It’s all I’ve been thinking about, escaping my reality one last time before something gets in my way once again. I’m pretty certain that things will gradually ease back to how they used to be pre-COVID, but perhaps slightly different in the same breath. However, I see this as an opportunity for me to explore some areas I have never touched, especially locally. Throughout the years I have been seeing posts from shot’ left or Tourism South Africa, and I’ve been internally telling myself that South Africa is so damn beautiful and there is so much to explore. Apart from all my life’s limitations in the past like school, then work, friends who want to travel but don’t make it a priority, my pocket with a beyond shocking poor budget, I’ve always had a mindset for adventurous escapades. Exploring and good old fun times without that involvement of too much technology are the kinds of experiences I’m always after.
I’ve always sought to be a person or traveler that could be able to share with the rest of the world about how beautiful, versatile, and amazing South Africa is. But funny enough, as soon as an opportunity arises to travel, we all almost instantly aim to venture abroad and see what the world has in store for us, actually never thought about the fact that we barely even know our own continent never mind our own country all that too well. Hence, I thought the post COVID experience may produce an opportunity to explore more local places as regulations to travel abroad slowly ease, and I am secure about the fact that I will be safe from the coronavirus.
So here are some ideas that I think are worth considering once we reach level 1 and we are free and safe to travel across the country and to neighbouring states.
- Support Local
Road tripping with your girls is a definite hit and is at the top of our list. A slow and long 3 to 4-day road trip to these following places is a total must:
• Tsitsikama National Park
• Apartheid Museum
• Cradle of Humankind
• Kruger National Park
• Sun City
• Blyde River Canyon
• Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
• Lion’s Head
• Table Mountain
• The Garden Route
• Isimangaliso Wetland
• The Big Hole
• Gold Reef City
• Robben Island
South Africa is also home for one of the world’s greatest Game Reserves. These are best to visit while the economy is slow and international travel is still prohibited. Prices, which usually are set to accommodate international travelers, are likely to be cheaper to accommodate South Africans before the tourism industry soars again.
- Visit Neighbouring countries, these include Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, and Swaziland.
There is so much to experience, explore, and engage within these countries that are also friendly on the pocket. The rand is the stronger currency except for the Pula in Botswana, so expect cheaper expenses and a lot more to do!
• Lesotho – for the culture, the Afriski Mountain Resort, Maletsunyane Falls, the mountain hikes. Possibly even skiing.
• Namibia – for driving of the sand dunes, exploring and learning about the Himba people and exploring the Kalahari Desert.
• Zimbabwe – for the Victoria Falls, the Devils Pool, the Hwange National Park, and Great Zimbabwe.
• Botswana – the Okavango Delta, Nxai Pan National Park, and the Tsodilo Hills.
• Swaziland – Sibebe Rock, Cultural Village, Swazi Reed Dance, Maganu Festival, Bushfire Festival, Ngwenya Glass Factory.
3. Going International. There are several economies across the globe that are heavily dependent on their travel industry. The idea here is spotting these economies and using the pandemic as an advantage for taking advantage of the fact there are a few of these economies who have stated that they will be giving discount travel costs once the travel regulations have been eased for international visitors. Some of these economies will be the first to drop their prices for flight costs, accommodation, and monumental and historical sites. Some tourist-friendly destinations that are looking forward to this include:
There is still so much more to look forward to once the coronavirus pandemic has lessened in the number of new infections globally and most economies become safe tourist destinations. In the meantime, one can work on their travel savings and bringing together a group of committed individuals to join in on the affordable fun times that await!
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Simi Gumede is a Bachelor of Social Science Graduate from Rhodes University, her Majors were Politics and International Relations, and Psychology.
Londiwe Sibanda is an Education Graduate from The University of Witwaterstrand and is currently completing her Honors Degree in Science Education at the same institution.
Tumelo Ratlhogo has a Bachelors Degree in Education and is currently studying towards her Honours in IT at The University of Witwaterstrand.
Bakang Mputle is currently studying his Masters degree in Geography and Development Studies at The University of Witwaterstrand.
Angeline Duma has her Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Witwaterstrand and is currently completing her Honors degree which is a BSC in Science Education at the same institution.