12 SA activities the summer crowds won't know about

2015-10-29 14:43 - Sam Smith
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Cape Town - Due to the low Rand and arguably the very best weather on the planet, South Africans can expect an extra busy holiday season - with visitors from all over the world coming to claim their part of paradise.

While we know how much fun a crowd can be, there are places that might be best enjoyed without 10 thousand other tourists joining you. 

Traveller24 has put together a list of activities that are best enjoyed without the crowds or long queues - here you go: 

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1. Skinny dip at The Beach – Koggelberg Nature reserve

A clean and pristine river hidden from the path offers the perfect spot to go bare. Lie back on the soft white beach and work on your tan. 

READ: Betty's Bay - a little slice of paradise between mountains and sea

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2. Head to Honest Chocolate on Saturday nights after 10:00... 

This perfect, intimate little Gin Bar will make you feel as though you have entered the best kept secret in the city... Only, it won't be so "secret" when Cape Town fills up with tourist in December.


3. Explore mystery islands in the Northern Cape - Kanoneiland

The magical islands in the Northern Cape is a site you could never imagine if you have not been there. Vineyards, rivers and a green pastures will quiet any stress out soul. Stay over in the honeymoon suite at African Vineyard Guesthouse and have a masseuse pamper you in the comfort of your own room.

PICS: Northern Cape and West Coast beautifully carpeted in colourful daisies



4. Swim at Mkambati Nature Reserve falls and pools between Port Edward and Port St Johns

Tired of the noise at the public pool? Feast your eyes on wildlife, breathtaking views and a clear blue rock pool. 

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5. Capture your inner zen at Cape Town Central Library

This rich heritage site holds all the inspiration you need to kick start your summer travels. PLUS, it's the perfect escape from the unrelenting summer heat. 

READ: South Africa's Top 10 museums - as voted by visitors



6. Sweet retreat - Free dive at Maalgat rock pool in the 
Cederberg

A secluded rock pool tucked into the mountains will be a sweet release for any zen seeker. Cool off in the Hippo Pool - it's the best reward after a hike in the mountains. 




7. Release your inner child at Old Mac Daddy Caravan Park - Elgin

Leave your business suits and ties at the office this summer. Find your escape from Cape Town in Elgin's fun and quirky caravan park. Old Mac Daddy boasts dams, themed caravans and play areas away from any waterfront or shopping mall. 

READ: The secret is out at Old Mac Daddy...



8. Beat traffic with a rickshaw - Durban

Are you getting your heels trampled on the way to the bar? Jump into a rickshaw for a journey with a difference. 

READ: The local food-lover’s guide to Durban and surrounds

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9. Dancers - Opt for Sunday salsa at a Buena Vista Social Cafe

On Sunday evenings, while everyone is at home, a crowd of Latin lovers gather to dance the night away. Join them every Sunday evening at your local Buena Vista! 


10. Sultry summer - take advantage of the Cable Way Sunset special

Table Mountain Cable Way offers a fun end to a day hike up the mountain.  Travellers can watch the sunset and the city light up from one of the seven wonders of the world. It is now offering its half price special to visitors, starting 1 November 2015. 

READ: Table Mountain Cableway launches half-price sunset special for summer




11. Beat the surf school queue and teach yourself to surf at a secret beach! 

Dust off your surfboard and start practicing now. Once school's out, surf schools will be overflowing with aspiring surfers.

READ: 7 Secret beaches on the Wild Coast




12. Get lost at Emily Moon restaurant - Plettenberg Bay

Escape in between the Outeniqua Mountains and the Tstitsikamma Forest to Emily Moon. Treat yourself to the most divine chocolate fondant in South Africa! Have a most romantic night across a peaceful valley of beauty over looking rivers and wildlife.  

READ: 5 SA coastal spots for an inspiring weekend break


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