South Africa borders are due to open soon. Finally, some good news for our tourist industry. Currently, it is unclear what, if any, quarantine period will be imposed on international travellers to SA. But even if they start returning, SA tourism still needs citizen support this summer.
Borders open but South Africa tourism needs local support
Undoubtedly, South African tourism is geared up and excited at the reopening of borders for business and leisure. However, summer holidays for locals will help keep the industry ticking over whilst waiting for foreign confidence to return.
Sadly, South Africa finances are tight owing to the shrinking GDP, however, even a day trip to your nearest attraction will lift the spirits and help small business.
Gauteng day or weekend trips
Fortunately, Gauteng has several places of interest for day or weekend trips. Luckily, bushveld enthusiasts can picnic at Reitvlei Nature Reserve situated just off the Irene exit on R21. Furthermore, there are options for fishing as well as game viewing. Additionally, slightly further afield, is Dinokeng Game Reserve near Hammanskraal north of Tshwane.
Regretfully, the entrance fee is a little steep for a family of four but the picnic sites are lovely and it is a Big 5 reserve. Importantly, pack your camping chairs as not all the picnic spots offer seating. Interestingly, there is a great coffee shop at the Safari Mall, pop in, the coffee and rusks are as good as any in South Africa.
Pilanesberg is a real gem
Pilanesberg is unbeatable. Moreover, there are good picnic sites, game viewing is excellent, and numerous hides offer Big 5 sightings. Additionally, for energetic early risers, the trip may be routed through Hartebeestepoort which offers breakfast spots. Furthermore, there are camping sites and, for those reluctant picnickers, a restaurant right in the middle of the park.
Nature Reserves near Gauteng South Africa
Suikerbosrand, south-east of Johannesburg is great for hiking. Seemingly, some of the hikes are hard so be sure to prepare correctly and carry plenty of water. Additionally, Gauteng offers off-road biking trails, hiking and 4×4 trails at Hennops Offroad Trails. It’s a fun place to enjoy the outdoors in South Africa.
Furthermore, anyone living in Gauteng should try and get to the World Heritage site on their doorstep, Maropeng, The Cradle of Humankind.
Summer’s coming, grab your hat and bike and get out there. Importantly, buy that coffee from the small guy; it’s good and we need to help each other out in any way we can.
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