We are so lucky to live in such a diverse and extraordinary country filled with astonishing natural beauty. It doesn’t matter what city you visiting or live in – you will always be near a number of amazing views, heritage sights, game reserves or places of historical significance.
While it may be more sensible, cheaper or easier to stick to the day to day tasks of a pretty average life – why not set one particular holiday aside each year for explorations?
We recently had the opportunity of discovering the North Coast of KZN for 4 days and we are definitely in love with exploring all that our beautiful country has to see, taste, feel and offer! So in love that over the next year we have planned a trip to the Berg, South Coast, Coffee Bay, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Mpumalanga and Namibia.
Here’s our 2015 bucket list:
1. The only beach in South Africa in which you can drive on (only for 2kms though) Sodwana Beach offers an incredibly long stretch of pristine coastline. For the avid ocean enthusiasts, sea turtle tours, ocean tours, kitesurfing, learning about sharks, fishing and much more is on the menu and Sodwana Bay will meet your highest expectations. While on land, go quad biking or on nature walks. Scan the horizon or look up to the sky where you will have the privilege to observe South Africa’s incredible wildlife. It is a prime location for bird watching, and several game reserves offer safaris where the big five can be spotted.
2. Situated just outside Howick, Karkloof Canopy Tours definitely has to go on everyone’s list when visiting the berg. The tour includes long swooping slides over the forest canopy, stops below a waterfall and takes in a wider view across the beautiful Karkloof Valley. Flying along ziplines at speeds of about 70km/h and reaching heights of 35metres, this is definitely a thrilling way to take in the spectacular scenery.
3. The South Coast oozes laid-beach beach vibes. This slow paced charm is heightened drastically by its collection of adventure activities, from surfing the Indian Ocean and diving Aliwal Shoal and Protea banks to bungee jumping the insane Oribi Gorge! Its beautiful beaches are the main highlight, although golfing and adventure destinations also feature prominently among the popular attractions.
4. A rocky archway set just off the Wild Coast, Hole in the Wall is a instantly recognisable rock formation made up of Ecca Shale and Sandstone, capped with hard volcanic dolerite.