Ten places to check off your “to go to” list in 2017

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Ten places to check off your “to go to” list in 2017

Kick off the new year with resolutions that include more travelling. Whether it involves a glamorous, all-inclusive, five-star stay or an off-the-grid camping escape an hour out of Cape Town, 2017 should be your year of travel and adventure. Here is a list of various destinations that should be on your “to-do” list for 2017 with prices that range from budget friendly to splurge alert.

1.Harrison House

Travelling up the West Coast is a must during summer. Whether you enjoy tanning for hours on the beach or lazing next to a pool with a good book, Langebaan is the perfect weekend getaway. Harrison House is a luxurious B&B nestled in this quaint town. There are various rooms to choose from which all give you all the relaxation you deserve.

2. Cape View Clifton

Nothing says Clifton glamour like a night at Cape View Clifton. These apartment studios overlook Clifton in all its magnificence. During the day you can take a taxi down to one of the well known Clifton beaches, head down to Camps Bay or even hike up Lion's Head. During the evenings enjoy a drink next to the spectacular Cape View Clifton pool while taking in the city lights.

3. Zambezi Queen

Located on the great Chobe River that borders Namibia and the Chobe National Park in Botswana, the Zambezi Queen is without a doubt a once in a lifetime escape destination. Float along the Zambezi in absolute luxury while being surrounded by wildlife and a true African feeling. Get a group of friends together and visit this incredible spot in 2017, it is bound to be an adventure made up of the most incredible memories.

4. Kgalagadi Lodge

Kgalagadi Lodge is the perfect budget-friendly option if wanting to stay in the KgalagadiTransfrontier Park. There are various accommodation options available which range from luxurious chalets to camping alternatives. Put your feet up and admire the red Kalahari sunset from your balcony while taking in the sights and sounds of the wildlife.

5. KaggaKamma Nature Reserve

Tucked away in the Cederberg you will find KaggaKamma Nature Reserve, a fascinating spot with spectacular scenery and blissful tranquillity. If nature and the outdoors is what you live for then KaggaKamma should be a must visit for 2017. Choose from a variety of accommodation including "cave" suites, the star suite, outcrop open air rooms and spacious hut suites.

6. The Old Mac Daddy

Head off to Elgin for an unforgettable experience at The Old Mac Daddy. Enjoy one of twelve American-style trailers each decked out with its own theme. The Old Mac Daddy caters to all ages and has various activities such as hiking and swimming available. There is no need to over pack for this destination, a simple hand luggage suitcase packed with a few essentials will suffice. Wind down and enjoy simplistic living, with an artistic edge in Elgin, easily one of Cape Town's best kept secret locations.

7. Smitswinkel Tented Camps

Smitswinkel is the newest tented camp for SANParks and is situated near to the Cape of Good Hope National Park entrance. This environmentally friendly destination has various tent huts available and offers the opportunity to completely kick back and relax. Once at Smitswinkel Tented Camps, enjoy short and long hikes, picnicking, flora and fauna viewings and drives in the reserve.

8. Thali Thali Safari Lodge and Game Reserve

Travel less than an hour out of Cape Town on the West Coast road and you will find ThuliThuli Game Lodge. This lodge displays a spectacle of vast fynbos. Book a quick safari escape at Thali Thali and treat the family to the sights of springbok, zebra, eland and other wildlife grazing the plains.

9. AfriCamps Klein Karoo

Located 10 minutes drive from Oudtshoorn you will find AfriCamps. Positioned on one of the biggest working Ostrich farms in South Africa, this luxury boutique offers pristine views of the Klein Karoo landscape. Relax in a tranquil environment surrounded by the Swartberg Mountains and free-roaming game.

10. Zula Self-Catering Beach House and Cottage

If you are looking for a quick self-catering option on the West Coast then Zula Beach House and Cottage in Paternoster is the place to go. This little piece of paradise is situated in an old fishing town an hour and a half out of Cape Town. Enjoy long walks on the endless coastline, dining at one of the many well-known local seafood restaurants or try your hand at kitesurfing.

Now that you have decided to travel more in 2017, go ahead and choose a location that suits your preferences and budget. Remember to book in advance as costs differ depending on the season.

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