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IIt’s without a doubt that you are the future of our rainbow nation. You spend countless hours in lecture halls, late nights studying and for some, work on weekends to fund your studies or earn extra cash to enjoy student life.

That’s why it’s important for you, our future leaders, to take time off when you can relax and explore South Africa – a country filled with magnificent places that will leave you rejuvenated and ready to hit the books again.

Here are our top 10 picks where you can take aShot’Leftto relax, get adventurous or simply let loose and have a jol:

Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg

IIf you’re in and around Jozi’s CBD, there’s no excuse not to visit this vibrant and bustling side of town. Mabonengis renowned for its modern art galleries, eccentric sidewalk cafes, unique food markets and trendy nightclubs. There’s an array of TGCSA-accredited hotels and B&Bs in the vicinity for students wishing to overnight and make a weekend out of it.

Blyde River Canyon, Mpumalanga

EEvery road leads somewhere — make sure yours ends at the Blyde River Canyon. Round up a couple friends, take a Shot’Left to Mpumalanga and visit one of South Africa’s most jaw-dropping tourist attractions. If it’s not the vast scenery then it’s the tranquillity of this special place that’s sure to make you feel lucky to call this country home.

Underberg, KwaZulu-Natal

TThere’s no better way to relax, unwind and take in the beauty of your surrounds than when at the Underberg. There’s a reason why people venture out here to get away from the hustle and bustle of life. Go  hiking, head out on the horse trails, camp or pamper yourself at the various spas in the area.

Augrabies Falls, Northern Cape

TThe Northern Cape is simply majestic, and Augrabies Fallsis one of many reasons why you should visit this incredible province. Experience nature at its best – the raw power of mighty waterfalls, huge boulders that are thousands of years old and the vast wildlife that call this place home. You’re bound to be mesmerised.

Coffee Bay, Eastern Cape

FFor a unique cultural experience and more, head to Coffee Bay. This bay is one of the many gems the Wild Coast has to offer. Whether you’re into camping, exploring the Xhosa culture or merely taking in the breeze of the Indian Ocean, there’s something for everyone at this unique part of South Africa.

Hogsback, Eastern Cape

KKnown for its incredible mountains and forests, Hogsbackis another getaway destination located in the Eastern Cape. Visitors can’t help but feel captivated in this charming area. There’s plenty to do and see, so be sure to take it all in before you head back to student life.

Franschhoek, Western Cape

AA mere 40 minutes from Cape Town, there’s always a good reason to escape to the countryside of Franschhoek.  Fine wine, quaint restaurants, warm hospitality and incredible mountain views are just what you need to break away from the stresses of student life.

Oribi Gorge, KwaZulu-Natal

FFeeling adventurous? Go on and get an adrenaline rush at Oribi Gorge. Here you can abseil from a height of 110m with spectacular views of the valley below. If you’re not a thrill seeker, not to worry – there’s plenty of activities to keep you occupied such as bird watching and more.

Gariep Dam, Free State

CConsidered perhaps the most beautiful dam in South Africa, one can only imagine how tranquil it must be to sail on a yacht on Gariep Dam watching the sun set. Looking for a quick weekend getaway, this is the place!

Magoebaskloof Canopy Tours, Limpopo

AAnother one for thrill seekers – Magoebaskloof Canopy Tour. Get ready to zipline past three waterfalls along the route while the still waters below provide serenity during breaks along the way.

There you have it, 10 incredible places around South Africa where you can take a Shot’Left and take a break from student life. Remember, you work hard studying all-year round, you deserve this break – enjoy it!

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