7 Local #Staycations After COVID-19

Many of us and other travelers from all over the world are facing disruptions from the worldwide spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19. Also many of us may have dismissed the idea of #staycation in the past but with current international travel restrictions in place, many of us are left to revisit the idea, and may have to take exciting local trips. #LocalisLekker

You won’t have to scramble for entertainment at this seaside hideaway so you can either surf down Mapelane dunes and into Estuary or laze along lake St. Lucia on a boat safari.

First of its kind in the Amatole Coastal region, the lodge has been built from recycled materials, utilises greywater, and is made out with low-energy appliances. The Green Deck provides an unobstructed panoramic view of the Indian Ocean which is the perfect place to while away a balmy day by the beach.

You can feel like you’re in the French Wine Country without having to polish your pronunciation of s’il vous plait and merci beaucoup. This 5-star boutique hotel is steeped in history and has been restored to give you the best of the French experience. The restored manor is made up of a number of villa-style buildings, placed in a way that makes you forget you’re located on the busy road that enters and exits Franschhoek.

Kanoneiland in Upington, known to Northerncapers as the ‘Slow Island’ is where you go to shift gears for a few days of refuelling. The 4-star hotel is the ideal place to enjoy the jewels of the Green Kalahari.

A combination of the ambience, personalised service and modern accommodations make for a comfortable stay. Body clay wraps, skin treatments and African stone massages are just a few of the offerings available at the in-house wellness spa too.

Reconnect with nature at this magnificent setting that boasts breath-taking waterfalls, fantastical mountain ranges, and private dams and rivers found along any of the hiking routes. Each four-sleeper unit has been built with planted roofs for effective insulation, solar-powered geysers, and waterless toilets. 

The glass-fronted cabins are proof that you can have an awe-inspiring experience without disturbing or depleting the resources of the natural surroundings, as the units only use two kilowatts of electricity a day. Ideal for couples, the isolation paired with the surrounding mountain range’s embrace will encourage romantic reconnection.

Kogelberg Nature Reserve – Western Cape – South Africa

This is the ideal staycation destination for anyone looking to unplug for a few days and disappear into the wonderment of the natural environment. In the building of Graceland, owners Douglas Walker and Anders Ragnarsson have tried to make as little change to the luscious neighbourhood of Magoebaskloof as possible. 

There is brag of a wonderful waterfall and picnic spots to discover along the 21km hiking route you can explore. Visit Woodbush Forest Reserve and you’ll definitely happen upon the friendly giraffes and impalas along the way.

Baviaanskloof is a gift of nature when you consider its incredible biodiversity, access to animals that include the aardwolf, aardvark and such an array of birds that you could stay a year and not sight all you’d wish for.

There’s far more to it, too, than a simple drive-through. You can hike, take horseback trails, mountain bike, rock and mountain climb, and stay anywhere along the route.

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