Throughout most of this year, we have been talking about the great vacations you can take in South Africa, which you can combine with your favourite activities or pastimes. These “experience destinations” are all over the world. However, and now that more people are receiving covid vaccinations things have opened up a bit so we can introduce you to some of them in other parts of the world and our neighbouring territories too.
We are also looking a little further ahead now to the end of the year because as more people begin to travel, demand will increase for some of the great packages that we can offer for the holiday season. So, what will your experience destination vacation be this year-end? We will focus in this article on diving and safari enthusiasts…
Richelieu Rock, Thailand – Those who love to visit Thailand, certainly one of the favourite vacation resorts amongst South Africans, will be pleased to know about this remote rocky outcrop where the dives are spectacular and all kinds of marine life can be found. Amongst the best sightings are close-up and personal encounters with Manta rays, Whale sharks and Tuna, to name just a few.
SS Thislegorm, Red Sea, Egypt – This is a great favourite amongst not only divers wishing to visit this iconic vacationing destination but especially amongst wreck diving enthusiasts. It is something special and unique and this naval vessel’s cargo includes a fascinating collection of wartime artefacts like jeeps, boots and motorbikes!
Sodwana Bay, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa – The entire Kwa Zulu Natal coast, apart from being one of South Africa’s most sought-after vacation areas, is also home to many great dive opportunities. The best of these is Kosi bay, Rocktail and the iconic Sodwana bay – renowned as one of the best dive destinations in the world. These are all situated within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, and Sodwana Bay is the only tropical scuba diving site in South Africa.
Kaziranga National Park, India – People don’t often think of safaris outside of Africa, but for those who would love to visit this fascinating and exotic land and who have a penchant for our endangered Rhino species, this is the place to go. North-east India is home to the relatively more approachable one-horned rhino and Kaziranga National Park has a population of over 1600 Indian one-horned rhinos, comprising over two-thirds of the world’s total.
Chobe National Park, Botswana – One of South African’s favourite neighbouring vacation destinations, Botswana, is also home to one of the best game viewing reserves in the world, Chobe National Park. Here it is primarily about the impressive elephant population with about 120,000 in the park and it’s great to see them and revel in their antics on a Chobe River cruise. You can also see all of the “Big-5” and a great bird population too.
Kruger National Park, South Africa – So much has been said about the world-renowned Kruger National Park. Its sheer size is something to marvel at and sprawled within the 2 provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga, it covers a staggering two million hectares (the size of the whole of Israel). No wonder it offers the best chance to see all the “Big-5” in one visit and is a firm, family-favourite destination for both international and local tourists.
Rennies Travel will take you there
Especially since the advent of the pandemic and the complications of international travel protocols, now more than ever you need the expert Travel Advisors at Rennies Travel to guide you. We also guide you to the very best packages available – or can custom-make travel experiences to suit your desires, pocket and availability. See some of the best packages available relating to the places we have mentioned here below.
Watch this space for more international, African and South African experience destinations in future articles and contact us today to ensure that your experience destination vacation this year end will be a spectacular one. Keep safe – and keep the wanderlust alive!