I love going to beautiful places and being fortunate enough to do wonderful things when I get there. South African Tourism have launched a patriotic new campaign that says to us all that whatever you need (be it relaxation, sightseeing, adventure or a short getaway) it's here. All in an attempt to boost domestic tourism. Today I bring you three of my favourite destinations outside of Jo'burg.
1. Clarens (The Free State)
A couple of months ago a few of my friends and I did our annual reunion getaway in Clarens. We all arrived on a Thursday and we all stayed at the Clarens Inn B&B, it was a bit late for activities so we just had dinner and catch up time 'til the early morning. The next day we went town-seeing, visiting all the sites like the Clarens museum on the square. On Saturday we went river-rafting early in the morning then later we went quad biking. On Sunday some of the girls went horse ridding and the boys went to play golf.
We left Monday morning after breakfast. All in all, it was a great getaway. This is the official Clarens website.
2. Cape Town (Western Cape)
Cape Town is one of my favourite all time cities in which to shop and just lay by the pool. A hotel room in Camps Bay ensures holiday luxury surrounded by a contrast of natural beauty and manmade marvels. When the shopping bug hits I make my way to the V&A Waterfront for some retail therapy or window shopping. Or bargain hunting in Long Street. I've always been grateful to Cape Town for all the beautiful people I see on the beach, sitting in coffee shops and even the ones that steal the silk scarf I've spent half and hour negotiating for.
3. Umhlanga Rocks (Kwa-Zulu Natal)
Mangwanani Sibaya spa in Umhlanga has been named spa of the year in South Africa for four consecutive years.It is the biggest spa in the country and the architecture is quite beautiful encompassing elements of both Zulu and modern architecture. You can switch it up and go for have tea at the Beverly Hills hotel, also in uMhlanga. Go shark and dolphin spotting in uShaka Marine World.
Those are three destinations within our own borders where you can either do adventure, shop or relax. Support local tourism, support local businesses and mingle with fellow South Africans. For more information on the It's here campaign go here.
What is your favourite local destination?