As the world of travel slowly opens in South Africa, many travellers are starting to plan their well-deserved vacations. With provincial leisure travel now being allowed during lockdown level 2, locals can now finally pack their bags and travel anywhere in the country. But with that being said, there are a few things we have to take into consideration before leaving the safety of our homes. After all, we’re still trying to find out the best ways to manoeuvre while living under our new COVID-19 living conditions.
Here are some tips on how to carefully plan your holiday or getaway with the family:
Choose suitable accommodation
Selecting a suitable place to stay is important. The first thing you have to do is to call the establishment to find out if they are operating with the new lockdown regulations in place. It would also be wise to check what kind of sanitation, social distancing and hygiene program are in place.
For those who’d like to take some time off in Mpumalanga, there are plenty of amazing places to see within the Province. One of the biggest attractions there is the Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s largest game reserves, which is also home to the Big Five.
If arguably the best game drives in the Kruger, bird watching and relaxing by the pool sounds like your type of vacation, the ideal place for you to stay at would be Shishangeni by BON Hotels. Situated just outside of the Kruger, this private lodge is every nature-lovers dream. For those who would like to book some time off at this wonderful place, they are open for business from 1 September 2020. Not a bad way to introduce the month of Spring.
Plan out your days
Once you’ve booked your accommodation. The next step would be to create an itinerary for you and the family to follow. This way, you’ll be able to manage your time a lot better and you’ll be able to stay within the lockdown time regulations.
For those who are looking for fun outdoor activities to enjoy in the Western Province, Acrobranch is a great place to get those muscles moving for a few hours. Situated deep within the Constantia Nek forest, this treetop playground has four obstacle courses – two of which are suitable for younger children, while the other two are geared towards teenagers and adults. There is also a restaurant situated on site where parents can relax while their kids are monkeying around in the trees.
Set a budget
Okay, this tip has to be taken into consideration at all times, whether you’re in lockdown or not. During these tough times, we have to make sure that we’re not spending too much money while on vacation. This means fighting the urge to buy snacks every time you stop at a garage for petrol. When writing up the budget for everything, the first thing you need to do is make sure the accommodation, entry fees, petrol and food are sorted. Once all that is out of the way, feel free to spoil yourself just a little bit, you deserve it.
And finally, the last and most important tip of all. Make sure you have a mask and sanitisers wherever you go. Pack in some extra safety equipment just in case. When going on holiday it is important to always cover yourself up and sanitise your hands every thirty minutes or whenever visiting a new place. This way, you’ll be protecting yourself and others from unnecessary germs.
The last thing you want to do is contract the virus while being on vacation.