Ditch the Crowds: Where to Go for a Peaceful Holiday this Festive

The list of reasons why we love the December/January holidays is endless. Family time, travelling, sightseeing, resting, eating. But there is one big downfall. Crowds! If you’re on the hunt for tranquility, these spots are less likely to be flooded with people. Here are 5 places to consider for a peaceful holiday.

Port St Johns, Eastern Cape

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Explore the breathtaking landscapes of the Wild Coast by hiking along the trails, visit the iconic Red Cliffs, or enjoy water activities like kayaking and fishing in the Umzimvubu River. You can also visit the famous “Hole in the Wall,” or experience the local Xhosa culture at the Isinuka Sulenkama Cultural Village. Sounds like a peaceful holiday indeed!

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Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal

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South Africa’s Drakensberg region has loads to offer, from discovering the ancient San rock art at Kamberg Nature Reserve to hiking the many trails. Or, you can simply relax and enjoy the endless scenery.

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Storms River, Western Cape

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Situated in the Tsitsikamma National Park, this area is a nature-lover’s paradise. Do an adventurous canopy tour, go ziplining through the lush forest or kayak along the Storms River Mouth. Unwind at the local eateries, and grab the binocs for some epic bird watching.

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Upington, Northern Cape

Experience the Orange River’s calm beauty with a leisurely river cruise, or discover the Augrabies Falls National Park for nature walks and photo ops. Other fun outings include the Kalahari-Oranje Museum, and a trip to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park for game viewing.

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Paternoster, Western Cape

This seaside village offers true rest for the soul. Stroll along the pristine beach, sample fresh seafood at local eateries or visit the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve. Prepare for snoek braais, mesmerising sunsets and some of the friendliest locals you’ll ever meet.

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