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Dates, Tips & Trip Ideas for Easter 2016

Monday 15 February 2016

We want you to have an amazing time during the March/April holiday season so we’ve done the following:

  • Outlined all the important dates.
  • Listed popular small towns in South Africa.
  • Gave basic directions to memorable pit stop spots. 
  • Mentioned a few fun and healthy snack ideas for (long and short) trips in the car.



Easter 2016: Must-know Dates
It’s safe to say that almost everyone looks forward to the March/April public holidays which fall within 2016’s first school holiday. So, let’s take a look at all the dates so you can start planning. 


2016 Public Holidays 


21 March


Human Rights Day

Public Holiday

25 March


Good Friday

Public Holiday

26 March


Holy Saturday


27 March


Easter Sunday


28 March


Family Day

Public Holiday

TIP: If you request leave from 22 March to 24 March can enjoy a 9-day holiday!


2016 School Holidays for All Provinces
Schools will be closed from 19 March – 4 April 2016 for Coastal Provinces (Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Cape & Eastern Cape) as well as Inland Provinces (Gauteng, Free State, Mpumalanga, North West & Limpopo).
Based on the dates, all learners will enjoy 17 days off after the first school term.


Popular Small Towns
In alphabetical order:




In the foothills of the Maluti Mountains, Free State. 



Coffee Bay

Wild Coast, Eastern Cape (+/-250 km South of Durban).

Dullstroom (Emnotweni)

Small town in Mpumalanga (and a top fly fishing destination).



Small town in Western Cape (+/-75 km from Cape Town).



Gariep Dam

Near Norvalspont, Free State.



“Gem of the Karoo”, Eastern Cape.



Overberg, Western Cape.




Town in the Amathole Mountains, Eastern Cape.


On the banks of the Orange River, Northern Cape.


Western Little Karoo, Western Cape (+/- 180 km from Cape Town).




Village at the foot of the Sneeuberge, Western Cape (+/- 50 km from Graaff-Reinet).



In Namakwa District on the Bokkeveld Escarpment, Northern Cape.


Nottingham Road
KwaZulu-Natal (19 km South of Mooi River / 59 km North-west of Pietermaritzburg).



Pilgrim’s Rest

A provincial heritage site in Mpumalanga.


Port St. Johns
Situated at the mouth of the Umzimvubu River, Wild Coast, Eastern Cape

Prince Albert

On the southern edge of the Great Karoo, at the foot of the Swartberg Mountain, Western Cape.




One of South Africa’s oldest towns, situated in the Western Cape (+/- 80 km north-east of Cape Town).



Forestry Town, Banks of the Sabie River, Mpumalanga.


St. Lucia

Settlement in Umkhanyakude, KwaZulu-Natal.




Western Roggeveld Mountains, Karoo, Northern Cape.



Located in the "Land van Waveren" mountain basin, Western Cape.



Mzimkulu River Valley, KwaZulu-Natal.




Overberg Region, Western Cape.


Garden Route Seaside Town, Western Cape.




Memorable Pit Stops



Western Cape

Elgin Valley: Peregrine Farm Stall: 

N2 & R321 Intersection



Mac Bananas Farm Stall: Along South Coast on R61 Between Palm Beach & Munster

Northern Cape

Ouma Miemie’s Farm Stall: Main Road, Kenhardt

Free State

Constantia Cherry Farm Stall: 

R26 between Fricksburg & Clocolan


Eastern Cape

Nanaga Farm Stall: 

Where N2, R10 & R72 Meet

North West

Jasmyn Farm Stall: 

R511 Just Outside Hartbeespoort



Coach House Confectionary Farm Stall: 

Old Coach Road, Agatha, Tzaneen




Snack Ideas

Keep it fun, healthy and practical this holiday with these snack ideas:  



Celery Sticks Dipped in Peanut Butter


Fresh Bananas & Strawberries

Berries, Nuts, Raisins & Dried Fruit

Flavoured Water & Diluted Fruit Juice


Snack Bars, Trail Mix & Flavoured Milk

Cherry Tomatoes, Baby Carrots & Snap Peas with Hummus

Drinking Yoghurt or Yoghurt Cups


Cold Meats, Cheese

& Cucumber

Pretzels, Crackers & Cream Cheese 

Oatmeal Cookies & Milk


Sandwiches & Wraps

Boiled Eggs & Mayo 


Enjoy your holiday 


P.S. Don’t forget to pack wet wipes and waste bags.



Sources: (Popular Small Towns List) (Additional Small Towns Info)