SA winter school holidays fun!

2018-06-12 19:00
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The winter school holidays is coming to an end soon and there is still lots to do across SA.

Some of you may have planned something as epic as a mid-year break exploring Disneyland or how to get your snorkel on in Thailand. But if budget and time didn't allow for that this year, fret not and start putting a savings plan in place so you can spoil your family at another time.

There are a few days left to enjoy the rest of the winter school holidays in SA though, so check out how to make the most of the last few days below. Note: School starts on Tuesday, 17 July.  

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Here are Traveller24's suggestions on what to get up to with the kids:


Winter in Mzansi gives us beautiful marine moments like dolphins riding waves with surfers and magnificent whale watching opportunities. With ‘whale watching season’, from June to November, the route along SA’s coastline is superb to view the oceans’ giants.

The most popular whale watching destination in SA, Hermanus welcomes local and international visitors to its shores in winter to get a glimpse of the migrating creatures while taking in the natural beauty of the coastal town.

The Hermanus Whale Festival, that started 26 years ago, allows visitors to celebrate the migration of Southern Right Whales and other marine wildlife with ocean-themed activities and exhibitions, emphasising education and environmentally responsible adventures and activities. This year's festival takes place from 28 to 30 September 2018.

Visitors say that whales come up close to the shore, sometimes displaying playful attitude towards the spectators! 


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This Eastern Cape escape is about 90-minutes drive from Rhodes (High clearance vehicle needed in winter). It offers a choice of chalets, suites and luxury self-catering accommodation for families.

Families with kids of varying ages will delight in the ski lessons, daily entertainment programmes as well as a lively games room. Obvioysly snowball fights, snowman building and bumboarding or tobogganing will be the order of the day. 

Pack the family into the car and head north. Famed for being one the coldest spots in South African, the Northern Cape's Sutherland is an estimated 350km from Cape Town

Sterland Guesthouses offers self-catering accommodation with breakfast and DSTv, while Blesfontein Guest Farm offers full meals by prior arrangement.

June might be the start of the season but there is lots of adventure to enjoy including stargazing and  farmyard activities such as pony and horse-riding.  

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If you find yourself in Mpumalanga or Limpopo this winter, you're within easy reach of a South African winter holiday classic.

Joburgers will find a smooth 400+ km road trip will put them in Big Five central. Check out the Mafunyane 4x4 Eco-Trail is a four day, three night, self-catering guided adventure activity in the north-western section of Kruger National Park between the Olifants and Luvuvhu Rivers. 

Although the trail is self-drive, it requires an official, professional trail guide to lead the trail and also provide the necessary interpretation en route. The trail route covers a distance of approximately 270km and all participants are required to drive their own 4x4 vehicles, with provisions for the four-day trip, including tents and camping gear, sufficient supply of water, firewood and food.   

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Mozambique, much more than golden and white sandy beaches, prawns and peri peri chicken, this unique African destination offers travellers a wealth of memorable experiences. Take the kids for one of the easiest island breaks available to South Africans. 

It's visa-free and while not essentially cheap - our rands are widely accepted.

With its magnificent coastline, warm turquoise waters teeming with fascinating marine life and abundance of coconut filled palm trees, Mozambique on the face of it is worth the visit just to enjoy the natural splendour of this south-east African nation. Despite this, the culture, history and adventure opportunities make this south-east African country a worthy addition to any African travel itinerary.     

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