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August is Women’s Month in South Africa. What better time to start thinking of a girls’ trip or a solo getaway in and around South Africa?
Think about a travel itinerary packed to the brim with a variety of fun experiences such as bungee jumping (think: the Bloukrans Bridge on the border between the Eastern Cape and the Western Cape); savouring a delicious meal in one of South Africa’s award–winning restaurant or simply relaxing at the beach. Imagine outdoor spa treatments or soaking in the gorgeous bright sun while road tripping on South Africa’s open roads. If these thoughts have your heart leaping with excitement, here are some ideas for a guaranteed memorable experience:
WINE NOT? Nestled in Stellenbosch, M’Hudi Wines founded by the Rangaka family, is a boutique estate that offers spectacular views of the Western Cape province’s Stellenbosch Mountains, Franschhoek and Table Mountain in Cape Town. Here one can enjoy tasting a selection of wines while listening to anecdotes about South Africa’s rich culture and heritage before turning in for the night in their hotel located in the estate. M’hudi is derived from the Setswana name ‘Mohudi’, meaning harvester. The estate’s name was inspired by the tale of a yesteryear heroine who fled her war-torn hometown to start anew.
DINE LIKE ROYALTY. Cocktails and fine cuisine are an absolute must for any girls’ trip. The stylish and buzzing Village Table, in the city of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province is much more than just a restaurant. The cosmopolitan ambiance is ideal for intimate dinners and group gatherings alike. The Village Table fuses food and culture in a fashionable setting.
ONE-ON-ONE WITH NATURE. The Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape province offers a glamping experience complete with awe-inspiring panoramic views of open skies and vast plains which can be enjoyed from the expansive wooden deck. Here one can explore the many wonders of nature including Big 5 safaris and game-viewing drives and river cruises. Expect a relaxed atmosphere, accompanied by the warmest hospitality known to mankind.
WIDE OPEN SPACES. The Northern Cape province, is South Africa’s least populated province. For big open spaces, remarkable desert landscapes, endless rows of wildflowers in spring, and canoeing on the Orange River, there is definitely lots to enjoy in the Northern Cape.
THE ACTIVE SIDE OF LIFE: The North West Province offers numerous game reserves with fantastic hiking trails and is brimming with other outdoor activities including mountain biking, white water rafting and abseiling. An example of this is the Kranskloof, a 18km, two-day hike in Rustenburg, not far from the iconic Sun City Resort, features magnificent and interesting rock formations onto the Magaliesberg region which boasts spectacular scenery.
WILD SIDE OF LIFE. A girls’ getaway wouldn’t be quite complete without some nail-biting action, right? So swing by Mpumalanga province for an adrenaline-filled adventure. Brave it out with White River Rafting on the Blyde River where the rapids are fast and the picturesque views are reminiscent of fairy-tale scenes. If that is too much for your heart to take, go for White Water paddling on the Sabie River which offers manageable rapids and equally gorgeous views.
A LOVE AFFAIR. For a boat cruise on the Vaal River, guided fly fishing, village market shopping, serene riverside picnics and retreating at the French-style hotel or self-catering villas, Pont De Val in Parys, the Free State province has all it takes for that perfect girls’ getaway.
TOTAL RELAXATION. What would Women’s Month celebrations be without a trip to the spa?
Palala Boutique Game Lodge in the Limpopo province offers an indulgent bush experience coupled with a world-class spa retreat. Here one can relax by the pool while savouring the breath-taking view or one can simply unwind in the lounge area in front of a warm and toasty fireplace. For more information click here
Be it a solo self-care escape, a girl squad getaway or simply a chance to feast your eyes on some of South Africa’s unforgettable landscapes, the country’s catalogue of attractions makes for the perfect time out. There is an endless list of fun experiences to be enjoyed across South Africa once it is safe to travel again.