The Easter holidays are always special to spend with friends and family, whether you celebrate Easter or not… but because so many people go away at this time of year, it can be difficult finding a great place to holiday, away from the maddening crowd, particularly over the Easter long weekend.
Here’s a short but sweet list of some good ideas for an Easter Weekend Getaway in SA:
Hobbiton in South Africa: magical Hogsback
Many believe that Hogsback may have been the inspiration behind J.R.R. Tolkien’s Hobbiton, The Shire in The Lord of the Rings – but you don’t have to be a hobbit to unlock the magic in this beautiful part of South Africa.
Named for the three distant ridges – which strikingly resemble the outline of wild pigs running and form part of the Amathole mountain range – this sleepy hollow in the Eastern Cape is an arts and crafts mecca, picturesque photography location and perfectly romantic couples’ getaway destination all wrapped up in one, with the added bonus of being every true nature lover’s ideal haunt.
There is wonderful local accommodation, hiking and so much more to enjoy in the magical little town and its glorious surrounds and when it comes to an Easter weekend away, few places in SA could be more special.
For more information, contact the Hogsback Information Centre: (045) 962 1245.
Location: Hogsback, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Experience the secluded beauty of this Garden Route Gem: Victoria Bay
Victoria Bay, or Vic Bay as the locals call it, lies nestled between Wilderness and George and offers one of the smallest, most secluded bays found along the Garden Route – though it also happens to be one of the most beautiful too!
The small resort offers a number of cottages, which are massed around the water’s edge. Nearby, you will find a gently sloping and fairly private small beach called Victoria Bay Beach. It is one of the area’s most famed, particularly because it is safe for bathing, angling and even surfing (though perhaps for the more accomplished surfers among us as there can be big waves).There are also natural paddle pools for the kids, and a number of walking and hiking trails to enjoy in the vicinity, ensuring that Victoria Bay offers something for everyone.
So whether you’re after a couples’ escape, family holiday or road trip with friends, here’s your go-to Garden Route getaway this Easter weekend.
For more information, contact the George Tourism Association’s information office: (044) 801 9295/7
Location: Victoria Bay, Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa.
Shake things up in Shaka’s turf: Shakaland
Aha Shaka Land, found some 160km north of Durban, is a living monument to the traditional Zulu people and their rich culture. If you’re visiting Africa for the first time and want a feel for KZN or simply wish to better acquaint yourself with our fair land, then a trip to Shakaland is the way to go.
This cultural attraction offers traditional accommodation – which features authentic African décor, wooden interiors, thatched rooves and above all, an earthy, natural atmosphere – and relative luxury, set amidst lovely, warm surroundings in the thriving heart of Zululand.
There is also a Shisa Nyama restaurant, which offers hearty and tasty traditional Zulu dishes, so you certainly won’t go hungry.
While you’re there, why not enjoy a cultural tour (which includes the Beer Drinking ceremony, fighting formations, the Sangoma and spear throwing to boot), or take part of the 3-hour daytime adventure, Nandi Experience, which is named after King Shaka’s mother, Nandi?
Teach your children about our country’s diverse heritage and unique cultures, or simply enjoy the luxurious, native surroundings, coupled with real African flair, by visiting Shakaland this Easter.
For more information, visit aha.co.za.
Location: Shakaland, Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal
A coastal Cape Escape: Kommetjie
Head to Cape Town this Easter and experience a coastal getaway at Kommetjie. This seaside village offers a special blend of gorgeous ocean, mountains, nature and beach, as well as a deeply ingrained sense of community and laidback, seaside charm.
Nearby, you can explore the famous Slangkop lighthouse, or take a leisurely stroll along the Kom Cat Walk, which leads from the Kom and on to the lighthouse beyond, if desired.
A short drive away, you can also find the world-famous Chapman’s Peak (which is a recommended drive on your way to or from Kommetjie via Cape Town; though you can also reach Kommetjie via the scenic Ou Kaapse Weg road), and the amazing Cape Point Nature Reserve, with naval port of call, Simon’s Town, beyond.
There are plenty of accommodation options, whether you find a local B&B or rent out a holiday cottage in the village. Stroll or surf at Long Beach, let the kids run free at the country-cute Imhoff Farm or take a coastal day trip and experience the full-on beauty of Cape Town’s Deep South… knowing that whatever you choose to do, you’re in for a memorable Easter escape.
For more information, visit www.kommetjie.org.
Location: Kommetjie, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
Whichever SA Easter getaway you choose this year, you’re in for a real treat; here’s wishing you safe travels over the April school holidays and Easter weekend!