Cape Town - It's that time of year when another American tradition hooks its claws into South African consumers: the deals extravaganza that is Black Friday.
Many see this as a great opportunity to get their Christmas shopping done, but some feel appalled by the blatant extravagant consumerism it manifests.
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#BlackFriday deals however extend beyond that million inch plasma TV or the latest overpriced iPhone X. Instead of cluttering up your home with more junk, you could get your next holiday for super cheap with deals on accommodation, flights and tour packages as midnight strikes on 24 November.
Need to book a last-minute December holiday? Want to sort your travel plans for next year already? Then check out these awesome travel deals that will impress the Scrooges in your life.
Escape to the bush with CapeNature - 50% off (Selected Reserves)
You could get your next nature break in the Western Cape for ridiculous prices. CapeNature has jumped on the #BlackFriday bandwagon and will be running accommodation deals on their website from midnight on Friday.
You need to create your online booking profile now so that you don't hit any delays on the day, and to save more time make a list of all your favourite reserves so that you can make your bookings quickly.
SEE: How to have the wildest year with CapeNature
#GreenFriday with Wild Card
Why not compliment your nature holiday with a Wild Card, giving you free access to most nature reserves and national parks in SA? They're going with #GreenFriday, and will be offering a one-day-only deal on a year's Wild Card membership.
You thus get free access to over 80 parks, many of which will be close to where you live, and contribute to conservation in our green country. Also, visiting them all would make one hell of a country-wide road trip.
SEE: SANParks new Wild Card tariffs ahead of peak season
Fly to dream destinations with Travelstart
Don't feel like bouncing between all the airlines' websites looking for the best #BlackFlyday deals? Travelstart has got all the specials in one spot, so you should be able to find your dream destination - if you're the super early bird!
You can sign up to get the latest updates on their deals, and it will run the whole weekend until Cyber Monday, depending on how many of their discounted flights are left. We're sure your grandparents would love a surprise visit from their favourite grandchild!
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Get down with insane specials at Flight Centre
Want to grab amazing holiday deals in person? Visit a Flight Centre store on #BlackFriday and be first in line for discounted holiday packages and flights. They have released a few pre-Friday deals already, with cheap flights to Dubai, Paris and New York.
If you don't want to face the crowds on Friday, Flight Centre will also be revealing more ridiculous deals on Cyber Monday for online purchases only.
Contiki your way through the world
You don't have to wait for #BlackFriday to roll around for Contiki specials - travellers up to 35-years-old can book tours now with 30% off. You can bounce between European cities, experience Asian hot spots like Vietnam and Cambodia, or travel to the other side of the world to Latin America.
Some of the tours do have date constraints, so be sure your passport is travel ready. If you need more time to prepare, Contiki also has a 10% special for 2018 trips.
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Juicy mileage reduction with Lufthansa
The German airline will be offering 25%* on Black Shopping Day at Lufthansa WorldShop - with 3 000 award redeemed miles automatically credited to your shopping basket as soon as you have chosen your products. The reduction is not redeemable for cash.
"Take your time to browse through our large variety of products or search for specific gifts for your loved ones."
Offer available: 23.11. – 24.11.2017, online at worldshop.eu - subject to certains T&Cs.
Relax in luxury with Thompsons Holidays
For more mature travellers looking for luxury, South African based Thompsons Holidays offer packaged trips including flights, accommodation and cruises, to hot destinations like Mauritius, Zanzibar, India and Seychelles. They even have local South African packages if you want to see more of your own country.
The company will be kicking off their own #BlackFriday deals, which they will announce on the day. Keep an eye on their social media pages to see when their sale starts.
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