South Africa is home to many dorpies (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-color 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

Dorpies of All Sizes

MapStudio has ensured to include dorpies 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 categorized alphabetically into three main groups: main dorps, other dorps and more dorpies.

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 dorpie that you’re interested in visiting. It includes a description of each dorpie, 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 dorpie.

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 dorpies that don’t have any photographs, merely a map of South Africa displaying where you can find some dorpies.

Things to Do in a Dorp - Sabie

Above: Facts about Sabie and interesting things to do

Things to Do in the Dorpies

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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If you’d like to buy a copy of Things to do in a Dorp online, you can do so from MapStudio’s website.

Physical store:

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Rivonia Village Shopping Centre
Rivonia Boulevard
Rivonia, Johannesburg
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If you would like to have the freedom to explore the area you are visiting independently, you might want to look into car hire South Africa for the perfect set of wheels.