What’s on in South Africa this week

  • 25 November 2014 | Daphney Mngomeni

It’s almost holiday season and sunny South Africa is sure to be top of many a traveller’s list of must-see destinations.

If you’re looking for great ideas to recommend to your guests in the North West, Western Cape, Northern Cape and Free State, take a look below.

North West

We can’t think of a better way to start the day than with an early-morning hot-air balloon ride.

Watching the sun rise on one of Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris is definitely an unforgettable experience.

Few things beat taking in the beautiful Magaliesberg landscape from up in the sky, hearing birdcalls and spotting the odd animal here and there.

Venue: Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris, R560 road, Skeerpoort, Magalies River Valley

Time: Arrive at least half an hour before sunrise

Duration: About one hour

Cost: Regular rates for balloon safari is R2150, group prices may vary depending on numbers

For more information, contact Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris on +27(0)11 705 3205 or visit its website.

Image courtesy of Axel Bührmann

Western Cape

Image courtesy of TravellingOtter

If you’ve ever sipped on a fine glass of brandy and wondered about the history of this drink in South Africa, then perhaps a road trip along the Brandy Route in the Western Cape is for you.

The R62 Brandy Route is the second to be launched in South Africa and follows the picturesque and increasingly well-known R62 towns, including Worcester, Montagu, Barrydale, Calitzdorp, Oudtshoorn and De Rust.

Venue: Route 62, Western Cape

Duration: Two to three days

For more information on the Brandy Route visit the SA Brandy website.

Northern Cape

Image courtesy of Thierry

Once you’ve been captivated by the serene and untouched natural beauty of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, you’ll never want to leave.

The park is home to over 200 bird species, springbok, blue and red wildebeest, eland, and large mammalian predators including black-maned Kalahari lions, leopards and hyenas – offering animal enthusiasts many opportunities to snap photos.

Venue: 250km from Upington in the far Northern Cape bordering Botswana, in the southern part of the Kalahari Desert

Duration: A variety of accommodation is available, allowing visitors to stay for several days

Cost: Conservation fees range from R35 per child per day to R150 per adult per day

For more information contact the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park on +27 (0)54 561 2000 or visit the SANParks website.

Free State

Image courtesy of Damien du Toit

The Golden Gate Highlands National Park is located in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in the Free State, not too far from the Lesotho Border.

As the name suggests, it was named for the brilliant shades of gold cast by the sun on the park’s sandstone cliffs, which also happen to be one of the park’s most notable features.

The park is home to a large variety of mammals, birds, snakes and fish, as well as 60 grass species and several varieties of bulbs and herbs.

Venue: Clarens, Free State

Cost: daily conservation fees range from R19 per child per day to R160 per adult per day

For more information, contact the Golden Gate Highlands National Park on +27 (0)58 255 1000 or visit the SANParks website.