Remember, Local is Lekker

Why not spend your time in the wilds of Africa whilst enjoying twice-daily activities at one of EcoTraining unfenced camps within the Limpopo Province. Or have a look what the other 8 amazing provinces in South Africa could have in store for you. Because you know, 'Local is Lekker'

As South Africans we all know the term ‘lekker’ or the phrase ‘Local is Lekker’, but since the nation-wide lock-down with international borders closing this phrase we believe has become more prevalent than ever before.

As South Africans, we now have the opportunity to travel our incredible country and experience all the wonders it has to offer, so let’s not allow the fact that our borders are closed to hinder our venturesome spirits.

We are incredibly privileged to have nine beautiful provinces in South Africa and with this being said we would like to highlight some of the amazing things you could experience in each of these provinces.

1. Western Cape

Western Cape Attractions

The Western Cape

The Western Cape is a beautiful province that coasts border both the Indian and Atlantic oceans. This province is known for the port city of Cape Town, which is set beneath the might Table Mountain, which is also part of the Table Mountain National Park. Table Mountain also happens to be one of the 7 Wonders of the World. So, what can you do in the Western Cape?

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Attractions: 

  • Table Mountain Hike
  • Lions Head Hike
  • Signal Hill
  • The Hunter-Gatherer Trail
  • Whale watching in Hermanus
  • Enjoying the wine route in Franschhoek and Stellenbosch
  • The Spice Tour in Paarl

2. Northern Cape

Northern Cape Attractions

The Northern Cape

Did you know that the Northern Cape is South Africa’s largest province? Unique for its desert landscapes, beautiful wildlife and gemstones. The Northern Province shares the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park with Botswana, where you can spot those incredible red sand dunes. This is also where you can visit the famous Namaqualand where the wild daisies and other springtime flowers carpet the expansive plains which then stretch into Namibia. In Kimberley, the provincial capital, The Big Hole mine recalls the 1870’s diamond rush. What cool things can you do whilst in the Northern Cape?

Attractions:

  • Namaqualand Flower Route (August to October)
  • Green Kalahari
  • Kalahari Red Dune
  • Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
  • Riemvasmaak Hot Springs
  • The Big Hole

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3. Eastern Cape

Eastern Cape Attractions

The Eastern Cape

The Eastern Cape is the second-largest province in the country after the Northern Cape. It was formed in 1994 after the first democratic election and was formed from the Xhosa homelands of the Transkei and Ciskei, together with the eastern portion of the Cape Province. The Eastern Cape is famous due to it being home of former South African president and father of the country Nelson Mandela. The province is also well known for its long stretches of pristine sandy beaches, rocky coves, sheltered lagoons. The province’s had an incredibly diverse landscape.

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Attractions:

  • Diving at Nelson Mandela Bay
  • Surfing in St Francis Bay or Jeffrey’s Bay
  • Hole in the Wall
  • Transkei – this is really for unwinding, relaxing!
  • Van Staden’s Wild Flower Reserve
  • Sacramento Trail
  • Addo Elephant National Park

4. North West Province

North West Province Attractions

The North West Province

The North West Province is an inland province in South Africa. It borders Botswana to the north-west. The landscape is defined by mountains in the northeast as well as bushveld Savanna. This is the province where you can find Sun City, or should we say Fun City! The North West is also home to a beautiful bird sanctuary and the Magaliesberg mountain range. So, what can you do in the North West?

Attractions:

  • Miracle Waters diving in the Magaliesberg
  • Sun City – Lekker for the Kids!
  • Barberspan Bird Sanctuary
  • The Vredefort Dome – The world’s largest meteor-impact crater
  • The Cableway up the Magaliesberg cliffs
  • Lesedi Cultural Village Tour
  • Boat Cruise on Hartbeespoort Dam

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5. Free State

Free State Attractions

The Free State Province

The Free State Province or also referred to as the Orange Free State. The province is located on the Highveld, a plateau rising to elevations 1,800 meters in the east of the province and 1,200 m in the west. Two rivers drain from this province: the upper Orange River, which forms the province’s southern boundary, and the Vaal River, which is part of the northern boundary. This province is great for trout fishing, but what else can you do here?

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Attractions: 

  • Trout Fishing
  • Macufe Festival (Usually in October)
  • Golden Gate Highlands National Park
  • Free State National Botanical Gardens
  • Anglo-Boer War Museum

6. Gauteng

Gauteng Attractions

Gauteng Province

Gauteng, known as The City of Gold or eGoli, as the name suggests was a thriving gold mining province. This was following the 1886 discovery of gold in Johannesburg. Gauteng is the smallest province in South Africa, accounting for only 1.5% of the land area, but with this being said it doesn’t take away the fact that that is possibly one of the most urbanized provinces in South Africa with the country’s largest city, Johannesburg. This metropolis is a bustling hub for the creative arts and there are loads of lekker activities to do during a trip to Joburg (as South Africans call it – you know we like to shorter everything). So what else can you do in the hustle and bustle of JHB?

Attractions: 

  • Cradle of Humankind
    • Sterkfontein Caves
    • Wonder Caves
    • Maropeng Centre
  • Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden
  • Tswaing Crater
  • Orlando Towers also known as the Soweto Towers
  • Apartheid Museum
  • Gold Reef City

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7. Kwa-Zulu Natal

Kwa-Zulu Natal Attractions

Kwa-Zulu Natal

KwaZulu-Natal is an insanely beautiful coastal province In South Africa, it is known for its magnificent beaches, the Drakensberg mountain and Savannas populated by the big five game. Safari destination such as Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, The Munyawana Conservancy which is home to the famous &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, in the northeast of KZN which are home to both the square-lipped rhinoceros and the elusive hook-lipped rhinoceros. This is a province steeped in culture and is just a brilliant place to visit due to its great diversity of activities. Some things you could do whilst in KZN…

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Attractions: 

  • Talk a walk on the wild side with a Black Rhino Walk (hooklipped rhinoceros) on the acclaimed Phinda Private Game Reserve
  • Scuba Diving or Swimming with Whale Sharks in Sodwana Bay
  • St Lucia Estuary Boat Cruises
  • iSimangaliso Wetland Park Night Drive Safari
  • Turtle Tours – Now this is really lekker!
  • World Heritage Site in the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park
  •  The Midlands Meander Route
  •  Oribi Gorge

8. Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga Attractions

Mpumalanga Province

Mpumalanga Province when translated from Zulu means for “the place where the sun rises“) this province is in the eastern parts of South Africa, bordering Eswatiniand and Mozambique. This province also happens to border half of the Kruger National Park as well as being home to the iconic Blyde River Canyon which is among the world’s largest canyons, this is known as a green canyon because of its subtropical foliage. So, what other attractions are there when travelling to the place where the sun rises?

Attractions: 

  • The Kruger Nations Park
  • The Panorama Route
  • Graskop Gorge Lift
  • Mac Mac falls
  • Kaapsehoop (where the wild horses run free, there is also a lekker place here for pancakes)
  • Pilgrims Rest
  • Sudwala Caves
  • Sabie River White Water Rafting
  • Mariepskop (Situated 1,947 meters above sea level, this is one of the highest peaks in the northern Drakensberg, and the highest point of the Blyde River Canyon)
  • Blyde River Canyon Cruise

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9. Limpopo

Limpopo Province Attractions

Limpopo Province

Last but not least, the Limpopo Province. Fair warning, we may be a little biased towards this province! The Limpopo Province situated within the heart of the Lowveld is situated between the borders of Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. It is famous for bushveld and reserves/parks, which includes parts of Kruger National Park. West of the Kruger is the craggy Blouberg mountains and Makgabeng Plateau with ancient rock art. One of the biggest highlights is further north in the province nestled in the corner of the three provinces and this is the magnificence Makuleke within the Greater Kruger National Park.

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EcoTraining Makuleke Camp

Attractions: 

Now, this is Lekker!

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Why not spend your time in the wilds of Africa whilst enjoying twice-daily activities at one of EcoTraining unfenced camps within the Limpopo Province. Have a look at some of our upcoming dates.

EcoTraining Course

04 January – 16 December 2021
All southern African camps

01 February – 23 December 2021
All southern African camps

EcoTraining Course

05 January – 28 February 2021
Karongwe & Selati

18 February – 13 April 2021
Karongwe, Makuleke & Botswana

EcoTraining Course

15 October – 27 October 2020
Makuleke Concession, Kruger National Park

05 March – 11 March 2021
Karongwe Private Game Reserve

EcoTraining Course

18 October – 24 October 2020
Makuleke Concession, Kruger National Park

24 October – 30 October 2020
Makuleke Concession, Kruger National Park

27 February – 05 March 2021
Makuleke Concession, Kruger National Park