Spring is around the corner. Locals looking for a bit of R&R can tuck themselves away in the folds of the Drakensberg, alternatively the whales are still providing a most spectacular sight along our Southern African coastline - and of course there are a few firm family favourites calling.
Even if you're in the mood for something a exotic - we have a recommendation or two for you to plan around.
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Why: September is perhaps the best time to visit the magnificent- all-year-round destination of the Drakensberg. Before the hot, humid summer and rains arrive, and after the cold spells of winter have passed, head outdoors in September and hike, fish, horse-ride or relax at the pool in South Africa’s beautiful version of the Alps.
Best way to get there: From Gauteng, the best way to get there is to fly from OR Tambo International Airport to King Shaka International Airport - from R884 roundtrip. It’s a 2.5 to 3 hour drive from the airport.
Accommodation: It can vary from R700 per night upwards. Accommodating up to six people with full self-catering facilities, and on-site activities and dining options, the Alpine Heath Resort is an obvious choice for South African families. Try this spring special at Alpine Heath Resort, priced from R950 per person for all 3 nights.
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Where: KZN’s Wild Coast
Why: South Africans looking to escape from the daily grind can find a simpler, more relaxed existence on the tranquil Wild Coast. With mild temperatures and the warm Indian Ocean water beckoning, September is a wonderful time to visit.
Best way to get there: The best way to get to the coastal hub of Port Edward is to fly into Durban's King Shaka International Airport and make the two-hour, scenic drive. Opt for a fly-stay-drive package for the best price deal.
Accommodation: South Africans can grab a 3-night Flight Centre special at the family-friendly Wild Coast Sun, including a round trip flight from Johannesburg to Durban, car hire and accommodation, priced from R3 790 per person sharing.
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Where: Umhlanga, Durban
Why: With pleasantly warm temperatures, none of the melting summer humidity and fewer crowds, the spring shoulder season is the perfect time to visit Durban’s beach playground of Umhlanga.
Best way to get there: Visitors can fly into King Shaka International Airport and hire a car to make the 20-minute drive. A fly-stay-drive package is the best way to save.
Accommodation: Rates vary based on what accommodation travellers are looking for, but expect to pay from R700 upwards, more if the hotel is situated directly on the beach. Try this spring mini-break, 3-night package at Umhlanga’s Urban Park Hotel, including a roundtrip flight from Johannesburg, car hire and B&B accommodation, is priced from R3 880 per person sharing.
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Where: Langebaan, West Coast
Why: The Beautiful Blu Lagoon is a firm favourite amongst Capetonians who wish to relish the warm and crystal waters of the Kraalbaai. With the wonderful flower season coming up, Kite surfing opportunities and optional visits to Paternoster its a great way to unwind.
Best way to get there: From Gauteng the best way to get there is to fly from Lanseria or OR Tambo - round-trip costing approximately R1300.
Accommodation: Options varies from R600 per night to luxury options up to R10 000 with Perfect Hideaways giving a real special luxury experience.
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Where: Hermanus, Western Cape
Why: Whale season is in full swing and the sea is getting warmer.
Best way to get there: From Gauteng the best way to get there is to fly from Lanseria or OR Tambo roundtrip costing approximately R1 300.
Accommodation: Options varies from R600 per night to luxury options for R2 700 at the Arabella Sheraton.
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Where: Sun City, North West
Why: A firm favourite with landlocked Gautengers wanting some fun in the sun on the beach. Spring is a great time to visit as there are much fewer crowds than the busy peak summer travel season. The popular Valley of Waves has also just re-opened after being closed for its scheduled annual maintenance in July and August.
Best way to get there: It’s between a two and a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria to Sun City. South Africans flying in from elsewhere can rent a car and make the easy drive.
Accommodation: Positioned on the edge of a beautiful lake, the Cabanas is the most relaxed of all the on-site Sun City hotels and are ideal for families and trendsetters. Flight Centre has a 2-night midweek stay is priced from R1 070 per person.
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Where: Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard
Why: Imagine waking up to the sounds of the waves and smell of the ocean on a spring day on Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard. The beginning of spring is a wonderful time to visit, with many events and festivals underway, flowers blooming and whales arriving on the coast.
Best way to get there: From Gauteng, the best way to get there is to fly from Lanseria or OR Tambo International Airport. A roundtrip costs approximately R1 500.
Accommodation: Accommodation ranges from R600 to R4 000 and up. The oceanfront Radisson Blu Le Vendome Hotel in Sea Point is ideally situated for hitting the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, walking the Sea Point Promenade or shopping and dining at the V&A Waterfront.
A 2-night spring special, including round trip flights from Johannesburg, car hire and B&B accommodation, is priced from R3 990 per person sharing.
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Why: Because South Africans don't need a visa and 'this vibrant city' is wonderful for shopping without breaking the Rand bank.
Best way to get there: Fly direct with Turkish Airways - search deals with Travel Check. A 5 day break away will cost you in the region of R 11 400 per person.
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* These deals are recommendations. Prices were correct at the time of publishing.