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Use public holidays wisely by planning ahead

When: Freedom Day and Workers’ Day, 27 April and 1 May

Where to go:

Tonteldoos Valley

Twenty-five kilometres northeast of Dullstroom in Mpumalanga and less than a three-hour drive from Johannesburg is Tonteldoos Valley, a landscape of farmlands dotted with trees, mixed with indigenous flora and fauna, trout dams and smallholdings. Head for Riverman Cabin, which consists of three comfortable and fully equipped stone-and-thatch buildings with indoor fireplaces and braai areas outside. There’s an eight-sleeper, a four-sleeper and a honeymoon cabin. Go fly-fishing, mountain biking, hiking and horse riding, and walk the koppies. Indigenous trees are each marked with a number. The area also has more than 25 different species of birds, including the brown-hooded kingfisher.

Cost and how to book:

Riverman Cabin R300 per person per night; children under seven stay free. ☎ 012 664 1116 or visit www.rivermancabin.co.za.

South Coast

Known as the Hibiscus Coast, the South Coast is a haven of subtropical forests, golden beaches and warm water. Accommodation varies from camping facilities to up-market hotels. The Pumula Beach Hotel, which is surrounded by indigenous coastal vegetation, is about 100km south of Durban. It has 62 rooms, 22 of which are family rooms, with 12 interleading ones. Management will organise seafood or spit braais on request. There’s a separate children’s dining room during peak periods. The kids will love the tidal pool on the beach, the toddlers’ paddling pool, jungle gym and play room.

Cost and how to book:

Pumula Beach Hotel About R1 020 per adult per night; children’s rates vary depending on age. ☎039 684 6717 or visit www.pumulabeachhotel.com.


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