Fashionably Free Fun

Time spent with kids or grandkids is always special. Although they can demand quite a lot of energy (wanting to do every possible activity) it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to entertain them.

Here’s our guide to keeping kiddies very happy… without breaking the bank.

Fill a time capsule – Now this is fun, especially if you keep visiting the same resort of ours over and over!

Get everyone involved in creating a time capsule – which could include letters to your future self, a recent newspaper, photographs, your favourite CD (if you still use them) or maybe even a USB that is full of things you love. Kids will definitely love getting involved in this and the anticipation when they return to find the time capsule is always such fun. Just don’t forget to dig it up! Keeping this in mind, please chat with the Manager at the resort to see if he/she is happy with you burying your time capsule on the property. If not, bury it somewhere you always visit while on holiday like at a dam you often visit or along a hiking trail that you enjoy walking.


When entertaining kids at home, do a clean-up of your neighbourhood or visit people in need – Teach your kids a bit of social responsibility while getting them to appreciate what they have. South Africa, for example, is covered in litter and it’s damaging our beautiful planet at an alarming rate. Get out with the kids and show them how to give back to the community by doing something like cleaning up – they will feel great afterwards! Another thing you can do, which may not be 100% free but can be affordable, is take them to spend some time with people or animals who might be less fortunate, such as an orphanage or an SPCA. Take something small with you to donate, maybe even some things you have lying around the house that you don’t use anymore? This will help them to appreciate what they have, they will learn something in the process and you never know – they may want to start doing things like this more often. There is no better feeling than giving to those in need!


Play board games – What could be better than watching your children or grandchildren work out a puzzle or problem? For some of us, maybe choosing to beat them (if we are feeling slightly mean) might be better 😉  but hey, the age-old pass time of board games is definitely not enjoyed often enough! In this techno-everything world, be one of the reasons that your children appreciate interacting with each other by teaching them how fun this competitive form of entertainment can be. Games like Jenga, Monopoly and 30 Seconds can give you hours of entertainment whether you are at home or on holiday somewhere. Top tip: When you are at one of our resorts, ask Reception what board games you can borrow.


Read your favourite children’s story – Books should be read to children on holiday – they aren’t just for school after all. For a child or grandchild, the person reading the story to them is just as important as the story itself. Give them these super happy memories by reading whatever they would be interested to hear (hopefully, a story that you are also fond of). Their reactions might just entertain you more than you expected. So don’t forget to make use of the great libraries at our properties!

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Make homemade greeting cards – This activity really is a great thing to do. By making cards with your kids or grand-kids, you’re fostering their creativity, allowing them to appreciate how sentimental cards can be and… you can use the unique cards next time you need some 😉 What’s also great about card making is that they can be kept, a wonderful way for your kiddies to hold onto the special times that they’ve enjoyed with you. Another great thing about making cards is that you can do it anywhere! So don’t forget to pack your supplies when visiting one of our properties!

Have a photo-taking competition – When you’re on holiday at one of our resorts, take your kids or grand-kids on a walk around the property to take snaps of things that you have nominated as landmarks. If they love technology, maybe bring it into the mix by using Instagram to share your photo taking competition – you never know how many people might take interest in your adventure! You can even ask the kids to walk around the garden, taking imaginative images of what they see around them, before posting the photos on Instagram to see who gets the most likes 😊 AND the winner can get a prize.

If your kids are too small to be on social media, you can still teach them how a camera works by walking around one of our resorts, taking pictures of what you come across and showing them how the photos come out. They will be absolutely enthralled! If that sounds like too much energy, download the Snapchat app and have some fun taking images of yourselves pulling funny faces with the creative filters you can find in the app. It’s sure to have tears running down your face from laughter!


Play hopscotch & other outdoor games – Unfortunately, these days, lots of kids don’t spend enough time outside – playing in the sun. Take them back to the good old days by locking those phones/tablets/laptops away to get outside for some catch, cricket or hopscotch. They may complain for the first 10 minutes but the fresh air and family laughs will definitely put a smile on their faces, PLUS you will have some fun stories to talk about around the dinner table. “Remember that time James fell while trying to catch the ball?”… and the whole family will laugh and reminisce 😉


We hope this helps you plan for when the little ones visit or go on holiday with you – it’s always a good idea to plan ahead and have a few activities lined up. Making things even better, these activities don’t cost much to do and they are great for getting kids to do healthy things that they might miss out on in their normal routines.


Stay Connected

For some of us, going to the farthest corner of the globe to get away from it all sounds like absolute bliss. For the more tech and social media-savvy, this could be a real nightmare as staying in touch with your besties or followers is not negotiable!

Here are some ideas on how to stay connected with the special people in your life while having a great time on holiday… After all, sharing is caring.

Check-in on social media

So, you’ve just arrived and your chalet or apartment has a magical view of the shimmering ocean. You want to capture and share how super spacious it is along with describing the feeling of liberation that you have from being away from the hustle and bustle of city life and your usual routine. Without a doubt, this is something really special to share with your friends and family online – simply inquire at Reception to get the WiFi password, switch on “location” on your smartphone, snap a selfie and do a Facebook check-in. Don’t forget to add your quirky caption and tag the resort you are at.

If you are after being even more connected than that, use Spaces to spend some time with any of your friends (wherever they are on earth) in your holiday accommodation! Spaces uses virtual reality to create live-streaming holograms (in a virtual reality space) of people you are connected with. Isn’t that cool?!


Snap, share and socialise

Now the real fun starts. You begin receiving messages which are from friends around the globe who are super happy for you after seeing your check-in online. It seems like your Facebook check-in managed to create major hype and the love from your friends just does not stop coming in. They request ongoing updates about your day ahead and they especially ask for a Facebook Live video so that they can share in all the adventures that lie ahead. With so much to see and discover here’s how you can embrace your experience whilst staying in touch:

  • Go on a fun photo-taking spree, capturing the special moments of saddling up for a horse ride, driving around the scenic surroundings, and enjoying a game drive. With augmented reality filters, you can even use a special chip on new cell phone models to project an image of a celebrity sitting or standing next to you. This cool trick will let you take photos featuring whoever you like that look real.
  • Gather the pictures from your day and if you are feeling creative, use a grid application to make a collage of your photo memories. This can be shared later from the comfort of your apartment or chalet
  • Upload these images onto Facebook and tag your travel mates
  • Caption and share each special moment.

Don’t forget, you’ve done a good deed by sharing your experience on our Facebook pages as other travellers can use this information to make the best possible decisions about their future holidays.


Create your own hashtag

Share a glimpse of your travel destination on Instagram with other social media enthusiasts by telling a story through your pictures LIVE. You can do this while experiencing a barge cruise, admiring the breathtaking scenery or just relaxing on a lounger sipping your favourite cocktail – it’s very easy. Make whatever hashtag you like but try to make it catchy while having some fun!  You can even engage with any friends who might be online with an instastory (a slideshow of your favourite images) that captures your wonderful holiday destination and if they love your images, they can save them too. Using a hashtag will give you the chance to be featured on social media pages to be seen by all of their followers.

Video calling

Sometimes being away from loved ones can make us feel slightly gloomy. Don’t despair because a video call allows you to share your special moments LIVE, which brings you closer together!  These two-way live videos are ideal for situations such as when the kids are playing a round of adventure golf and you want loved ones who are further away to see just how much fun the kids are having. If that wasn’t enough a new social media experience, thanks to Houseparty, allows you to make conference video calls, so you can chat with loads of friends at the same time. This allows you to chat with special people who couldn’t make the trip, all at the same time!



Of course, you can upload and share your pictures on Twitter but how about engaging with like-minded people who have travelled to the same holiday destination as you? Twitter loves hashtags and by searching for any of our resorts, you will find all the information you need to plan your next holiday. To make your tweets more fun, customise your own new filters (we’ve all seen the doggie ears on photos a million times now!) to give your photos a unique, interesting look.

When you’re spoilt for choice on which activities to choose between, create a “tweet poll” and allow your friends and fellow travellers to vote for what they feel is your best option.  All it will take is a few tweets and you’ll have an awesome day that includes some things which you ordinarily wouldn’t have done – variety is the spice of life!

Blog it

You must have heard of blogs or maybe you’ve even read a few. Be sure to know that it’s not over (in the social media universe) until its blogged. Why? Because sharing your experience and giving it a personal touch allows you to feel the holiday spirit while elaborating on your travel experiences for your readers. Blogging for the first time about a holiday could be the beginning of something BIG. You can even use your blog as an online journal or scrapbook, allowing you to look back and reflect on the special memories which remind you of how it all began. When planning your next trip referring back to some of this information might come in handy too.

In the online world we live in, sharing experiences while living in the moment allows you to stop, play and replay. Your breaks may even become more enjoyable and meaningful than before by sharing them with loved ones or like-minded people. See… it pays to stay connected.


Happy travels everyone. Make sure you share them with all your favourite people including us!

Holiday Fears

Travelling is something that some people crave and some people fear. We completely understand that there are risks which come along with travelling, but which exciting part of your life doesn’t come with risks? Did you know that the fear or travelling is called ‘Hodophobia’ and it is completely personalized by the people that have it – depending on what they are afraid of?

We do our best to make your visits to our hotels and resorts as safe and memorable as possible but even so, some of the bravest travellers still have holiday fears. We have done some research on the fears that people have when it comes to travelling and it was amusing to see that getting sunburned is one of the most common holiday fears! So here we go, a journey into tackling three of the biggest holiday fears that many people have:

  1. Sunburn


We have a variety of stunning beach properties, so make use of a large hat and sunscreen (apply this as often as possible, especially if you are in and out of a pool or ocean). As South Africa has one of the most sought-after climates in the world, you may need to pack these essentials wherever you go, whether it’s at the beach, berg or bush – as you never know what adventure might pop up next, which could keep you outdoors for longer than you had initially expected.

But what if you still get sunburned? Well, the first thing to do is avoid any further exposure to the sun. After that, do your best to apply an after-sun lotion, which has soothing properties and also contains vitamins and minerals which will help your skin to cope with and recover from the sunburn. Do your best to stay hydrated too. Should you experience severe sunburn, please do take it seriously and contact a doctor via Reception, rather than making hundreds of amusing posts about your eye-watering sunburn photos on social media.

  1. Sharks


Well…this is a fear I think we all have. Who wants to get bitten by Jaws’ fourth cousin once removed? No one!
If you’re staying at one of our berg or bush properties, this shouldn’t be a problem. As we do have a wide range of resorts and hotels on the coast, however, please take note of the following…

Sharks feed more aggressively, on larger mammals and fish, in cold water (as they have a greater need for energy); sorry Capetonians! Be aware of any flags on the beach which could indicate any recent, nearby shark sightings. Also, only swim in demarcated swimming areas, not just for safety in numbers, but also to have well-trained lifeguards on the lookout for an ominous dorsal fin! Avoid swimming in dirty water too, as a shark may confuse you with something else if the visibility is low (sharks don’t actually enjoy eating humans, despite what the often-dramatic mass media may say) and lastly, if you get a cut, please exit the water immediately. Sharks can smell blood in the water at one part in a million!

  1. Bad Weather


If you’re planning an international holiday and are looking for a sunny location, consider visiting the eternally summery Cumbria to stay at our luxurious Brockwood Hall or go for a blissful cruise with Flexi Club on the Thames River, to cruise (come rain or shine)!

Should a beautiful and weather-friendly holiday in South Africa be what you are looking for, you will be spoilt for choice! South African was made for vacationing! The Drakensberg is ideal for escaping from the summer heat and if crisp, fresh mountain air and cosy times spent around a fireplace, sipping red wine, are your thing, then winter is also an excellent time of year to go. The same goes for the rest of our inland destinations, most of which have a river, dam or pool onsite.

We all also know that Durban doesn’t have a winter. Well, that’s what everyone, except for Durbanites (some of whom wear beanies and gloves whenever it goes below the magical 20-degree threshold), has to say. So have no fear and enjoy a beach trip at any time of year. An added bonus of going out of season is less traffic, better specials on offer at local restaurants – and your colleagues will be extra jealous of you when you return to work, with a tan!

As for the Western Cape. Well, is there any better destination in South Africa, at any time of year?! Even in bucketing winter rain (once it hopefully returns) the service and wine at the Cape’s top wine estates remains just as impressive. So too, the sushi at the V&A Waterfront or the experience of shopping at one of Cape Town’s trendy malls.

Hopefully, this blog/guide will help you if you’re feeling a bit fearful about your next holiday. Please let us know some of your travel fears in the comments below…we would love to hear them!

We wish you safe travels and our properties look forward to welcoming you…

Cooks need a break too!

Cooking can be such a hassle, especially after a long day at the office. Most of us work all day, get home and either have the husband, boyfriend, kids or maybe even the wife bugging us to start cooking already. Can we not have a minute to relax?

Yes, we may be superwomen or supermen, but we need a break too. While staying at most of our resorts, this is something that doesn’t have to cross your mind, as we have chefs that are more than happy to take the burden off your hands and prepare a delicious meal for your family.

Take a look at some of our stunning resorts that feature restaurants that will tantalise your taste buds and give you a break:

The Palace – Pesto:
If you’re looking for a quick bite or a creamy cappuccino with a view, then this is the place for you. Pesto has some delicious treats with a Mediterranean feel that will satisfy you no matter the time of day. Take a look at their full menu here.

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Gethlane Lodge – Izinyoni Restaurant:
This restaurant has a social vibe that can put anyone at ease – which is perfect when on holiday. Whether you are looking for a delicious breakfast, a scrumptious tramezzini, a fresh salad or a delectable pizza – Izinyoni has it all! Find out more here.

Selborne – The Lord Selborne; The Terrace; Barkers Bar:
Selborne Golf Estate, Hotel and Spa has several different options for you to choose from. Whether you are in the mood for fine dining, a casual meal or a relaxing cocktail at the end of a fun-filled day – there is something for everyone! Take a look at your dining choices here.


Hole in the Wall – The Bell Buoy:
If comfort and scrumptious food is what you are after, then The Bell Buoy is perfectly suited for you. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant prides itself on home-style, excellent value for money meals – offering bites to suit all tastes and all ages. View the full menu here.

Bushman’s Nek – The Bushpot:
The Bushpot has a wide variety of delectable treats on offer, so try one of their great weekly specials or the Sunday buffet, or just pop in for a quick bite. The Bushpot offers fiery curries, melt-in-your-mouth oxtail, hearty pies, filling breakfasts, tramezzinis, wraps and pizza, with a grand finale of decadent gateaux and waffles. Take a look at the full menu here.

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Qwantani – The Marshall Eagle Restaurant:
Looking for home-style cooking with a relaxed atmosphere? Look no further. At The Marshall Eagle Restaurant, you will be spoiled for choice, with a variety of culinary treats that will delight your taste buds. Find out more here.

La Montagne – Crayfish Inn and The Palm Terrace Café:
Seafood, seafood, seafood! Who doesn’t love a delicious serving of prawns? We sure do! Just like Selborne, La Montagne has restaurants to suit different needs, ages and tastes. The Crayfish Inn has a luxurious feel with delicious offerings such as Kingklip, Fillet and Prawns. If you are looking for something simpler than The Palm Terrace Café is suited to you! With a more relaxed atmosphere, this restaurant is perfect for a quick bite (and for those who are allergic to shellfish). Click here for more information.


Midlands Saddle and Trout – 29° South:
This restaurant is fairly new to Midlands Saddle and Trout. It was built because the GM and staff felt as though the resort was missing something – and they never looked back. Everyone is raving about how delicious the food is and we completely agree. A range of tasty treats is available, their toasted sandwiches are legendary, and if you’re feeling daring, try out the Giant Burger. Find out more here.

The Oceanic – La Vita:
Not to be confused with our awesome La Vita Spa chain. This restaurant may have you leaving relaxed and happy but don’t expect to get a massage there. 😉 La Vita has a charming and informal setting with a splash of Italian flair. Best known for its pizzas, La Vita has a range of popular dishes that can be enjoyed by everyone. Take a look at the full menu here.

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La Côte d’Azur – French Vanilla Coffee Shop:
Relax and enjoy a delicious meal at French Vanilla Coffee Shop. This restaurant aims to entice your taste buds and have you leaving with a smile on your face. The food is not only delicious, but also excellent value for money. Find out more here.

Magalies Park – Pica Pau Restaurant:
Pica Pau Restaurant dishes up delicious bites with a continental touch, served either on the deck or in the relaxed interior setting. Whether it is Italian Pasta, Portuguese chicken, a quick pizza or rich lamb shank you crave, Pica Pau has something to appeal to your tastes. P.S.: Lasagne Picada is their speciality. Find out more here.


We hope this has inspired you to get out, do something different and leave the kitchen – you deserve a break too! Treat your family to a weekend away where you won’t see a spatula or frying pan anywhere in sight. The family may think you are doing something nice for them, but it’s really for you. 😉

Road Trip Essentials

Items you must pack when taking a long car trip

Travelling is an experience that everyone craves. It’s a way to escape your daily routine, take some time for yourself and relax. This is all well and good, but we usually forget to consider the essentials that need to be packed if a long car trip is on the horizon. Mistakes happen, people get injured, cars break down, and kids – well they’re a whole planning process on their own; when it comes to travelling, everyone should plan ahead. There is nothing worse than getting injured or breaking down, being in the middle of nowhere, and not having anything or anyone to help you. Don’t worry, we have your back! Take a look at the list we have compiled to ensure that you have a safe journey!

The essentials:

These are items that every car should have, especially if you have planned a long road trip. We love the quote: ‘I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best’ by Benjamin Disraeli. This couldn’t be truer when it comes to travelling. Rather be safe than sorry! Make sure you have the following in your vehicle:

  • Safety pins
  • A roller bandage
  • Cotton buds
  • Gloves
  • Gauze
  • CPR mouthpiece
  • Plasters
  • Antiseptic
  • First aid dressing
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Alcohol swabs
  • Rescue blanket
  • A box of matches


Your vehicle and its roadside emergency kit:

In South Africa, the roads are not always in the best condition. We have to deal with potholes, cattle, wild animals and even pedestrians. The truth is that vehicle breakdowns happen on a daily basis and they don’t always happen in a sunny, warm spot with flawless cell phone reception and a tow truck close by. A roadside emergency kit can ease the pain and reduce the hassle of such breakdowns. Here are a few items we think you need to have on your trip, to ensure you are safe and out of harm’s way:

  • A fully charged cell-phone, or a portable charger
  • A fire extinguisher
  • Reflective warning triangles
  • A spare tyre
  • A jack
  • Foam tyre sealant
  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Duct tape
  • A tow rope
  • A multipurpose utility tool
  • Extra drinking water
  • Non-perishable snacks
  • A rain poncho


Travelling with kids:

All parents know that travelling with kids is no easy feat, and this is a circumstance that HAS to be prepared for! Can you imagine leaving your kids favourite teddy behind? Or not having a wet-wipe when someone has been sick or messy? These are just a few of the things to keep in mind. We love being a part of your holidays and we understand the importance of having family trips, so here is a list you can use when packing for your next family adventure:

  • Wet wipes (WE REPEAT, WET WIPES!)
  • Extra diapers, or clothes easily accessible. Don’t be the family on the side of the road unpacking everything to get to a new outfit for the little one because there was a spill or any one of the other things that kids manage to do on a daily basis.
  • Plastic bags
  • Tissues
  • Games or toys to keep the little ones occupied
  • Toilet paper (this may not only be for the kids 😉)
  • Snacks
  • Juice boxes
  • Motion sickness medication
  • A blanket
  • The favourite toy or teddy


We love having you visit our properties, but we also want you to be safe. Make sure you have planned ahead for anything that may happen and ensure that you are not stuck on the side of the road, injured without an emergency kit, or – and this is the worst – have a sticky crying kid in the back seat! 😉 Please be safe, travel wisely and have a great trip!

Road trip snacks for a happy, healthy drive

Flying may be quick and easy, but for many families, nothing says ‘holiday’ quite like a good old-fashioned road trip. If you’re travelling for a few hours to your destination, chances are at some point, someone is going to get hungry. Plus, kids and grown-ups alike tend to snack when bored, making padkos a must.

You can fill up on sugary junk food and unhealthy take-out (and face the consequences of hyper children and stressed parents) or you can take note of our healthy road trip snack ideas for happy travelling. The best road trip food doesn’t involve cooking or even a lot of time spent in the kitchen. It’s all about providing a variety of easy eats that satisfy hunger and minimise boredom.

Packing your snacks

  • Buy some inexpensive, stackable plastic containers with lids. You’ll save space by removing snacks from their packaging and you can easily stack and store the boxes when they’re empty.
  • Make sure you pack a couple of plastic grocery bags to use for rubbish such as juice cartons and fruit peels.
  • Don’t forget roller towel, wet wipes and hand sanitizer for sticky fingers and accidental spills.


Fruit and veggies

Ditch the chip packet and opt for fruit and veggie snacks that offer the same kind of ‘hand to mouth’ satisfaction without the high salt and preservative content. Choose fruit that is not messy to eat and keeps well in a humid car such as seedless grapes, naartjie’s, raisins and dried fruit. Veggies such as snap peas, celery and carrot sticks also make great snacks, especially combined with home-made guacamole (mashed avocado).

Seeds and nuts

Also great for boredom snackers who like to eat by the handful, nuts are crunchy and delicious, and a super source of protein. Mix different kinds of nuts in a bag – peanuts, almonds, cashews, macadamias – with some sunflower seeds. Add raisins for a little healthy sweetness.


Biltong and dry wors

If you’re going on a South African holiday, you need the ultimate South African snack. High in protein, easy to eat and so yummy… biltong is ideal for road trips. Pack a variety of sliced biltong, large chunks and wors to suit everyone’s tastes. A stick of biltong is also a wonderful way to keep a teething baby happy and occupied during a long drive.


A lunch box favourite, yoghurt is also an awesome, healthy snack for a road trip. Buy drinking yoghurt rather than tubs, so that you don’t have to worry about spoons.

Fruit juice and water

A long, hot day cooped up in a car is thirsty work. Try not to be tempted by fizzy drinks. Apart from the sugar overload, carbonated drinks can make everyone feel uncomfortable and bloated. Instead, pack lots of bottled water and fruit juice in individual cartons if the kids want something sweet.



If you’re planning to leave home very early in the morning, bake some muffins the night before so you can have breakfast on the go. Opt for home-made rather than buying from the grocery store, as these can be quite heavy on the stomach.

To find out more about our amazing South African holiday deals contact Off Beat Holiday Club for more information today.

5 Things to leave at home when packing for a holiday

Your holiday is booked and you’re eagerly anticipating a bit of well deserved down time. Whether your vacation involves soaking up the sun on the beach, hiking in the brisk mountain air, or exploring fascinating foreign cities on foot, you need to think carefully about what to take with you.

When packing for a holiday many people end up putting in way too much stuff “just in case” they need it. Shrewd vacation packing involves cutting out a lot of the clutter, leaving you with the essentials that you need to really enjoy your holiday without the hassle of heavy bags (and the airport penalties that go with them).

So, without further ado, here are 5 things not to take on holiday:

Too many shoes

Shoes are heavy and bulky, making for a vacation packing nightmare. Honestly, do you really need to take a pair of shoes for every day of the week? Our advice is to take only 2 or 3 pairs on holiday. Wear the heaviest or bulkiest while travelling and pack the rest.

Speaking of shoes, make sure that the pairs you choose are comfortable and worn in, especially if your holiday plans involve a lot of walking and sight seeing. If you’ve booked a beach holiday, 2 pairs of sandals should suffice.


Heirlooms and valuables

You may wear great grandma’s ruby ring every day of your life, but you’d be devastated if it went missing while you were on holiday. While holiday insurance will pay out for the financial value of items that are lost or stolen on vacation, heirlooms with sentimental value are irreplaceable. So leave them at home.

You should also limit the number of electronic devices that you take with you. Your smartphone and an e-reader for the plane are more than enough. You really don’t need your laptop or iPad on holiday.

Non-essential toiletries

Airports have some serious restrictions on the amount of liquid that you can carry in your luggage, so consider reducing your toiletries. Your holiday packing essentials should only include toiletries that you really, really can’t live without and that you don’t think you will be able to purchase at your destination. Unless you’re travelling to an extremely far flung part of the world, chances are you’ll be able to buy shampoo and conditioner from the hotel shop when you arrive.

Decant liquid toiletries into special 100ml travel bottles. Store all your toiletries and make up in sealed ziplock bags to avoid leaking if the bottles are damaged by cabin pressure changes.


Books, books and more books

Gone are the days when holiday reading meant a separate bag devoted to a pile of heavy paperbacks. If you don’t have an e-reader, consider investing in one. That way, you have something to read on the plane or while lounging on the beach that is lightweight and gives you access to so many more book choices than you could ever pack in your suitcase.

All of your keys

Even if you are super careful, the fact is that things can and do go missing on vacation. If your bag was stolen, and it contained the keys to every door of your home, your car keys, your office keys, your safe keys etc… it would be a complete disaster. The only keys that you need are those that are essential to getting you home once your vacation is over. If you’re travelling by car, you just need your car keys and your front door key. If you’re travelling by plane, take a shuttle to the airport and just pack your house key. Leave all other keys with a trusted friend for the duration of your holiday.

To find out more about our fantastic local and international holiday deals contact Offbeat Holiday Club for more information today.

Make travel matter for your kids

Take a look on Facebook and you’ll see countless posts by parents complaining that they need another holiday after a holiday with their kids. While traveling with children – especially young children – is no walk in the park, there’s no doubt that travel can be an incredibly enriching experience for the whole family if you get it right.
Explore the country and the world

Traveling with children allows you to expose your kids to a whole lot of diversity. A country like ours is rich in natural and historical heritage and a South African holiday that introduces children to this is beyond compare. An international holiday can broaden your children’s horizons even further – and with the world becoming ‘smaller’ and overseas holidays becoming more affordable, it’s definitely possible.

Say goodbye to the iPad

While no one is refuting the enormous benefit of technology at our fingertips, a well planned child friendly holiday is the perfect opportunity to take a break from technology – and make your kids do the same. Experiencing reality without the filter of smartphones and tablets is a good idea for everyone – adults and kids alike.

Bring your family closer together

With parents working and living in a frantically busy world, the family unit can suffer. Not irreparably, and often not even noticeably. However, a family holiday where parents choose to involve and spend time with their kids (without a cell phone constantly in one hand) is something that truly makes children feel valued and can bring the family closer together.

How not to go insane when traveling with children
Children are notorious for becoming bored easily, so keep this in mind even at the beginning stages of planning your holiday. You may want to enrich their minds by traveling to places of geographical and historical interest (and there’s nothing wrong with that) but a true child friendly holiday will include a balance of learning and fun.

Choose child friendly destinations

Choosing child friendly resorts and destinations that have lots of activities for children of all ages is a way to ensure that the kids are able to really enjoy themselves and meet loads of other children – plus it keeps them out of your hair for a bit so that you too can enjoy a proper break.

Involve children in the planning

Before you make an autocratic decision about your holiday destination, speak to your kids. It will make them feel included, and you will also get a good idea of what kind of holiday they might enjoy, that can be turned into an enriching experience. (For example, a trip to the moon may be out, but a destination that has a well known planetarium could be a fantastic substitute.)

Plan for a long trip

If your holiday involves a lot of travel – long flights, long car trips etc – then plan ahead. Traveling with children can be a nightmare if they become bored due to inactivity. Take along plenty of activities that can be enjoyed quietly in the car or on the plane. If you’re traveling by car, stop often to let the kids run around a bit and stretch your legs. And remember – no matter how fractious the kids get, a family holiday is always, always worth it!

Do you need a holiday? For fantastic family friendly deals traveling both locally and abroad contact Off Beat Holiday Club and book your next holiday today!

5 Ways to Impress Your Significant Other When on Vacation

The time has finally come for that long awaited vacation with your significant other and we know that planning the perfect break can be a nerve-wracking experience for any couple. With the right preparation and know how, it can be a breeze and a wonderful opportunity to impress your significant other and score some brownie-points?

To help you, Off Beat Holiday Club has put together 5 ways for you to achieve this while still enjoying a well-deserved vacation:


DON’T: Leave planning until the last minute
As the age-old saying goes, “Fail to plan, plan to fail”, so don’t let this be the downfall of your vacation.
DO: Why not plan ahead and call the resort to book a romantic rendezvous, with a picnic next to the river at Bushman’s Nek, or a sunset game drive when staying at Waterberry Hill?

BushmansNek river picnic


DON’T: Do nothing
DO:  Include some adventure with activities like; a horse ride in the Drakensberg, fly fishing at Midlands Saddle and Trout, or a boat trip against the setting sun at Qwantani or Knysna River Club.

Drakensberg horse ride


DON’T: Forget to relax
DO: Book a spa treatment.  This is one of the best ways to unwind, so make sure to call in advance and book a pamper session for you and your partner.

Couples spa treatment


DON’T: Forget the most important meal of the day
Waking up to a delicious breakfast whilst on holiday can set the tone for the entire day so planning for a special breakfast is a must!
DO: Something different and instead of cooking for yourself, order-in or treat yourselves to a relaxed, leisurely breakfast at the restaurant on site or at an eatery in the area.

Romantic breakfast


DON’T: Forget the camera, the selfie stick, the GoPro
DO: Capture all those amazing memories and make them last forever!

Couples selfie

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!


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


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

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.