Things to do in January, without the pinch

23 Jan 2018

January is a month known for new beginnings, New Year’s resolutions and also a time where everyone is still feeling the holiday vibes. Yet the cost associated to do fun activities around the country, especially after the festive season, tend to keep people housebound. No more! Here’s a list of cost effective things to do this month.

Green Point Urban Park, Cape Town

A free alternative to the well-known Kirstenbosch Gardens, the Green Point Urban Park also boasts an array of beautiful plant species, an impressive landscape consisting of lush lawns perfect for family picnics, or a romantic setting for two. Make a point of visiting the biodiversity garden that’s home to over 300 different types of plant life.

Kitchener’s Carvery Bar, Johannesburg

Settle in for a night of giggles on Tuesday’s at Kitchener’s Carvery Bar situated in the heart of Jozi, near Neighbourgoods Market. It’s called the Kitchener’s Comedy Night, and with an entrance fee of only R20 you definitely won’t feel a hole in your pocket. Up and coming comedians will have you in stitches with their hilarious new material.

Afronova Art Gallery, Johannesburg

Make your way down to the Newtown Precinct in the City of Gold and be in awe of the fascinating and inspiring art work that’s on display at the Afronova Art Gallery. Expect contemporary work from artists like Billie Zangewa, Jodi Bieber and John Liebenberg. There’s a bookshop on site too that offers an array of publications on African art. Entrance is free.

Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park, Durban

For just R40 per adult and R20 per child under R12, everyone can experience the thrill of the outdoors when mountain biking at Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park. There’s also an option to go horse riding for those less adventurous and feel for a more relaxed activity.

Addo Elephant National Park, Port Elizabeth

Known as possibly the best elephant viewing spot in the country, the Addo Elephant National Park is the perfect day outing for the whole family that won’t break the bank. The kids will absolutely love witnessing one of Africa’s Big Five graze and huddle at the watering hole. Entry is approximately R68 per adult and R34 per child for the day.

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Gauteng heritage explored in 10 ways

18 Jan 2018

South Africa is a rich melting pot of cultures and heritages so why not spend an afternoon visiting one of these sites and embrace what makes us so unique. From museums and African village visits to exploring Soweto by foot or bike, there’s plenty of heritage to see in Gauteng.

Constitution Hill in Braamfontein

Johannesburg’s Constitution Hill remembers the sadness of the past, embraces the promises of the future, and the reality of the present. It is home to the Constitutional Court, the birthplace of our democracy and protector of our human rights. Take a tour of the infamous prison where some of the most famous political prisoners were sent, including Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Albertina Sisulu and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Origins Centre in Braamfontein 

This destination is filled with interesting artefacts and information about the past. It is informative and also offers a unique experience of Africa’s rich and complex heritage. It also boasts an extensive collection of rock art from the Wits Rock Art Research Institute. Stroll through the museum and step back in time with their exhibits showcasing the origins of mankind; the development of art, symbolism and technology in Africa and a variety of fossils.

Liliesleaf Farm – Rivonia  

Often called the Home of the Freedom Struggle, this place was a “hide-out” and meeting place for top ANC and SACP activists. This was also the site of the Liliesleaf Farm police raid on 11 July 1963 that resulted in the Rivonia Treason Trials and eventual incarceration of many senior ANC leaders.

The Apartheid Museum in downtown Johannesburg

The Apartheid Museum focuses on the system of racial discrimination that became synonymous with South Africa from 1948-1994. The Apartheid Museum, close to downtown Johannesburg, even greets visitors with a very real reflection of what it was like to live in a racially segregated society.

Cradle of Humankind -Muldersdrift

This is a must-visit when you have some time over a weekend, and it’s great for kids too. The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site includes Maropeng and the Sterkfontein Caves and encompasses 200 caves holding some of the world’s most valuable fossils, many dating back three million years.

Township Tours – Soweto

For a heritage tour like no other, this tour shows visitors the important historical sites in the area, as well as different lifestyles, cultures and fashion. Soweto is rich with history and the tours create positive awareness of Soweto with both locals and visitors from across the globe. Experience this modern township, interact with the local people, hear their untold stories, listen to their music and sharein the traditional food. It’s sure to be an experience you’ll never forget.

The Hector Pieterson Museum – Soweto

The Hector Pieterson Museum is a heritage site intrinsically linked to the origins of the Soweto Uprisings and its aftermath. On 16 June 1976, thousands of students had gathered in Orlando West around Vilakazi Street, the precinct where the Hector Pieterson Museum is located to begin a protest march against the imposition of the Afrikaans language as the medium of instruction in Soweto’s schools. Police opened fire, killing Hastings Ndlovu and Hector Pieterson.

After 16 and 17 June 1976, nothing in South Africa would be the same again. An old era was past. A new one was beginning.

Houses of heroes – Soweto

The precinct also includes Nelson Mandela’s Orlando West house, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s house and the Sisulu’s, all of which are a few metres away from the museum. Mandela House in Vilakazi Street, Soweto, was Nelson Mandela’s house from 1946 until he was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964. The house preserves the history and legacy of the Mandela Family. Vilakazi Street is the only street in the world where two Nobel Peace Prize laureates have lived.

Lesedi Cultural Village – Broederstroom

Experience the unique and vibrant African cultures first-hand at Lesedi Cultural Village which is within the Cradle of Humankind. Here you’ll be able to discover the fascinating cultures and traditions of some of the people of Africa by visiting five traditional homesteads inhabited by Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Basotho and Ndebele tribes, living according to tribal folklore and traditions of their ancestors.

Union Buildings – Pretoria

Home to a 9 metre high bronze statue of Nelson Mandela, it is the tallest sculpture of our former president in existence. The sculpture positions Madiba with his arms out, symbolising his embrace of the whole nation and with one foot forward indicating a nation on the move. This is also where our democracy began. The buildings housed Madiba’s offices from 1994 to 1999, as well as his body (lay in state) after his passing.

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Get ready for a historic adventure ride at Gold Reef City

The Gold Reef City theme park, located in central Johannesburg, is built around an authentic 19th century gold mine, and brings together fascinating historical attractions with some of the most thrilling rides in the southern hemisphere. For a day of frenetic family fun, it cannot be beat.

Walking into the theme park at Gold Reef City is like stepping into another world. The park successfully combines an old-world museum atmosphere with some of the wildest rides.

It is this combination of attractions that makes Gold Reef City entertainment park such a huge hit with families. While the older folk delve into the history of the city of gold, the younger generation can enjoy their adrenaline fix via more than 30 heart-stopping adventure rides.

Start your Gold Reef City visit with Jozi’s Story of Gold tour through the variety of museums offering a peek into what life was like in the burgeoning mining camp that was Johannesburg in the 19th century. Underground tours of the mine, as well as a gold-pouring demonstration, are also on offer.

Those looking for a bit more excitement can’t go wrong with the many rides on offer. Sticking to the historical theme are mining-themed rides such as the Golden Loop and Old Mill. And you don’t want to miss the amazing aerial views offered by the Giant Wheel.

If your heart can take it, Gold Reef City also has some of the most modern – and scary – rides in the country. Serious adrenaline junkies will want to try out the Anaconda, The Tower of Terror or the Jozi Express. If you don’t mind getting wet, the Raging River Rapids is great fun, too.

TRAVEL TIPS & PLANNING INFO

WHO TO CONTACT

Gold Reef City Theme Park
Phone: +27 (0)11 248 6800
Email: info@goldreefcity.co.za

HOW TO GET HERE

Gold Reef City is south of Johannesburg, near Soweto. It has its own shuttle bus service from most major hotels in the city and is easily accessible by car or taxi.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Gold Reef City’s opening hours are season and school holiday dependant. Check the website for the latest times and dates. The park is not open on Christmas Day.

AROUND THE AREA

Next door to the theme park is the outstanding Apartheid Museum and the popular Gold Reef City Casino, open 24 hours a day.

WHAT WILL IT COST

Depending on the season, your age and what attractions you’re in for, there are various entrance prices at the park. To find out exact and up-to-date costs visit, Gold Reef City Theme Park to see pricing by age, season, groups and additional ticket information.

LENGTH OF STAY

A full day is recommended.

WHERE TO STAY

There are two hotels at Gold Reef City: the Southern Sun Gold Reef City hotel, a small, four-star, hotel, and the Gold Reef City Theme Park Hotel, located inside the theme park.

WHAT TO EAT

Gold Reef City has a variety of options, from sit-down restaurants to fast food outlets and snack shops.

DID YOU KNOW?

Gold Reef City has a 96-seater 4-D theatre with hydraulic seats that emits a range of scents and smells to match what’s happening on screen.

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Things to get up to in Maboneng

16 Jan 2018

Maboneng is a thriving inner-city district of Johannesburg. Revamped in 2008, the collection of old buildings was given new life by Jonathan Liebmann who recognized the potential for a thriving arts and culture destination. Many of the buildings date back to the 1900’s and are today used to house trendy restaurants and a thriving nightlife.

 

Stay

Staying in Maboneng is not only easy but fun as well. There are a variety of different hotels, ranging from the boutique to the extravagant.

Hallmark House is probably the main hotel in the district. The apartment style hotel has 46 rooms with a separate concierge service. Air con, WiFi and flat screen TV’s are standard and one can get a great meal at the in-house restaurant from 06h00 to 22h30.

Happy Guest is at the other end of the spectrum from Hallmark House. This self-catering option is based in Fox Street and offers a funky apartment vibe with a living room and master bedroom. Meals can be prepared in the kitchenette, or you can take advantage of one of the nearby trendy restaurants.

12 Decades Hotel is an arty little place with only 12 rooms, each one depicting a decade in Johannesburg’s history. The rooms have all been designed by contemporary artists and designers with great detail in the features. Choose from stark to opulent according to the decade you want to stay in.

 

Play

Take a pasta class. This is one of the more off the wall activities that you can do in Maboneng and is quite popular, so be sure to book ahead. Learn the magical art of pasta making at the Johannesburg culinary and pastry school on Fox street. Spend a delightful evening up to your elbows in egg and flour and eat your creations afterwards.

Johannesburg Culinary & Pastry School, 262 Fox Street, Maboneng, Johannesburg

Friday nights, please enquire, booking essential, Call +27 (0)73 553-8524

The Bioscope is South Africa’s only independent cinema, showing films weekly. The complex has both an indoor and outdoor screen and often hosts live shows as well. Be sure to pre-check the screening schedule and possibly book tickets before you go.

286 Fox Street, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Visit the website for details of upcoming events.

POPArt Theatre

The POPArt theatre plays host to a number of different live shows and performances throughout the year. An independent little theatre, you can expect to see some interesting productions which you won’t find anywhere else.

Hayleigh : +27 83 245 1040
Orly : +27 82 472 2559
email: popartjhb@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Eat

The Living Room is one of the most popular eateries in Maboneng. This quaint little restaurant is on a  rooftop with magnificent views of the surrounding city. Plants are the main focus here, with hundreds of specimens creating a fragrant and forest-like atmosphere. The food is light and trendy with items such as tiny beef burgers and tapas.

The Way is a bar and grill which specialises in meat dishes. Sink your teeth into plates of boerewors and chops or a juicy burger to go with the unique cocktails and craft beer. Live entertainment is often on offer, as are sports games on the big screen TVs.

The Blackanese is a quaint little fusion sushi restaurant specialising in a mix of African and Asian cuisines. Tuck into a plate of biltong sushi or say for the famous fresh fish and prawn braai on the weekends.

DID YOU KNOW? In Maboneng you can find arts, culture, nightlife and great food.

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Fun times at Oribi Gorge

9 Jan 2018

Oribi Gorge is as famous for its dramatic scenery as it is for its exhilarating wilderness activities. If you’re in KwaZulu-Natal and you’re not only craving adventure but all the beautiful scenery that comes with it too, then you need to go to Oribi Gorge.

Whether you are an adventurer, bird lover, photographer, nature-lover, a solo traveller or a family trekker you will find just what you need in this beautiful part of South Africa. For the adventurer, we have just the thing for you…

How about some abseiling?

When it comes to abseiling in South Africa, few sites can match the rush offered by Oribi Gorge’s Wild Abseil. At 110 metre high, it’s one of the world’s premier natural commercial abseils. Abseilers are lowered over the edge of the gorge, right next to the spectacular Lehrs Falls, to drop the hundred-odd metres into the valley below. The first 45 metres is a cliff abseil and the remaining 65 metres, a free abseil.

And the action doesn’t stop there. The Wild Abseil is part of the gorge’s Wild Five adventure activity roster, which includes the Wild Swing and the Wild Slide.

Wild swing

The Wild Swing is one of the most popular big swings in South Africa and the highest in the world. It entails a heart-stopping leap off the top of the waterfall that leaves you swinging more than 100 metres to the gorge below.

Wild slide

The Wild Slide is slightly less hair-raising and involves sliding 160m above the valley along a 120 metre-long steel cable across the front of the falls – the perfect opportunity to soak up the beauty of the Gorge with the best views in the house. Professional instructors are available to assist with all activities and the highest safety standards are adhered to. All safety equipment, including full-body harnesses, is provided.

Hike and raft your way through the gorge

The Oribi Gorge also features some beautiful hikes, ranging from easy one-kilometre trails to more challenging nine-kilometre hikes. A guided overnight trail that includes abseiling is also available. With grade three to five rapids, the Umzimkulu River provides great white-water rafting conditions. Half-day, full-day and two-day packages are available, with two-man inflatable rafts being used when water levels are lower than during the summer rainfall season.

DID YOU KNOW:  The gorge is approximately 400 metres (1,300 ft) deep, and almost 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) wide at its widest.

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See the Southbroom Coast

15 Dec 2017

South Africa is blessed with beautiful coastal villages which are easily accessible and suitable for the whole family. When the heat is blazing, there is nothing more refreshing than hitting the beach and feeling the breeze of the coast ¾ Southbroom has one of the best coastlines that has preserved its natural heritage.

So, if you are taking a Sho’t Left this December and Southbroom is on the itinerary, here are a couple of places you could stay in around the area.

Golf House

4 Star Grading

Nestled in the quiet sub-tropical jewel of the South Coast, Golf House offers visitors the ultimate relaxing holiday where you can enjoy the nearby golf course and an excellent beach view. This is the ideal location for golfers and/or a beach getaway.

Rock Shandy

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Rock Shandy has luxury beachfront homes offering deluxe South Coast accommodation in Marina Beach, Southbroom. Get a spectacular 180 degree view of the beautiful Indian Ocean and sun-drenched beaches. This is an ideal coastal retreat with luxury, privacy and complete tranquillity.

Costa Smeralda

3 Star Grading

Costa Smeralda is a great place to create many happy memories of fun-filled coastal family holidays. This small, comfortably equipped resort is close to the fishing pier and main swimming beach and is within walking distance from the restaurants, shops, games arcades, movies and pubs. You won’t run out of fun things to do while enjoying your stay here.

Villa Del Sol

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Villa Del Sol is a unique, affordable garden complex situated in a secluded part of Margate, yet within walking distance to the fun activities you can enjoy in the summer.

Why not spend the summer time enjoying the sun, beach and ice cream at this wonderful beach village and go into the New Year feeling like a new person. Take a Sho’t Left to the majestic kingdom of Kwa-Zulu Natal this December.

 

The Funtastic guide to road tripping from JHB to DBN

Think roads less travelled and small towns explored – taking a road trip along a scenic route with friends and family is fun, adventurous and brave. While, flying offers the convenience of being quick and easy, it most definitely does not offer the same experience that comes with taking a leisurely road trip.

When last did you plan a road trip, isn’t it time?

How to get there…

Every year thousands of holiday-makers travel from Johannesburg to Durban via the N3, the main road that links the two provinces. This road trip should be taken at leisure and is great for those who love to take in the never-ending landscapes, making pit stops along the way and for exploring the hidden gems the small towns have to offer.

Once you head out of the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg onto the wide and open N3, the road should take you towards the green rolling hills of KwaZulu-Natal towards the small town of Newcastle. From there you should continue south towards Estcourt where the towering Drakensberg Mountains will command your attention as you enter the lush Midlands Meander.

The Drakensburg Mountains are famous for the conservation of 35 000 year old San rock art as well as rolling grasslands, pristine river valleys and rocky gorges. It’s the perfect place to make a pit stop and take in stunning views, why not even stay a night or two?

From Estcourt, take a slight detour via the lush Karkloof Indigenous Forest before making your way along the Midlands Meander, which is guaranteed to take your breath away. It is also known as an arts and crafts area so take your time to explore the attractions. Make sure to also not miss the Mandela Capture Site or stop for a fun family activity, such as horse riding. Wine tasting, Zulu cultural experiences, trout fishing and curio shopping will keep you busy along this route.

Howick, is the next town after the Midlands Meander and at this point you will join the N3 which should take you straight into Durban where you will be met with small suburbs and townships nestled among the green hills.

Enter the city of Durban, where there is something for everyone. If you are planning on lingering a little longer, there is world-class accommodation and fantastic dining and leisure establishments which cater for everyone. On the outskirts of Durban is the Valley of a 1 000 Hills which offers magnificent views and cultural activities suitable for the whole family.

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Towns to explore along the route:  

Newcastle: Is the town situated in the heart of the old battlefields area, where you can visit plenty of sites which played a significant role in the war between the British and the Zulus.

Estcourt: The Drakensberg Mountains features historical San rock art sites and excellent hiking, ziplining in the Karkloof indigenous forest.

Howick: Take some time out to visit the Howick Falls.

Fun Jozi Activities for you this December

Not planning on leaving the bright lights and the hustle and bustle of Joburg life this December? Don’t worry; we have you covered with some great activities to enjoy with friends, family or even on your own. It is a city worth exploring, and as it quietens down over Christmas it becomes a fantastic time to do just that.

Here are a couple of things you can get up to this festive season…

Sandton City & Nelson Mandela Square

From the 1st to the 23rd, as well as on Christmas Eve, Sandton City has extended their hours so you can enjoy your festive shopping and linger a little longer. Nelson Mandela Square has plenty of activities for kids to enjoy; so take them to meet Santa Claus and have their picture taken with him, enjoy a ride on the Hamley’s Train, see Nickelodeon’s Shimmer and Shine or come marvel at a spectacular LEGO® Event.

Afropunk Fest Joburg 2017

Come feel the music, free your mind, and enjoy an awesome line-up of emerging talents. For 13 years this festival has been defining culture in the music world and now it is coming to the city of gold on the 30th till the 31st of December 2017. This music festival will be bringing together a host of talented local and international musical artists in their first ever Johannesburg adventure. Mixing home-grown and global talent from the worlds of music, art, culture, food and style there will be plenty of entertainment for everyone.

Get your tickets to this awesome party festival for between R400 and R900 per person which takes place at Constitution Hill.

Joburg Cocktail Festival

The inaugural Joburg Cocktail Festival celebrates everything we love about cocktails, and what’s not to love? This day promises to be filled with plenty of cocktail sampling, featuring some unique and familiar spirits from some of the most innovative cocktail chefs in the city. Local bar pop-ups, master classes, a chocolate den, a fashion experience and even a man cave for the gents to unwind in will all be on offer when you want to take a break from cocktail drinking. This is the perfect way to spend your lazy Sunday afternoon.

The event is on the 17th December 2017 at The Sands. Tickets cost between R200 and R600 per person.

Crafters Fair at Emperors Palace

The Crafters Fair will be moving to a wonderful new venue – The Red Roman Shed at Emperors Palace. Expect loads of artistic exhibitors at this fun and exciting crafting event. You’ll find everything you need for your crafting hobby – from scrapbooking goodies, jewellery and toys to decor items, gifts and much more. Live entertainment and The Garden of Lights will keep you entertained while you shop and explore this fun fair.

Join the fun from 12 December 2017 to 23 December 2017. Entry is R10 per person and children under 12 get in free.

The 12 Pubs of Xmas

The Good Luck Bar and Outrageous Ostrich will be bringing some Christmas fun to the city on the 16 December 2017 with The 12 Pubs of Xmas. This is a festive pub crawl that originates from Ireland, where people don the most outrageous Christmas outfits and trek between 12 different pubs in the area (in this case, the 1 Fox Precinct), buying and enjoying a beverage in each. There is entertainment lined up when you get there so fun is guaranteed.

Tickets cost between R150 and R600 and are available at NuTickets.

Monte Casino Bird Garden

Consider it a bird oasis in the urban jungle, and “the only bird park of its kind in Africa”. With over 100 unique and exotic bird species, reptiles, and small animals that range from pelicans and flamingos to iguanas and antelope. Get an eye-full of these magnificent creatures from the elevated wooden walkways overlooking the aviaries or take a leisurely stroll through the amazing gardens that boast “the largest, most diverse private collection of South African Cycads in the world”. After some exploring, settle down for lunch at the Flamingo Café and appreciate the sights and sounds around you.

Did You Know? There are over 500 plants from 37 species in the gardens, including the middelburgensis plant, which is said to be one of the oldest surviving plants

There is no reason for you to spend this December alone when plenty of entertainment can be found all around Johannesburg, all you have to do is take a Sho’t Left and have a memorable festive time.

 

Best Beaches to escape to in South Africa

14 Dec 2017

Whether you are planning a lazy beach holiday or an active adventure holiday filled with water activities such as surfing and water boarding, we have compiled some of the best beaches to escape to these holidays.

Clifton, Cape Town

Clifton is one of Cape Town’s most exclusive beaches and it comes at no surprise that the beach is popular for beach goers who want a luxurious beach experience. The beach is divided into 4 parts known as 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th beach and they all offer something for everyone. 1st beach is the least crowded with mainly locals, 2nd and 3rd Beach are family friendly, with life-guards on duty. Although the water is cold, 4th Beach is the main beach and extremely popular with a mix of trendy beach goers, boasting well-kept facilities such as public toilets, changing rooms and gourmet food kiosks. It has also been awarded Blue Flag status meaning it adheres to strict international environmental standards.

Coffee Bay, Eastern Cape

Found in the heart of South Africa’s Wild Coast, the small seaside village of Coffee Bay offers pristine swimming beaches, bars, excellent fishing and breath-taking scenery for hikes along the area’s rugged coastline. Coffee Bay is the perfect destination for holiday-makers wanting to trade in city life for a laid-back beach experience in one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa. With the popular hole in the wall, which is excellent for bird watching, nature walks and hiking trails, this truly is the perfect beach for a relaxing holiday. Coffee Bay is accessible by vehicle; though do be aware for the occasional pothole.

Bikini Beach, Gordon’s Bay

Situated in a sheltered cove and surrounded by the Hottentot Holland mountain range, Bikini Beach is an excellent swimming spot with water which is usually warm, calm and clear. The beach is only a short drive from the city and is one of Cape Town’s six Blue Flag Beaches, meaning it has high water quality with good facilities, cleanliness and safety. It also boasts fantastic views as the entire False Bay curves from Gordon’s Bay to Cape Point. Bikini Beach also offers quirky shopping for those who are looking to do some retail therapy whilst on holiday.

Hobie beach, Port Elizabeth

The popular Hobie Beach is found in the vicinity of Shark Rock Pier and the Boardwalk of Port Elizabeth. It is a favourite for swimming, sunbathing and body surfing. It also offers sheltered rock pools with interesting sea life to watch. Other facilities include plenty of restaurants, a launching place for sailing and rubber ducking. It is also the venue for the annual Splash Festival, which features beach volleyball and world boardsailing championships.

Hobie Beach

Hobie Beach’s combination of calm waters and fair breezes provide some of the best boardsailing conditions in the world.

Umhlanga Beach, Durban

Umhlanga has been a popular destination for many South Africans and tourists for years. With the warm Indian Ocean perfect for swimmers and the golden sands supplying the perfect back-drop for relaxing, it’s easy to see why. It is a cosmopolitan holiday destination with a vibrant nightlife that offers a variety of trendy restaurants, cafes and bars. There are also vast accommodation options ranging from boutique hotels to self-catering beach cottages and luxurious villas for the holiday maker wanting a stylish beach holiday.

Ballito Durban

Ballito is a vibrant holiday town located a few kilometres north of Durban. Willard Beach is the town’s best swimming and surfing beach, which has earned Blue Flag status. Ballito’s famous promenade begins at Willard Beach and goes around the coastline, towards Salmon Bay. It is a swimming area perfect for families, with life-guards that are available seven days a week, offshore shark nets and a first aid station. If you are looking to do some hiking, there is a hiking trail that extends off the promenade and takes you to Shaka’s Rock. Which is perfect for holiday makers wanting to experience the best of both worlds.

Muizenburg Beach, Cape Town

The most popular Indian Ocean beach in Cape Town, Muizenberg is the only Indian Ocean beach with water, which is a few degrees warmer than the rest of the Atlantic beaches in Cape Town. This makes it bearable for swimming and makes it one of the most surfed beaches in South Africa. It also boasts the popular colourful beach houses, which have become a favourite backdrop for selfies and photographs.  It is also extremely popular with families coming to enjoy picnics together and for people to walk their dogs on the long stretch of the beach.

Explore more of Port Elizabeth

8 Nov 2017

Port Elizabeth is one of the many hidden gems of South Africa. It’s a city that’s bursting with vibrant culture, exhilarating adventure activities and friendly locals who’ll make visitors feel right at home – after all, it’s not known as “the friendly city” for nothing.

When exploring South Africa’s third largest metropolitan, it’s encouraged that visitors spend more than a weekend in the city – from insightful township tours and wild African safaris to vibey city nightlife – take time off to fully immerse yourself in all that this amazing place has to offer. Here’s a guide to get you started.

Take a township tour

Looking for an authentic cultural experience? Consider booking a tour with Gugu’s Township Tours hosted by Mosaic Tourism. Established in 2011, this incredible tour group gives tourists a taste of township life, local cuisine, friendly residents and more. New Brighton, Walmer, Motherwell, Kwamagxaki and Kwazakhele are just several townships visitors can look forward to visiting.

Entertain yourself

If it’s dazzling lights, endless shopping, fine dining and exhilarating gaming that you’re after, then look no further than The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment Complex. Located in Summerstrand, the complex houses a selection of international restaurants, specialist shops, a craft workshop as well as Starz Cinema –fun for the whole family.

Safari anyone?

Just 20 minutes from Port Elizabeth, you can drive alongside rhino, buffalo, zebra, giraffe and various antelope, at Kragga Kamma Game Park. This game park is situated in natural surroundings giving visitors that true African bush feel. It’s safe for visitors to drive through the park with their own vehicle or opt to drive In one of the park’s Land Rovers.

Go for a swim

One of Port Elizabeth’s greatest assets is its pristine beaches. Hobie Beach, King’s Beach and Wells Estate Beach are all worth a visit. Water temperatures vary between 18 and 21 degrees Celsius during summer and 14 to 19 during winter. Don’t forget to pack in a picnic, your umbrella and sunscreen!

So what you’re waiting for? There’s no time like now to take a Sho’t Left and explore the best that Port Elizabeth has to offer.