Located 90 minutes’ drive from Johannesburg, Finfoot offers chalets or a self-catering villa near Vaalkop Dam – ideal for families and groups of friends

To celebrate Tourism Month this September, South African tourism stakeholders are joining the Sho’t Left movement and creating value-for-money opportunities to encourage local travel.  

Dream Hotels and Resorts will be joining Sho’t Left Travel Week, which takes place from 24 to 30 September, and is being run by South African Tourism to encourage airlines, hotel groups and tour operators to offer generous discounts to give South Africans access to travel, and expand the breadth of South Africa’s tourism offering more than ever before.

“Sho’t Left Travel Week is all about encouraging a behaviour of local travel among South Africans. Thousands of international tourists come to South Africa to explore all its diverse tourism offerings, but local travel is often limited to visiting friends and relatives, and concentrated in certain parts of the country,” says, Sharmila Ragunanan, Group Marketing Manager for Dream Hotels & Resorts.

With this in mind, Dream Hotels and Resorts is offering local travellers up to 30% off during Sho’t Left Travel Week at local properties.

Says Ragunanan: “We’re pleased to be involved in showcasing how South Africans can enjoy local travel in an affordable manner and hope our efforts will stimulate local travel to parts of the country in addition to the popular destinations of Durban and Cape Town.”

Among the properties within Dream Hotels and Resorts’ portfolio that will be participating in Sho’t Left Week are:

Finfoot Lake Reserve: Located 90 minutes’ drive from Johannesburg, Finfoot offerschalets or a self-catering villa near Vaalkop Dam – ideal for families and groups of friends.  

Blue Marlin Hotel: A favourite South Coast family retreat for generations, this property overlooks Scottburgh beach and is a great base from which to explore Durban and surrounds.

Tala Game Reserve: This wildlife conservancy is located within the hills of a quiet farming community near Pietermaritzburg and offers a range of different types of accommodation.

Jozini Tiger Lodge: Located on the banks of Lake Jozini, against the backdrop of the Lebombo Mountains, this property is great for outdoor’s enthusiasts and nature lovers

Nibela Lake Lodge: A pristine place to reconnect with nature, Nibela Lake Lodge is located within the forests that line iSimangaliso Wetlands Park.

Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort: The perfect spot for Capetonians to spend a few days out of the city, Piekenierskloof is in the Cederberg and great for hiking, mountain biking, rooibos tea tours and wine tasting.

Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa: The ultimate romantic getaway for a special occasion. This property’s restaurants, spa and magnificent surrounds make it a memorable treat for couples.

“It is a widely known fact that domestic tourism is the mainstay of a country’s tourism industry. We want South Africans to take advantage of this opportunity to explore their own country and discover why they don’t need to travel far to experience a truly exceptional holiday,” concludes Ragunanan.