2017 Ultimate Travel Bucket List

With a new year comes new opportunities for exploration and adventure!  Here at Off Beat Holiday Club we firmly believe that the best place to start lies right here at home in South Africa, by exploring our beautiful country.

Choosing only one adventure can often be daunting with so much on offer, so we have compiled a top 10 list of some of the best experiences that our country has to offer. Check out our ultimate South African travel bucket list below:

1. Go whale watching in Hermanus

Whale watching

Watching a whale breach, blow and frolic in the surf is one of the most thrilling and awe-inspiring sights.  The best time to spot these giants of the deep is from June to November along the Cape Coast.

2. Cruise Route 62

Route 62

Arguably one of the most scenic drives in South Africa, Route 62 stretches from the Western to Eastern Cape, and winds through the Klein Karoo and many of the country’s most famous vineyards.  Take a slow drive and take it all in, there is a lot on offer!

3. Take to the skies

Hot Air Ballooning

Experience the magnificent Magalies River Valley from the unique vantage point of a hot air balloon.  The flight lasts about an hour and includes a sumptuous breakfast afterwards, complete with champagne.

4. Step back in time

High Tea

Get dressed to the nines, vintage style, and enjoy a traditional high tea at Durban’s Oyster Box Hotel, Umhlanga.  You may even run into their resident feline celebrity, Skabenga.

5. Get high on life in Durban

Sky Car

If you prefer a birds-eye view of the city, then the Moses Mabhida Sky Car is the ideal addition to any adventure! With views of the ocean as far as the eye can see to the city skyline which runs for miles, this is a “not to be” missed experience.

6. Get to know the Cape locals!

Penguin

Visit Boulder’s Beach near Simon’s Town and you will be able to spend some time penguin-watching and during the month of January, experience the amazing work of nature when the juveniles moult. If you are after a penguin-selfie make sure you visit either in the late afternoon or early morning.

7. Enjoy some flower power

Namaqualand

During August and September the Namaqualand comes alive with wild flowers.  Depending on rains, these daisies form a spectacular coloured carpet, not to be missed!

8. Travel the rails

Railway travel

For a luxury journey of a lifetime, why not book a trip from Pretoria to Cape Town.  Described as a “five-star hotel on wheels”, the Blue Train is a moving hotel fit for a king.

9. Take a walk on the wild side

Kruger park

No list of quintessential South African experiences would be complete with including The Kruger National Park.  The park spans nearly 2 million hectares and is home to an impressive number of species of flora and fauna, including the famous Big 5… something for everyone!

10. Visit the sculpture garden in Nieu Bethesda

The Owl House
Courtesy owlhouse.co.za

Found in the Karoo town of Nieu Bethesda, the Owl House is a wonder to behold. Each sculpture was hand created by Helen Martins, and inspired the Athol Fugard play, The Road to Mecca. The walls of the house are also overlaid with crushed glass in a world filled with light, colour and texture.

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66 thoughts on “2017 Ultimate Travel Bucket List

  1. I would like to book a place during February 2017 at Avalon springs or in Durban. I cannot get through to your website or office. Please supply a number or contact of some sort. It appeared that this is a front.

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  2. looking for prices member no 05382297

    4 to 9 august 2017 montagu springs

    29 dec 2017 to 5 jan 2018 sun city

    all for 2 adults and one child aged 10 please

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  3. Thank you for the information. My family and I will love to go to Durban September holidays. Closer to the sea , Moses Mabida stadium and shopping malls. Please send price list of hotels so that I could book as soon as possible. We missed Durban last year and went to Mpumalanga.

    Your assistance will be greatly appreciated

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  4. I would love to get more information about Kruger national it will be my destination for this year on my birthday

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  5. Wow I’m so takin with that place that has hot air balloons….. in Oct it’s our white wedding so how able you make it extremely special…. wedding will n 07 October 2017… then please humour me about the special around the 10th October onwards…. 🙂

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    • Hi Phineas, anytime of the year is great for Moses Mabhida. November is generally starting to warm up here in Durban, so it is a great time to visit the stadium.

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  6. Get high of life in Durban,will I be able to reach the Mosses Mabida Stadium during my holiday in February 2017 to have a bird`s eye view of Dueban

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    • Hi Tolby, will you be staying in Durban? You will definitely be able to reach the stadium and have a birds eye view of Durban then.

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  7. Morning

    I love travelling so this speaks to me I would like to book a place for 3 adults in capetown prefferable central from the 27/01/2017-28/01/2017.

    My membership number is 54316090 and my mobile is 0764183810

    Regards
    Ms O.Nqavela

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  8. Hi

    Please provide me with more details on:
    – the rail options (blue train)
    – The Kruger Park options, and
    – The Namaqualand options

    Thank you

    Andries Steyn 0068510-1

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  9. Hi I want to book for December till January at Dikholo resort in Brits can you please send me the resorts that are open please.I am a member of off beat holiday club in the south African police my persal number is:0538752-3

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  10. Hi i have been trying to call your offices to make reservations since last week and i cannot get through. Please i would some one contact me asap on 081 7911 359. My sevice number is 70089949 sgt A Subrim

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    • We apologise for the inconvenience, our lines have been very busy. I will have someone from our team get in touch with you as soon as possible.

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  11. Hi i have been trying to call your offices to make reservations since last week and i cannot get through. Please i would some one contact me asap on 081 7911 359. My sevice number is 70089949 sgt A Subrim thank you

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    • Hi A Subrim, we apologise for the inconvenience, our lines have been very busy. I will make sure someone from our team is in touch with you as soon as possible.

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  12. Give me a quotations for Travel on rails for Five people, three adults and two kids in December 2017.

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  13. I have been trying to get through the office line for the past few days the phone keeps on ringing and I’m not getting assistance. I wanted a price list because I wanted to book accommodation for april

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  14. I’m interested in booking a holiday to Mozambique soon. pls update me on when is the right time to book. we are eleven members in this trip. intended time is December 2017

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