Five weekend getaway places to visit this Easter
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Five weekend getaway places to visit this Easter

Easter falls in April this year, which means it has been over three months since the Christmas break. That is bound to feel like an eternity for many of you.

Drakensberg mountains / iStock
Drakensberg mountains / iStock

With that in mind, we think you deserve a few nights away from the hustle and bustle of life. 

Stuck for ideas on where to go, well, we are here to help. 

Here are five ideas for your Easter break this year:

Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park 

If you are looking to completely relax and be one with nature - and the Big 5, then Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park is the perfect choice for your Easter break. The natural beauty of the park is a sight to behold, while the animals who call the park home will have you on the edge of your seat - that's what happens when you get too close to an elephant. While you may struggle to get accommodation in the park itself so close to Easter, there are a plethora of options around the park. All you will need to do then is make day trips into the park, which is an adventure in itself every day. Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park is a great option for families, but couples will especially enjoy the romance which a sunset in the bush provides. Bliss.


iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Another option to be one with nature is the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, located on the Lake St. Lucia. While this natural experience is different to the bush which Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park provides, it will be no less relaxing. Animal lovers can look out for hippos, elephants, crocodiles, giraffes, pelicans, and flamingos, while those who are keen on just getting away from it all can do just that with a number of accommodation options and activities. There are few better ways to unwind and destress than by heading to a secluded spot, so the option of iSimangaliso Wetland Park should definitely be considered for your Easter 2019 break. Nature and beaches - you can't get much better than that. 

 

Nottingham Road

The Midlands is a jewel in the KZN crown, so why not visit said jewel this Easter? Nottingham Road is the perfect Midlands spot to explore, and is an excellent destination for fishing enthusiasts. If you are not keen on trying to catch fish, there are so many other activities to enjoy that you will feel a little spoiled for choice. Relax at the spa, visit the Nottingham Road brewery, or just take in the natural beauty of the area with a walk or chill session at one of the many artisan shops and restaurants. A trip to Nottingham Road will feel like you have stepped into a different world, and it will definitely make your Easter extra special. 


Drakensberg 

Not many KZN locals quite understand how lucky they are to have the Drakensberg on their doorstep. The natural beauty of the area is unrivalled - especially when the sun sets and rises... the colours are out of this world. You could do a lot worse than look to the Drakensberg as an option for a getaway this Easter, as the plethora of activities will ensure everyone on the trip is catered for. You can simply relax if you want to, or you can be a bit more adventurous and explore the mountains on horseback. The hiking options are plentiful, while the restaurants pretty much anywhere you go are of the highest quality. Whether you are keen on seeing Giant's Castle, Champagne Castle or Cathedral Peak, wherever you choose to go, you are bound to have an amazing time.


Stay At Home 

This may sound a bit strange in an article about Easter getaways, but the reality is that we don't explore our hometowns enough. Whether you live in Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Ballito or Mooiriver, as a KZN resident there is more than enough around you to keep you busy and entertained. We could list activities for days, but the best way to explore is to get out there. Walk, drive, cycle - whatever mode of transport you choose, you are bound to stumble upon places you never knew existed. Being a tourist in your own town or city is a lot easier than you think, you just need to go with an open mind and an attitude which will allow you to try new things. This form of 'getaway' is also kind on the wallet, so maybe it is time to consider exploring what is around you this Easter?

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