Dream Hotels & Resorts (DHR) is encouraging locals to explore their own country this Heritage Day with the launch of their #SAJourneys — a collection of unique experiences, taking in South Africa’s hidden hotspots and attractions.
“From bustling cities to charming little dorpies, incredible wildlife and breathtaking landscapes, South Africa really does have it all,” says Sharmila Ragunanan, Marketing Manager of Dream Hotels & Resorts. “But we also know that experiencing it doesn’t need to cost a fortune, which is why we’ve launched our #SAJourneys.”
With a portfolio of 19 hotels and resorts dotted across South Africa, Dream Hotels & Resorts has made a significant investment in less-explored regions that venture off the main tourist maps. Some of these include Jozini Tiger Lodge & Spa overlooking Lake Jozini (Pongolapoort Dam) in the northern reaches of KwaZulu-Natal, and Mount Savannah, situated within the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site in Gauteng.
“We wanted to offer our guests an additional value-add when booking their holiday accommodation, but more so to promote experiences in the regions surrounding our hotels and resorts where communities also need additional income and support,” she explains.
The routes, which are easily accessible via their website, offer in-depth information and directions for important UNESCO World Heritage sites like iSimangaliso Wetland Park in KwaZulu-Natal, but also lesser known attractions like Sudwala Caves in Mpumalanga.
“With the help of our general managers and staff at our properties, we’ve added in a few purely local experiences established by independent entrepreneurs, like Franschhoek’s Huguenot Fine Chocolates and The Drakensberg Brewery.”
She confirms that #SAJourney routes through the Mpumalanga Province and the Drakensberg are ready to experience now, with more to be released in the following weeks. These include the Cape Winelands, The Elephant Coast and The Greater Pilanesberg in the North West Province.
“As borders slowly re-open and international visitors return, we need to remember to continue to promote local tourism, but also to make it accessible for our fellow South Africans to celebrate and enjoy, not just during Heritage Day, but for many more holidays to come,” she concludes.
For more information on DHR’s #SAJourneys visit: www.dreamresorts.co.za/sa-journeys/