How to avoid the crowds this Easter

  • How to avoid the crowds this Easter

    After the December holidays, Easter is probably the busiest time for travel in South Africa. The extra long weekend, combined with the school holidays, make it a perfect time for a family getaway. The problem is that most South Africans feel this way… This means your favourite holiday destinations and the roads that lead you there will probably be crowded. But if you plan carefully and take note of a few tips, there are ways to avoid the crowds (as much as you can), this Easter.

    Don’t drive too far

    For many this is the first of a very long-awaited opportunity to escape in 2015. To make the most of it, we recommend a destination that is really close-by, up to 3.5 hours from your home. The less time you spend on the road, the less rushed you would feel and the crowds become less of an issue.

    Use the ‘roads’ less travelled

    Whether you decide to drive far or not, why not try the roads less travelled. It may mean a dirt road here or there, but if you have the right vehicle (and attitude) this should not be a deterrent. Just make sure you have a map along with your GPS, as you may run out of reception! You could book a weekend at a smaller off the beaten track town too, rather than a resort, which would be the perfect way to get the most out of the road less travelled and avoiding the crowds.

    Visit a Game Reserve

    If you haven’t been to any of our beautiful South African Game Reserves, now may be the time to explore one. Granted, it may still be a busy period, but with the large open bushveld, along with game drives, you can still forget about the crowds and enjoy the tranquillity of nature.

    Go overseas

    To skip the mad rush entirely, you could opt for an overseas trip. There are plenty of special packages over this time and it may just be the thing you need for a relaxing holiday away from mainstream tourism in South Africa.