8 last-minute school holiday destinations you can still book

The kids are officially on holiday from this coming Friday for three weeks and parents are most likely looking for easy, convenient and affordable school holiday destinations for the whole family. It’s been quite the experience for them, from being under hard lockdown due to the global pandemic, to going back to school under new rules and schedules, and they deserve time out.

Here are some convenient school holiday destinations for families.

Sun City

The city of the sun awaits you.

Get away from the bustle of the city for a relaxing weekend, filled with water and sand. The Sun City Resort is home to the Valley of Waves and it’s a sure favourite for those that love the water.

The pools and water slides offer endless fun for families. It’s the perfect school holiday destination for the kids.

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Sun City’s Valley of Waves. Picture: Sun International

Travel time: 2 h 26 min (181,9 km) via R556 from Johannesburg

Accommodation options: Try The Kingdom Resort or the Sun City Resort

Recommendations: Book a BnB in Pilansberg at Kwa-Mosele

Pricing: A luxury stay near the resort for a family of three will cost a minimum of R4000 and a BnB costs R1500 for a family of three

Warm Baths

Situated in Bela-Bela, in Limpopo, Warm Baths gets its water from the hot springs of water in the area.

The Forever Resort guarantees to be a fun school holiday destination, offering both water fun and a bush-veld experience.

Travel time: 1 h 54 min (171,2 km) via N1 from Johannesburg

Accommodation options: Try Forever Resort in Warmbaths or Bergsig Eco Estate 

Recommendations: Enjoy a bushveld experience by booking a bundu hut at the Bersig Eco Estate which has a playground nearby for kids and bunker beds for 2 children.

Pricing: Accommodation for a family of four would cost R880 per night

Magoebaskloof mountains 

If your ideal school holiday destination is filled with greenery and mountains, the Magoebaskloof Pass is the perfect spot for you and your family.

Also situated in Limpopo, between bird watching, scenic hiking trails, fishing and mountain biking, it offers a jam packed itinerary of endless family fun. 

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Magoebaskloof. Picture: Afristay

Travel time: 4 h 32 min (393,5 km) via N1 from Johannesburg

Accommodation options: Try Graceland Eco Retreat or Lind End Guest Farm

Recommendations: For the fishing family, Cheerio Trout Fishing Rainbow Cottage offers self-catering cottages that are close to mountain biking trails and other mountains offering other thrilling activities such as quad biking and kloofing.

Pricing: Self-catering cottages will cost a minimum of R900 for a family of three

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