Tourism Month, a South African initiative, is celebrated annually in September with the aim of encouraging people to explore their own country and increase their awareness of the affordable, exciting and world class attractions available on their own doorsteps.
“With Cape Town’s long history of being listed amongst the word’s must-visit destinations, all South Africans should make the pilgrimage to the Mother City at least once in their lives,” says Grant Sandham, Group Sales & Marketing Manager at Premier Hotels & Resorts. “Here, not only can they enjoy popular attractions like heading up Table Mountain, touring Robben Island and taking a tasting trip through the winelands, but also explore lesser-known delights like tucking into a braai at Mzoli’s in Gugulethu, going on a Cape Malay Cooking Safari in the Bo-Kaap and strolling along the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens’ Boomslang – a treetop canopy walkway. The centrally situated Premier Hotel Cape Manor offers visitors the perfect base from which to explore the Cape’s offerings.”
“Another one of South Africa’s crowning tourism jewels is the Kruger National Park,” adds Sandham. “Situated in Mpumalanga, the province also contains other natural attractions like the Blyde River Canyon and Sabie Waterfalls as well as the historic Pilgrim’s Rest. These are all easily accessible from Premier Hotel The Winkler.”
“While not traditionally a tourist destination, Pretoria is a sight to behold in spring when the Jacarandas turn the city purple,” says Sandham. “As one of South Africa’s capital cities, it’s not short on historical attractions such as the Union Buildings, Voortrekker Monument and Kruger House Museum. Diagonally opposite the Union Buildings, Premier Hotel Pretoria offers spectacular views of the Jacaranda City.”
He continues “Richard’s Bay offers visitors entrance into Zululand, a land of exquisite beauty with a coastline of unspoilt beaches stretching 350km from the mouth of the Tugela River to the Mozambique border and incorporating the largest estuarine system in Southern Africa. Premier Hotel The Richards is situated close by the coast and just outside of the CBD, but is nearby enough for easy access when needed.”
“Offering the best of both beach and bush is the Eastern Cape. These attractions are easily accessed from Mpongo Private Game Reserve with its variety of African wildlife, rolling hills, river valleys and lush surroundings,” shares Sandham.
“With this year’s Tourism Month theme of ‘Tourism For All – Promoting Universal Accessibility’, there are Premier properties throughout the country offering accommodation at affordable prices and close to the country’s numerous tourism attractions – enabling everyone to enjoy South Africa’s sights,” concludes Sandham.