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The best places to spend the festive season in South Africa

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The best places to spend the festive season in South Africa

The festive season is just around the corner. Which means that you will need to look for a fun and exciting place to spend time with your family. Living in South Africa means that there is a plethora of beautiful places to choose from for your holidays, ranging from stunning game reserves to luxurious spa retreats.

You can choose to spend time in the arid beauty of Kathu in the Northern Cape, taking in the flora and fauna of the desert area or you could head to the beaches of KwaZulu-Natal and swim in the warm Indian Ocean that Durban can be found on. Not sure where to go for your summer vacation? Below are some of the best places to spend the festive season in South Africa.


Go on a spiritual retreat in McGregor

McGregor in the Western Cape is a charming town that is full of unique things to do. Here you will find the Temenos Retreat Centre, the perfect place to go for those who need a spiritual retreat during the hustle and bustle of the end-of-year holidays.

The gardens in Temenos offer a stunning backdrop for meditation as well as daily yoga classes and guided walks through McGregor’s nature reserves. McGregor is a quiet village and will help those who feel flustered at this time of year as the slower pace allows you to relax and take stock of the year that has past. Be sure to stop off at Temenos Retreat Centre and spend time unwinding and drinking in the scenery.


Go off the beaten track in Kathu

Kathu in the Northern Cape is a town that is not often explored but provides stunning scenery of the camel thorn trees it is named after. You might be wondering why you should spend your holidays in an arid town, but the beauty of the land speaks for itself.

For golf enthusiasts, there is the wildly popular Sishen Golf Club which boasts one of the country’s most breathtaking golf courses. It is home to the annual Kalahari Classic, making it an ideal stop-off for golfers who want to experience something different. Kathu might be small, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in character. Here you are sure to find some family-friendly activities for everyone to enjoy over the holiday period.


Become one with nature in Kwa-Zulu-Natal

For some of us, there is nothing better than spending time in nature, bonding with our families in the beautiful scenery. KwaZulu-Natal offers the perfect options for those who love nature. And for those who want to live out their fantasy of living in a treehouse, there are the gorgeous Sycamore Avenue treehouses to relax and unwind in.

KwaZulu-Natal offers game park options such as the Hilltop Camp in the Big Five Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve, the stunning Ithala Game Reserve, the massive Phinda Game reserve and the popular Lion Park in Cato Ridge. The festive season is the perfect opportunity to spend time outdoors with your family, taking in the gorgeous flora and fauna of the South African countryside.


Travel the land in the Karoo

If you are staying in Kathu in the Northern Cape, you will be able to explore the vast Karoo area. There are many small, quirky towns to stop off in for your family to explore as well as several nature reserves which are full of gorgeous flora and fauna to photograph.

You can visit places such as Namaqualand, famous for its breathtaking display of daisies in August and September or even the Tankwa Karoo, home to Afrika Burn in April. The Karoo is best suited to families who do not mind “roughing it” when they drive or explore, as the towns are spaced far apart and the sun can become very warm at the peak hours of the day. Be sure to pack enough bottled water and sunscreen for everyone.


Go back to basics at the Wild Coast

The Wild Coast is the traditional home of the Xhosa people of South Africa, with two of our past presidents having been born here, namely Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki. Here you will find a rugged and, well, wild landscape with sparkling rivers that empty into the sea and cliffs that hang over deserted beaches.

The Wild Coast is the perfect place for your festive holidays because it is often quieter than the beach venues of Durban and the party hype of Johannesburg. You can spend hours lazing on the sandy bays or broaden your knowledge by going diving and exploring the ocean. There are many different ways to spend time at the Wild Coast, and every family member will find something to do that suits their needs and personalities.


Soak up the sun

If there is one thing that everyone knows about South Africa during the holiday season, it’s that it is often warm and sunny. Which means that you will need to find places that make the most of this sun and spend time with your family soaking it up and enjoying each other’s company.

You could head to McGregor in the Western Cape for a spiritual retreat, go off the beaten track in Kathu and the Karoo or you could opt for a beach vacation in KwaZulu-Natal or the Wild Coast. Whatever you choose to do, be sure to make special memories along the way.

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