Travel: Top reasons to plan a

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Travel: Top reasons to plan a late winter getaway after lockdown

The winter months offer superbly tempting reasons to enjoy local travel post lockdown life.

Travel: Top reasons to plan a

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Assumptions are generally risky. After lockdown though, it’s probably quite safe to speculate that most South Africans will want to venture out somewhere. Possibly anywhere, as long as it’s a change in scenery from home. This may be a visit to a favourite wine estate, an outdoor picnic, a hike somewhere or a winter getaway.

A break will recharge batteries as we adjust to a more normal but fast-paced lifestyle. It’s likely to be a while before international borders open so local getaways will be the way to go in the months to come. As we currently sit at home containing cabin fever levels, take the opportunity to research a late winter getaway which comes with enticing advantages.

Cost savings

Winter is classified as low season as accommodation demand drops, often extending until September. The low season means big savings. This can entail up to a 50% discount. Some places offer deals such as stay three nights but pay for two or big midweek savings. Look for “value add” offers such as free meals or excursions. These savings enable stays at places otherwise unaffordable.

It’s quieter in winter

During South Africa’s winter months, the foreigners are busy sunning themselves on beaches in Europe or the Caribbean. South Africa’s leisure-focused accommodation establishments are generally much quieter. This also means those horrendous summer queues for nearby star tourist attractions dwindle significantly too. Many attractions offer fantastic low season deals for South African citizens.

Best game viewing

Up north where the bulk of South Africa’s magnificent game reserves can be found, it’s the dry season in the winter months. Not only can visitors enjoy great accommodation prices at this time, but also top-notch game viewing. With the lack of rain, the animals are forced to venture out to the waterholes where they become easier to see.

Warm winter days with cosy nights

South Africa still enjoys hours of sunshine during winter and the days are ideal for outdoor pursuits and activities. For the chilly evenings, it’s blissfully cosy to curl up around a roaring fireplace inside a homely farm-stay cottage or bundle up and enjoy a braai outside with a delectable glass of Cape red in hand whilst stargazing out in the bush somewhere.

Put your screen surfing to good use and indulge in some wanderlust fuelling research to plan for that winter getaway for life after lockdown. When you travel locally, you’ll be giving the South African tourism industry some much-needed support.

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