Easter Holidays Are Coming: Where to Next? 

06 March 2024
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Easter, a time of renewal, reflection, and, for many, a well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

In South Africa, Easter weekend marks not only a time for religious observance but also an opportunity for an extended holiday thanks to the lucky alignment with Human Rights Day and Family Day. With a bit of strategic planning and some well-deserved annual leave, you could find yourself with a glorious 12-day stretch to explore and unwind.  

So, where to? Let’s dive into the top destinations for your Easter weekend getaway, whether you’re dreaming of a local escape or an adventure abroad. 

Mauritius: Tropical Paradise for Couples 

Kick off your extended Easter break with a dash of romance in the breathtaking island paradise of Mauritius. Known for its azure waters, powdery beaches, and luxurious resorts, Mauritius sets the stage for an intimate and rejuvenating escape for couples. 

Must-See Sights in Mauritius: 

  • Le Morne Brabant: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this striking mountain offers panoramic views and a sense of seclusion – perfect for couples. 
  • Seven Coloured Earths: See the surreal natural phenomenon of dunes in seven distinct colours, a unique and captivating sight. 
  • Chamarel Waterfall: Explore one of the island’s tallest waterfalls, cascading roughly 100 metres into a lush gorge. Its mist often creates vibrant rainbows, adding to its allure as a must-see natural wonder. 

Easter in Mauritius is a wonderful blend of relaxation and adventure. Other activities perfect for couples are catamaran cruises, exploring the botanical gardens, or indulging in a spa day.  

Browse our Mauritius holiday packages to start planning your trip. 

Pilanesberg: Safari Thrills for Families 

For families wanting an Easter adventure closer to home, Pilanesberg National Park promises an unforgettable safari holiday experience. Found in the crater of an extinct volcano, this game reserve is home to the Big Five and offers a perfect blend of wildlife and luxury. 

Must-See Sights: 

  • Mankwe Dam: Enjoy a family picnic by the dam while watching hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of bird species in their natural habitat. 
  • Sun City: Just outside the park, indulge in family-friendly entertainment, including water parks, golf courses, and cultural experiences. 
  • Magaliesberg Canopy Tour: Experience the thrill of zip-lining through ancient forests, spotting wildlife and enjoying panoramic views. Perfect for families seeking adventure amidst nature during their Easter weekend getaway. 

Other activities we recommend in the Pilanesberg include joining guided game drives, hot air balloon safaris, and stargazing sessions. The excitement of spotting wildlife against the backdrop of the African landscape will leave your family with lasting memories. 

Sound like a dream? Book your stay with our holiday packages to North West today.  

Waterberg: Tranquil Retreat for Friends 

If you’re dreaming of an Easter weekend surrounded by close friends, the Waterberg region offers a tranquil escape. Known for its lush landscapes, diverse wildlife, and outdoor adventures, Waterberg caters to groups of friends wanting a balance between relaxation and exploration. 

Must-See Sights: 

  • Waterberg Zipline Adventures: Experience an adrenaline rush with exhilarating ziplining adventures amidst the scenic Waterberg landscape.  
  • Bela-Bela Hot Springs: Unwind and rejuvenate at the natural hot springs, a perfect spot for relaxation and bonding. 
  • Adventure Awaits: Explore hiking trails or take a scenic hot air balloon ride for a unique perspective of the region. 

Spend your days exploring, lounging by the pool, and enjoying delicious local treats with your closest friends. 

Start planning your trip with our South African holiday packages

Cape Town: Diverse Delights for Everyone 

For a destination that caters to a wide range of interests, Cape Town stands out as the ultimate Easter getaway for families, couples, and groups of friends. With its iconic landmarks, vibrant culture, and diverse activities, Cape Town promises an Easter celebration like no other. 

Must-See Sights: 

  • Table Mountain: Hike or take the cable car to the top for panoramic views of the city and the Atlantic Ocean. 
  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden: Explore indigenous flora against Table Mountain’s backdrop, with occasional outdoor concerts. 
  • Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope: Experience panoramic coastal views, wildlife sightings, and iconic lighthouses. 

Cape Town is a celebration of diversity. While in the Mother City, families can also explore kid-friendly attractions like the Two Oceans Aquarium, couples can stroll through the historic streets of Bo-Kaap, and friends can embark on a wine-tasting adventure in the nearby Cape Winelands

Get the best value for money with our Cape Town holiday packages.  

Umhlanga: Coastal Bliss for All 

For those craving a coastal escape, Umhlanga is the perfect choice. Located on the picturesque KwaZulu-Natal coast, this seaside town boasts golden beaches, warm Indian Ocean waters, and a lively atmosphere. Whether you’re a family seeking seaside fun, a couple after a romantic retreat, or friends in search of adventure, Umhlanga has something for everyone. 

Must-See Sights: 

  • Umhlanga Promenade: Take a leisurely stroll along the beachfront promenade, lined with cafes, shops, and stunning ocean views. 
  • Gateway Theatre of Shopping: Indulge in retail therapy, catch a movie, or savour delicious meals at this entertainment hub. 
  • uShaka Marine World: Families can enjoy a day of aquatic adventures, including water slides, aquariums, and live shows. 

Build sandcastles with the family, enjoy a romantic sunset beach walk, or dance the night away with friends at the lively beachfront bars and clubs. 

Don’t just imagine it, start planning your holiday with our packages to KwaZulu Natal.  

Let’s book your Easter Getaway 

Easter is widely celebrated across South Africa, with many families taking advantage of the long weekend to travel, unwind, and create lasting memories together. From beach getaways to wildlife adventures, there’s something for everyone to enjoy during this special time of year. So, why settle for an ordinary long weekend when you can turn it into an extraordinary 12-day escape? Book your Easter holiday package now and make the most of this extended break with memories that will last a lifetime. 

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