history of the place.

However, if history and general knowledge aren’t what you’re interested in, people will gladly tell you all about the local myths and legends. And if you spend enough time on holiday in one of these small towns, you may even be treated to stories about the personal lives of the current inhabitants. Small town folk do generally enjoy a good gossip session. Make an effort to mingle with the people of the small town you’re visiting and keep your ears open. You will be entertained, that’s for sure.


Local businesses offer something a little different

Small towns do not follow the trends of the big cities. It is highly unlikely that you will come across a hipster burger joint in amongst the camel thorn trees, down the road from your overnight accommodation. Instead, you will see family-owned restaurants with delicious homemade meals created from recipes passed down through the generations. And in the local stores, you will discover locally made gifts you can purchase for your friends and family back home who haven’t had the luxury of visiting that particular small town. You’ll also see artworks painted or drawn by the locals and based on the scenery, stories and history of the area.

And when you support local businesses, you’re not paying inflated prices that feed the profits of large corporates. Instead, you’re helping to support people who live and breathe in the small town. You’re helping them to keep the lights on in their home and send their children to school. There’s something special about knowing you’re contributing directly to someone’s life, especially if you’re getting a delicious meal or a piece of art you can’t purchase anywhere else.


You’ll find luxury accommodation with local flavour

Small towns have the most interesting bed and breakfasts, guest houses and hotels. And often they offer the same luxurious experience as a big city, but with local flavour and scenery. For example, if you’re looking for places to stay in Kathu, you’ll find that Kathu Inn offers air-conditioned rooms with WiFi and DStv. This accommodation in Kathu also offers a taste of local life with scenery which you can enjoy while relaxing at the pool.

Accommodation in the remote places, a few hours drive from the city, will carry less of a price tag than staying in Cape Town or the centre of Johannesburg where the nightlife is more of an attraction than the relaxing surrounding.

When you stay in small towns throughout South Africa, you’ll discover that they offer comfortable accommodation, local culture and friendly people with interesting stories. You can relax in your Kathu accommodation at night and support local businesses with your patronage during the day. So, next time you’re thinking of hitting the road on holiday, choose a small town to visit. It’s an experience you won’t ever forget and certainly won’t regret.

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