To travel is to be free!

“There is something in us that refuses to be regarded as less than human. We are created for freedom.” – Desmond Tutu

April arrives with fun and festivities – Easter, family time, and Freedom Day.  The month has so many holidays that it’s the best time for a gorgeous getaway! Whether you’re planning a solo trip, family holiday or a romantic rendezvous, travel will never disappoint.

Travelling to new places is the best way to bond with others and to reconnect with yourself. It gives you the chance to get out of your comfort zone. You’ll try new things and experience new adventures. You’ll meet new people and see new sights. Being in a new place opens your mind and your soul and makes life worth living. Ultimately, travel is freedom.

Freedom to explore, to indulge, to play, to roam, to relax, and to live life to the fullest.

Travel isn’t just sipping cocktails poolside (although that’s a part of it!). It’s also about getting to know yourself on another level, realizing what activities or foods you’re willing to try. It’s about pushing yourself to new heights and doing it with your favourite people – the ones who make you feel alive and free.

It’s important to acknowledge that our freedom was made possible by the late and great, Nelson Mandela, and many freedom fighters. This month we commemorate Freedom Day. April 27th was an iconic day in our South African history. Our first democratic elections took place, and we had the freedom to vote. With that, also came the freedom of choice, which changed our lives and our country.

As Madiba himself said, “for to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

Let’s heed Madiba’s call and live life with respect for ourselves and our fellow South Africans. Embrace your freedom and your family this month. Book a trip and be young, wild, and free.

Freedom to explore open spaces

Magalies Park

Explore the tranquil Magalies River and Magaliesberg mountains to find comfort in the peace and quiet of nature. For the adventure-seekers, leave the road and take the hiking and walking trails – discover new routes and marvel at the beauty that surrounds you.

Whispering Waters

This Midlands Meander accommodation is the place for ultimate countryside relaxation. Explore the rolling hills and stunning pastures of the Natal Midlands, along the sparkling Lions River. Discover 10 pristine dams, hiking trails and magnificent landscapes while spotting Nguni cattle.

Freedom to relax

Mount Sierra

De-stress in the calming ambiance of La Vita Spa. Forget all your worries whilst you relax and let the masseuse’s hands ease your pain. You’ll be left feeling refreshed and renewed after your hot stone massage treatment.

La Montagne

Enjoy stunning sea views while you unwind at La Vita Wellness Spa. You deserve to feel rejuvenated on your holiday, so book a relaxing treatment to soothe your mind and refresh your body. From head massages and full-body treatments to mani-pedis, you’re free to relax away!

Freedom to indulge

Midlands Saddle and Trout

Enjoy delicious meals at 29° South, from delightful English breakfasts to yummy pizzas and juicy burgers. Satisfy your hunger with hearty meals in the countryside. Indulge in a decadent dessert as well!

Riviera Suites

Order great food from Jooma Coffee Shop to enjoy while marvelling at the gorgeous ocean views. The Sea Point-situated restaurant offers a warm atmosphere where you can satisfy your cravings. Don’t forget to order something sweet!

Freedom to play

Margate Sands

It’s salty air and sandy toes at Margate beach. Pack a picnic and head to the seaside for fun in the sun! Let the kids run free and make sandcastles while you relax under an umbrella.

La Côte d’Azur

Head to the sea for ball games and beach fun! Kick-off your flip-flops and play in the sand, pack spades and buckets for the kids to dig. Pick up seashells for treasured memories of your trip.

Freedom to roam

Bushman’s Nek

Your days will be filled to the brim with outdoor experiences & adventure. The picture-perfect hills of the Southern Drakensberg provide the perfect backdrop as you explore the great outdoors on horseback. Roam about the countryside and take in the fresh mountain air.


Seek time away from suburbia and explore the horse trails alongside the Sterkfontein Dam. Ride into the mountains feeling free and at one with nature. Quench your thirst for adventure by discovering the beauty of the Free State on horseback.

Celebrate Freedom Month by collecting memories one city at a time! Have a joyous Easter weekend and an incredible month of travel!

Till next time,
Team First Group

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