This year may well be the year you shelve your passport temporarily and with it your hopes of travelling to far-flung destinations. That’s no reason to ditch your holiday plans however! With domestic travel high on the agenda for many South Africans, it’s time to explore what millions of foreign tourists keep seeing in our wonderful country. Here are some of our top value-for-money activities that won’t break the bank in 2016…
Mix it up in Montagu
There are several reasons why every South African should visit Montagu at least once in their life. Just two hours’ drive from Cape Town, this little town is a hidden gem with hot springs and natural beauty all around. When you stay at Avalon Springs, you’ll find yourself right in the middle of one of the area’s most popular attractions. All of the pools at Avalon Springs are filled with water flowing from natural hot springs in a cavern 5 metres underground. Bathe in a hot spring sipping delicious cocktails while your kids are more than happy playing on the 60 metre waterslide.
When you’re done relaxing in the hot springs, there are still loads of other activities in the surrounding Montagu area, including hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, wine and river cruises, visiting museums and art galleries, and many more. For a full range of information on activities and attractions in Montagu visit http://www.montagu.org.za/what-to-do/
Sun, sand, and surf in Scottburgh
Scottburgh is a small resort town in KwaZulu-Natal, just 58 km south of Durban, with a beautiful Blue Flag beach and warm ocean waters all year round. When staying at the Blue Marlin Hotel, families can enjoy easy access to Scottburgh Beach, a great beach for swimming. You’ll also find a whole range of other activities including fishing, body boarding, surfing, canoeing, a waterslide, and mini-golf.
When you’ve had your fix of sun, sand, and surf, head over to Crocworld Conservation Centre where you can view crocodile feeding, snake demonstrations, a bird aviary and an animal farm.
Have a jol in Hartenbos
Staying at Hartenbos Lagoon Resort along the Garden Route? If you haven’t been to Knysna before, you’re missing out on one of the trendiest coastal towns the country has to offer. With the Hartenbos beach achieving Blue Flag status, you’ll be able to enjoy a clean and safe beach to relax on in the summer heat. You can also visit the Hartenbos Waterpark which is said to have the biggest variety of waterslides in the Western Cape. With waterslides named “The Freefall” and “Daredevil”, expect an adrenalin-fuelled day.
Laidback vibes in Citrusdal
Nestled at the base of the Cederberg Mountains in the Olifants River Valley, Citrusdal is the ideal getaway for families seeking to relax within the confines of a natural haven. Staying at Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort will ensure you never have to venture too far to find adventure. Offering a whole range of activities like bird watching and walking trails for the nature-lover or zip lining, target shooting and mountain biking for the more adventurous at heart – this is the place to be!