Travelling in South Africa: Local hotspots by the sea

When lockdown is finally behind us, we are sure you’ll be raring to go on holiday! And with so many gorgeous beach-side destinations right on our doorstep, travelling in South Africa seems like the right way to go. If you’re ready for the beach escape of a lifetime, explore our five favourite local hotspots and start planning that long-awaited road trip. (Explore Vacation Letting accommodation.)

3 beach destinations to visit when travelling in South Africa:

1. Mossel Bay, CA

The harbour town of Mossel Bay is a picturesque beach holiday destination, loved by both adrenaline junkies and those looking to relax and unwind. If you fit the former group, you won’t want to miss out on thrilling land and ocean adventures, like shark-cage diving, big-wave riding,  skydiving, parasailing and sandboarding. And if you’re down to chill, you can lounge on the pristine beaches, go on boat rides, play a round of golf, and indulge in the local food scene. Mossel Bay has some great places to dine, including steak houses, sushi bars and cafés. Foodies, you’ll never go hungry! (Consider our Mossel Bay holiday homes for your next trip – Elgin House and Vista Bonita.)

2. St Lucia, KZN

Calling all animal lovers! If you’re keen for a game ride in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, why not set up camp at seaside St Lucia? (Not literally, we do have beautiful lodging available.) The wildlife in the park is truly spectacular, so remember to bring your cameras along. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot giraffes, buffalos, cheetahs, zebras, kudus – and even lions. And that’s not all! If you explore the wetlands of St Lucia, you’re bound to come across hippos and crocodiles too. Our St Lucia holiday home has a resident hippo who lounges next to the porch, and we’ve fondly named him Harry. (Discover the Bridge.) Another great way to experience the natural wonders of St Lucia is to travel by boat up the local river estuary. You’re sure to have incredible animal and bird sightings. Learn more about things to do in St Lucia.

3. Amanzimtoti, KZN

If you’re travelling in South Africa and looking for a typical beach paradise with lush greenery and the sound of crashing waves, Amanzimtoti is the place for you. The quaint beach town is loved by local surfers and those in search of rest and relaxation. (View our holiday home, Waterberg.) The sardine run is also a popular attraction in Amanzimtoti. People travel from far and wide to witness this natural marvel in person. If you’re keen to take the family on a beach holiday after lockdown, click here to read five reasons why you should

Travelling in South Africa after lockdown? 

It can be difficult choosing holiday destinations when travelling in South Africa, as there are so many worthwhile places to visit. We recommend you narrow down your search to, say, local beach hotspots, like Mossel Bay, St Lucia and Amanzimtoti, and you’re sure to have an excellent post-lockdown experience. Take a look at our holiday homes in these seaside destinations.

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