How to enjoy Easter when you're on a budget

The Easter weekend is just over a month away – it also brings with it the delicious opportunity to extend your holiday into a super long break.

Irrespective, it is one of the main holiday periods for South Africans, from 19 to 22 April - following shortly after the school holidays, taking place between 15 March and 1 April. 

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But spending time with family and friends can be costly, let alone factoring in travel and accommodation costs if you're planning to explore a bit more than your home town during either of these holiday periods. 

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CHECK OUT A FEW LOCAL THINGS TO DO ON A BUDGET:

  • A picnic with family

Pack a basket and head to your nearest park, for a relaxing time. Most cities have beautiful botanical gardens that you can visit, such as the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens in Johannesburg. Kirstenbosch is a legendary day out in nature - if you want to avoid the entrance fees, opt to hike in via Cecilia Forest.

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  • A day at the beach

If you are in the beautiful province of KwaZulu-Natal, why not head to the coast to soak up some sun. Durban is famous for its warm weather and beautiful beaches. If you want to hit the beach, Port Elizabeth is home to popular King’s Beach with warm waters all year round and this beach is an ideal destination for swimming and bodysurfing. We're also pretty stoked about the new lower rates offered for locals at Boulders Beach

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  • Sightseeing:

When around Mpumalanga you can take a tour along the Panoramic Route filled with exception views unique to SA - of some of the world’s oldest mountain ranges. God’s Window will have you instagramming your weekend chill. Otherwise opt for a round-trip tour of the Mother City, allowing you to enjoy the scenery and stop off your preferred spot for lunch.

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  •  Visit a museum

South Africa is rich in history with a museum on nearly every corner. What is great about museums is that they are usually free and offer an eye-opening wealth of knowledge. Mandela House Museum and Hector Pieterson Museum are a must-see in Soweto, as is The Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg. Robben Island Museum in Cape Town is also especially popular with tourists. The Zeits MOCAA is also free to for all schoolchildren and to adults on Wednesdays. 

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