A lot of things are associated with the festive season; tinsel, decoration, light, music, cheer and socialisation but one other amazing part of the festive season is often overlooked and that is the chance to relax.
Considering how much has happened in the past two years as a result of the pandemic, it not only feels like it has been a long year, it also feels like both years just melted into one.
It is, therefore, understandable that with end-of-year fatigue in the mix, you may be tired, irritable, overwhelmed and in serious need of some relaxation.
While others choose to stay indoors, practise some self-care and read a book or do some yoga, others relax by connecting with family, spending some time outdoors or even painting the town red.
Others may up the ante by opting for a change of scenery and if travelling is how you relax, we have a list of places you can visit without having to break the bank or leaving the country.
Here are some of the best ways, to help you find a touch of much-needed relaxation, away from the busy city life, according to South African Tourism.
2021 Mpumalanga Girls Trip | Hazyview, Mpumalanga
Embark on a journey with your girls and make lasting memories, this summer by visiting Hazyview in Mpumalanga. Described as a place of unsurpassed wide-open African beauty, this area is counted as one of the most geographically diverse places in Mzansi.
Harties Quick Escape Day Tour | Hartbeespoort, North West
“A boat trip is an excellent way to enjoy panoramic views; sit back and relax, with a drink in hand, while watching the sunset over the landscapes,” said SA Tourism in a statement.
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On this particular trip, you will get to see Kommandonek and pass Caribbean estate and Sandy lane golf course to make your way to the Kosmos Foreshore and the quaint Kosmos Village as well as the dam wall. Along the way, you will also pass the Zoo and Snake Park as well as the Transvaal Yacht Club.
You get to relax while experiencing the beauty of Harties and its spectacular views.
Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve and Wonder Cave | Roodepoort, Gauteng
“Take a short drive, out of the fast-paced Joburg city life, to the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve and choose from a big variety of fun things to do. The Reserve falls within the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.”
Blouberg Nature Camp | Bochum, Limpopo
Blouberg Camp is situated in the southern foothills of the Blouberg Mountains and provides a starting point for hikers, climbers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Foothill hikes through the yellow-wood forest, or climbing to the top of the mountain, are also popular. The camp is popular with birders because it provides easy access to the nearby Blouberg Reserve with its famous Cape Vulture colonies and an array of game.
A short walk to beautiful rock pools for swimming is a wonderful summer refresher.
Birding with Phillip Khumalo | Pongola, Kwa-Zulu Natal
Birdwatching is a great activity to consider for people in need of a way to relax. This activity offers a way to connect with nature in a healthy, soothing way.
“Imagine the sound of birds singing… No wonder birdwatching is one of the fastest-growing nature-based tourism activities worldwide.”
Compiled by Kaunda Selisho