Our Top 5 Local Holiday Destinations That Are Perfect For Winter

You might be tempted to look overseas for your next trip, but there are some great local holiday destinations that are far more wallet-friendly.

Kelleigh Korevaar |

If you’re like me and winter is seriously starting to get you down going on a holiday is exactly what you need. But going on a budget-friendly holiday is a whole different story. That’s why I’ve looked back in time and found my 5 holidays I’ve been on over the last few years. Best part? They are local holiday destinations so you will save cash on expensive overseas flights and visas.

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Whether you’re after a romantic getaway, a guy’s trip, a family holiday, a winter adventure or a winter escape, we’ve got local holiday destinations perfect for you. And just in case you’re wanting to head a bit further than a drive away, check out Travelstart.

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Best For: A Romantic Getaway

Looking to head out on a safari adventure? Crocodile Bridge Safari Lodge borders the Kruger National Park and provides views of the Crocodile River (you can swim and watch the animals drink at the river). While I’ve never stayed here, I go to Kruger at least once, sometimes twice a year, and have driven past it often. Its position is one to envy and that’s why it’s on my bucket list.

Not only do the tents have air-conditioning and a private bathroom, they all have views of the river, with the riverfront suites just a few metres from the fence, so you’ll really feel one with nature. It’s great for a romantic escape as it’s rated 9.9 for a two-person trip and it’s also rated the best value in the area. It’s also one of Booking.com’s top picks in Komatipoort. Plus, the Mozambique border is around 18kms away and the Komatipoort Golf Club is 10kms away from the lodge.

Travel Tip: If you’re driving from Durban, heading through Swaziland will cut down your travel time – just don’t forget your passport!

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Best For: A Guy Trip

You’re going to need your passport for this one, too – but trust me when I say, it’s worth heading to Namibia. I was last at Felix Unite Provenance Camp 6 years ago with a group of about 16 mates and it’s still one of my favourite holidays to date.

You can hear the river rapids from where you’re staying and the pool and restaurant overlook The Orange River. It’s the perfect place to chill out and have fun with mates. Plus, you can book multi-day river trips where you canoe The Orange River and sleep on the banks. That’s what’ll make it a boys trip with a difference.

Travel Tip: Book your first’s night stay at the camp, followed by one of the multi-day river trips (there are 4-day and 6-day options) and then book a night back at the camp so you can relax before heading back.

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Best For: A Winter Escape

When winter hits, many head overseas to embrace the warmer weather. But there’s no need to do that. Growing up in Durban, I spent 18 years avoiding winter. Sure, it got colder, but in my mind a freezing cold day was anything below 17 degrees. So you can escape winter by heading to the Durban coast; Ballito specifically.

The Ballito Luxury Beachfront Apartment is great value for money, sleeps 6 and has a swimming pool, garden, braai facilities and free Wi-Fi. Plus, it has some of Durban’s best restaurants. Head to the Ballito Lifestyle Centre from some great bars and restaurants; I recommend 45 on Eat Street for supper and Alchemy Bar for drinks. Although, it’s worth heading through to Umhlanga to dine at my personal favourite, The Chef’s Table.

Travel Tip: This apartment has a great kitchen, so if you’re on a budget, you can skip eating out at the local restaurants and head to the Ballito Spar for groceries. It’s only 1.4kms away.

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Best For: A Winter Adventure

So you might not want to escape winter, but rather embrace it. And you’re going to need your passport again for this one. Afriski Mountain Resort is Lesotho’s only ski resort and has tons of outdoor activities. You can ski and snowboard during winter months as well as hiking 4×4 trails and cycling. This is the ultimate winter adventure.

And you won’t just get an adrenalin rush from the resort, you can get it in the car, too. I’ll never forget the adrenalin of heading up Sani Pass in a 4×4 when I was 15. Being able to see snow so close to home is also a major bonus.

Travel Tip: Lesotho is also home to ‘The Highest Pub In Africa’ so head there for a draught after you’ve conquered Sani Pass.

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Best For: A Family Getaway

Farm stays offer some of the best family getaways because they often have activities you don’t get to do every day. One of our most recent family holidays was on a farm near Montagu where we spent our days walking amongst the farm animals and picking fruits. And Hermitage House is no different.

It’s a three bedroom house with a massive garden and mountain views. There is a dam, play area, trickling stream, green pastures to explore as well as horse grazing around the farm. Plus, Marloth Nature Reserve is 3kms away.

Travel Tip: Swellendam has a lot more to offer than you might think. There is also golf, hiking, cycling, berry picking, honey tasting and horse riding in the area.

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So there you have it, if you’re looking to go on a break, these local holiday destinations are sure to be a winner, no matter what kind of holiday you’re after.

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