The 25 best small towns in South Africa

Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere. And sometimes, in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself.

Explore the 25 best small towns in South Africa.

1. Clanwilliam

With the picturesque Clanwilliam and Bulshoek dams and the spectacular Cederberg mountains in the area, this town offers the perfect weekend getaway. Two hours’ drive from Cape Town, the town is the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding area, including the magnificent, but secluded Biedouw Valley.

2. Clarens

Dubbed “the jewel of the Free State”, Clarens is a haven for artistic and food-loving types. Nestled in the foothills of the Maluti mountains and a stone’s throw from Golden Gate National Park, which lies on the border between the Free State, Kwa-Zulu Natal and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, Clarens would be a serious contender for the title of “South Africa’s favourite town”.

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7 tips for improving your wildlife photography

Posted by Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year in Photography, Wildlife and the Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year post series.

The first in our series of photographic tips and gear reviews to set you on your way to becoming Africa Geographic’s Photographer of the Year

Corlette Wessels of Africa wildlife Photography believes that photography isn’t just a hobby, it allows us to capture a fleeting moment in time. That image that takes us back time and time again to the feeling, the texture, the emotion of that special moment in time. It’s not a piece of equipment or skill. It’s the cataloguing of lives, of a changing world and our connection to it.

Here are Corlette’s seven tips for creating a winning photo:

1. Know your camera

Photographic opportunities with wildlife do not occur in slow motion and most of time are unexpected and happen rather fast. You cannot sit there fiddling with the camera buttons trying to find the ideal setting when the action is taking place in front of your eyes. By the time you’ve figured it out, the action would have been long gone and you would have missed out on the ultimate shot.

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Road Tripping Botswana Namibia

The immensity of Botswana and Namibia’s wide open spaces means the journey between destinations is the real highlight of driving this region. Time to enjoy the arid beauty, reflect on the place you have been and imagine the place you are going to. To add to this, the region has one of the lowest population densities in the world. As empty as it seems, its wonders are innumerable and the highlights below are but a small selection chosen simply for their ability to lure you back to discover more.