Activate your out-of-office and get yourself outdoors on May 1st
If South Africans thought April was the month for public holidays, they’re in for one more break from the office on Wednesday, May 1 – Workers’ Day.
While celebrated internationally as May Day, locally, Workers’ Day pays homage to the role of trade unions, and other labour movements in the struggle against Apartheid.
South Africans have the nation’s workforce to thank for this particular holiday, but this day also celebrates you and other employees who continue to move the country forward.
It’s no secret that spending time outdoors has significant benefits on your physical and mental health, so if you’re ready to step out of the office, here are our top six ways you can celebrate Workers’ Day this year:
Mountain biking at Tala Game Reserve
Tala Game Reserve is an affordable holiday destination in KwaZulu-Natal, and it’s also a great place for a day trip. Located near Pietermaritzburg, it is just the place to go biking. Routes range from a learn-to-ride 5-km loop, to the more challenging 27-km circuit. Remember, animals have the right of way! Bring your own bikes or rent one for R300. If you’d just like to visit for lunch and explore the reserve at your own pace, gate entry is R70 per adult and R50 for children under 12 years of age.
Walking safaris in the Greater Kruger
Set within a 7,500-hectare private reserve within the Kruger National Park, Mthimkhulu Private Game Reserve promises the ultimate walking safari experience. From R1,770 per person per night, with guided walks and game drives included, you’ll soon be moving at the pace of nature, tracking animals along the Klein Letaba River with expert guides, and feeling right at home in the veld.
Horse riding in the Drakensberg
Always popular with couples and families, horseback riding at Little Switzerland Resort is an unforgettable way to experience the beauty of the Drakensberg while trying something new. If you’re looking for a place to stop off between Durban and Johannesburg, this is it. There is also quad biking at go-karting available. Saddle up for R190 per person for an hour’s ride with a guide. Pony rides are free for children under 12 years old.
Scuba diving at Aliwal Shoal
This Workers’ Day, follow the N2 from Durban down the South Coast. Crystal Scuba Academy operates out of the Blue Marlin Hotel in Scottburgh and operates dive excursions to Aliwal Shoal. They also offer all levels of PADI scuba-diving and snorkelling courses. With the Sardine Run in June, this is just the place to get scuba-ready to take in all the underwater action.
Fishing at Lake Jozini
Throw your rods and bag in the trunk and hit the road in the direction of your happy place this Workers’ Day. Lake Jozini, also known as Pongolapoort Dam in KwaZulu Natal is known for its superb tiger fishing for novice fishermen and expert anglers. Jozini Tiger Lodge & Spa operates daily sunset cruises and is currently running an Easter Special of 10% off accommodation, valid until May 6.
Segway through the Greater Pilanesberg
Whether you’re an intrepid explorer, an incurable romantic or an exhausted businessman, you can enjoy a holiday at your own pace at Finfoot Lake Reserve in the Elands River Game Reserve. Hop on one of the reserve’s two-wheeled Segways. It’s one of the most relaxing ways to meander through the area. After a quick 15-minute training session, set off on a guided Segway tour. Just 90 minutes’ drive from Johannesburg, Finfoot is also ideal for a day trip or week-long break.