Five unusual December getaways

Gumtree recommends that travellers wander off the beaten track this holiday season

29 October 2019 - 10:12
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Kwandwe, Grahamstown.
Kwandwe, Grahamstown.
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South Africa is a top tourist destination, with thousands of guests flocking to the Kruger National Park, the beaches of Cape Town, Durban and the majestic Drakensberg. But if you would like to avoid the crowds, there are plenty of fun destinations to consider. 

Gumtree SA pinpointed the top five holiday getaways for tourists who like to wander off the beaten track.

1. Karoo Pred-a-Tours, Cradock

If you like peace and tranquility, the Karoo is the right destination. Pred-a-Tours offers encounters with the smaller African cats, including servals and caracals. Travellers can spot wildlife, hike in safety or relax in the self-catering cottages. 

Travellers can spot wildlife on Pred-a-Tours in the Karoo.
Travellers can spot wildlife on Pred-a-Tours in the Karoo.
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2. Stanley Island, Plettenberg Bay

Have you ever wanted to relax on your own private island? Stanley Island private nature reserve, South Africa’s only privately owned island, is on Keurbooms Lagoon. Enjoy its indigenous forest, private beach and wildlife.

Canoes and motorboats are freely available while the reserve’s private ferry can take you to the mainland. 

Stanley Island, Plettenberg Bay.
Stanley Island, Plettenberg Bay.
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3. Ditholo Game Lodge, Modimolle

Ditholo means “Place of Many Kudu” – an apt description, as Ditholo runs nature conservation programmes for buffalo, kudu, nyala and hippo. The unique viewing deck offers a range of sundowners, while the resident chef cooks up amazing meals in the kitchen.

It’s the perfect place to kick back and relax. 

Ditholo Game Lodge, Modimolle.
Ditholo Game Lodge, Modimolle.
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4. The Forgotten Route, various

The Forgotten Route tour takes you on a journey from Cape Town’s Kimberley Hotel to small towns like Rawsonville and Matjiesfontein, with plenty of local entertainment, wine, beer and cuisine along the way. It’s a must for history lovers and a great way to immerse yourself in small-town life. 

The Forgotten Route tour is a must for history lovers.
The Forgotten Route tour is a must for history lovers.
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5. Kwandwe, Grahamstown

The 22,000h reserve along the Great Fish River makes for an excellent spot to relax or to spot the Big Five, including both black and white rhino. Day and night drives, sleep-outs, walking safaris and fixed-wing flights are available.

As one of the most diverse countries in the world, SA offers plenty to see and do. Wherever you go, you are sure to have a great time. 

This article was paid for by Gumtree South Africa.

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