Small town or city break? Both have its pros, that's for sure.
The allure of a small town, sitting pretty in the middle of the West Coast or Midlands, or perhaps even close to Golden Gate, is undeniable. The drive is a bit more time-consuming, but if you choose the right people to join your road trip, it could fly by in a jiffy.
Small towns have lots of character, a more compact selection of restaurants, maybe an artisan market or cheese shop here and there and are usually defined by its proximity to nature. It's reserved for those who choose quiet, one-horse instead of busy city streets - even if it is just for the weekend.
WATCH: Have a farm-fresh experience just 2 hours outside of Durban
But we also love cities. Don't get me wrong.
Bright lights, big city! Your choice of restaurants are endless, it's bustling and cosmopolitan, bubbling wit diversity and endless activities for singles, couples and families. Shopping, movies and bars - sign us up!
We looked at some city hotels on Booking.com and country stays on Airbnb to see what you could get for a R1 000 or less a night in a city vs a small town:
Durban vs Midlands
City: A beachfront hotel where you can walk to the beach or see it from your balcony? Please! Blue Waters Hotel is a 4-star stay close to uShaka Marine World, so the location is excellent for family trips.
Small town: A 2-hour drive from Durban you'll find the majestic Midlands or dorpies like Estcourt, situated at the foothills of the Drakensberg. Get an entire cottage with epic views and nature in abundance, for the same price.
Cape Town vs Riebeek-Kasteel
City: Dalton House in Constantia is just out of the centre of Cape Town, but offers you luxurious, ensuite accommodation plus proximity to the winelands, the city and the sea for under R1 000 a night. And just look at this pool...
Small town: The charm of Riebeek-Kasteel is absolutely undeniable. Spectacular wine, olives and restaurants, this town is a one stop, enjoyment shop! Have an entire cottage to yourself in the very centre of it all.
Joburg vs Clarens
City: Jozi is the ultimate mega-hub and melting pot of cultures. 150 m from Neighbourgoods Market, Once hostel and hotel in Joburg is located in Braamfontein. For the ultimate city experience grab a standard double room here.
Small town: The arty town of Clarens has been getting a lot of good word of mouth lately. Expect great eateries around every corner, but also go here to be active in nature as the area is known for its mountain biking and hiking trails. Get a luxe country cottage for two for R1K a night.
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