Do you tend to go on holiday in the same boring old places every year? Are you looking for a new and exciting local holiday destination right here at home? Well, sit down, relax and start planning your next local holiday at one of these 4 unique holiday destinations in South Africa! From spending a weekend on a houseboat to hitting the slopes we’ve got something for everyone.

1. Be a water baby onboard a houseboat – The Vaal River


Found floating on the gentle Vaal River, the luxury Liquid Living Houseboat offers holiday makers a multi-purpose retreat combining a river cruise and fully catered home-style accommodation. The unique houseboat is perfect for families and friends, fishing trips or even small company retreats. The floating hotel comes equipped with everything you need for a memorable getaway including an onboard catering service, fully stocked kitchen, 4 en-suite double luxury (double bed) cabins (with plug points and plazma TVs), a lounge area, and a top deck furnished with 10 seater dining table, outdoor lounge suite, bar area, braai facilities and cold water jacuzzi.

Prices: From R1950 per person per night for a fully catered one night stay to R16 500 for a two-night self-catering stay for up to 10 guests. Click here for more info on Liquid Living Houseboats.

2. Head to the mountains – Cape Town

Hoerikwaggo Tented Camps

The Hoerikwaggo Tented Camps allow hikers to explore the Table Mountain National Park and spend the night at a variety of picturesque and comfortable tented camps. All camps offer hot water, comfortable beds, open fires, fully equipped self-catering communal kitchens/dining areas and communal bathrooms. Guests need to provide their own bedding and towels. Each camp accommodates a maximum of 12 people and is easily accessible by hiking or car, with dedicated parking areas. From the Smitswinkel Tented Camp situated just over the road from the entrance to Cape Point to Orange Kloof Tented Camp just down the road from Constantia Nek there’s loads for adventurous types to choose from.

Prices: from R 930 for 2 guests in a 3-sleeper bungalow to R 3 725 for 4 guests in an 8-sleeper guest house. For more information visit the SanParks website.

3. Hit the slopes at home – Lesotho


Ok, so Lesotho isn’t exactly South Africa but the AfriSki resort is located on the border of South Africa and Lesotho so it definitely counts as a ‘local’ holiday for South Africans. The unique Afriski resort offers almost endless opportunities for all kinds of unique experiences, adventures, activities and events in both winter and summer. Hit the slopes during ski season or go hiking in summer and take in the beautiful mountain views. During winter, the resort operates as a European ski village and offers all the essential components for a great ski holiday, from the accommodation to ski equipment, snow passes, ski school, food and winter activities.

Prices: From R870 for a half-day ski pass to R845 per night per person for Moutain Chalet accommodation there’s a variety of activity and accommodation options to suit any budget. For more information on AfriSki visit the AfriSki website.

4. Oh Ship Cruise – Durban to Portuguese Island, Mozambique

Oh Ship 4

OhShip is back! If it’s a party you want then it’s a party you’ll get on this year’s unique 3-night cruise. Taking place from the 27th to the 30th of November 2015 this unique floating party is the place to be if you love sunshine and good times. This year’s lineup includes the likes of DJ Fresh, Euphonik, Poppy, Rob Forbes, Ms Cosmo and so much more.

Prices: From R 8230 per person sharing for an inside cabin for 2 people to R 9063 per person sharing for a 3-person VIP Balcony suite. Cabin fares include: port charges and baggage handling, OH SHIP entertainment fees, and all meals. For more information visit the OhShip website.