According to SA Tourism and other travel experts, due to the vaccine rollouts in South Africa taking more time than expected, the staycation trend will remain a strong feature of local travel. To inspire your next Staycation smartphone brand TECNO and five travel influencers have shared their top staycation recommendations. Check them out below.
The Werf Picnics at Boschendal with Lauras World
Location: Boschendal, one of SA’s oldest wine estates, is situated between Franschhoek and Stellenbosch in the Western Cape.
“Boschendal's Werf Winter Picnic, in what has to be one of the most picturesque settings I've experienced to date. The combination of winter sunshine; lush, green Werf lawns, breathtaking panoramic mountain views, and getting to take it all in with a glass of wine in hand, has to be my favourite way to beat the winter blues and still be Covid-safe this year. Isn't it just the most gorgeous way to spend the day?”
De Zeekoe guest farm with Daniella Schoeman
Location: De Zeekoe Guest House Farm is situated in Oudtshoorn in the Garden Route's Klein Karoo.
“I choose a life of freedom… A life that allows me to follow my heart to special, wild & magical places… De Zeekoe is one of those places I was privileged enough to visit last year & their secluded stone cottages are the perfect spot to stay in 'social distancing approved' luxury!”
The Pilanesberg National Park by Mduduzi Khambule
Location: Located north of Rustenburg in SA’s North West Province, The Pilanesberg Game Reserve borders Sun City, about 3 hours drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria.
“It took about 2 hours from Mountain Sanctuary to get to the land of Kgosi Pilane of the Batswana people, the national park is my home for a few days and I must say this camping spot appeals to me proper — Oh, and I got to setup the canopy all on my own”
Travel Blogger Sara Essop on Kings Kloof Farm in Muldersdrift
Location: Kings Kloof is situated on a farm in the Muldersdrift area.
"The mountains whisper for me to wander; my soul hikes to the call. I escape into the great outdoors; where freedom’s soul forever roars." Angie Weiland-Crosby
It’s a scenic area with hiking, mountain biking and trail running routes. The trails range from 6 km to 27 km, and from very easy to very technical. You will walk through pretty wooded valleys and forests, across rivers and waterfalls and past a dam. We did the 12 km Blue Route. I’ve updated my post on best hiking trails in the Johannesburg area with more information on Kings Kloof.”
Author and speaker Letshego Zulu on Monate Game Lodge
Location: Located in Modimolle, Monate Game Lodge is at the southern edge of the Waterberg Massif in Limpopo province.
"The one thing that brings great joy to my heart is being outdoors. I am at my happiest when I am bonding with nature. This time last week I had the pleasure of enjoying a 2 nights stay at Monate Game Lodge with an intimate group of beautiful women. Nicole Austin and @thekcda I'm eternally grateful for that wonderful experience”