After a challenging year, most of us are on the lookout for a holiday destination that will help us forget the woes of 2020. Relaxation and adventure remain a top priority for many South Africans -with 82% of people looking for something new.
With so much to do in each province and so little time, where do you start? Here is a handy list of things to do in each province.
For a good holiday, South Africans are willing to fork out anything between R5,000 to R100,000 for the more exclusive getaway. There are plenty of things to do in Cape Town that do not revolve around the V&A waterfront, Lions Head and a hike up Table Mountain. Some affordable activities you can do are:
HintHunt at the Old Biscuit Mill a literal escape for families with older children. With live escape games that are perfect for group activities and bonding, you will enjoy solving mysteries and puzzles in order to escape.
Walking tour of the city is a great way to explore the city on the ground. This free tour gives you insight into the city, it’s history and scenic sights. All you will need are boots for walking and you are set.
Explore live music at various neighbourhood markets such as Mojo Market in Sea Point or Bay Harbour in Hout Bay for a mixture of local entertainment and good food. The price will be based on how much you are willing to spend at a range of stalls that are set up, but the vibe that is offered is free.
As many as 80% of South Africans want to feel that they have broadened their horizons when they come back from their holiday. Here are some suggestions if you will be in Johannesburg for the festive season:
StokeCity Adventure Park has something for the whole family with admission fees for a day visit at R40. The price will vary for different activities. Activities range from obstacle courses, water skiing and wakeboarding which is a great way to cool down from the Joburg summer heat.
Amazing Mazes offers group activities that are family-friendly where you get to spend the day exploring mazes and secret gardens that challenge you mentally to escape. Prices ranging from R150 per adult and R100 per child.
The Northgate Shopping Centre Ice Rink is a great place to show off your cool moves or learn a few. It will give you a break from the heat and also have fun with some of the themed parties that they host. The entrance fee is R80 and skate hire at R35.
If you are part of the 74% of South Africans who would rather spend their time at the beach for their holiday listening to the waves, here are some of the things to do in Durban:
Take a 30-minute harbour boat cruise where you get to explore the Durban Sky-line from another perspective. You are allowed to bring your own cooler box while you are on cruise and you may even spot an array of birds. Bring the whole family for only R80 per person.
Wilsons Warf is filled with luxury yachts, racing boats, and sailing boats to see and with the array of restaurants and food spots to top off the day, it is a convenient way to explore Africa’s busiest port.
Enjoy a Sunset sundowner cruise aboard a catamaran offered by Hakuna Matata Charters for a small fee of R180 per adult and R120 per child. You get to spend an hour of the sunset at sea to end the day relaxed.
Port Elizabeth and East London
Whether you are headed to the windy city or planning on taking a sho't left to the historic East London there is plenty to do against the scenic backdrop that both places offer:
Zipline across Africa’s longest zipline at Adrenaline Addo Adventure Park. Enjoy the beautiful backdrop of nature at its best. While the zipline has an automated stopping system for safety purposes, you won’t have to worry about slowing down. If heights are not your thing, you can always enjoy a relaxing horseback ride along the beach at Sardinia Bay.
Experience the Indian Ocean like you have never before on the cliffs at Morgan Bay in East London. This is suitable for family holidays where the setting is tranquil and you get to enjoy breath-taking views of the Indian Ocean.