Post-lockdown travel packages to tap into

By Renate Engelbrecht

Thursday, Oct 15

Not being able to travel across the country’s borders gives us a chance to really explore our own country again and while we’re at it, we might as well tap into some of the best South African travel rates and packages of the decade!

Yoga at De Hoop

The De Hoop Collection is hosting a Weekend Yoga Retreat with Marianne Wiid from 6 to 9 November 2020 (I know, you’re gonna have to be quick with this one). Don’t you think this is just the perfect way to escape lockdown and press the reset button?

Package: Valid 6 – 9 November 2020
Price: R6 500 per person sharing


  • Three nights and four days’ accommodation at De Hoop Collection’s Opstal area
  • All meals (healthy, vegetarian lunches and dinners by the expert vegetarian chef)
  • A guided marine walk (at low tide) along the magnificent rocky shores at Koppie Alleen
  • Yoga sessions (pranayama, asanas, restorative yoga and sun salutations)

Book here:


The City Lodge Hotel Group has just launched their summer campaign – just in time for travellers emerging from their homes for a well-deserved post-lockdown getaway, but also just in time for the festive season! Starting 1 December 2020, you can stay at Town Lodges from R749 per room per night, City Lodge Hotels from R799 per room per night and Courtyard Hotels from R999 per room per night. (The offer is for both single and double occupancy and does not include Road Lodges).

Package: 1 December 2020 – 31 January 2021


  • Accommodation
  • Tourism levy
  • VAT


  • Breakfast
  • Road Lodges

Book here: To book, simply select “A WKND Special” on their website to gain access to these special prices.

P.S. Stay safe during your travels with EF-Active’s sanitisers, a proudly South African product that is family friendly and a multi-purpose spray for air, hands and surfaces. Plus, it is ozone-friendly and the cans are recyclable, which is great! The Mistizer room fogger is a great add-on to your travel accessories and these are all available at Dischem and Clicks nationwide. I am giving away a set of these aerosol sprays (1x 400ml spray and 1x 125ml mistizer). To stand a chance to win, enter HERE.


Two of Shamwari Private Game Reserve’s lodges have been reopened on 16 September 2020 and with that came some really great South African rates to tap into. The two lodges that reopened are Long Lee Manor and Sarili Private Lodge.

Long Lee Manor Package and Sarili Private Lodge Package: Valid until 20 December 2020

Long Lee Manor Price: R4150 per person sharing per night


  • Accommodation in a five-star suite
  • Two game drives per day
  • Guided bush walks
  • Tours of the Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary and Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
  • Visits to the Riverdene Children’s Adventure Centre


  • Mandatory conservation levy
  • Beverages
  • Spa treatments
  • Laundry
Image Credit: Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Sarili Private Lodge Price: R38 000 per night for families or groups of friends (minimum stay of two nights)


  • Accommodation in a five-bedroom private lodge
  • An itinerary tailored to the group’s needs
  • A private staff, including a personal chef, housekeeper and house manager


  • Mandatory conservation levy

Book here: / 042 203 111

Image credit: Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Jock Safari Lodge’s Fitzpatrick’s family camp

The private and exclusive Fitzpatrick’s Lodge at Jock Safari Lodge has just been reopened with a brilliant promotional rate for South Africans! It is a child-friendly, private camp that can accommodate up to 6 guests in 3 suites. The rate is valid until 17 December 2020 and can be booked on an exclusive-use basis only.
The camp is based on the Biyamiti River, with regular sightings of the Big 5. It includes two game drives daily, as well as guided wilderness walks.
Jock Safari Lodge and Fitzpatrick’s Family Camp is steeped in history as the first private game lodge within the Kruger National Park and it pays tribute to the legend of Sir Percy FitsPatrick and his dog, Jock.
Fitzpatrick’s at Jock welcomes children of all ages, with a Kids on Safari programme that encourages educational and recreational wildlife activities.

Package: Valid until 17 December 2020
Price: R 4 525 per person sharing (minimum stay of two consecutive nights)


  • All meals and house beverages
  • Two game drives daily
  • Guided bush walks

Book here: / 013 010 0019

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

Sanbona’s child-friendly Gondwana Family Lodge is offering South African families a wonderful opportunity to experience one of the Western Cape’s premier wildlife destinations in the Klein Karoo. The lodge is located near Montagu and this is certainly a once-in-a-lifetime experience not to be missed.

Package: Valid until 17 December 2020 (minimum stay of two consecutive nights) and again 1 May – 30 September 2021
Price: From R4 550 per person sharing per night (SA residents special)


  • Accommodation at Gondwana Family Lodge
  • Snack platter on arrival
  • Kids on Safari Programme
  • Family picnic
  • Story telling inspired by African folk tales around the fire with marshmellows
  • Evening scorpion hunt
  • Child minding at kiddies play area during game drive hours
  • Two game drives daily, including beverages
  • Guided wilderness walks
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Coffee and tea station in the room
  • VAT and tourism levy

Book here:

Cape Summer Villas

The Cape Summer Villas Boutique Collection in Plettenberg Bay has some exciting domestic packages available and they are valid well into 2021! Whether it’s a luxury stay you’re after or a more informal, chilled and funky atmosphere, they do both. The below packages allow you to choose your accommodation of choice: The luxurious, 5-star Sky Villa Boutique Hotel or The Bungalow, a funky, 5-star B&B at Hobie Beach.

Looking for a break from family responsibilities for a day or two? If you’d like to swim with seals, try their Seal the Deal package. If you’re a golfer and you’d like to try out the Gary Player designed Goose Valley Golf Course, go for their Stay and Play package. The Perfect Date package includes a bottle of wine and a fruit platter on arrival, as well as a romantic Thai Oil Couples’ massage, courtesy of Royal Thai Plett. They also have a Beach to Bush package, which includes a magical two-hour long game drive at the Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve where you can spot the Big 5 or opt for the Champagne Cruise package which includes a dreamy Champagne Cruise down the Keurbooms River and SUP (stand up paddling) courtesy of SUP Keurbooms.

Packages: Valid until 31 July 2021

Seal the Deal: R4 600 (2 adults sharing for 2 nights)
Stay and Play: R4 000 (2 adults sharing for 2 nights)
Perfect Date: R4 200 (2 adults sharing for 2 nights)
Beach to Bush: R4 680 (2 adults sharing for 2 nights)
Champagne Cruise: R4 300 (2 adults sharing for 2 nights)

If you would like to bring the family, though, Cape Summer Villas also have a package for that. Book the Family Fun Stay package, which caters for two adults and two children under twelve for two nights.

Family Fun Stay: R5 800 (2 adults and 2 children under 12)

All the above packages include breakfasts and dinners.

Book here:
Sky Villa Boutique Hotel: 087 550 2967 /
The Bungalow: 082 077 0260 /



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