The weather might be cold outside, but there is a wonderful world out there to explore during this school holiday.
After exams we are all grateful for the holidays so that we can rest and recharge. Take your time to recover from all the studying by sleeping in late, watching your favourite shows and spending time with friends. However, there is a great big world out there, full of adventures and discoveries to be made. Jawaharlal Nehru, former Prime Minister of India, said, “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”
During this school holidays make time for something and go on an adventure. Here are 18 interesting places South African learners can visit during the school holidays.
Geluksfontein Goat Cheese Farm
If you love cheese, this farm in Limpopo is not to be missed. Located in the Waterberg Area, 30 km from Modimolle (Nylstroom), Geluksfontein offers guided tours that demonstrates the cheese making process alongside cheese tasting. Tour tickets are priced at R 25.00 per adult and R 15.00 per child under the age of 12.
Visit their website to see what else they have to offer.
Polokwane Art Museum
The Polokwane Art Museum is a place where one can learn about culture and tradition. The museum contains more than 1000 artworks, which includes paintings, ceramics, sculpture, photography and more. The art showcases local talent and reflect the area’s local mythology
Perry's Bridge Reptile Park
This adventure is not for the fainthearted. Perry's Bridge Reptile Park houses more than 80 different species of reptiles and even have opportunities for you to touch the snakes. The park is situated in Hazyview, near the Kruger National Park and will keep children (and adults) busy for hours. Tickets are priced at R85 for adults and R50 for children under 13 years.
If you’ve always wanted to know what it feels like to fly, then Skyway Trails will show you how to spread your wings. Skyway Trails is set in a natural forested valleys along the Sabie River, next to the Kruger National Park. Here you can zip line, climb and slide through the high trees and experience nature in a unique way. Cost range from R160 – R495 per person.
Visit their site for more.
The Wits Planetarium is based in Johannesburg and will entertain the whole family by teaching young and old about astronomy. It is fascinating to learn about our vast universe and the way planets, stars and astronomical figures work. Tickets are priced R50 per adult and R35 per child.
Visit their website to find out more.
Gold Reef City
If you are more on the adventurous side, Gold Reef City will thrill you with all its rides and activities. There are water rides like the Raging River Rapids, slow carousels like the Cups & Saucers and the exhilarating Anaconda. However, if you’re not keen for rides, you can enjoy the Heritage Tour to learn how Johannesburg came to be, how gold was discovered on the reef witness the magnificent glow of a live gold pour! Tickets range from R135 – R215 per person.
Visit their website to book your tickets.
Pilanesberg National Park & Game Reserve
If the wildlife calls you during the winter months, then you need to visit the Pilanesberg National Park & Game Reserve. Here you can get in touch with nature, listen to bird sounds and if you’re lucky see the Big 5.
Visit their website to book your safari/tour.
Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeespoortdam
Elephants are majestic creatures – and to see them in real life is magical. At the Elephant Sanctuary in Hartbeespoortdam you can have an interactive elephant experience, where you can learn hands-on about elephants and get to know the elephants on site. They also offer elephant rides, brushing and monkey tours. Rates for children start at R335 per person.
Kututsa Hiking Trail
If you love being outdoors and walking in nature, you should give the Kututsa Hiking Trial a go. This 22km hike will take you two days to complete, but will amaze you with a refreshing experience. You will walk alongside a stream, through the mountains and even sleep in a rock overhang.
Visit their website to make your booking.
National Women's Monument
The National Women’s Monument in Bloemfontein is to commemorate the women and children who died and suffered in British concentration camps during the Second Boer War. The obelisk of 36,58m is grafted from sandstone from Kroonstad and depicts two women in front of the obelisk. The inscription on the monument reads “To our heroines and dear children, Thy will be done”.
Kwazulu-Natal Sharks Board
The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board Maritime Centre of Excellence (KZNSB) is the only organisation of its kind in the world. KZNSB keeps the coastline of KwaZulu-Natal safe through shark nets, drumlines and bather safety gear. They also conduct research into the biology of sharks, educate tourists and scholars, house the Shark Museum and offer boat tours (R350 per person).
Visit their website for more.
Umgeni Steam Railway
Experience historical travel means through the Umgeni Steam Railway. The train runs through the beautiful Valley of a Thousand Hills between Kloof and Inchanga in Durban. The line runs through a 53 metre long tunnel at Drummond built in 1878. Trains run on the last Sunday of each month and also houses the Inchanga Railway Museum. Tickets are priced at R240 per adult and R170 per child.
Visit their website for more information.
The Big Hole is one of the largest hand-dug excavations in the world. Here at the Big Hole you can have an underground miners experience, view the hold that delivered beautiful diamonds and visit the Old Town. Tickets range from R100 per adult to R60 per child up to the ages of 12.
Learn more here.
Augrabies Falls National Park
Within the National Park you will find the spectacular Augrabies Falls with a height of 56m. The indigenous Khoi called the Augrabies Falls “Aukoerebis”, that translates to ‘place of great noise’ and when you visit the falls you will know exactly why. Here you can also walk the Dassie Trail, see the gorge and view spectacular wildlife in the park.
Tsitsikamma National Park
The Tsitsikamma National Park will refresh your soul after the long exam cycle. During a hike through the Tsitsikamma you will see oceans, beaches, forests and wildlife. There are plenty of fun activities to do like swimming, climbing, abseiling, mountain biking, diving and snorkelling.
The Owl House
The Owl House is known today as a provisional national monument and is a museum in Nieu-Bethesda that attracts tourists to enter a new world of art and sculpture. The Owl House is the artwork of Helen Martins that is filled with sculptures of hostesses, mermaids, camels, pilgrims and of course owls. Tickets are available for R50 - R70.
Visit their website for more information on this mystical place.
The famous Table Mountain has a lot more to offer than just pretty pictures. Not only is the view great, but Table Mountain is home to an estimated of 2,285 species of plants. You can either hike up or travel by cable car.
You can book your tickets here.
Castle of Good Hope
The Castle of Good Hope is a prime example of a “star fort” and was built between 1666 and 1679. The Castle of Good Hope is the he oldest building in South Africa and can be seen as the oldest, operating office in the country. The Castle of Good Hope has museums, guided tours, cannon firings and key ceremonies. Tickets cost R50 per adult and R25 per child.
Visit their website to learn more.
*Please note that prices may be subject to change. Please contact the individual facilities for updated prices and information.
We hope you make the best of this holiday by resting, but also making new memories by going on a couple of adventures. Let us know what your plans are for the holiday and how you plan on spending your “lazy days”.