SA's top 20 busiest towns this festive season

2014-12-10 21:00
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Cape Town - The festive season is here and this means South Africa is on the move!

While some people may be skipping their annual Christmas break this year, others are sticking to the traditional end-of-year holiday and heading off to their destinations of choice. 

In order to see where most people will be heading SafariNow analyzed a sample of 10 000 bookings put through the company's system and came up with a list of the 20 busiest towns across South Africa and neighbouring countries.

Also see: SA festive season road works to be aware of

Now, we bet you're thinking Margate, Plett, Langebaan and the likes, but the list shows another picture altogether.

The top position is, in fact, claimed by... wait for it... Colesberg. 

Yes, you read that right - COLESBERG. And equally surprising is Beaufort West following shortly in the third position. 

SafariNow explains: "While charming holiday destinations in their own right, it must be acknowledged that their positions at Number 1 and Number 3 respectively are mainly as a result of their equidistance between two of South Africa’s major cities. We can see this in that most bookings are for one night only."

Check out the full list below:

1. Colesberg – a very busy Karoo town, halfway between CT & JHB

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2. Marloth Park Conservancy – an exceptional bushveld holiday town bordering Kruger National Park

3. Beaufort West – gateway to Karoo National Park & ideal stopover between CT & JHB

4. Clarens – eateries & artistry flourish in this pretty mountain village near Golden Gate National Park

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5. Graaff-Reinet – quaint Victorian-era Karoo town near the Valley of Desolation & Camdeboo National Park

6. Oudtshoorn – a lively Karoo town famous for ostrich farming & the Cango Caves

7. Bela Bela (Warmbaths) – hot springs & wellness spas abound in this family-friendly resort town

8. St Lucia – thriving eco-village & entrance to iSimangaliso Wetland Park

9. Hazyview – a bushveld town near Kruger National Park where guesthouses & eateries abound

Pula! #Afterlight #thismorning #Mpumalanga #hazyview #getaway

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10. Plettenberg Bay – the “Reviera of Africa” offers a tempting array of restaurants & activities

11. Prince Albert – an atmospheric, arty hamlet in the Swartberg Mountains

12. Ponta do Ouro – a Mozambican village known for legendary beach parties, fishing & diving

Locals know the best hidden gems; get off the beaten track! #ThinkLessTravelMore #pontadoouro #mozambique

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13. Gariep Dam – scenic halfway stop with fabulous activities on the CT, JHB & PE routes

14. Three Sisters – peaceful Karoo stopover along the N1 highway

15. Port Alfred – sunshine, golden beaches & quaint river harbour

16. Wilderness – lovely coastal village in the heart of the Garden Route

17. Gordons Bay – pretty seaside town offering excellent beaches & waterfront development

18. Franschhoek – SA’s favourite gourmet capital in the Cape Winelands

19. Bloubergstrand – most popular beach for photographing the sunset across Table Bay

20. Hoedspruit – attractive bushveld town close to Kruger National Park & numerous private game reserves


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