Spring is a time symbolic of newness and freshness. So why should your spring getaway be stale? We’ve uncovered some fun and different spring holiday ideas to keep your adventures exciting. Whether it’s a road-trip or seaside fun you’re after this season, these are sure to keep things fresh.
Have a whale of a time in Hermanus
Like it’s been plucked right out the pages of a storybook, Hermanus has got to be one of South Africa’s most picturesque towns. A fishing village, it is also the place to be in spring for the annual whale migration. You’ll be able to spot several different species including Humpback whales, Southern Right whales and if you’re one of the lucky ones, Orcas.
A number of land-based, aerial as well as sea-based tours operate in the area but the one you don’t want to miss has to be the Whale, Wine and Wors tour. Expect some land-based whale-watching, followed by a wine tasting at Middlevlei Wine Farm, and ending off the day sampling some boeries at the renowned Grabouw Butchery. We don’t know about you, but that sounds like a treat of a day! It is also less than 2-hours’ drive from the City Lodge Hotel V&A Waterfront to Hermanus so it makes for a fun day out during your spring holiday in the Mother City.
Spot the Inkanyamba
Bet you didn’t know South Africa has its very own ‘Loch Ness Monster’? Allegedly residing in Howick Falls, in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, is the Inkanyamba. The mythical creature’s origins dates back decades ago, as the locals sacrificed animals to the water god – the Inkanyamba. But as the story has been passed on, the creature has taken on a physical form in people’s imaginations. There have supposedly been a number of sightings and reports of swimmers mysteriously vanishing – so the mystery continues… or does it?
You’ll have to find out for yourself when you’re next in Durban. Howick Falls is only a 1-hour drive from City Lodge Hotel Durban and it really is a scenic drive with lots of interesting stops you can make along the way, so make a day of it.
Forget Route 66, Route 62 is where it’s at
Driving along the boring old motorway can be dull when travelling to your spring holiday destination, so why not make your journey more scenic? Everyone always bangs on about Route 66 as the ultimate in terms of road tripping, but there’s another route that deserves some recognition. Route 62, also known as the Mountain Route, stretches from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth through some remarkable mountain passes.
Expect lush green landscapes, mighty mountain ranges, glistening rivers and vertical cliff faces that will have you ooh-ing and aah-ing all journey long. The other bonus is that Route 62 follows Cape Town’s longest wine route so stopping in at some of the wine farms is a must – you’ve got to rest, right?
We’re pretty sure we’ve whet your appetite for adventure with these holiday activities with a difference. Is there anywhere you love to go every spring? We’d love to hear what your favourite spring adventures are.