Move over Las Vegas, the lure of high rolling casinos, trekking exploits and a secret nightlife has pushed South Africa into the spotlight as the modern mancation destination.
Whether it’s a pre-wedding man-only getaway , a bachelor’s weekend away or just some ‘lad time’, there are a range of South African DreamTrips holidays to entertain and amuse the true bloke within.
Organising the ultimate mancation poses many challenges. Researching accommodation and finding the best experiences and deals to match, can take up time that many of us just don’t have.
DreamTrips do all the ground work for you. DreamTrips are specially designed and curated holidays that organise all the best accommodation, sights, tours and experiences so all you have to do is arrive at your destination and enjoy.
Offered by award winning international travel membership company, WorldVentures, DreamTrips deliver fun, freedom and life fulfilment for every group and individual. And for those who just want to explore on their own, DreamTrips holidays always incorporate ample leisure time to take time out for yourself.
It’s no wonder that South Africa is increasingly becoming the holiday hotspot for a man- only getaway, and DreamTrips shares some of the country’s best sights and experiences for a memorable mancation.
This vibrant city has so much to offer and Long Street is a great starting point. A blessing for beer fans, along Long Street you will discover some of Cape Town’s best kept secret bars that offer a refreshing friendly and laid back feel. If you time your trip to Cape Town during two of the most notable festivals – The Cape Town Festival of Beer and the Durbanville Beer Fest – you will see almost 100 different brands across the micro- and mega-brewing spectrum in South Africa come together. For those looking for a place to fill their empty stomachs, heading to the central city of Cape Town is where you will find tender Chalmar beef fillet with oxtail, tomatoey West Coast crayfish risotto, springbok medallions with celeriac purée in a rich port and truffle sauce and much more. Heading up to Table Mountain should be a priority during a Cape Town stay, where you can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the beautiful landscape. The more adventurous will make a fast descent by abseiling down the mountain, but of course there is a cableway or hop-on-hop-off-bus that will ensure your delicious lunch remains where it belongs.
The thrill of a high rollers table is a rite of passage for any mancation getaway, and Sun City’s sprawling casinos definitely deliver. But casinos are all there is to see, the Sun City Resort offers jet skiing, parasailing, dirt buggies, Segway safaris and one of the fastest zip rides in the world! Visitors with an affinity for the nightlife, can sip cocktails and with friends and dance the night away at Encore and Vibes, two of the hottest hangouts in town.
Pump yourself up for non-stop activity and excitement when you discover all that the Drakensberg Mountains have to offer. Hiking, mountaineering, swimming, kayaking – you name it – there will be something for every thrill seeker to enjoy. Early settlers believed the mountain range resembled a dragon’s back, which is how the Drakensberg was given its name. The mountains contain 30,000 rock paintings left by the ancient Sans people in an estimated 600 caves. But aside from some of the more heart pumping activities, an ultimate mancation wouldn’t be the same without a round of golf – or two – which is all on the cards in the Drakensburg, framed by a stunning landscape.
Fondly known as Joburg or Jozi, Johannesburg is a hive of culture and activity and has something for everyone’s holiday tastes. For the thrill of adventure and some magnificent views, heading out to the Magaliesberg mountain range a zip lining eco-adventure takes you sliding on steel cables at varying heights, letting you soar from platform to platform high above the canopy floor as you view the wildlife grazing in the lush landscape below. Take some time to immerse yourself in the history of Joburg city with a visit to the Apartheid Museum and various art galleries dotted around the city. Fine dining and high end eateries are common in Johannesburg with most Johannesburgers considering themselves culinary connoisseurs. The nightlife is vibrant and varied so you are sure to find a place where you can just let your hair down and relax after an action filled day of activity and sightseeing.
Check out the DreamTrips site for more ideas on where to travel for the ultimate mancation holiday.
by Arrnott Olssen
Editor Rogue Homme