Easier for foreign families to get to destinations to do great things.
South Africa is globally renowned for its extensive and unrivalled eco-tourism and outdoor adventure offerings and is home to a diversity of people and cultures just waiting to be discovered. Outdoor adventure and leisure activities from mountain biking trails and hiking to ocean safaris and game watching are on the bucket lists of both local and international travelers who prize destinations that can offer these experiences nearby.
Boasting ideal locations in some of the South Africa’s most popular tourist hotspots, Sun International’s Sun City in the North West, The Boardwalk in the Eastern Cape and The Table Bay in the Western Cape are used as launching pads by tourists as they explore the various regions’ diverse attractions.
These destination resorts welcome influxes of international tourists and visitor numbers are likely to be bolstered with the welcome amendments to the Immigration Act by the Department of Home Affairs which came into effect on 1 December 2018. The biggest change is the reversal of the rule that required foreign minors travelling to South Africa to produce an unabridged birth certificate before being allowed into the country.
“This bodes well for tourists travelling with their children to South Africa for the holidays to enjoy the spectacular outdoor adventures available at or nearby our destinations,” says Rob Collins, Chief Strategist and Marketing Officer of Sun International.
Bordering the game-rich Pilanesberg National Park, Sun City attracts over one million visitors each year and offers unique opportunities for those keen to discover cultures, landscapes and experiences not found elsewhere in South Africa.
Adding to the array of activities and experiences at the resort itself, Sun City offers bespoke experiences which offer visitors a chance to discover the region’s people, landscapes and wildlife. Amongst these is Rhino Notching, which gives guests a rare opportunity to contribute towards saving rhino alongside the Pilanesberg Wildlife Trust. Mankwe Gametrackers, which is based at the resort, offers guided tours and safaris in the reserve.
Mankwe Gametrackers has introduced a mountain bike route as well as family bush walks in the Letsatsing Game Park situated in the Sun City Resort. The private game park is a 700Ha reserve with plenty of wildlife such as Wildebeest, Impala, Sable, Zebra, Giraffe, Warthogs, Nyala, Kudu and much more, not forgetting the smaller creatures, critters and bird life.
From the five-star Boardwalk Hotel in Summerstand, Port Elizabeth, adventurers can go on a breathtaking marine safari adventure into the protected waters of the Algoa Bay where dolphins, seals, sharks and seasonal Humpback and Southern Right Whales can be seen in their natural habitat. Navigating St Croix Island, close up views of the world’s largest breeding colony of African Penguins are promised. A short drive from Port Elizabeth is the Addo Elephant National Park, ranking third in size amongst South Africa’s 19 national parks. It is home to elephants, Cape buffaloes, endangered black rhino, a variety of antelope species, lion, and spotted hyena.
At The Table Bay, which offers panoramic views of Table Mountain, visitors have a host of spectacular experiences at their fingertips amongst which include walks up Table Mountain and foraging expeditions that provide the opportunity to explore Cape Town’s splendid “fresh outdoor market” with Executive Chef, Keshan Rambarun, and then experiment with foraged plants in the kitchen.