Your Guide to Maximising 2024 Annual Leave and Getaways

Find out how to turn 17 annual leave days into 40 days of holiday!  

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It’s back to work and back to the daily grind, except most of us are still daydreaming about our holiday bliss. But the great thing about a new year is also a new cycle of leave! This year South Africans have 14 public holidays, including election day, to look forward to, so let’s take a closer look at how to transform about 17 annual leave days into 40 days of holiday!

Public Holidays: Easter Weekend 

21 March: Human Rights Day  

29 March: Good Friday  

1 April: Family Day  

Annual leave days needed: 5 

Days off: 12 

Celebrate these public holidays with a local or international getaway. We recommend exploring Kruger National Park in South Africa or the tropical paradise of Mauritius.  

March is an excellent time to visit Kruger National Park, as the end of summer brings cooler temperatures and the opportunity to witness abundant wildlife. Embark on thrilling safaris, capturing glimpses of the Big Five, and enjoy the beauty of the African bush.  

For something a little more tropical, Mauritius is always a winner. Enjoy a glass-bottom boat tour, snorkel amongst the vibrant marine life and coral reefs venture out for a family-friendly hike. March in Mauritius is the perfect time to create lasting memories.  

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Public Holidays: 27 April, Freedom Day and 1 May, Worker’s Day 

Annual leave days needed: 2 

Days off: 5 

Local is always lekker. KwaZulu-Natal is an ideal 5-day getaway with its diverse attractions. Explore Durban's Golden Mile and indulge in its rich history and cuisine. Immerse yourself in the cultural vibrancy of Zulu traditions at Shakaland and take a scenic drive along the stunning Drakensberg Mountains to discover the historical Battlefields. With a perfect blend of beach, culture, and nature, KwaZulu-Natal offers a well-rounded escape. 

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Public Holidays: 16 June is Youth Day, with the holiday given on 17 June 

17 June falls on a Monday, which is the perfect time to plan for a long weekend getaway!  Explore the charming town of Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands with its rich history, and Cape Dutch architecture, and indulge in wine tastings at renowned estates. 

Alternatively, the Garden Route to the coastal town of Knysna is a great option. Take in the views at the Knysna Heads, or enjoy outdoor adventures like hiking, and soak in the coastal beauty.  

If it's waves you’re after, Sun City is iconic, complete with world-class entertainment, luxury accommodations, and thrilling activities.  

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Public Holidays: 9 August, National Women’s Day 

The 9th of August falls on a Friday, which is another great opportunity to enjoy a long weekend getaway. Why not celebrate Women’s Day in style and choose one of our many themed holiday packages for an indulgent weekend away? Try a spa getaway at the 5-star Zwahili Private Game Lodge – the perfect sanctuary for relaxation and rejuvenation, offering a blissful escape from the stresses of everyday life. Or treat yourself to a wonderful 2-night stay in Umhlanga at the Oyster Box for a 5-star luxury experience.  

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Public Holiday: 24 September, Heritage Day  

Annual leave days needed: 1 

Days off: 4 

Keen for a long weekend away to celebrate Heritage Day? The Maslow Sandton, located in Johannesburg's bustling Sandton district, offers modern luxury and urban sophistication, perfect for those seeking a chic cosmopolitan experience.  

Sibaya Lodge Umhlanga provides an idyllic escape surrounded by nature, with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean and proximity to Durban's vibrant coastline.  

For a more intimate coastal experience, The Cheriton Boutique Hotel in Simons Town offers charm and elegance against the mountainside, with access to historic sites and Boulders Beach.  

Head back to work on Wednesday after a blissful long weekend away.  

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Public Holidays 

16 December: Day of Reconciliation 

25 December: Christmas Day 

26 December: Day of Goodwill 

Annual leave days needed: 9 

Days off: 17 

With 17 long days to explore to your heart’s content, here are a few holiday suggestions to help plan your December.  

India for Families: Explore India's iconic landmarks like the Taj Mahal, revel in vibrant festivals like Diwali and Christmas, and witness the captivating sights of Jaipur's Hawa Mahal and Kerala's serene backwaters, creating a diverse and memorable family experience. 

Phuket, Thailand for Beach Lovers: Indulge in a beach lover's retreat to Phuket. Unwind on stunning shores, enjoy water activities, and explore vibrant culture. 

Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa for Bush Breaks: Choose a safari adventure to Pilanesberg National Park. Experience the thrill of spotting the Big Five and immerse yourself in the African bush's natural beauty. 


Start Planning Your 2024 Travel Year  

We hope this list sets you up for a fantastic use of your 2024 annual leave, making the most of those public holidays and long weekends. Whether you're eyeing multiple getaways or just dreaming of one long escape for you and your family, get in touch, and we'll help plan a holiday that gets you excited. 

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