The New Budget Friendly Getaways
This lockdown has been tough on us and a holiday is all that we can wish for right now, but we do need to keep an eye on the budget! Luckily, Thompsons Holidays has just released a host of affordable holiday packages to ensure that you will find a low budget holiday to suit your needs.
Scroll through our travel deals to view our budget friendly holiday accommodation. Think about different types of travel – self drives, self-catering, packaged deals with added value and you are sure to find super affordable travel deals. Here are a few examples of a holiday on a budget.
The sea has an enormous influence on most of us and just the sound of the waves is enough to soothe jangled nerves. Umhlanga is known for its superb beaches and the special deals at Umhlanga Cabanas brings a holiday at the ocean closer than you think. There is so much to do and the Gateway Theatre of Shopping is more of a destination with fun activities for the whole family. Kids can chill at Action Karting, Action Bowling and Snow Wonderland while you enjoy a relaxed lunch.
The Kingdom Resort
The Kingdom Resort is just a stone’s throw from the Sun City and Pilanesberg National Park but there is so much to do that you will probably never leave the resort! There is a wide selection of 2- and 4-sleeper accommodation and the family suites have a kitchenette and braai facilities. The many activities include Splash Kingdom Waterworld, jumping pillow, a rock climbing wall, mountain bike trail, trampoline, pool, outdoor movies theatre, quad biking, adventure golf and volleyball. For the adults there is a bush bar, bush walks and game drives. This is pure family bliss in one affordable resort.
The Cabanas are in the heart of big game country and set on the banks of the Sabie River. The Kruger National Park is just a 20-minute drive away so make sure you get your fill of the Big 5 and more. At the resort the twin-bedded cabins have sliding doors onto a wooden deck with a splash pool and many are raised to take advantage of the views. There are the usual upmarket facilities including WiFi, air-con, bar fridge and satellite TV. Activities range from mini-golf to tennis, swimming to table tennis – and much more.
AfriCamps at Gowan Valley, KZN
The AfriCamps concept of glamping is attracting those who want to be close to nature but not go to the trouble of carry tons of equipment, set up camp and then remember they left the braai equipment at home. The property is graced with the crystal clear Mpofana River which flows through the farm. A hollowed-out section in the river is a great spot to go for a dip or enjoy the river from the banks by settling down for a picnic. Try your luck and catch yellowtail or trout – strictly catch and release. Guests can enjoy a 4km walk through indigenous forest where they will see the enormous 500-year-old Yellowwood tree, the newly planted kiwi fields and Nguni cattle. Take a strolls through the gorgeous rose gardens on the farm and settle down at a grassy picnic spot.
AfriCamps at Kam’Bati, Swellendam
Go glamping without having to pack your own equipment or pitch a tent. At AfriCamps it is all done for you so just book, arrive and settle in. This is boutique camping in a permanent tent on a beautiful working farm and welcoming family holiday resort. The spacious tents are equipped with showers, kitchenettes, comfortable bedrooms and a private wooden deck. There are many attractions in historic Swellendam and there are golden beaches nearby.
AfriCamps at Doolhof, Western Cape
AfriCamps is all about boutique camping or glamping at the most beautiful working farms and estates in South Africa. AfriCamps at Doolhof's six luxury glamping tents are surrounded by vineyards, mountain views and the peaceful Kromme River that makes its way through the farm. It's the perfect backdrop to admire from the outdoor wood-fired hot tubs. Children who love the outdoors will fit in perfectly and families will have fun as they braai and enjoy the magnificent views.
Little Switzerland, Drakensberg
Little Switzerland really is something special, from the beautifully manicured grounds, to the main building with authentic thatched roofing and local wood framings and furnishings. You’ll be warmly welcomed and enraptured by idyllic views of the Drakensberg mountains clad in clouds, shrouded in snow, mellow in mist or crisp and clear. There is wide range of accommodation including family rooms. Activities for whole family include hiking, go karting, pony rides and mini golf.
Kiara Lodge, Clarens
Set in the breathtakingly picturesque Maluti Mountains between the Golden Gate Reserve and the quaint village of Clarens, Kiara Lodge offers an all-encompassing, yet affordable retreat with easy access to explore nearby attractions. Large grounds ensure that you get to enjoy the peace and quiet, and with a choice of apartment style or freestanding self-catering chalets, there is a unit to suit everyone’s needs. Activities include a games room, hiking, jumping pillow, gorge swing, bike hire, jungle gym and putt-n-play.
This game farm retreat is located 34km north-west of Brits and offers visitors a unique and unforgettable eco experience. Accommodation is separated into different camps, generally clustered around rocky ridges to make the most of the amazing scenery. Nature lovers will be treated to close-up experiences with zebra, giraffe, eland and a variety of other buck and animal species. Activities include jumping pillow, jungle gym, putt-n-play, super tube and table tennis. There is a spa, tennis courts, squash, game drives and much more.
Urban Park, Umhlanga
From golden beaches, water parks and botanic gardens to golf courses, casinos, extravagant shopping centres and more, Umhlanga has it all. Its excellent location makes it ideal for a holiday. Attractions close to Urban Park Hotel include uShaka Marine World, Sun Coast Casino & Entertainment World, Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom, a variety of pubs and restaurants. Not forgetting the superb beaches along the coast, KZN is known for its temperate weather year round.
If you’re looking for a holiday this year, or planning ahead for 2021, then consider an affordable holiday break with one of our low-budget family getaways.