If you’ve missed out on the opportunity to take advantage of the extended breaks in April and May, or if you just cannot wait too long for your next mini-break, then the great news is that coming up in August the opportunity is again there for the taking.
On Thursday, 9 August, which is just around the corner if you really think about it, South Africans will celebrate Women’s Day. So, why not put in a day’s leave on Friday, 10 August and make a four-day weekend in celebration of this special day.
National Women's Day commemorates the 1956 march of approximately 20 000 women to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to petition against the country's pass laws and lack of freedom.
“How or where you decide to celebrate this important day is completely up to you, but do remember to take the time to consider just how far we’ve come as a nation, even if you’re doing this on a beach somewhere exotic or sipping cocktails from a sun-lounger,” says Nicky Potgieter, Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) Leisure Marketing Leader.
To celebrate not just women, but the freedom of travel, Flight Centre’s experts offer their picks for visa-free destinations that should be planning to visit this year, if not next year over the Women’s Day break:
Zanzibar: the Spice Island
With its kaleidoscope of sights, smells and tastes, Zanzibar is the perfect destination to celebrate Women’s Day this year. An exotic choice for those travellers seeking a beach-based breakaway with a little extra spice. Think unspoilt beaches, secluded spots and sunsets paired with cocktails. Free yourself from your worries as you take up your new favourite spot at Uroa Bay Beach Resort, just a stone’s throw away from the beach.
The open seas of the Seychelles
Gaze out over the vast Indian Ocean and celebrate Women’s Day in the Seychelles. It’s the perfect place to stretch out in the sun without any disturbances, and embrace a moment of serenity. Venture from the beach to the Morne Seychellois National Park with its lush mangrove forests and picturesque hiking trails. The Seychelles is only a four hour 55 minute flight from Johannesburg, offering a well-balanced holiday, far, far away from the daily grind.
Freefall in Victoria Falls
A short hassle-free flight from Jo’burg, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe is just the place for those looking to embrace the boundless freedom of adventure. Free yourself from the shackles of your comfort zone as you raft down the Zambezi River, zip line and bungee jump off the top of the Victoria Falls Bridge, then fly over the “smoke that thunders” in a helicopter. If you’re up for a lot more than a last-minute beach break, Victoria Falls promises a hit of adrenaline to keep you feeling inspired right until the end of 2018.
Namibia’s open spaces
It’s hard not to feel free in Namibia as you encounter those out-of-this-world scenes of cerulean skies contrasted against desert plains and rusty-red dunes. Besides being a wonderland for avid photographers with pure, natural light, it’s a playground for those keen on an active adventure over their long weekend holiday with activities such as quad biking, 4x4 trails, skydiving, dune boarding and sandboarding. Here’s another last-minute favourite you can tackle this year.
More of Mauritius
A firm favourite with South Africans, Mauritius is a top holiday destination with a rich history, spectacular coastline and an incredible natural beauty. Set out on a catamaran or yacht bound for islands such as Île aux Cerfs, Gabriel or Reunion. Embrace the freedom to do as you please, from snorkeling to swimming, parasailing and SUPing, or simply relaxing with sundowners as vibrant Sega dancers set the ambiance of the evening.