Have you heard of glamping or slackpacking? And do you take your pets on holiday with you? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, consider yourself a trendsetter. Here are global travel trends that have reached the SA countryside…
Words: Jade Brennan
Glamping is a portmanteau of glamourous and camping. Gone are the days of struggling to light the campfire, trying not to sleep on a rock or slope, and shared ablutions. Glamping ups the ante, so much so that you get five-star hotel standards while living out in nature.
Why not try: Hamiltons Tented Camp
Where: Hamiltons Tented Camp is located within the private 10 000-hectare concession of Mluwati in the western region of the Kruger National Park, bordering the northern Sabi Sands and Manyeleti Game Reserves.
Cost: R 6,250.00 pps and includes meals, select drinks and safaris.
Love the idea of hiking but hate the thought of lugging a heavy backpack? Enter slackpacking. Go on magnificent hikes, take in the scenery and sleep in luxury accommodation, while only carrying a light daypack. Porters will ensure that your luggage arrives safely at your destination each evening.
Why not try one of these COUNTRY LIFE approved slackpacking hikes? (Click on the name to find out more)
3. Eco tourism or green tourism
As sustainability becomes more feasible, many travellers are choosing to visit places that follow eco or green rules. It is also a great way to get off the grid, while taking care of the environment.
Why not try the Rocherpan Eco-cabins in the Western Cape? They have solar geysers and fireplaces and clever composting loos that use less water than conventional flush toilets.
4. Travelling with dogs is a thing
Avoid the hassle of getting a pet sitter or looking for kennels by taking your pooch on holiday with you. Many countryside places are pet friendly, as are restaurants and beaches, which means the whole family can have fun with Rover.
We’ve rounded up the best pet-friendly places across South Africa (click on a title below to go to the lists per province)
- Pet-friendly places in Mpumalanga
- Pet-friendly places in the Free State
- Pet-friendly places in Limpopo
- Pet-friendly places in the North West
- Pet-friendly places in KZN
- Pet-friendly places in the Cape
5. Spiritual Retreats
More and more people are looking for ways to unwind and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. South Africa offers a plethora of retreats and, while spiritual, these are not based on religion and anyone is welcome.
Here are some well-being retreats to try:
6. The journey is more important than the destination
While a countryside holiday might consist of a road trip, staying at one place and going on a few hikes, the journey has become more important than the destination and in some cases the journey is the holiday.
From kayaking to horse safaris and luxury trains, there are alternative ways to see the countryside. (Click on a title below to find out more).