After the announcement by the President last night, many South Africans woke with very heavy hearts but Saskia Kunneke has a solution, asking people not to cancel their holidays.
Garden Route, South Africa (15 December 2020) – Yesterday South Africans flocked to stock up on booze and held fingers and toes that travel wouldn’t be banned during the festive season. Thankfully, the rulings made by the president were mostly fair and won’t do too much damage to the already struggling economy.
One of the rulings was to close most beaches during the festive season. This was done to limit the number of people on the beaches across the South African coastlines with a specific focus on areas with high infection rates.
The Garden Route is one of many small beach towns that has been greatly anticipating the tourist season during December. With the announcement of their beaches being closed, the communities have taken a massive knock. Many are fearing that this may lead to people cancelling their holidays.
Saskia Kunneke has asked South Africans to please consider keeping their bookings as the Garden Route has many other activities that don’t rely on beach access.
“Dear people. Please do not cancel your holidays to the garden route. There is SO much to see and do and these towns have waited months to welcome you.
Mountains, hikes, forests, animal sanctuaries (your admission ticket feeds them) to see. Crafters, traders, microbreweries, artists, micro-organic farmers.
These towns just made it through with no Easter weekend visitors, no June school holiday visitors. They have all the measures in place to protect you and keep you safe. Please travel and do so safely.” – Saskia Kunneke
We agree with Saskia’s sentiments. While we all love a good beach holiday being able to explore beyond the beach can be just as exciting!
So if you have a booking for a holiday in a beach town, instead of cancelling, call the area and see what else they have to offer. And to those who woke up (or perhaps didn’t get any sleep) this morning with heavy hearts, South Africans will continue to stand by you, just let us know what you need!