How to spend the holiday season in the picturesque Northern Cape

The Northern Cape is South Africa’s largest province, with desert landscapes, wildlife and gemstones. Together with Botswana, it shares Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, with its red sand dunes that shelter lions and falcons. Wild daisies and other springtime flowers carpet the typically arid plains of Namaqualand, a region stretching into Namibia.

Holiday season is coming up and everyone has something in mind for a getaway. “The Northern Cape is a melting pot of activities, ranging from long road trips, safaris and game drives, hunting lodges and charming old Karoo towns,” says Jean Lambrechts, owner of Northern Cape Famous Lodges.

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How to spend the holiday season in the picturesque Northern Cape

Where to go in KZN to avoid the crowds this December

For those who look forward to vacationing in sunny KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) over the festive period, but dread the thought of jostling for elbow room on crowded beaches or sitting in traffic in the summer heat, rest assured there are plenty more fun and relaxing holiday options just a few hours’ drive from South Africa’s playground. Here are a few charming KZN attractions that holidaymakers can add to their December itinerary.

Bundu-bashing at Sani Pass

Just two hours’ drive from Durban, on the road that connects KZN and Lesotho, lies Sani Pass, a mountain pass that rises 2 876m above sea level. This…
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Where to go in KZN to avoid the crowds this December

Khanyi Dhlomo ushered in the year with the island life

Businesswoman extraordinaire, Khanyi Dhlomo, showed us how to bring to an end a fulfilling year and usher a new one in with sheer style from the beautiful shores of Phuket, Thailand.

Phuket offers tranquil beaches and blue lagoons to enjoy snorkeling, diving and surfing. As you make your way inland, there are forested hills and lush mountains to see, and bustling cities such as Patong to savoir the nightlife and scrumptious street food.

Khanyi’s holiday snaps gave us island-life envy, as she shared pictures on her Instagram that made up her December vacation with family.

Khanyi Dhlomo ushered in the year with the island life

5 top easily accessible SA campsites

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Get closer to nature and your loved ones at one of SA’s best campsites.

BUCCANEERS LODGE & BACKPACKERS, Chintsa (formerly known as Cintsa), Wild Coast

Perched on a hill of Wild Coast forest overlooking Chintsa Beach and the Chintsa River mouth, this campsite is a piece of paradise. Wake up in your safari tent to truly spectacular views of the fairly untouched coastline. After breakfast on the deck, go kayaking in the river, horse-riding on the beach and farmlands or surfing in the warm ocean. As a camper, you’ll find everything your…
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A white Christmas…

 

Bing Crosby’s White Christmas was one of the first holiday-themed songs I learned to play on the piano – maybe that’s why I can’t help longing to experience a snow-laden holiday season.

Evergreen trees dripping with flurry, Yuletide woolly jumpers and hot chocolate seem to create the perfect Christmas picture postcard. If like me, you crave a white Christmas experience, there are a few places in the world that can almost guarantee frosty festivities.

Old Quebec City, Canada

(Above) Filled with decorations and layered with a carpet of snow, this historic district becomes a virtual Christmas village during the holiday period. Visitors can…
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