South Africans celebrate Christmas in much the same way as the rest of world.We spread good cheer, enjoy traditions, decorate our homes with lights and a Christmas tree. We reconnect with friends and family, sing carols and wrap presents for under the tree.
Christmas in South Africa is generally a warm one, spent outdoors appreciating the beauty of nature. We usually swim, walk or rest on the lawn whilst our children play games on the grass (computer screens are totally banned for the day).
South Africa, though, is as diverse as its people. It’s a good idea to know just what kind of Christmas you want to celebrate. We help you narrow your choices down…
BACKYARD BRAAIS AND PLENTY OF COMRADERY – IN THE KAROO
In the centre of South Africa is a vast space known as the Karoo. It has as many exponents as there are towns. The towns are known as ‘dorps’. Long a retreat from the world by artists, poets and mystics much of the Karoo, has become fashionable. Other of the towns are still remote and quiet. To take to the back roads and drive from town to town is life-changing.
OFF-THE-BEATEN-TRACK – A WILDERNESS AREA
No other country in Africa has the variety of parks, reserves and wilderness areas that South Africa does. Proclaimed wilderness areas enjoy the highest possible legal conservation status. Huge tracts of land remains as close to their natural character as possible, with no evidence of man. Numbers of visitors and activities are limited to hiking, climbing, swimming, bird watching and photography.
LIFE’S A BEACH – THE SUNSHINE COAST
You are more likely to enjoy your Christmas on the beach in South Africa. The Sunshine Coast, which starts where the Garden Route ends and stretches all the way to East London. It covers much of the Eastern Cape’s coastline, is as good as it gets – sunshine 320 out of 365 days of the year.
TRADITIONAL AFRICAN – WILD COAST
Celebrate Christmas far from the madding crowd in amongst the Xhosa people in their traditional home.
The Wild Coast is a place where rivers empty into the sea, where massive cliffs loom over desolate beaches and where rocky crags overlook sandy bays.
Largely populated by rural Xhosa people who still practise customs and traditions that have fallen by the wayside in cities, you will be welcomed as a visitor.
IN AN ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY WAY – NOORDHOEK
Drive past Noordhoek Farm Village and the Foodbarn Deli, round the bend and through Noordhoek’s Milkwood forest to Monkey Valley’s eco-friendly resort. Sip wine and sample pizzas overlooking Long Beach will reveal that Cape Town’s greenest live here.
If your idea of Christmas heaven is ‘picking your own’ in a vegetable garden whilst waiting for the sun to warm your water for a shower, then Noordhoek Village is for you.
IN THE BUSH – WILDLIFE SPOTTING
Join the many South Africans who head to the Kruger National Park for the festive season, or search out a more remote game farm or nature reserve.