It’s a common tip that the best way to experience a city or town is by walking it, immersing yourself in the noise (or lack of noise) for a fully authentic experience.
This walking culture has given rise to streets becoming tourist destinations themselves – may it be for the plethora of restaurants and shops, stunning buildings or just general small-town vibe that lets you disappear into your beautiful surroundings.
And you don’t have to travel far for that vibrant street experiences.
Meander down these beautiful streets of South Africa’s cities and dorpies, filled with beautiful architecture, stunning trees and colourful haunts to check out.
Church Street, Tulbagh
This small Western Cape Town has become a popular dorpie escape among South Africans, and most notably for its Church street, where you’ll find the largest concentration of National Monuments in the country.
Wale Street, Cape Town
The most popular travel postcard from SA, Wale Street is home to the city’s iconic colourful Bo-Kaap houses. But when visiting, always remember these are people’s homes and their privacy should be respected.
Herbert Baker Street, Pretoria
When in Pretoria during springtime everyone’s looking for the best Jacaranda spots, but Herbert Baker Street in Groenkloof takes the prize for the most beautiful display, including the rarer white Jacarandas!Baakens Street, Port Elizabeth
If you’re an architecture fan, a stroll through Baakens Street in Port Elizabeth is a must-do. Here you’ll find the city’s main library and city hall, and it’s right in the middle of Route 67 – a historical walk that highlights Nelson Mandela’s struggle for freedom.
Oak Avenue, Cullinan
Outside of Gauteng’s busy streets, this town on Diamond Route has a picturesque main road filled with heritage buildings, cute coffee shops, galleries and museums to tell you more about the town’s mining history.
Church Street, Victoria West
It might be a little dusty, but this Northern Cape Town will make you feel like you got stuck in time and boasts a classic Dutch Reformed church and the last art deco cinema in the country – the Apollo Theatre.
Anton Lembede Street, Durban
While the street is very long and right in the hustle and bustle of Durban, there’s a section between Samora Machel and Dorothy Nyembe streets with beautiful buildings that will make you feel like you’ve been transported to Europe. Highlights include the Albany hotel, The Playhouse Company theatre, the Old Court House Museum and – the main attraction – the Durban City Hall and Harbour Park.
Murray Street, Graaff-Reinet
Another famous dorpie in SA – and the oldest – Murray Street offers the best route through the town, with the original homes of settlers all the way to the Sundays River.
Main Street, Pilgrim’s Rest
This old mining town is genuinely stuck in the past, with its original buildings from the heydays of the gold rush turned into a museum complex on its Main Street. Just watch out for aggressive R100-car washes.
Rissik Street, Haenertsburg
Nestled on the edge of Limpopo’s Great Escarpment, this village is the epitome of a quiet escape in nature. The tree-lined Rissik is just the right spot to walk down and is the starting point for wilder hikes into the mountains.
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