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Still time to plan

All the large hotels groups are offering holiday packages and it's worth phoning around to see what's available. Farm stays, self-catering accommodation, and B&B's are an attractive option and for a family, they're ideal.

If you have still made no plans, find a map, circle some towns or villages and phone the publicity offices of those places asking them to recommend suitable accommodation for you and your family.

You'll be surprised at what's still available.

Provincial tourism offices can also helping making holiday suggestions.

The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism , South Africa Tourism, and the country's nine Provincial Tourism Authorities, have just launched a TV domestic marketing campaign aimed at encouraging mass travel within South Africa .

Called Shot' Left, the 13 week campaign is aimed at families, young South Africans who they identify as having the financial resources, but as yet, have never travelled.

Travel Editor CAROL LAZAR offers some last minute ideas for holiday getaways

The holidays are nearly here and you want to get away for a few day s but you've left it to the last minute.

If you are a do-it-yourself camper or caravanner, you won't have a problem. It's always relatively easy to find a place to pitch your tent at the last minute.

Although the more popular resorts may be heavily booked, it's always worth giving them a ring as cancellations happen at the last minute. Check out advertisers on the Travel pages to see some of the holiday bargains still available.

The advantage about living in Gauteng is that we are centrally positioned. We can drive to the coast, to neighboring countries, to the bush and inland with relative case. I mean, imagine being stuck down in Cape Town , Every journey is a mission.

KwaZulu-Natal is always popular with Gautengers and Durban offers a range of hotels from 5-star to budget. It's still possible to find accommodation at affordable prices such as the Parade Hotel (R180 per person sharing), the Albany (R199 per person sharing).

USEFUL NUMBERS:

South African Tourism: 01395-3000, e-mail: info@southafrica.net or web: www.southafrica.net

They will be able to suggest destinations throughout South Africa and give you the numbers of the publicity offices.

……If you don't have a car and want to get from city to city – think bus. The Baz Bus (primarily for backpackers, but an extremely affordable way to get around): 021-439-2323, e-mail: info@bazbus.com and website: www.bazbus.com …..

 
 
 
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