Local destinations to consider for retirement travel

Posted on 20 May 2024 By Nomvelo Masango

Your retirement years are a time to relax, enjoy the fruits of your labour and visit the places you have always yearned to fully experience.

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South Africa is home to plenty of destinations which are ideal for retirees. These are just a few of them:

The Garden Route

The Garden Route boasts stunning coastal landscapes, vibrant marine life and lush forests. It has plenty of interesting experiences for retirees to enjoy. These include hiking or leisurely walks, boat rides and golfing. The coastal stretch in the Western Cape is also home to some of the country’s most pristine beaches. Places to consider include Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Wilderness. Moreover, the area is great for whale-watching and birding too.

Cape Town

Cape town beach

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Fondly known as ‘The Mother City’, Cape Town is a destination which has plenty in store for retirees. You can explore the iconic Table Mountain and enjoy some spectacular aerial views of the city. A number of pristine beaches also await, as does an interesting and informative encounter on Robben Island.

An experience in Cape Town is also the opportunity to indulge your tastebuds at any of the many restaurants. Moreover, relaxation and pampering await at the city’s world-class spas.


The KwaZulu-Natal province is a vibrant mixture of history, culture and unbelievably impressive natural beauty. There are a number of beautiful experiences in nature that you can enjoy. Spots to consider include Oribi Gorge where you can partake in some birdwatching and admire breathtaking scenery.

iSimangaliso Wetland Park (Image: Peter Kirk Media)

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is also a must-do, as there are amazing safari experiences which await. Additionally, the province is renowned for the wide range of restaurants it offers. As such, you can take your tastebuds on the culinary experience of a lifetime.


Also known as the ‘Place of the Rising Sun’, the Mpumalanga province is a lovely destination for retirees to explore. Enjoy the beauty of nature and wildlife at the Kruger National Park.

Kruger national park

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Indulge in stunning views at God’s Window. Visit the tranquil and relaxing town of Dullstroom where you can enjoy some horse-riding and fishing. There are also cultural experiences to explore, so be sure to visit the province’s cultural villages such as the Shangana Cultural Village, as well as the colourful Ndebele villages.

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