Lockdown, social distancing and doing what we can to keep our loved ones safe has been our primary concern over the last few months. As we now start looking ahead and making plans for the future, travel has popped up on the top of most people's to-do-list. The question remains, even though many borders are still closed, where to go as soon as borders re-open again? We think that an African safari holiday is the perfect post-COVID-19 destination, and here are nine reasons why.
1. Variety is the spice of life
South Africa offers a wide range of things to see and do, which allows you to experience a great variety on one holiday. Enjoy the beautiful secluded beaches. Experience the African sunrise on a safari. Take in mountain vistas from trails and hiking routes. Explore some of the world's top wine estates. If its city life you're in search of then you can enjoy South Africa's sophisticated and cosmopolitan cities. Cultural experiences can be discovered at several world heritage sites and learning about the rich cultural heritage.
2. Road-tripping at its best
South African's favour road trip family holidays and for a good reason. The country allows for off the beaten track exploration with a great network of roads, many interesting, quaint and historic small towns and a myriad landscapes with spectacular scenery.
3. Open spaces
From the Karoo sky to unspoilt beaches on the west and east coasts, to explore the hidden reaches of the Kruger National Park and the vastness of the Northern Cape's Green Kalahari. These are a few of the fantastic open destinations within South Africa to be explored.
4. Endless accommodation possibilities
South Africa offers a range of accommodation including exclusive-use villas, boutique hotels and intimate lodges, together with private transfers between the airport and hotels and private touring where crowds and over-tourism are avoided.
5. COVID-19 responsible
Health and sanitation will be a key consideration no matter where you visit in South Africa. The Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) has already issued protocols for all tourism stakeholders in South Africa to adhere to. These cover the sanitisation of all vehicles (including all transfer vehicles, open game drive vehicles and coaches) together with protocols for drivers and guides to adhere to when with guests. Most accommodation establishments already have their own protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of guests, and the SATSA protocols cover all touchpoints including check-in, food handling and dining areas, as well as rooms and public areas.
6. Culture fix
South Africa allows for travellers to meet the friendly locals and really get a feel for the country. These local interactions range from private 'foodie' walking tours in Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Kalk Bay to exploring art museums and galleries during specially curated private tours. You can also get the opportunity to meet the winemakers while visiting handpicked estates. If it's more adventure you're seeking then hike along overnight slackpacking trails in the Drakensberg Mountains, along the Wild Coast and Kosi Bay. You may also want the appreciate the Limpopo local's simple life of learning to live, laugh and love.
7. Expertly guided and tailor-made private tours
We offer expertly guided and tailor-made private tours in Cape Town and the surrounding areas. This will allow you to get out into nature and take full advantage of the Cape's adventure playground: from hiking to surfing.
Now more than ever South Africa's rand can go far, especially when converted from dollars or pounds. South Africa has always offered good value for money with quality hotels, tours and world-class experiences but there are now some really fantastic deals to be had for travel during the latter part of 2020 and into much of 2021.
The catchphrase 'SOUTH AFRICA IS TRAVEL READY' is being used by tourism bodies around South Africa to reassure the world that the destination is working hard to revive the industry and welcome international guests back to our shores as soon as possible. Now is the time to book your South African holiday and have something to get the family excited about.