Vacation Tips

4 tips for vacationing during the festive season


The festive season is coming up quickly and it’s time to finally relax after a long and likely busy year. December is a time for good cheer and clearing your head from everyday life. This is why so many people choose to travel during this time. And if you’re one of those people who is wanting to go on vacation this December, here’s what you need to keep in mind.


Book ahead of time and double check your booking


As mentioned, many people choose to travel during this time, which is why you need to book your Clanwilliam accommodation as soon as possible. This is not the time of year when you can simply jump in your car and go on a roadtrip without any prior planning. It’s important that you have a place to stay and many accommodation spots fill up quickly during the festive season. You also need to double check your booking and arrival and departure times because, over time, people occasionally become confused and get their dates mixed up and that’s not something you want to happen. In addition to this, you’ll want to make sure your accommodation has everything you need.


Know exactly how long your trip to and from the hotel is going to take


You may already know you’re going to be staying at accommodation in Clanwilliam, but do you know exactly where it is? And how long the drive is going to take you? If you’re coming from the airport, have you arranged for transport and does the hotel know when you’ll be arriving? And if you’re driving from home, do you know how many kilometres the distance is? For example, Clanwilliam is 234 km from Cape Town and 855 km from Port Elizabeth. Of course, it’s important that you look up where the nearest petrol stations are so you know when and where you can stop along your journey.


Create a loose schedule


Look up activities, adventures (like the many local hiking spots) and events nearby your accommodation and find out what will be on offer in the vicinity of your accommodation. If you’re travelling with children, this is especially important as you will make sure that you can keep them occupied and they don’t become bored. However, you don’t want to be too strict with your schedule as you don’t want to feel restricted. This time is meant to help you relax and not have you hurrying from one activity to the next. So, simply have a loose schedule that you can take a look at every now and then, but don’t have your plans set in stone.


Make a list and check it twice


Packing is one of the most important parts of going on any trip. You won’t have the best time possible if you forget a vital item at home. So, make a list of what you need to pack and check it twice, once after you’ve packed and once the night before you leave. If you have medication which you need to take every day, make sure you have enough with you for an extra two days as you never know if your holiday may be extended for some reason, like, for instance, you’re having the time of your life and don’t want to leave. And even though places like Clanwilliam become hot during summer, you should also pack some warm clothing for the evenings and in case the weather changes drastically. Luckily for you, there are stores in Clanwilliam where you can purchase anything you may have forgotten.

Going on a vacation is the best way to spend your December holiday. However, it’s important that you’re fully prepared to ensure that everything goes smoothly. Looking to make a booking in Clanwilliam? Contact the Clanwilliam Hotel today to make sure you have an amazing vacation.

When it comes to things to do in Clanwilliam, you will not be left disappointed. Clanwilliam Hotel is a five-minute drive from the spectacular 18 km long Clanwilliam Dam where visitors can partake in a range of water sports, including the likes of water skiing, wakeboarding, parasailing and angling. Nature enthusiasts can enjoy sweeping vistas of flower scapes in the nearby Ramskop Nature Reserve which boasts over 200 indigenous species of wildflowers. Clanwilliam is on the Namaqualand flower route and is the ideal place to view the flowers in full bloom during the flower season in August and September.


Visitors can peruse Bushman Rock paintings, visit the local planetarium or hike to Pakhuis Pass. The Pass is just outside of town and has hiking routes for every kind of hiker, whether you’re a beginner or an expert. It boasts magnificent landscapes and is the gateway to Wupperthal – a Moravian mission village. Adrenaline junkies who don’t like to get their hair wet can indulge in the nearby Cederberg Mountains’ scenic 4×4, quad bike and mountain bike trails. And when you need refreshments, Clanwilliam is famous for cultivating Rooibos tea. The factory tour, along with a delicious cup of Rooibos tea, is recommended.