21Oct/13

Where is your favourite local place to visit during the December holidays?

December holiday destinations in South Africa  

The December school holidays and summer is just around the corner… time to start planning your holiday. Here are some popular destinations and places to stay to get you thinking.

Cape Town
Need we say anything? The Mother City in summer has so much to offer – from beaches to natural scenery and much more – so it’s little wonder that local and international tourists flock to the city, especially in its magical summer.

 ***Self-catering: Protea Hotel Cape Castle-Waterfront
With wonderful views of the harbour and ocean, a rim flow swimming pool overlooking the V&A Waterfront and 65 fully serviced self-catering apartments, this family friendly hotel is ideally located close to many of the city’s attractions. 

*****Luxury: Tintswalo Atlantic-Hout Bay
If you’re looking for an idyllic, ultra-luxurious retreat far from the bustling Cape Town December crowds, this is it. This little gem is hidden away on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, off Chapman’s Peak Drive just outside of Hout Bay. Expect boutique hotel style luxury accommodation, complete privacy, 5-star dining and personalised attention.

Cape West Coast

Unspoilt white beaches, the chilly turquoise waters of the Atlantic, quaint fishing villages and indigenous fynbos make up the wild and wonderful Cape West Coast from Langebaan and Jacobsbaai to Paternoster and St Helena Bay.

**** Farmhouse Hotel – Langebaan
This lagoon side hotel exudes the relaxed ambience and warm hospitality that this seaside town is known for. Expect hearty farm style food and magnificent views over the lagoon.

KZN South Coast
Warm seas, golden beaches and sub-tropical forests – who says you have to go overseas to enjoy a tropical beach paradise?

*** Protea Hotel Karridene Beach – Illovo
Overlooking the Umzimbazi lagoon and the lush Natal vegetation, this is in ideal choice for those watching their budgets yet still wanting all the standard hotel facilities.

**** Peermont Mondazur Hotel and Spa – San Lameer
Located on a lagoon in the exclusive San Lameer beach and golf coastal estate, 10 minutes from Margate, this luxurious hotel has 2 swimming pools, nature walks and a Blue Flag beach to keep you (and the kids) happily entertained.

Zululand: St Lucia
View hippos up close on a St Lucia boat cruise, snorkel at Cape Vidal and scuba dive at Sodwana, view the Big Five in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park and enjoy relaxation and adventure aplenty on the pristine beaches, dune forests and in the warm ocean. A major drawcard between October and March is the viewing of giant leatherback turtles – this is their only breeding ground on the subcontinent.

**** Rocktail Beach Camp – Maputaland Marine Reserve
Secluded and unspoilt, Rocktail Beach Camp is an amazing place to stay for everyone – families, honeymooners, adventure junkies, avid scuba divers, etc. A brisk 20 minute walk from the beach, there are many adventures to be had within this natural paradise. Scuba divers also have the luxury of knowing that they are the only underwater visitors in this Reserve and World Heritage site.

Close to Johannesburg
Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club – Vaal River
For a quick getaway from Joburg, Riviera on Vaal is just a 45 minute drive from the city. Situated on a bend of the Vaal River, this is a fantastic child friendly resort offering ample facilities to entertain the kids and the option of the golf course and the spa for tired parents.

If you’re looking for a quick day or weekend trip away from the city, Sun City is always a favourite with kids and those looking for some “beach” in Gauteng.

Eastern Cape coastline
With soft sand dunes, warm lagoons and ocean currents, the Eastern Cape is a great alternative for those looking for something a bit warmer and quieter than the popular Atlantic Ocean coastal resorts. If you want some luxury, then Oceana Beach and Wildlife Reserve near Port Alfred and African Pride The Sands @St Francis are two fantastic choices. Otherwise, there is a host of self-catering, guesthouse, B&B and other accommodation types to suit every budget.

Arniston
Although it can be busy during the holidays (like most coastal towns), Arniston is still relaxed and laid-back. Originally a fishing village (the whole town is now a national monument) the lime washed and thatched houses still dot the coastline and fisherman still go out to sea in traditional boats.

Most places book up very quickly over the December period so be sure to book your holiday as soon as possible so you’re not left disappointed and stuck at home. Contact a Sure Travel agency in your area to book your perfect December holiday.



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