Need a break, like, right now? 5 Last-minute getaways for October

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(Photo: iStock)

Granted, it's been a long year. Feel yourself burning out? Maybe December is just a tad too far away, still? 

Maybe consider one of these international or local last-minute getaways: 

Go abroad

Namibia

QUICK GUIDES: Namibia

For those seeking high temps, refreshing swims and awe-inspiring views of endless rolling dunes, Namibia might be good for a quick break. 

Best spots to visit now and why? 

Dune 45 is the most photographed dune in the world, and is not to be missed. Sitting in the area of Sossusvlei, this area has lots to offer. Desert Quiver Camp is a great place to go relax for a few days. Its modern, self-catering accommodation is conveniently located a mere 5km from the entrance gate to Sossusvlei.

It's a true oasis in the desert.

BOOK NOW: R12 200 package deal


Portugal 

As tourist season dies down in Europe, Portugal is the perfect place to visit now. The food, culture and picturesque blend of nature and city can still be enjoyed in relatively nice weather conditions as temperatures are still at an average of 23-25 0°C. 

Best spots to visit now and why? 

Lisbon is never a bad idea. But discovering smaller towns of Portugal like Porto for the beautifully decorated walls and Obidos along the Atlantic Coast, is a great alternative. 

BOOK YOUR LISBON TRIP NOW: R11 100 package deal

Go local

Kwazulu-Natal

Durban was just voted as one of the best city destinations - so going here now is vital! Also, be sure to visit Ballito if you're a beer lover as both areas have superb breweries, we love The Ballito Brewing Company.

Or go hike in Injisuthi situated in the central Drakensberg. This self-catering camp has many accommodation options, and is a true breakaway from everyday real life living. 

Limpopo

Debengeni Falls in Magoebaskloof will transport you into another dimension. One that is beyond tranquil. This waterfall is a picture of untouched, untainted nature. 

The Great Karoo

Visit Die Hel. Inside the Swartberg Nature Reserve, this is where true isolation envelops you.

"Crossing the Swartberg Pass, you'll see a sign pointing towards Gamkaskloof, plastered with the stickers of previous travellers who lost themselves to the seduction of Gamkaskloof. The deeper you drive into the mountains, the more awe-struck you become," says Gabi Zietsman.   

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