If you’re in the mood for some adventure and perhaps looking for something a little far removed from the clutches of the touristy hordes, you might just be in luck if you’re based in and around South Africa.
There are plenty unique holiday destinations to be found right here in your own backyard. Just a short flight or self-drive away, Southern Africa really does have it all, from Big 5 Game viewing, to scuba diving in the Indian Ocean and a varied, vibrant dash of culture in the mix too.
Here are some off-the-grid destinations where you can switch off, chill and get a good dose of untamed adventure.
Flying through the forest
With more than 115 tiny white islands, the Seychelles brings a whole new meaning to an “island escape”. Head to the beautiful beaches on the island of Mahé in the Seychelles, here Constance Ephelia offers elegant suites and gorgeous views of the Indian Ocean. An unforgettable experience is the zip line through the canopy of the forest. Aside from water based activities and hikes, this a truly unique way to experience the untouched natural surrounds of the island and its great fun for the whole family too.
Move with the pace of nature
South Africa is filled with interesting little “dorpies” and backroads laden with curious “padstals”. Heading into the “bos” is an easy feat if you are looking to get away from it all. You can literally step foot into nature at Mthimkhulu Wilderness trails which specialises in walking safaris. Track animals by their spoor and dung with your armed tracker-guide on a private reserve, which shares an unfenced border with the Kruger. The accommodation is authentic, clean and most importantly, kind on the budget.
Island adventure, anyone?
A “secluded paradise retreat” is what Dana Tours calls Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort in Mozambique. If you’re in the mood to for a romantic getaway with your significant other, this little island might just be what you need. Enjoy some of the watersports on offer, or simply just relax. They have paired this escape with the cultural hotspot of Ibo Island, which adds to a change in scenery without too much travel hassle.
Die weskus is die ‘best’ kus!
SW Africa are one of the few destination specialists that have tapped into the untouched beauty of the West Coast. They have lovingly crafted an 8-day self-drive adventure, where you don’t have to do any planning, but rather look forward to enjoying the ride. From the Cederberg through to Paternoster, this is an ideal route to take during the flower season which is from August to October.