South Africa is a world of plenty, brimming over with phenomenal landscapes and scenery, superb wildlife, pristine beaches, dreamy country hideouts and nature havens. Here are a few getaway ideas for a South African Christmas, and this is just s small taster of all that’s on offer in a country spilling over with travel possibilities.
There is nothing quite like the wilderness for a truly South African Christmas – at its pristine best. Glorious natural landscapes, exciting safari drives a couple of times a day and copious meals in the most sublime settings – this is all part of the appeal of a festive safari. In between safaris, you will celebrate each day with memorable dinners – at secret locations in the wilderness, on open-air timber decks facing waterholes where animals gather to drink, and outdoors under star-dotted skies at night. Evening meals are often enjoyed in reed-enclosed bomas, around roaring campfires. Mail us
Singita Sabi Sand in Mpumalanga is an exceptional safari choice, offering eventful game viewing on 18 000 ha adjoining the Kruger National Park. Ebony and Boulders Lodges are lavish and soulful, with a distinctive brand of luxury that has earned Singita the highest accolades. Each suite offers complete exclusivity and privacy with breathtaking riverine views from an outdoor deck. Enjoy gym and spa facilities between safaris led by experienced rangers and trackers.
South Africa’s beaches are legendary, and for good reason. Some are close to the cities, offering superb seaside leisure close to vibrant nightlife, urban culture and sightseeing highlights. Other of our beaches are more remote – perfect getaway spots for a very tranquil Christmas. The Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape is a good bet if you’re wanting a peaceful hideout during the festive season. Secluded and luxurious, Prana Lodge is a great five-star option, with direct access to 21km of unspoilt beach and just 40 minutes from East London Airport. Each of its seven suites is luxurious and private, with private garden and plunge pool. A Thai Wellness Centre and Spa provides consoling treatments, yoga and meditation, and will leave you feeling fabulously restored for 2014. Mail us
You could also head for the hills to a wonderful mountain hideaway for Christmas. Cathedral Peak Hotel is a great choice for a family Christmas holiday in the beautiful Drakensberg Mountains of KwaZulu-Natal. The hotel is set in a glorious World Heritage Site, where views of the surrounding valleys and mountains are spectacular. Leisure activities include FREE daily guided hikes, birding, rock art viewing, a jogging trail, tennis, and much more. At additional cost there is 9 hole golf, helicopter flips, horse rides, mountain & quad biking, and mini-adventure golf. Mail us
Or fly high during the festive season on an unforgettable balloon safari! Bill Harrop’s “Original” Balloon Safaris offers thrilling hot-air ballooning in Gauteng and beyond. Soar high above the treetops and meet your dreams among the clouds, sipping fine champagne. Feel enchanted by panoramic views of the Magalies River Valley and Hartbeespoort Dam and see the skyline of Johannesburg, City of Gold. Mail us
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