06 May 2014 by Daphney Mngomeni

What to get up to when you're sick and on holiday

It’s day two of your long-awaited holiday and what was meant to be days of soaking up the sun on the beach and spotting the Big Five has turned into a blocked nose, scratchy throat and watering eyes.

Image courtesy Christoph Spiegl

There are few things worse than falling ill while on holiday (like losing your luggage, losing your passport or getting lost on the way to catch your flight). But don’t despair; you can still make the most of your time while recovering in your hotel room.

Here are a few things to get up to when you have the sniffles on holiday:

Book shopping

A good book and cosy bed, with room service just a phone call away. Image courtesy of <a href= A good book and cosy bed, with room service just a phone call away. Image courtesy of Helga Weber

If you’re an avid reader, now would be a good time to catch up on those books you promised yourself you would read. South Africa has plenty of bookstores, from well-known ones such as Exclusive Books and CNA to second-hand shops that are waiting to be found like hidden gems.

Books Galore
+27 (0)11 888 1760

Clarke’s Bookshop
+27(0)21 423 5739

Last Chance Books
+27 (0)13 564 7121

TV series and movie marathons

You’ve been so busy with work you’ve forgotten about Grey’s Anatomy’s McSteamy and McDreamy, and you can’t remember the last time you watched a good soapie – but that’s why you’re on holiday, right?

Most hotel rooms come equipped with a DStv (satellite television) decoder, so you can keep up with all your daily TV viewing.

If Keeping Up with the Kardashians isn’t your thing and you can’t stand to watch Bear Grylls eat another raw, disgusting bug, then why not hire all the DVDs that you’ve been meaning to watch.

You don’t even have to leave the comfort of your warm hotel bed; you can order DVDs online.


Most hotels and game lodges in sunny South Africa have spas.

If you’re feeling under the weather, a visit to the spa is definitely what you need.

If you're in the area, you can soak away your aches and pains at The Baths’ natural hot water springs resort, a short two hours outside of Cape Town in Citrusdal.

Health hydros are slightly different to the average spa, offering the added benefit of programmes that are designed to assist with certain lifestyle-related issues.

If you’d rather be completely surrounded by nature while being pampered, visit the Forest Nature Spa. This spa is suspended in the treetops of a private forest reserve, stretching along the Tsitsikamma Mountains.

City Sightseeing bus

The Cape Town City Sightseeing bus. Image courtesy of <a href= The Cape Town City Sightseeing bus. Image courtesy of flowcomm

Once you’re feeling a little better, then buy a ticket on board a Joburg or Cape Town City Sightseeing bus. All you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the views of the city.

Don’t forget your camera!

If you’re in Johannesburg you’ll definitely want to capture the tall surrounding buildings as the bus travels from Gautrain Park Station, past the Carlton Centre into the Newtown Precinct and up Constitution Hill; or take a more historical tour of the South Western Township, better known as Soweto.

Cape Town’s City Sightseeing bus will take you past the Clock Tower, the District Six Museum, and beautiful Camps Bay and Green Point.

A good cuppa

A good cup of tea not only tastes divine, it’s also great for your health.

If you enjoy a well-brewed cup of green tea, fruit-infused tea or even bubble tea, then these cafes are the place to go:

O'ways Teacafe
+27 (0)21 671 2850

Colombo Coffee & Tea
+27 (0)31 205 3283

Doubleshot Coffee and Tea
+27 (0)11 100 5241

Even with the sniffles, you can still make the best of your holiday.

Category: Attractions

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