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Hot Winter Holiday Spots

Hot Winter Holiday Spots

Days are shorter, nights are longer, temperatures have dropped and the heating turned up – all signs that winter has well and truly arrived. “While it may be tempting to hibernate at home from the chilly weather, now is the perfect time to get out and explore all that South Africa has to offer, minus the masses and at reduced rates,” says Premier Hotels & Resorts’ Group Sales and Marketing Manager, Grant Sandham. He shares some of his favourite winter holiday spots:

Celebrate the season with snow

For many South Africans, seeing snow is a special experience. At places like Premier Resort Sani Pass, it’s pretty much guaranteed. Situated on the slopes of the Southern Drakensberg, guests can enjoy snowball fights, building snowmen and making snow angels, as well as 4X4 excursions up the Sani Pass, horse rides up the mountain to Lesotho, hiking and biking. For those who prefer to play indoors, there’s chess, snooker and squash. After a day of activity, guests can unwind with a meal in the Maluti Restaurant whilst overlooking the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, or head to the historic pub at the nearby Premier Hotel Himeville Arms for a drink.

Defrost in Durban

For a warmer winter break, Durban is a must with an average maximum temperature of 23°C between May and September. With Splendid Inn Pinetown being centrally located, it’s easy to explore the beautiful nearby beaches as well as other attractions of this multicultural melting pot. No visit is complete without enjoying a real Durban Curry and guests won’t have to stray too far to find one – they can simply stop in at the Inn’s Saratoga Central Restaurant, renowned for its fresh cuisine infused with local Durban flavours.

Go wild this winter

Winter is the best time of the year for spotting wildlife at Premier Resort Mpongo Private Game Reserve as the grass is low and bushes and trees are sparsely leaved. With low levels of rain, the animals will migrate towards the water making water holes, dams and rivers a hive of activity. As the reserve is situated in the Eastern Cape, temperatures during the day are typically pleasant, making it ideal for the game drives, safari walks or horseback safaris offered by the Resort. Little ones will love learning all about the animals and plants that can be found on the property at the Mpongo Education Centre and can even meet Stretch, the Resort’s hand-reared giraffe.


Come to the Cape

Cape Town is an often forgotten destination during winter, due mainly to its association with this being its wettest time. However, there are many near perfect days, along with extraordinary indoor activities, that make a trip to the Mother City worthwhile. Although it’s unlikely that anyone will want to brave the waters of the always icy Atlantic Ocean, the winelands, with their beautiful settings and barrels of vino, beckon. Plus, with winter being the low season for tourists, tour operators and attractions discount their rates heavily. Premier Hotel Cape Town is conveniently located near the city and many natural wonders – enabling guests to easily take advantage of the specials on offer around the Cape.


“Why only take a holiday in summer, when you can experience the country’s wonders during winter whilst enjoying a refreshing mid-year break?” asks Sandham.


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