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Put Your Own Backyard on Your Bucket List.


South African holidays, we think, need more of a fan club, and this is a shout-out for our very own, very beautiful heartland.

“I’m allergic to dog hair.”

“I’m allergic to the smell of paint.”

“I’m allergic to trying to sleep in a small, narrow seat for 12 hours, breathing the same air as 200 other people, while a three-year old kicks the back of my seat and the sleeping giant next to me introduces his elbow to my rib cage.”

South African holidays are tops – because we don’t know anyone who doesn’t break out into a sweat of dread and loathing at the idea of long-haul air travel in ‘cattle class.’

That, plus the fact that even when our Rand is ‘strong,’ holidaying in good old R S of A is a very much more pocket-friendly idea.

Right here on our doorstep are world-class destinations, many of which most of us have yet to visit, because we promise we’ll go there ‘one day’.

How about this year, for your winter holiday, try being a local tourist in your own country?

Here are some great suggestions for your South African holidays – put a few them on your SA travel adventure bucket list.


It’s world famous, and for a good reason. See the Big Five during winter, the best time for game spotting, and stay in well-equipped, comfortable camps. As you sit around a snapping campfire, listen out for the night time roar of lions and the laugh of hyenas.


Right on your doorstep is one of the world’s most beautiful and fascinating deserts. In the vast dunes of the Kalahari, you’ll feel as far from civilization as it’s possible to get.

How about this year, for your winter holiday, try being a local tourist in your own country?


But you needn’t rough it, if camping’s not your thing. Kalahari tourism offers loads of accommodation options that make the trip comfortable and affordable.


One of South Africa’s most beautiful scenic destinations, the ‘berg is unspoilt nature at its finest. It can get snowy in winter – but that’s part of the fun, so bring a lot of woollies, and firewood.


Head for the heart of the Karoo. Discover historic Graaff Reinet and then spend time in Nieu Bethesda, a quaint town that was the home of famous eccentric artist Helen Martens, whose Owl House and its art attract thousands of visitors every year.


The Grahamstown Arts Festival. It all happens in Grahamstown every year in late June : 11 days of amazing art in all its forms, especially the performing arts – and it’s the best on offer.

There’s drama, dance, physical theatre, comedy, opera, music, jazz, visual art exhibitions, film, student theatre, street theatre, lectures, craft fair, workshops, and a children’s arts festival. It’s a feast of treats and there’s something for everyone, plus a great festival vibe in the town itself.


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