Following the surprise announcement by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni of personal tax cuts in his Budget Speech just in time for next month’s school holidays there may be a few extra rands for a family break before we head into winter. Here are a few family-friendly places to consider travelling to in South Africa before we hunker down for the winter.
Buckler’s Africa Lodge by BON Hotels is a luxury lodge boasting sixteen self-contained units. Ranging from two- to four-sleeper options, Buckler’s is the ideal destination for a romantic retreat or exciting family getaway.
Located close to the Crocodile Bridge Gate near the Kruger National Park, Buckler’s Africa Lodge by BON Hotels is conveniently placed along the banks of the Crocodile River, affording guests breathtaking views of the Park. Whether you’d like to laze on the deck and watch the animals of the Park go about their day, or get a headstart on the lions with an early morning safari, an array of activities suited to your taste is available.
If you’re looking for a more fast-paced holiday, with a melting of cultures and endless foodie and cultural experiences, Cape Town is the ideal city. Set your home base up at Latitude, Sea Point’s latest aparthotel concept, that allows for independent living with the added comfort of hotel-quality services to cater to your needs. If you’re travelling solo, with friends, or as a family, Latitude is perfectly located for access to the best food, culture and adventure the city has to offer.
This location is great if you’d like to explore the city on foot, or with minimal driving. Within five minutes’ walk is the famous Mojo Market, open 7 days a week, with over 30 food stalls and various lifestyle offerings and live music. For something a bit more exotic, pop round for a dinner at Andalousse Moroccan Cuisine, a restaurant that offers the incredible flavours of Morocco.
A bit further up the road you will find Coco Safar, a luxury all-day cafe serving specialty coffee and rooibos but, if you’re more laidback and fancy a quick cuppa, head to Bootleggers and try one of their renowned coffees.
If you’re a nature lover keen for a break from the bustle of city life, but the idea of getting shut eye in a sleeping bag is putting you off, glamping may just be your new best friend. Get the best of both worlds with the escapism of the outdoors, without having to sacrifice your fully-fitted kitchen and luxurious bathroom facilities.
AfriCamps Boutique Glamping at Ingwe in Plettenberg Bay is conveniently situated just 10 minutes away from the beach, making this glamping site ideal for fishing trips. Be sure to chat to one of the local guides for expert tips on making that catch, and pick one of the many scenic spots for a picturesque picnic by the sea for the whole family to enjoy.