Local is Lekker: Five Local Destinations for South African Travelers

Best Places to Visit for Unique Experiences in South Africa

Can’t decide where to go on holiday? Why not in South Africa? The COVID-19 pandemic has left locals with the travel bug exploring their country like never before. It is time to get out there and start travelling locally. We have a wonderful country with so much to offer, from gorgeous beaches to incredible wildlife safaris, remote destinations and energy busting city breaks.

Here are our top five local holiday destinations that won’t disappoint all the adventurous South African travellers still looking to trek.

(Disclaimer: All travellers are strongly advised to consult the relevant COVID-19 safety regulations and government restrictions at the time before travelling. Details from this blog should be factchecked with the current COVID-19 situation.)

Drakensberg, South Africa

Mpumalanga Highlands – Northern Drakensberg

There are many reasons why the Mpumalanga Highlands should place high up on your list of travel destinations. Northern Drakensberg is home to some of the most fascinating geological features, such as waterfalls like Waterval Boven, plunge pools at Bourke’s Luck Potholes or the 240-million-year-old Sudwala cave system.

We highly suggest that you go in search of the beautiful Blyde River Canyon which is the largest green canyon on earth! For all nature-lovers we recommend this scenic landscape for drives and forest walks all leading you to lush vistas.

Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

The Garden Route

The vastness of the Garden Route is what enables you to find so many gems in this area. For all adrenaline junkies and adventure seekers, we highly recommend this trip! You can go zip-lining through the Storms River treetops, jet-ski in Plettenberg Bay, golf in George or hike the numerous forest trails in the area. This trip will have more than enough to keep you busy. It is probably best to create an itinerary to fit it all in!

Self-Drive Safari, Kruger National Park

Kruger and the Lowveld

South Africa is most notably known for being the mecca of safaris and game parks. The Lowveld is a scene out of paradise for game viewers around the world, while the Kruger National Park is a marvel in itself. This experience could be glammed up or down to earth, depending what you make of it. Have a rustic experience with family in a campsite near a game park or indulge in a luxury lodge with amenities and views out of this world.

Almenkerk Wine Estate, South Africa

The Cape Winelands

The Cape Winelands just outside of Cape Town has secured a place on our top five local holiday destinations. This is due to South African wine being so well acclaimed as some of the best across the world which are usually accompanied by all sorts of weird and wonderful pairings.

The wine farms within the Winelands are usually surrounded by breath-taking settings that encapsulate rustic farm cottages or 5-star resorts and spas. You are also able to hike the myriad of hiking trails or chase after striking views from the many mountain passes you will encounter

Almenkerk Wine Estate, South Africa

Namaqualand, Northern Cape

The abundance of cultural history and wealth of minerals makes Namaqualand a tourist attraction for international travelers and locals alike. Though during Spring it is mostly populated with the vibrant bursts of colour coming from the blooming flowers. The Namaqua coastline and the banks of the Orange River are popular for their hiking trails and off-roading routes. Enjoy eye-catching vistas with fauna roaming around the diversity of habitats in the area.

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