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Things to Do in a Dorp – the best road trip guide

by Bianca van der Bergh on 15 October 2013

South Africa is home to many dorps (Afrikaans for towns) that stretch from the Western Cape to Limpopo. If you like to avoid highways to enjoy taking the scenic back route, then this full colour guide will become your best friend.

Things to Do in a Dorp on a map of South Africa

Above: Things to Do in a Dorp on a map of all the dorps

Dorps of All Sizes

MapStudio have ensured to include dorps of all sizes, scattered all across South Africa’s nine provinces, so you have no excuse to start planning that South African road trip you’ve always wanted to experience. For easy navigating, the dorps have been catergorised alphabetically into three main groups: main dorps, other dorps and more dorps.

Some of the great dorps you’ll find in the guide include:

  • Ballito
  • Bela-Bela
  • Darling
  • Hartbeespoort
  • Kimberley
  • Langebaan
  • Parys
  • Simon’s Town
  • Tzaneen
  • Vryburg

Everything you Need to Know About a Dorp

This guide has everything you need to know about a dorp that you’re interested in visiting. It includes a description of each dorp, some great fast facts, handy tourism information and contact details (should you need to know something that isn’t covered in the guide). There’s also a list of some fun activities that you can enjoy as well as a list of sights you simply have to see in order to fully experience each dorp.

You’ll also find interesting photographs for the main dorps and other dorps which gives you some idea of what to expect in these dorps. However, there are a few dorps that don’t have any photographs, merely a map of South Africa displaying where you can find some dorps.

Things to Do in a Dorp - Sabie

Above: Facts about Sabie and interesting things to do


Things to Do in the Dorps

Each dorp has a list of things to do. These include:

  • Hiking
  • Restaurants
  • Places of interests
  • Historical sites
  • Musuems
  • Arts and crafts
  • Mountain bike/4×4 routes
  • Surfing
  • Horse riding
  • Festivals and events

These are just some of the things to do that are listed in this guide.

Great accommodation options have been included for some of the dorps, should you feel like you need to spend the night and do some more exploring the next day. MapStudio has also highlighted some events and festivals that take place throughout the year for you to experience the best that each dorp has to offer.

It’s clear that MapStudio have outdone themselves once again. Things to Do in a Dorp shows just how many South African dorps are waiting to be explored by tourists and South Africans alike. It’s packed with so much useful information and it’s the perfect size to pack in your cubby-hole and carry in your handbag. So start planning your South African road trip adventure today.

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