October is a strange month. It’s close enough to the end of the year but we’re not quite there yet.
By now you might be doing a slow cruise at only 30km/hour because it’s been a long year, right? Trust us, we know! With over two months left in 2019 maybe all you need is a quick pick-me-up in the form of the perfect mini holiday.
We’ve got fantastic suggestions (if we must say so ourselves 😉) for the ideal getaway at this time of the year. Take a trip to one of these amazing ‘hidden’ holiday destinations (some of them are so splendid in size and sighting that they’re hard to hide). As you gear up for the end of yet another 3-6-5, we’d love for you to embrace a little holiday breather. And why not make your way to one of these weird and wondrous lesser-visited South African spots?
Langebaan Lagoon, Western Cape
Langebaan Lagoon, located just 100km north of Cape Town, is a large, turquoise, saltwater lagoon, that is a relatively shallow 6 metres deep and opens completely into the sea. It is one of three lagoons worldwide that isn’t fed by freshwater – as no river runs into it. Enjoy private-style swimming in the lagoon’s warm waters and take mini beach excursions on the white sand beaches. You’ll spot some fantastic natural rock formations here as well.
Drakensberg Amphitheatre, KwaZulu-Natal
This geographical masterpiece, located in the Northern Drakensberg, is one of the world’s most exquisite cliff faces, boasting an impressive Amphitheatre. Its grand size and remarkable beauty make it a must-visit South African location where a purely natural phenomenon can be appreciated. Enjoy walking trails and hiking trips that’ll take you to the top of the cliff, from where you’ll see the magnificent Tugela Falls.
Clarens, Free State
We’re sure you’ve heard of Clarens, so how about you take your next mini family break to this quaint little town in the Free State? Situated at the foothill of Maloti Mountain, Clarens offers an array of natural surroundings where you can explore everything from art galleries, restaurants, coffee bars and breweries to adventure activities like white river rafting. Take in the stunning views at this picturesque location and capture the most memorable moments with your loved ones.
Sterkfontein Caves, Gauteng
This unique set of limestone caverns can be found at the Sterkfontein Caves, northwest of Johannesburg. An archaeological and anthropological haven fit for active excavation, the caves form part of the Cradle of Humankind – a much-celebrated World Heritage Site on our home soil. Here you’ll be able to embark on a truly educational heritage-inspired journey, where you can garner amazing information about the mystery and marvel of human evolution during fascinating cave tours.
Pinnacle Rock, Mpumalanga
This 30-metre tower of quartzite rocky magnificence, situated in a plush dense forest, is part of the scenic Panorama Route in Mpumalanga. Not only is this site richly geological, historical and cultural in its relevance, but it is also a full experience of awe-inspiring beauty for all ages. Travel to this region to behold Pinnacle Rock, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window, the Three Rondavels and Wonder View. The Blyde River Canyon (also known as the Motlatse Canyon) will make this holiday destination an all-encompassing nature spectacle. You’ll also find ancient rock paintings at the base.
Augrabies Falls National Park, Northern Cape
This iconic South African historical landmark used to be the home of the great Khoi people, who called the area ‘Aukoerebis’, meaning “place of great noise”. The Orange River’s thundering 60-metre waterfall is a spectacular sight to witness, especially when it is in full flood. The eroded yet striking granite formations create a marvellous natural enclosure, which features stunning walking trails to scenic spots, such as Moon Rock, Ararat and Echo Corner. Watch the Orange River come to life with a sighting of various birds and reptiles, springbok, gemsbok and the endangered black rhino.
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