2021 Easter weekend travel: Our top three spots for families

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Whether you celebrate Easter religiously, traditionally or socially, there’s one common theme that carries through during this holiday, and that’s family. 

If you’re looking for ideas on where to take the whole brood over the 2021 Easter weekend, which extends over Good Friday on 3 April and Family Day on Monday 5 April, here’s a handy guide detailing our top three places to pinpoint.

Location: The Garden Route

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Outeniqua Mountains. Image: Supplied by Fancourt Estate

Where to stay:

Fancourt Estate

Fancourt Hotel provides the perfect base from which to explore the Garden Route. It’s just a 10-minute drive from George Airport, and rates include breakfast daily, complimentary use of their dedicated Kidz Club for children ages three to 10 years, and an interactive Teen Zone for children 10 years and older. Families also get automatic access to the walking trails, the bikes, the tennis courts, gym and Leisure Centre, which features two swimming pools (one indoors).

Visit: www.fancourt.co.za 

Where to eat:

Outeniqua Family Market

This farmers’ market is located just opposite the Garden Route Mall on the N2 and is open every Saturday from 08:00 to 15:00. It consists of 80 food and craft stalls offering fresh produce and goods at reasonable prices. Families can tuck into all sorts of delights, like pancakes, waffles, wraps and an all-day breakfast served at Dave’s Breakfast Bar.

Visit: www.outeniquafamilymarket.co.za

What to do:

Go strawberry picking

Families can discover country life on the Garden Route with a sweet berry experience at Redberry Farm in George during the 2021 Easter Weekend. Redberry Farm has long stood as a favourite family destination, where you can pick your own strawberries at their freshest and juiciest, straight from the field. All family members, young and old, are welcome to ride the Redberry Express or rally into teams to tackle the largest hedge maze in the Southern Hemisphere – perfectly shaped like a strawberry! 

Small strawberry container: R25 per person

Large strawberry container: R40 per person

Visit: www.redberryfarm.co.za

Walk with fairies

At Timberlake Village, located halfway between Wilderness and Sedgefield, families can visit the Fairy Garden, a sanctuary filled to the brim with fairies, gnomes, dwarves and dragons. There’s a play area for the kids, a dedicated shop (with more fairies) and a tea and coffee area for moms and dads. And if you grew up in South Africa, you will know who Dawie the Kabouter is, and you’ll likely find him here, but just as long as you remember to “wees saggies as jy stap!”

Entrance to the Timberlake Village is free. 

Visit: www.contentofsulina.co.za

Location: KwaZulu-Natal South Coast

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South Coast, Kwazulu-Natal. Image: Adobe Stock

Where to stay:

The Blue Marlin Hotel

If you yearn for the holidays of your youth, but with modern facilities, the Blue Marlin is your best bet. For more than 60 years, this iconic hotel overlooking Scottburgh main beach has long been an affordable favourite.

Just one hour’s drive from Durban, it stands as the gateway to the South Coast. Easy to reach and hard to leave, this is just the place to switch off the car engine and hang up your car keys. The hotel boasts a total of 110 rooms, so there’s also plenty of space for larger families and groups.

Visit: www.bluemarlin.co.za

Where to eat:

Mac Banana

Mac Banana is an all-in-one experience, with a restaurant café, and pancake house on-site. As the name suggests, the star of most dishes served here is of course bananas. Think banana milkshakes, smoothies and bread. But, there is plenty alternatives else to choose from on the menu if you’re not gaga about this particular fruit.

The activities are great too, with banana tours, quad biking, paintball and an oh-so-beautiful butterfly dome to explore. You’ll also find a few farm animals in the mix, including, you guessed it, the Easter bunny! 

Visit: www.macbanana.com

What to do:

Hit the beach!

If thinking of you’re heading down the South Coast, you’ll discover a treasure trove of shimmering beaches to choose from. There’s “Scotties” (Scottburgh), Kelso, “Baggies” (Warner Beach), Southbroom, Margate, “Sheppie” (Port Shepstone) and St Mikes, to name a few.

Many of these will sound slightly familiar to those who wiggled their toes in the sand here “back in the day”. With the North Coast region of KwaZulu-Natal gaining popularity, the South Coast is a great place to escape the crowds during the 2021 Easter weekend.

Visit: www.visitkznsouthcoast.co.za

Location: Pilanesberg

Pilanesberg National Park. Image: Supplied

Where to go: 

The Pilanesberg Game Reserve

Pilanesberg Game Reserve is quietly tucked away in the transition zone between the Kalahari Desert and the lush Lowveld. It hosts a handsome variety of birds and big game, including the iconic Big Five. It’s a malaria-free holiday hotspot that ticks all the right boxes for families over the 2021 Easter weekend, mainly because it’s so easy to reach from Gauteng by car. 

Visitwww.pilanesbergnationalpark.org

What to do:

Braai in the Pilanesberg

The Pilanesberg National Park flaunts five braai spots where you can fold out the camping chairs and tuck into some snacks while Dad lights up the Easter family braai. The one we love the most is the Fish Eagle spot that overlooks the Mankwe Dam. It has access to shade and clean ablutions in a fenced-off area. Be sure to stay long enough to savour that epic South African sunset as it slips beyond the horizon.

Visitwww.pilanesbergnationalpark.org

Where to eat: 

Laurentina in Hartbeespoort

During your journey into the Greater Pilanesberg, be sure to schedule in a lunchtime pit stop at Laurentina Restaurant at Chameleon Village along the R511 in Hartbeespoort. It shares the same name as a popular Mozambican beer, and the meals capture those mouthwatering flavours of Mozambican-Portuguese cuisine.

It’s a top-notch spot for families during the 2021 Easter Weekend, with a relaxed and homely atmosphere, kiddies play area and spacious outdoor seating.

Visit: www.laurentina.co.za

Brauhaus Afrika

Hidden along the R24 between Rustenburg and Johannesburg, the Brauhaus Afrika is best described as the place where “German beer, food and culture meets African hospitality”. This brewery, restaurant and former trading post is a favourite amongst the locals and for a good reason. Their hearty pub grub is perfectly paired with a top-notch mix of quality beers (yay, something for Mom and Dad!).

The beer here is brewed according to the Bavarian Reinheitsgebot of 1516. As a little history lesson, this law stands as the oldest cuisine and beverage law in the world and states that only water, barley malt and hops may be used to produce beer.

Visit: www.brauhausafrica.co.za

Getting geared up for the 2021 Easter Weekend with the kids? In the meantime, check out this article outlining seven unique Easter celebrations from around the world.

*All prices quoted correct at the time of publishing

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