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Hot Winter Holiday Spots


Days are shorter, nights are longer, temperatures have dropped and the heating is turned up – all signs that winter has well and truly arrived. “While it may be tempting to hibernate at home from the chilly weather, now is the perfect time to get out and explore all that South Africa has to offer, away from the crowds and at reduced rates,” says Premier Hotels & Resorts’ Group Sales, Revenue and Marketing Director, Mark Jakins.

He shares some of his favourite winter getaway and holiday spots in Premier: 

Celebrate the season with Sani

For many South Africans, seeing snow is a special experience and winter often brings a snowfall to the Drakensberg, soPremier Resort Sani Pass is a brilliant vacation choice this winter. Guests are encouraged to watch the snow reports.  Situated on the slopes of the Southern Drakensberg, guests can take 4X4 excursions up the Sani Pass, ride up the mountain towards Lesotho on horseback, and go hiking and biking. For those who prefer to take it a little easier, there’s the spa with its breath-taking views. After a day of activity, guests can unwind with a meal in the Maluti Restaurant whilst overlooking the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, or head to the historic pub at the nearby Premier Hotel Himeville Armsfor a drink.  

Premier Hotels & Resorts has invested R100mil into this venue which included room upgrades, a new multipurpose entertainment area, heated indoor swimming pool with new changing rooms, an outdoor pool and a much-improved kids club area, complete with a mini soccer field which makes Premier Resort Sani Pass a new accessible destination for the KZN holiday market.

Go wild this winter

Winter is the best time of the year for spotting wildlife at Premier Resort Mpongo Private Game Reserve just outside East London in the Eastern Cape, as the grass is low and bushes and trees are sparsely leaved. With low levels of rain, the animals will migrate towards the water, making watering holes, dams and rivers a hive of activity. See lions close up, and buffalo, antelope and elephants on game drives, along with numerous birds of prey.  As the reserve is situated in the Eastern Cape, temperatures during the day are typically pleasant - ideal for the game drives and safari walks offered by the Resort on more than 3500 ha of conservation land. 

Come to the Cape

Cape Town is an often forgotten destination during winter, due mainly to this being its wettest time. However, there are many near perfect days, along with indoor activities, that make a trip to the Mother City worthwhile. Although it’s unlikely that anyone will want to brave the waters of the always icy Atlantic Ocean, the winelands, with their beautiful settings and barrels of vino, beckon. Plus, with winter being the low season for tourists, tour operators and attractions discount their rates heavily. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, for instance, is offering free entry for kids during the school holidays. Premier Hotel Cape Town is conveniently located near the Waterfront, city and many natural wonders – enabling guests to easily take advantage of the specials on offer around the Cape.

Wander the Garden Route

Whether it’s warming up from the inside out with the adrenalin that comes from paragliding and bungee jumping, exploring indigenous forests, or taking a relaxing cruise on the Knysna Lagoon, there’s so much to see and do along the Garden Route. Situated less than 3km from Knysna’s town centre and waterfront, Premier Resort The Moorings provides the perfect base when experiencing one of the most scenic coastal stretches in the world. 

Up until the end of August, guests can while away winter at any of Premier Hotels & Resorts’ 18 properties around the country at less 20% (with bed and breakfast included). To take advantage of this offer, use the promo code ‘Winter 2019’ when booking. 

“Why only take a holiday in summer, when you can experience the country’s wonders during winter whilst enjoying a refreshing mid-year break?” asks Jakins.

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