For some of us the festive season means donning every item of warm clothing that you own and exploring the winter snowfall. For others, however, the festive season is the hottest time of the year, and festive cheer is paired with chilled summer vibes. With the festive season fast approaching, here are 6 reasons to celebrate your festive season in the summer sun this year.

Road Trips – Add road tripping to your bucket list. You could spend the day in a historic town, an afternoon adventure seeking or simply exploring the Wine Valleys and local farm stalls. Whatever that you decide to do, summertime means infinite enjoyable getaway activities – and nothing makes one feel more alive than a much –needed breath of fresh air. Book an Exclusive Tour from Southern Africa 360 to add to your summer holiday checklist, day trips include the Constantia Valley Zip & Sip, Soweto & Apartheid Museum, Valley of a Thousand Hills Tour, Swaziland Day Trip and more!

Outdoor Markets – Stuck for Christmas gift ideas? Want an outing for the whole family? Head to one of the many markets which take place throughout South Africa. Keep an eye out for special Christmas themed markets, shop for something special for your loved ones and keep the kids entertained. Many of the markets take place outdoors during the summer months giving you a chance to soak up the gorgeous summer sun!

The Most Breathtaking Sunsets – With so many different locations to choose from to watch the sunset during the warm summer months, find a spot and enjoy an unforgettable sunset in one of many destinations in Africa, from Lions Head in the Western Cape, the Golden Mile in Durban, the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, the Okavango Delta in Botswana or Sossusvlei in Namibia to name a few, you are spoiled for choice!

The Beach – From a work out in the ocean, tanning on the shoreline, eating an ice-cream or playing in the sand, the beach is said to be a relaxing and healing experience. There are many beaches suitable for the whole family to visit and enjoy during the festive season.

Book the 8-Day Luxury KZN Safari & Mozambique package to immerse yourself in a luxurious bush and beach combination. Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve offers an authentically South African wildlife experience, matched with a sincere commitment to the Zulu culture and passionate conservation of the environment. White Pearl Resorts is located in Ponta Mamoli on the untouched shores of southern Mozambique, brimming with gorgeous beachesA great spot for swimming with dolphins as well as an excellent location for diving and snorkelling in the warm crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean

Hike up to the most Spectacular Viewpoints – If the mountains have been calling you, it’s time you went! Lucky for you Southern Africa has hiking trails a-plenty to pick and choose from. Here are eight of the most iconic trails: The Otter Trail, The Fish River Canyon, The Whale Trail, Fanie Botha Trail, Amatola Trail, Giant’s Cup, Tankwa Camino and The Rim of Africa. A brilliant does of Vitamin D and exercise and don’t forget many photo opportunities!

Visit the world-famous Drakensberg Mountains. This world heritage site boasts some of South Africa’s most amazing vistas and is home to Giant’s Castle. Here you will be able to go on a hike through history and view Bushman cave paintings that have been there since before the birth of South Africa.

Best Braai’s – Gather the friends and family together and have a traditional South African braai with all the trimmings! A roast is also eaten around this time but add a few local extras –  delicious seafood dishes, milk tart, peppermint crisp tart and an ice-cold beer on a warm summers evening.

There’s something about enjoying the magic of the festive season while getting your vitamin D fix that will change your idea of Christmas forever…

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