Some of our Favourite Winter School Holiday Getaways 

03 June 2022
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Winter is here and so are the mid-year school holidays. This means it’s time to clear your schedule, (be it for short while) and enjoy a break away with your loved ones. The memories you’ll make on a family or friends’ holiday will last a lifetime, and the quality time you get to spend with your nearest and dearest is priceless! 

We’ve compiled a list of a few of our favourite winter school holiday getaways. Take a look and let us help you start planning for your June and July holidays. 

Spier Wine Farm Stellenbosch

3-Star Cabanas Sun City

The Cabanas hotel is situated at the Sun City Waterworld Lake, offering guests a contemporary twist and ideal base from which to explore the rest of what Sun City has to offer. Catch the free resort shuttle that runs past the Cabanas every 15 minutes to spend the day at the Valley of Waves or one of the great activities at the Welcome Centre.

Cabanas Sun City

Most of the rooms at the Cabanas have views of the lake or open onto tropical gardens of the hotel. Spend time in the sun with the family at the large outdoor swimming pool or let the little ones splash in the kiddies’ pool. Kids will love to be entertained at Kamp Kwena, play a round of Rock Venture Mini Golf or visit Animal World. Take a stroll down to the lakeside beach at Waterworld, where you can jetski, water ski, parasail, or catch a sunset cruise. Breakfast is offered at the Palm Terrace and light snacks and cocktails at the Cabanas Pool Deck. The Sun City Casino is a 5-min walk away, located at the neighbouring Soho hotel. 

3-Star Mabula Game Lodge, Bela Bela

An extraordinary encounter with South Africa’s bushveld awaits you at Mabula Game Lodge, located just two-and-a-half hours’ drive from Johannesburg in the Malaria Free Waterberg region of the Limpopo Province. 

Revel in the vast variety of animal, bird, and plant life. The diverse landscapes ranging from grassland plains to rocky outcrops creates an ideal habitat for the free-roaming Big Five. Safaris are offered to lodge guests twice a day – once early morning and again in time for sundowners in the late afternoon.

Mabula Game Lodge

Mabula Game Lodge

Mabula Game Lodge offers its Cubz Club children’s program, which teaches kids all about the magic of the wilderness and wildlife. Kid-friendly stargazing and safaris to learn about the Big Five and Mabula Game Lodge’s other wildlife species are offered, as well as a range of afternoon activities including Bingo, tug of war, pool competitions, sack races, egg, and spoon races and coin diving. 

Kids also have access to a supervised Games Room fully equipped with building block sets, hula hoops, colouring-in books, a Wii and PlayStation; parents will enjoy their own downtime! 

4-Star aha Alpine Heath Resort, Drakensberg

With Southern Africa’s highest mountain range as a backdrop, this award-winning four-star, self-catering mountain village is one of the country’s premier getaway destinations. Ideally situated midway between Durban and Johannesburg, aha Alpine Heath Resort & Conference Centre gives families and nature-lovers the opportunity to explore their surroundings with luxury Drakensberg accommodation as a home base.

If you don’t feel like cooking, head over to Gruyère’s Restaurant or Pizza Inferno Pizzeria. And in case you need groceries or trinkets to take home, pay the unique Village Market a visit.

Alpine Heath Drakensberg Alpine Heath Drakensberg

The entertainment lounge for kids offers a wide variety of activities ranging from outdoor arts and crafts to table tennis and indoor gaming on PlayStations.

Other activities range from board games, miniature golf, trampolining to fishing, hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, volleyball, and swimming. Or treat yourself to an experience at the stunning Be Spoilt Beauty Salon and Spa!

Whether it’s for a day, a weekend or even longer, booking your stay at Alpine Heath promises an unforgettable time away for your winter school holiday break! 

4-Star Spier Hotel, Stellenbosch

Escape to the Cape Winelands! Spier Hotel is the ideal family-friendly location from which to explore the Cape Winelands. This village-style hotel caters to guests’ every need, from rest and relaxation to adventures for kids and adults. The rooms are clustered around six courtyards, each with its own swimming pool.

Your stay includes a glass of Spier wine on arrival, a full English breakfast served in the Hotel Restaurant, a bottle of Spier wine, access to the Kids Clubhouse and use of the Qhubeka Bicycles to explore the farm.

Spier Wine Farm Stellenbosch

Spier Wine Farm Stellenbosch

With farm walks, bike rides and Segway tours, you have an array of adventures to choose from. When you’re done, taste their award-winning wines, stroll through the craft market, or book a rejuvenating spa treatment.

The Kids’ Clubhouse offers fun and secure childcare services for the youngsters. While you are out wine tasting, at the pool or enjoying lunch, you can relax and enjoy, knowing that your children are being thoughtfully cared for. Facilities include two indoor playrooms, two bathrooms, two undercover outdoor porches and an outdoor play area. 

4-Star Capital Zimbali Resort, Ballito

Located in a luxury eco estate with insanely beautiful Indian Ocean views, less than fifteen minutes from King Shaka International Airport, The Capital Zimbali Resort is easily accessible and feels like you have arrived at a utopian paradise! 

For kids aged between 4 and 14 years, the Bush Baby Kids Club will entertain and care for them, under adult supervision 7 days a week. Facilities include jungle gyms and a kiddies’ restaurant.

Zimbali KZN

Zimbali KZN

Some of the facilities at this resort include: 

  • Mangwanani Signature Spa 
  • Professional Golf Course 
  • Zimbali Country Club 
  • Bush Baby Kids Club 
  • Zimbali Beach Club (Atrium restaurant provides an al fresco dining experience in a family friendly setting) 
  • Milkwoods Deli & Emporium 
  • 4 Swimming Pools 
  • Forest walks 
  • Tennis, Squash and Children’s Playground 
  • Bird and butterfly watching – encounter over 200 bird species

With plenty of exciting activities and sensational cuisine options you will be spoilt for choice. Once you have checked in, you’ll never want to leave. 

Check out all our family holiday packages and start planning your winter school holiday break!

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