South Africa

Conveniently tucked between the bustling resort towns of Knysna and George, tranquil Sedgefield sits on the banks of a coastal lagoon and boasts the honour of being known as Africa’s slowest town. Mosaicked tortoises and an abundance of speed humps line the suburban streets enforcing the town’s motto as the place where ‘the tortoise sets the pace’ and locals are said to be so stress-free that they live well into their nineties. 

The tiny town is the first African member of the Cittaslow movement which champions the health benefits of slowing down the pace of modern life. Sedgefield’s Myoli Beach oozes serenity and is the perfect place for those that want to take the region’s ‘life in the slow lane’ motto to heart with long beach walks. Those with an appetite for adventure won’t be disappointed as sports including kite surfing, surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, and wakeboarding are super popular.