It’s that time of the year again when tourists from all over flock to the country’s hotspots like Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg. All this flocking is great for our economy, but what about heading a little further out and exploring the road less travelled? We have a few fun ideas for you to try out this festive season.
1. Western Cape
Ceres Zipline Adventures
If you’re heading to Cape Town this festive season and looking for a little adrenalin rush, then the Ceres Zipslide Adventures “foefieslide” adventure is perfect for the whole family. The Ceres Zipslide is the longest in South Africa and offers eight slides totaling in a length of 1.4km. Each slide varies between 110m – 290m and the highest is 40m above the ground.
Not only is this something fun and adventurous to do, but the setting is picturesque. This “foefieslide” is situated in mountains of the Ceres Valley so you will be spoilt with some of the best views around.
Big Bites Road House
Once you’ve have worked up an appetite with all the activity from ziplining, why not stop over at Big Bite Road House and get your feast on? This is no average roadhouse – they specialise in American-style cuisine. And you know what that means: big portions packed with flavour. Why not try one of the house specialities like their Bacon Steak and Cheese Vetkoek or the Philly Cheese Steak Roll?
Big Bite Road House is owned by Breyton Benjamin, a SAB Foundation Tholoana Programme participant. Everything is prepared freshly each day so you are guaranteed meals that are packed with flavour. Don’t pass this spot by.
Bakone Malapa Museum
South Africa has a rich and beautiful history that is made up of so many diverse cultures. We truly are spoilt. The Bakone Malapa Museum in Polokwane is just one of these gems and an experience that shouldn’t be missed if you’re in the area.
This living museum depicts the rich culture of the BaSotho people – a highly sophisticated sub-group of the Northern Sotho tribe. When you visit this living museum you can expect a warm welcome as the BaSotho people are excited to share their contemporary and traditional customs.
Bakone Malapa was built in the style used by the northern Sotho people of 250 years ago and demonstrates the day-to-day life of the clan. You can also take a walk around the bird sanctuary, the wildlife reserve, or go for a beautiful hike.
Glenz Cakes is an established bakery owned by Glenda Ramathava, an entrepreneur on the SAB Foundation Tholoana Programme. The bakery sells delicious, freshly baked treats, cakes, and artisanal breads. But that’s not all, they also specialise in bespoke cakes to suit any occasion. Need a Christmas or New Year’s cake that will hit the spot? You know where to go.
If you’re looking for a bit of fun while in Limpopo then Glenda Ramathavha offers fun baking classes. Whether you would like to sharpen up your baking skills or learn about icing and creating your own masterpiece, Glenda will take you through the process. Her classes are fun and interactive, and you’ll live with a belly full of love and good food.
In the community of Bethal, Mpumalanga entrepreneur Timothy Mtsweni of Success Cravers has changed the way his community gets around. No fancy, shiny cars, just a super cool quadricycle, Top Shayela.
Timothy sells and rents out his quadricycles and they are perfect for any terrain – gravel or tar roads. If you’d like to rent one and explore on your own, then this is the perfect mode of transport. The quadricycles have been updated with new technology and the pedal assist mechanism senses the torque of the rider and engages itself to make pedaling easier. This is the perfect way to explore and learn about a community. Timothy is also an entrepreneur on the SAB Foundation Tholoana Programme.
So many activities
While there are so many things to do in Mpumalanga, we recommend the Sudwala Caves is a great way to spend the day with the family where you can explore the caves, visit the fish spa or the Sudwala Butterfly Effect Nature Garden. The caves are set in Precambrian dolomite rock that was first laid down about 2800 million years ago when Africa was still part of Gondwana. The caves themselves were formed about 240 million years ago.
Bonus: God’s Window is a must if you want to get some of the best views South Africa has to offer. Make sure you come prepared with your camera close by because the views from this natural beauty are simply breathtaking. If you go on a clear day you can see the Kruger National Park and Mozambique. The Blyde River Canyon is the largest vegetated canyon in the world and is only a third of the size of the Grand Canyon and the Fish River Canyon.
Maropeng Visitor Centre
The Maropeng Visitor Centre is just an hour’s drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria and this world-class exhibition is filled with history and fossils that focus on the development of humans.
This is the place from which all of humankind originated, where our story began. Maropeng means “returning to the place of origin” in Setswana, which is the main indigenous language of the region. View fossils, learn about mankind and view stone tools that are up to one million years old.
Seven Khalaz Mobile Food
For South Africans food plays a huge role in our culture and Kgalaletso Rakau and Jabulani Nene of Seven Khalaz knows about food. Seven Khalaz provides various catering options – a food booth which can be found at various locations across South Africa, private catering, and events catering. What is the common theme? Providing people of all backgrounds and heritage with hearty food with soul.
If you would like to taste some delicious grub from a team who is passionate about food, then check out their social media and get in touch with them.
5. Eastern Cape
Surf Centre Surf School
Port Elizabeth is known for its friendly people and beautiful, warm-water beaches. If you would like to test the waters and learn something new, why not head on over to Surf Centre and learn how to ride the waves, bru?
The coaches at Surf Centre will not only have you standing up by the end of your lesson, but you will be given tips and tricks from some of the best surfers around. Learn how to read the ocean, pick the perfect wave, and have a great day in the water.
Growing Free Laundry & Dry Cleaning
When you’re on holiday you don’t always have the time or facilities to do your washing. If you’re camping, keeping things clean can be especially tricky. Amanda Manyika is the owner of Growing Free Laundry & Dry Cleaning in East London and this entrepreneur is not only dedicated to keeping your clothes clean, but creating jobs in her community.
Growing Free Laundry will ensure that your clothes are washed, ironed, and folded so you look good throughout the festive season!
Read more about small businesses such as Seven Khalaz and Growing Free Laundry on the SAB Foundation Tholoana Programme here.