Planning a holiday but not sure which destination best suits your budget or interests? Use this budget-friendly guide to help you decide...
Family holidays are best enjoyed when the kids have tons of activities to choose from, leaving parents (and older siblings) to relax and perhaps explore some of their own activities. It’s no wonder then that Sun City tops all the lists of the most family-friendly holidays in South Africa. With the widest variety of indoor and outdoor activities, the whole family is catered for regardless of the weather.
With a dedicated water slide area for tots, thrilling new rides for the bigger children and a safe, clean beach from where mom and dad can watch, it’s a haven for families.
See the Valley of Waves from a different angle: up in the trees! The rope adventure park is made up of individual elevated obstacles such as high balancing beams, zip lines, hanging spider nets, jungle rope bridges and more to create exciting adventure courses.
The largest permanent maze in the southern hemisphere, The Maze was opened in 2012. The fun starts when you cross a 100m-long suspension bridge from Sun Central and at the end of the maze you’re rewarded with an ice cold drink or craft beer.
Need a little grown-up time? Drop the little ones at Kamp Kwena, where they’re looked after by qualified child-minders and entertained with adventures and activities for hours. The programmes are suitable for kids between four and 12 years old.
It’s been said by many an economist, everything is becoming more expensive, leaving South Africans with less disposable income every month. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a holiday. Lee Hancox, Head: Channel and Segment Marketing at Sanlam says: ‘Nothing recharges you quite like a holiday! Even with a small budget, you can plan a wonderful, local break and we’re especially lucky in South Africa because we are spoiled for choice in terms of places to visit.’
With standard twin room accommodation starting at R964 per room, per night, The Carousel is one of the most affordable options for a holiday on a budget. There are also many activities on offer that won’t break the bank.
With room prices starting at R1 125 per room per night, you can stay in the recently opened three-star hotel at Meropa Casino and Entertainment World and use the money you’ve saved for activities on the property or to explore Polokwane.
This conveniently located Free State gem offers rooms from just R1 020 per room per night. Break away from the crowds and discover what Bloemfontein has to offer.
Many Sun International properties offer specials and, if you keep an eye out or plan ahead, you can snap these up. The Advance Purchase and Extend Your Stay offers give you discounts of up to 10% on your accommodation if you book between 30 or 60 days in advance and stay for four nights or longer, respectively.
Whether you’re low on available leave days, can’t tear yourself away from work during the week or you’re just seeking a weekend getaway, you’ll want to make the most of your time at the destination and not on travelling there. Nicky Potgieter, Flight Centre Travel Group Leisure Marketing Leader, says: ‘For short breaks, a local trip is ideal. Travellers should consider the time it takes to get to a destination, as you don’t want to spend most of the time travelling there. Choose somewhere that is easy to get to with a short flight or that doesn’t require long drives.’
A 15-minute drive from King Shaka International Airport, Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom is also close to the beach giving you the best of both worlds. You can spend the day out in the sun and then come back to the casino for gaming, dining, theatre, movies, special events or a pamper session at the Mangwanani Spa.
Similarly, The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World is a short walk away from Port Elizabeth’s Blue Flag Hobie Beach. But the activities in and around the property are more than you can fit in 48 hours including sidewalk restaurants and bars, shopping, a cinema, a spa, ten-pin bowling, the Bayworld Oceanarium and a golf course.
Perhaps you’ll be smart enough to plan your trip around an international show (GrandWest has many coming up), if not there’s still so much to do at this Cape Town hotspot. Options include ice skating, gaming, eating out, ten pin bowling and a quick hop in the car can get you to the famed Cape Winelands in one direction or into the bustling city centre in the other.
Making memories is the ultimate goal of travel and if you have a specific reason for your next holiday, it’s sure to be loaded with unforgettable moments. If it’s adventure you seek, you’re spoilt for choice at Sun International.
The Accelerator at Sun City’s Adrenaline Extreme is a giant human catapult. Drift Trikes, also at Adrenaline Extreme, is the most fun you can have on three wheels. The Jetovator at Sun City’s Waterworld is a water-powered jet pack. There’s also parasailing, wakeboarding and jet skiing available here. Segway Gliding Tours, available at Wild Coast Sun and Sun City – no previous experience is required and there are a number of tours to choose from. Ride the Aqualoop, Superbowl, Speed Slides or Boomerango at the Wild Coast Sun’s Wild Waves Water Park.