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WATCH: Explore these SA destinations this summer holiday

THE Nelson Mandela Capture Site is an iconic attraction in KZN Midlands. Picture: Clinton Moodley.

THE Nelson Mandela Capture Site is an iconic attraction in KZN Midlands. Picture: Clinton Moodley.

Published Dec 23, 2021

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Eastern Cape

I will start with one of my recent travel trips where I got to explore some popular tourist attractions like The Big Pineapple.

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From hikes and kayaking at Mdantsane, a township situated 15km away from East London, to lunch overlooking the beach, there's plenty to see and do in the Eastern Cape.

KZN Midlands

The KwaZulu-Natal Midlands has long been a destination to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Start your trip at Yellowwood Cafe and Restaurant, known for its majestic view of the Howick Falls and sumptuous food.

Thrill-seekers can work up an appetite with paintball hosted by Action Combat Paintball on Yellowwood's property.

Visit the Nelson Mandela Capture Site or enjoy a two-hour zip-lining expedition in the forest at Karkloof Canopy Tour. End your trip with a chocolate dipping experience at Chocolate Heaven at The Junction.

Kruger National Park

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Kruger National Park is on the bucket list of local and international travellers, whether they visit for a self game drive or a stay at a luxury lodge. Known as Africa’s largest game reserve, here you will find the Big 5, including the lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffaloes, as well as diverse bird species like vultures and eagles. Visit Kruger Station if you want to make a pit stop for something to eat.

Northern KZN

Northern KZN has plenty to offer. Head to Ngodini Bunduz in Eshowe for some spa treatments while enjoying the soothing sound of the river nearby. The Northern KwaZulu-Natal attraction is also known for its adventures, including 4x4 tours, camping, paintball, tubing, river activities and quad biking.

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Then travel to Dlinza Forest Aerial Boardwalk, famed for being a birdwatching and nature lover's paradise. Here, visitors will get to see the 20m tower and learn about the 131 species of trees, 84 species of butterflies and 65 bird species. Fort Nongqayi Museum Village is also worth visiting.

A city break in Jozi

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Want to experience Jozi differently? Perhaps, a luxury hotel with five-star treatment is the answer. I stayed at Houghton Hotel last year and loved every moment. The hotel amenities were unmatched.There are other five-star hotels in the city that you can visit. Check out the reviews before you book.

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