SA family holiday fun sorted across SA

2017-09-11 14:18
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Cape Town - The spring school holidays are around the corner and we know how much the kids are looking forward to this week off, come to think of it - most parents are too - as we head towards the downhill of the long summer break.

Overlapping Heritage and Tourism Month into the full spring season, the week's school holidays takes place just after the Heritage long-weekend - which means there's a lot going on to keep the entire family entertained. 

SEE: Find your long-weekend Heritage escape with these local events around SA 

Not only have we rounded up a list of fun things to do in each of SA's main cities - but also the top holiday themes we've been featuring over the last couple of weeks. Take a look and enjoy! 

SA Heritage

At Traveller24 we like to remind ourselves that despite the negative wrap around state capture and a sluggish economy - when it comes to tourism South Africa has a lot going for it.

Last year some 10 million international travellers chose SA as their preferred holiday destination. That’s a 12.8% year-on-year increase since 2015 and our appeal has outstripped benchmarked performance in countries like Thailand (once the world’s most popular tourist destination) and Australia. And we live here!

As Heritage Day approaches, falling on a Sunday this year and bringing with it the possibilities of a refreshing long weekend (Hashtag blessed), we’ve tried to check out what #SAHeritage means to each of us, why it matters as a collective conversation and for all our diversity, what are some of the things we’re not celebrating nearly enough of. There are many good stories to be told.

From the expansion of our world heritage legacy, to our authentic foodie culture these need to be shared far and wide, but more importantly, constantly whispered beautifully into each other’s ears so that we never forget the hard-fought battles or lose our ability to recognise our humanity in each other.

ALSO SEE: Living heritage: Inside SA's 9 world heritage sites as ‡Khomani Cultural Landscape added

Mpumalanga - the place where the sun rises!

Natural beauty, rich history, warm people, loads of wildlife and even the highest brewery in South Africa – welcome to ‘the place where the sun rises’ aka Mpumalanga.

This relatively small province in the north east of the country is so much more than being home to SA’s flagship game reserve Kruger National Park - with an amazing selection of adventures just waiting for you.

And if you don’t have much time to explore Mpumalanga to the full, then the Panorama route is just the fix you need. This go-to drive will ensure you capture and enjoy the likes of Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window, Echo Caves and the Mac Mac Falls.

Hidden gems like the little town of Graskop are worth checking out as is the Genesis Route through the town of Barberton and the Makhonjwa Mountains that surround it.

As we head into spring, we can’t help but be excited by the idea of an Mpumalanga squad-deep adventure.

SEE: #LoveSA: Exploring more of Mpumalanga

SA is full of adventure

How does the idea of moving at a speed of 100 kilometres per hour into an open mine sound to you? Best you start with these Big 5 Adventures to have in and around Mzansi.

But the sky is literally the limit when it comes to your choices - You can try the Drakensberg's Ferrari to facing your fears, all the way to the urban adrenaline thrills and spills of the Mother City. The cooler winter-month adventures make it a 'go- to' year-round destination - Check out the wilder side of Western Cape here

Getting out of your comfort zone couldn't be more fun in Durban, known for more than just the delicious bunny-chow we all crave - Try these on for size.  

The Garden Route is a dream playground not to be overlooked, despite the recent fires, since most tourist attractions are up and running - getting going here.

And from sandboarding the white sands of Sunday River, abseiling in the Amatole Mountains to swinging high up at the iconic Addo Park, the Eastern Cape is waiting

SEE:SA's Big 5 adventures for adrenaline junkies

Lesser-Known coastal spots

South Africa is home to some spectacular, intriguing and picturesque coastal towns - just waiting for city-slickers to pull in with their trailers and fully stocked caravans.

From east to west, stretching across 2 700km of coastline, there is something quaint and unique waiting to be discovered in these lesser-known spots.  

Before you know it, the days will be heating up for a spot of beach camping  - in fact certain locations are year-round favourites thanks to the warmth of the tropical Indian Ocean - start planning with these 10 underrated coastal camping escapes mapped across SA.

Of course the West Coast is definitely worth a mini-weekend adventure - home to towns such as Langebaan, Hopefield, Vredenburg, Paternoster and Saldanha Bay - try this weekend guide on for size.

And while you might not think much of the town of Richard’s Bay, further towards the north along the East Coast, we’ve rounded up a few interesting things that might just surprise you. See our pick of five things to do here.

ALSO SEE: SA’s amazing coastal experiences and world-renowned beaches.

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