Buying a Holiday Home: Exploring South Africa’s Lesser Known Treasures

Buying a holiday home is still seen as a luxury that most South Africans will never think about. Certain areas in South Africa have earned a reputation as providing expensive, inaccessible real estate to a largely international market. Expansive, sea-facing properties in locations like Caps Bay and Clifton easily fit this bill. But recently, there has been a decline in foreign investment, which has seen a drop in these sought after areas, and when one considers the option of renting the home out as holiday accommodation when it is not in use, as well as seeking out homes in lesser known local getaways, the prospect becomes all the more reasonable.

Here are a few less popular, and thus less expensive, areas around South Africa that you may want to consider planning your next holiday in- and perhaps your next house-hunting expedition.

  1. 1.     Baviaanskloof- Eastern Cape

The Baviaans area encompasses the Baviaanskloof and the Karoo towns of Willowmore and Steytlerville in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Known for small stock farming and for the richness of its endemic plant species, its interesting cultural heritage and its abundance of bird and animal life, the Baviaans area holds ample opportunity for outdoor recreation. It is also the gateway to the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area, which is a World Heritage Site.

  1. 2.     Langebaan- Western Cape

Almost year round sunshine, safe waters and reliable winds make Langebaan paradise for watersports lovers – particularly kite surfers, wind surfers, kayakers, yachtsmen, water skiers and fishermen. The tidal mud flats of the lagoon also attract thousands of migratory birds every year, and resident species are prolific and include greater and lesser flamingoes. Langebaan is an internationally acclaimed Ramsar Site for its importance as a wetland.

  1. 3.     Yzerfontein—Western Cape

Yzerfontein is a quiet little seaside village about 85 km north of Cape Town on the West Coast Road. Famous for its carpet of wild flowers in spring, Yzerfontein has one of the most pristine beaches that spans 16 miles, all the way to the Postberg Nature Reserve within the West Coast National Park. It’s also a fantastic destination for whale watching.

  1. 4.     Ladismith- Western Cape

Dominated by the impressive Towerkop (2198m), Ladismith is a relaxed Klein Karoo farming dorp, straddling the R62 on the way to Oudtshoorn. The small town boasts dramatic mountain scenery and wide jacaranda lined streets of carefully preserved historic, from simplified Georgian to rural Karoo.

  1. 5.     Clarens- Eastern Free State

The village of Clarens is situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in close proximity to the Golden Gate National Park and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. Clarens is an artist’s haven, with tranquil village ambience combined with scenic views and a mild climate.



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