Its only too easy when living in a place which is pretty near perfect (in my view, an ocean would complete the picture) and hosts hundreds of visitors throughout the year to find great difficulty in deciding where we’re going when it’s our turn to go on holiday.
White River does offer, within the confines of a small town, an enormous variety of things to do which would normally be on your holiday list. Cycling? Trail runs? Fishing, hikes, wildlife and the bush? How about clean air and vistas begging to be photographed? Spectacularly noisy and assorted birdlife. Water sking and boating. Restaurants, pubs and credit card tingling shopping. But leave it we must, at times, to get away from it all. So where do we go?
We Are White River unzipped the community suitcase to reveal a few of the places White Riverians slip away to for their rest and relaxation. Apparently, we’re a town of beach and bush lovers, with Mozambique up the road one way and some of Africa’s best wildlife and bush experiences in the other direction.
Cape Town is hugely popular with White Riverians looking for a sophisticated holiday amid spectacular scenery. Direct flights make it quick and easy to access and nothing more needs to be said about that exquisite corner of the earth.
Some adventurous souls have delved into the travel catalogues and put a finger on places and experiences further afield, such as Mauritius, considered the perfect family holiday for everyone. Mum forgets larder and tummy filling while for a few days her taxi service isn’t required. Dad hits the water sports, the kids disappear until it’s time to go home and you wonder who’s berry-brown sea urchin is holding your son’s backpack.
Namibia, Thailand, Rome and India pop up time and again and Winter sports in Europe are a perennial favourite for the brave and hardy. Apparently, canal boats on the waterways of France deliver a spectacular holiday experience and old favourite Victoria Falls continues to amaze. The Serengeti and Gorilla trekking are on many bucket lists, and hopefully are on yours.
Of course, it’s not a one step process to fly internationally from KMIA (unless you choose Zambia and fly directly to Livingstone.) However, Lowveld Link and Limetime Shuttles deliver a fabulous, cost effective service from White River to Oliver Tambo International, from where you can link up to your long haul flight.
Yes, the currency dance confuses and depresses the most cheerful optimist and the numbers appear alarming. But everyone deserves a trip out of Paradise occasionally, life is short so put your travel dreams down on paper and make them happen. Don’t forget to send us your stories and photographs of your Slowveld Tee shirt wherever in the world it may be!