An alternative festive season – Disrupting traditional holiday norms

If you are thinking of diverging from the conventional South African December holiday traditions of family gatherings, beachside holidays or camping, then open your mind to the exciting possibilities for an alternative festive season.

Ulrich Fischer, operations manager of ANEW Hotels & Resorts, says when breaking away from the traditional Christmas routine – either solo or with your ultimate friendship tribe – you may just find your enriching festive spirit most unconventionally.

Here are his suggestions for a distinctive holiday experience:

For the music lover – a guided jazz safari in Cape Town

Absorb the vibrant music scene of Cape Town with a jazz safari experience. Enjoy an exploration of live jazz music set within the heart of the city’s diverse cultural neighbourhoods. Opt for a guided tour to witness various local jazz venues, from intimate clubs to vibrant street performances. Meet with local musicians, learn about the history and evolution of jazz in Cape Town, and experience the city’s rich musical heritage.

For the art lover – an urban art and graffiti tour in Johannesburg

Discover Johannesburg’s dynamic street art and graffiti scene with a guided urban art tour. Explore the city’s various neighbourhoods to witness captivating murals and street art created by local and international artists. Listen to some of the stories behind the artworks, learn about the cultural, historical and modern-day significance of these vibrant urban expressions. Balance this tour with visits to local art galleries or museums.

For the history lover – San rock art in Kokstad, KZN

For a truly remarkable cultural experience, explore the ancient San rock art at the Mount Currie Nature Reserve in Kokstad. Join a potential guided tour led by a local expert, providing interpretation and insight into the historical significance of these prehistoric rock paintings. Learn about the San people’s way of life, beliefs and the symbolism depicted in these fascinating artworks.

Historical ghost tour at Fort Amiel in Newcastle, KZN

Everyone loves a good ghost story. Visit Fort Amiel, the 19th-century historical site in Newcastle, for a spine-chilling tour of the fort’s eerie past. Explore the hidden chambers and corridors, listen to captivating tales of the fort’s history, and uncover the ghostly legends in unconventional ways to experience local history and folklore.

For the adventurer – a hot-air balloon ride over the Magaliesberg Mountains

Embark on a thrilling hot-air balloon ride over the scenic Magaliesberg Mountains in the North West province. Soar above the beautiful landscapes, taking in stunning views of the mountain range, valleys and possibly wildlife below.

For the gastronomic enthusiast – some culinary delights in the Midlands

Explore the culinary delights of the Midlands Meander by savouring exceptional wines at Abingdon Wine Estate, sampling craft beers at Nottingham Road Brewery, sampling artisanal cheeses at Swissland Cheese, or indulging in some Heavenly Chocolates!

Volunteer at a charity or non-profit

Rather than unwrapping gifts, consider giving back to the community by volunteering at a local charity or organisation in need. Make a meaningful impact during the holiday season by fostering a sense of goodwill and connection with others.

Breaking away from the traditional Christmas routine may initially seem daunting, but it can lead to a truly transformative experience. An adventure of this nature on your own, or with your group of besties, can help you discover a different side of the holiday season – one filled with personal growth, new friendships and unforgettable memories.

Discover these stunning regions from the luxurious comfort of ANEW Hotels & Resorts’ ideally positioned properties. ANEW Hotel Green Point Cape Town, ANEW Hotel Parktonian Johannesburg, ANEW Resort Ingeli Forest Kokstad, ANEW Resort Vulintaba Newcastle, ANEW Resort Hunters Rest Rustenburg, and ANEW Hotel Hilton Pietermaritzburg serve as the perfect home base to enjoy a variety of distinctive activities and locales across South Africa during the festive season.

*For females travelling solo while exploring these experiences, it’s crucial to proceed with caution, avoiding potentially unsafe areas. Always inform loved ones of your whereabouts and travel plans to ensure your safety and well-being.

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