Can you feel it? Malls and stores are bustling, the days are longer, and the nights are warmer. People are out and about, and the city feels revived with a bustling energy only felt at this time of year. If you haven’t started planning your holiday break yet, take a look at our suggestions for affordable holiday breaks you can do with the whole family.
13 Junuary 2020
Umkumbe Safari Lodge
From R3900 per person per night | Children under 12 pay 50%*
Immerse yourself in an award-winning Big 5 safari experience at Umkumbe Safari Lodge in Mpumalanga.
Located in the world-renowned Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, Umkumbe Safari Lodge offers some of the best Big Five game viewing opportunities. It’s a scenic 6-hour self-drive from Johannesburg or one hour by plane to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.
The rate includes all meals, two games drives daily and tea and coffee. It’s one of the best value-for-money safaris around with a 4.5-star rating on Tripadvisor.
Hluhluwe Full-Day Safari
From R1250 per person*
One of the oldest game reserves in the country, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is teeming with wildlife. Hluhluwe is truly a feast for the eyes, with miles of lush rolling hills and open grasslands filled with game and wildlife.
This full-day tour includes breakfast and a traditional South African braai at lunch, so it’s money well spent. The tour begins at 6am so it is suggested that you overnight in nearby St Lucia where you will be collected at 5am (included in the cost). Alternatively, get up early for the 3-hour drive from Durban.
From Cape Town
Aquila Private Game Safari & Spa
From R2620 per person sharing*
Aquila is one of the first private reserves to reintroduce big game into the Western Cape interior. It has won many awards for its wildlife conservancy projects and offers a world-class Big 5 viewing experience just two hours outside of Cape Town. It is not your typical safari, but it is still a spectacular experience to view lions, buffalo, giraffes and elephants up close and living free.
The rate includes an overnight stay with two game drives and all meals included.
From R2100 per night (two adults and two children)*
The Umhlanga coastline is a magnificent stretch of sandy beaches and warm waters. There is plenty to do here for kids and adults. Golden beaches, water parks, lush gardens, golf courses, casinos and world-class attractions like uShaka Marine World, this is the perfect location from which to enjoy your holiday break.
From Cape Town
R3700 per 3-bedroom unit per night | Sleeps 6*
Tucked away amongst ancient Milkwood trees, overlooking a spectacular 8km stretch of white sand beach, Monkey Valley Resort is the perfect, peaceful hideaway. Situated at the foot of Chapman’s Peak you have easy access to the other Blue Flag beaches of Cape Town and the varied nightlife on offer in the city.
Have a ‘staycation’
If heading out of town is not on the cards for you and your family this holiday season, that’s perfect because there’s something unique to do in your own hometown.
From R1940 to R2795 per person*
Drive just 45km west of Johannesburg’s northern suburbs, and you’re in for a magnificent treat. What better to take in the glorious vistas of the Magaliesberg River Valley than in a romantic hot air balloon at sun break. Before lift-off guests are served steaming coffee and muffins and toast the experience with a glass of sparkling wine on landing. The flight lasts approximately one hour and is an awe-inspiring, once-in-a-lifetime experience you’ll never forget.
In Cape Town
From R240 per adult | R90 per child*
Take in the immaculate vineyards of the Franschhoek Valley and sample wines from some of the oldest wine farms in the country – all aboard an old-world tram and open-air tram bus. There are a selection of routes to choose from and wine tastings at each farm range between R25 and R150. We can think of no better way to experience South Africa’s magnificent wine industry than from this charming mode of transport.
From R250 per adult | R190 for children*
Steam train enthusiasts and anyone who wants to try something different will love this experience. Entirely run by volunteers, the Ichanga Choo Choo train runs the last Sunday of every month with additional days added over the festive season. Depart from Stokers Arms in Kloof and travel through the picture-perfect Valley of a Thousand Hills to Ichanga where you can visit the market, get something to eat and enjoy the surrounds. The children will love it!
Book and pay for your holiday adventures with your Money Credit Card and get up to 3% back on your card.
*All prices and availability is subject to confirmation from hotels, lodges and businesses listed.