September is the month in which we celebrate Heritage Day (24 September) – a day that means so much to so many South Africans – because it honours the multiplicity of our cultures and diversity.
First Group is proud to represent that very diversity, by catering to the holiday needs of all South Africans. There really are different strokes for different folks at our premium properties.
With that in mind, how about exploring our country’s precious historical legacy this month while staying in exquisite holiday accommodation?
We’ve picked four amazing destinations and coupled them with the perfect resort for you and your family. Our aim is to help you make your next holiday trip full of splendid experiences and unforgettable memories – all in the name of a proud celebration of South Africa’s heritage.
KwaZulu-Natal: uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park
Take a trip to the Drakensberg – Southern Africa’s highest mountain range – and visit uKhahlamba, where the most beautiful scenery of rolling green valleys provides a serene escape where you can explore the wonders of our natural heritage at the Royal Natal National Park. For a comfortable holiday retreat, there’s no place like Bushman’s Nek Berg & Trout Resort. Enjoy trout fishing, archery, family picnics, paintball and horse riding. You’ll get a great taste of nature at Bushman’s.
Free State: Vredefort Crater
Vredevort Dome has a fascinating history. It is believed that over a million years ago a meteorite hit this area in the Free State and formed a mysterious impact crater in the earth. Here, you’ll be able to explore one of the world’s weirdest wonders – and it’s right in our back yard. Stay at Qwantani Berg and Bush Resort, right beside the banks of the Sterkfontein Dam, for accommodation with a difference. The resort boasts wild game, birdwatching, pony rides and walking trails – all fitting for your mission to appreciate the Free State’s beautiful natural environment.
Western Cape: Robben Island
Heritage is about knowing where you come from, and one of the places where South Africa’s national story is best told is at Robben Island. As one of the most iconic struggle period prison sites in the world, it offers a painful yet important history of a major part of the Apartheid era. Visit the prison cells that some of our greatest struggle heroes were housed during their imprisonment.
For the best holiday rest in Gordon’s Bay, why not pop into Cape Gordonia? This property will give you the most stunning scenes and sights of the Cape’s marvellous natural surroundings, while you relax in peaceful seaside tranquillity.
Gauteng: Cradle of Humankind
The Cradle of Humankind, only 90km from Johannesburg, is one of the most remarkable places in the world. What could celebrate our common human heritage more than a trip to go learn about how the human species has evolved over thousands of years? Appreciate the rich fossil history at Kromdraai, Swartkrans and Copper’s Cave – just to name a few sites. You can enjoy a restful stay at Magalies Park, located in Hartbeespoort. At Magalies, you’ll be able to cherish intimate family moments in the splendour of wonderful South African landscape.
Spending quality time with the people who matter most to you is going to be deeply rewarding on this national day of unity.
Don’t forget that at La Vita Spa you can book amazing full body and beauty treatments to spoil yourself or someone special.
Share your favourite Heritage Day moments with us on social media and let us know what Heritage Day means to you. Use the hashtag #MagicalMemories. Have an awesome Heritage Day! 😊