Which SA dorpie is right for your long weekend break?

Want to take a dorpie break for the long weekend?

There are so many options to choose from in South Africa that it might overwhelm you - but not all dorpies have the same offerings. 

Whether you're looking for that adrenaline rush, want to gorge on local cuisine, chill on the beach, in the mountains or just want to not deal with other people, here's our selection of dorpies from a few provinces for every mood.

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Western Cape

Adventure

Grabouw - In the shadow of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, you can go zipline through the mountains or opt to kloof your way through Suicide Gorge.

Drink and Food

Tulbagh - This is a delightful wine region with also delectable restaurants that have refined platteland cuisine.

Beach

Kleinmond - Just before the hustle of Hermanus, its beach offers quiet respite and lovely long walks along its coastline.

Mountain

Greyton - This small yet picturesque town is surrounded by a plethora of hiking trails. 

Quiet

Prince Albert - Enjoy the peace and quiet offered by this iconic Great Karoo town where life moves a little slower. 

READ: Cheese, bougainvillea and slow living in the Great Karoo 

Eastern Cape

Adventure

Storms River - At the heart of the Tsitsikamma region, you can hike the national park, tube your way the river with the same name or glide through canopies of giant trees. 

Drink and Food

Jeffreys Bay - While a surfing central, this coastal town is also well-known for its great seafood alongside two local breweries. 

Beach

Morgans Bay - The most accessible town on the stunning Wild Coast route. 

Mountain

Hogsback - Step back into a fairy tale setting right in the Amatola Mountain range. 

Quiet

Bathurst - The smallest of dorpies, life here moves as slow as its famous giant pineapple. 

SEE: Just a little hocus pocus: A guide to the fairy realm of Hogsback 

Northern Cape

Adventure

Kakamas - Right on the Orange River, this cute town is the perfect starting point to explore the roar of the Augrabies Falls.

Drink and Food

Nieuwoudtville - On the edge of the Cederberg, take on the rooibos route alongside the most delicious roosterkoek you will ever have.

Beach

Hondeklipbaai - Aside from the Aristea shipwreck and abalone farm, this town is all about breaking away from the world and take the opportunity to sit solace on an unoccupied beach. 

Mountain

Calvinia - This Great Karoo town is surrounded by the Hantam and Roggeveld Mountains. 

Quiet

Sutherland - The best place in South Africa to do stargazing, this is where you go when you want your mind to shut up.

MAPPED: A visual guide to the Namaqua Coastal Route of the Northern Cape 

KwaZulu-Natal

Adventure

Sodwana Bay - Another tiny dorpie, it's situated in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and has one of the best diving spots in the world.

Drink and Food

Howick - The heart of the Midlands, this is a great base to enjoy the area's best foodies experiences - like Piggly Wiggly. 

Beach

Zinkwasi - The north coast town is an all-consuming coastal eco-experience with endless golden beaches and lush tropical palms.  

Mountain

Underberg - Right at the foot of the Drakensberg, if you've ever wanted a snowy holiday this is the place. 

Quiet

Ixopo - An unassuming Midlands town, it's home to a very zen Buddhist centre. 

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Free State

Adventure

Parys - While the town itself is quaint, it's also the gateway to the adventure that awaits in the Vredefort Dome.

Drink and Food

Clarens - The most popular dorpie of the Free State, this is the best place to taste your way through a long weekend.

Dam

Deneysville - Right on the banks of the Vaal Dam, this little hamlet is also just more than an hour from Joburg's city centre. 

Mountain

Rosendal - On the edge of the Witteberge, this farming town offers incredible 360-degree views and promises absolute relaxation.

Quiet

Fouriesburg - Touted as an alternative to the bustling Clarens, this is the spot to escape the weekend crowds. 

READ: From fishing in Kroonstad to bird-watching in Bloem, discover the hidden gems of the Free-State 

Limpopo

Adventure

Hoedspruit - This dorpie is on the edge of Kruger National Park and considered a mecca for wildlife adventures. 

Drink and Food

Tzaneen - Limpopo's traditional cuisine involves umqombothi and mopane worms, and their best eaten in this big dorpie. 

Springs

Bela-Bela - With natural hot springs as the town’s main attraction, you are in for a steamy soak session within the peaceful African.

Mountain

Modimolle - On the edge of the Waterberg massif, this wild town offers ziplining, hiking and 4x4 adventures.  

Quiet

Haenertsburg - A hidden jewel of Limpopo, this town is easily missed if you don't know where to look in the Magoebaskloof.

SEE: Your guide to Limpopo’s best lodges for the ultimate in bush bliss 

Mpumalanga

Adventure

Sabie - An adventure mecca for rafting, canoeing and other extreme activities - you will have too much to choose from.

Drink and Food

Dullstroom - Tuck into the local favourite trout, or head to the Art of Food for pretty plates. 

River

Witrivier - As its name suggest, explore this town for its food, activities and laidback atmosphere. 

Mountain

Barberton - The Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains is a World Heritage Site for its important geological data. 

Quiet

Emgwenya - Formerly known as Waterval Boven, this town is where your spirit can rest among its interesting stone circles. 

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