Take a short left these school holidays and explore South Africa with some of these budget-friendly getaway ideas.
If you were lucky enough to travel with your parents when you were younger, the chances are those getaways created some of your fondest family memories. And, as a parent, what could be more rewarding than sharing the joy of exploration and discovery with your children while they’re young?
So, instead of wondering how on earth you’re going to get through the next school holidays, take a look at these fun and affordable ideas for adventures. Find one that appeals to your family and apply for an RCS Personal Loan to help you get out there. Thanks to our fast, paperless application process, you could be granted a cash loan of up to R250 000 to book your family’s greatest getaway yet.
SEE THE BIG FIVE WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK
One of the most magical ways to educate your children about our incredible African natural heritage is to take them on a safari to see the Big Five. This is something people travel from all over the world to do – while we can do it practically in our backyard. And, although the world-famous Kruger National Park can be very crowded over school holidays, there are lesser-known parks that boast equally amazing wildlife viewing.
Northern KwaZulu-Natal probably has some of the best options for Big Five game viewing on a budget. See Africa’s largest elephants at Tembe Elephant Park, which offers comfortable safari-style accommodation, along with all meals and two daily game drives, at a fraction of the price of similar game lodges. Or, if you prefer self-catering accommodation (or even camping), Mkhuze Game Reserve has all of the Big Five, as well as rare species such as cheetah and wild dog.
CUT YOURSELVES SOME SLACK
When it comes to healthy holidays, not much can beat a hiking trip. However, not all of us enjoy lugging a heavy backpack crammed with tins and tents. Luckily, some clever soul invented the brilliant concept of slackpacking. On a slackpacking trail, you still have all the fun of walking, but none of the nuisance of carrying. All your kit is taken ahead to the next stop, leaving you free to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.
Some slackpacking trails involve camping, but on others, you can sleep in cottages or even luxury B&Bs. Slackpacking has become very popular in South Africa, and there are a variety of excellent trails suitable for families of all ages and fitness levels. The most famous slackpacking trail is probably the Oystercatcher Trail, but more affordable options include the Donkey Trail in the Little Karoo, the Pondo Hopper on the Wild Coast, and the Tsitsikamma Trail on the Garden Route.
ROLL OFF ON A ROAD TRIP
Make your journey the destination by planning a family road trip to take in some of SA’s most scenic spots. The Garden Route is, of course, a perennial favourite with both tourists and locals, but there are dozens of other well-planned self-drive routes all over the country that offer excitement around every bend. From Cape Town, Route 62 will take you through the Winelands and into the Little Karoo over striking mountain passes. Or, wander off along the West Coast Way, which is made up of six overlapping routes, each with a different theme.
From Joburg, plot a course to Mpumalanga to see spectacular natural splendour along the Panorama Route. Or, take a different direction towards Limpopo on the Waterberg Meander for some great game-viewing. And, from Durban, you simply must go for a ramble along the Midlands Meander to find fabulous food, culture, countryside, and history.
Ready to start planning a family holiday you’ll remember forever? Apply for an RCS Personal Loan, and you could have the cash in your account within 24 hours. Loans start from as little as R2 000 and from as low as 15% interest*.
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