Top reasons to book a local winter break

Thursday, 24 June 2021 04:00 AM

Winter is in full swing! If you’re barely surviving the shorter days and chilly nights or your cabin fever is at an all-time high - a break from it all may be just what you need to ease your winter woes. Winter offers holidaymakers plenty of opportunities to make the most of their downtime away. As travel experts at kulula holidays, we’ve selected some of the top reasons why winter is indeed the secret season for travel.

Fewer crowds

Winter is generally an off-peak travel period in South Africa, drawing fewer international tourists and locals to popular attractions. So, whether you’re booking a winter city break to Cape Town, Jo’burg or Durbs or opting for a safari adventure in the Pilanesberg, you’re guaranteed lesser crowds, and will be able to take advantage of more availability, choice and personalised holiday experiences at no extra cost. It’s not uncommon to have a guided game drive all to yourself during winter! Be sure to still take the necessary health and safety precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, when embarking on a holiday adventure.

Enjoy travel experiences unique to winter

If travelling abroad isn’t on the cards for you just yet, South Africa offers many possibilities over the winter period for an enjoyable and budget-friendly travel experience. Swap out your dose of the summer sun for some culture, and experience a different side of your holiday destination, with, hidden gems and local favourites. Planning a magical bush break? Winter is the prime season for a wildlife safari, as the cooler and drier weather in the northern parts of the country creates the perfect opportunity to spot the Big Five.

It’s also still possible to escape the cold by jetting off to the warmth of Durbs for some vitamin sea. The moderate temperatures found across the country during this period, are perfect for outdoor activities at some of the most exquisite natural destinations. But there are just some experiences that you’ll only get to enjoy during the winter months - like a snowy holiday in the Drakensberg, the whale-watching spectacles along the coast or the Sardine Run, a natural phenomenon only found on the coast of KwaZulu Natal.

Cheaper travel rates

There’s no denying the impact of the pandemic on our wallets, which has left holidaymakers in search of even greater value for money - winter travel caters to just that. With fewer tourists and less demand, you’re bound to find a winter travel deal on just about anything - flights, accommodation, car rental, sightseeing tours and restaurants. Look no further than for incredible holiday deals to some of the best local destinations, making it much easier to start plotting your great winter escape.

Beat the winter blues

Yes, the winter blues is a thing with scientific evidence demonstrating that change of seasons can affect our mood. Couple that with occurrences of load shedding, confinement and the effects of the recent pandemic - all of which can impact different aspects of our wellbeing. If you find yourself feeling worn out, stressed or less cheerful, consider taking some much-needed family time, couple-time or alone-time to boost your mood and recharge your energy levels for the rest of the year. With home life, work-life and school life merging into one under the new normal, there’s no better way to disconnect and unwind than with a well-deserved winter escape.

Ready for your great winter escape with kulula holidays?

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For updates on the latest health and safety guidelines visit the World Health Organization, IATA and the National Institute of Communicable Diseases.

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