This year, South Africans can enjoy a really long break away from the office without using up a whack of leave.
Between Saturday 19 March, and Monday 28 March, there are only three working days – the 22nd, 23rd and 24th. Take those three days as leave days, and you can enjoy a 10-day break. So it makes sense to take advantage and get away for a while, relax and recharge, before returning to the rigours of your daily routine.
With that amount of time available, hard-working South Africans can consider getting away to a location that’s a little further away than the front garden. Put another way, if you spend a day driving to your vacation and a day driving back, you’ll still have eight whole days of getaway.
Here are some ideas around where to go for the Easter break:
Since most South Africans love the coast, the KZN and Western Cape beach resorts are a desirable option. And being at the tail end of summer, you’re bound to have perfect weather and lots of sun.
There are numerous stunning spots along both the South and North Coasts near Durban. South Africa boasts some of the best beaches in the world, and you’ll find many in this area.
Kids will love a stay at resorts like Pennington, Ballito or Karridene Beach. Durban itself has plenty to offer – from the iconic Durban Golden Mile beaches to uShaka Marine World and lots of shopping and food options. Driving inland, a visit to the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands area is always a real treat as well, even before the winter snows hit the Drakensberg.
The Langebaan/Saldanha area has breathtaking West Coast ocean views, and is wonderful for families who love a sea holiday, and offers lots of fishing and walks through nature.
There are some great spots to enjoy in the quiet of South Africa’s country towns. In the Western Cape, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are excellent places to put your feet up, hear the birds…and enjoy a glass (or three) of the local wines.
Here are some accommodation suggestions for these areas:
KwaZulu-Natal South and North Coast:
Protea Hotel Edward
031 337 3681
|Bayete Zulu Boutique Lodge, Hluhluwe
035 595 8089
PH Umhlanga Ridge
031 561 4413
Protea Hotel Karridene Beach
031 916 7228
|Hillbillion Estate, Oslo Beach
082 524 7209
Villa Jaime, Ballito
032 946 0831
Salt Rock Hotel, Salt Rock
Langebaan and Saldanha Bay:
Protea Hotel Saldanha Bay
022 714 1264
Hoedjiesbaai Hotel, Saldanha Bay
022 714 1271
Le Mahi Guesthouse, Langebaan
022 772 0793
Woodridge Country Hotel & Spa, Balgowan
033 234 4423
Lastingham Country Lodge, Lidgetton
033 234 4400
Protea Hotel Hilton
033 343 3311
Country retreats near Cape Town:
Villa Roux, Franschhoek
021 876 4016
021 880 9500
Erinvale Hotel & Spa
021 847 1160
021 913 9256