Many a local, living in a popular destination with globally acclaimed attractions, has lamented the crazy life of expensive entry fees and pricing.
However, more and more iconic attractions are offering locals an opportunity to share in the spoils of their heritage - for less. Sho’t Left Travel Week, launched at Africa’s Travel Indaba 2019, is one such initiative.
The campaign aims to get local travellers excited about exploring their own country by offering them the opportunity to buy discounted local deals and packages for one week only.
The Sho’t Left Travel Week sale will be taking place from 23-29 September, 2019 - but travel and experiences are not limited to this week. Keep an eye here for full deal details. South African Tourism confirms, to date 261 trade partners have registered for this year’s instalment of the campaign.
As September is Tourism Month and usually plays host to a free access week across some of SA's 21 national parks - so don't miss that either.
However, if you've been wanting to plan a winter escape of note in your own backyard, start with these three spots in and around SA, where locals can enjoy a more affordable rate.
Robben Island, just off the tip of Cape Town, is one of South Africa's most iconic World Heritage Sites. Legendary for its role as a political melting pot that moulded and developed some of SA's stalwart struggle icons and in turn shaped the democratic country we know today.
As the most recent to join a growing list of affordable iconic attractions for locals, the island has revised its pricing model after 22 years to enhance its long-term financial sustainability - with the new pricing set to come into effect from June 2019.
This place is so much more than a tourist trap. It is the depository of painful memories turned into wise reflections of the past. With a special rate for locals, experiencing Robben Island is now a must for all South Africans.
- Standard Fee Adult R550 and Child R300
- Local Fee Adult R380 and Child R200
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Cape Point, often mistaken for the southernmost tip of Africa (which is in fact Cape Agulhas), sees more than 1.2m visitors annually. It offers panoramic views of one of Southern Africa's most exceptional vantage points.
It's famous funicular, named after the legendary Flying Dutchman Ghost Ship, runs through dense fynbos and gets visitors up to 214m above sea level, leaving just a short flight of steps for the best view over the South Western Corner of Africa. A key appeal of this funicular is that it is also wheelchair-friendly giving the elderly and physically unfit an easy access to these beautiful views.
South African National Parks (SANParks) confirmed in November last year, conservation fees to Cape Point would be cheaper for South African citizens, SADC citizens and foreigners with a SA residency permit.