The Coronavirus has upturned our daily routines and for most of us, our travel plans. Social-distancing with our families is the current new norm and coupled with that, how to keep the kids occupied. As ambassadors for travel, South African Tourism is also responding to the challenge of travel, without leaving your home.

  1. Throwback to our childhood games

Go out into the backyard and teach your children the old school games that used to occupy your entire day as a child. It’s a great opportunity to go down memory lane and introduce them to Mokoko, Mogusha, Diketo or Dibeke. If you think you have a better chance at ousting your loved ones indoors, try out Morabaraba or Monopoly Mzansi, a South African take on the popular board game with familiar locations such as The Kruger Park, The V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain and Johannesburg’s Maboneng and Vilakazi Street. 

2. Try out some fun South African recipes

There is no better time than the present to bring out your inner Lorna Maseko or Lesego Semenya and try out some delicious home-grown recipes. And who better to assist than your little ones?  After all, messy play is the best play.  Download and try these recipes by our very own chefs as a start:

3. Grab some snacks and watch South African TV series and movies

Netflix is home to two great series with bona fide South African action heroes: Queen Sono starring Pearl Thusi and Shadow. If you have Showmax, there’s no shortage of great local and international entertainment to choose from. Should you really miss being at a big gathering, score yourself front row seats to a variety of weddings with Mzansi Magic’s Our Perfect Wedding, take it a step further and dress according to the wedding theme for extra fun. If you haven’t already seen them, you can also catch Kalushi: The story of Solomon Mahlangu and educate yourself and learning about ways to make sure that you manage Catching Feelings.  

4. When you can, take the time out for yourself 

After spending time with your kids, take some time for yourself. Dig into that book you’ve put off for months; Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, The World That Made Mandela by Luli Callinicos, and straight to To Quote Myself by Khaya Dlanga, are just some of the reads currently out in the market. If you’re looking to order new books, pre-order Jamil Khan’s Khamr: The makings of a Waterslams which details his journey of navigating life while living with an alcoholic father  and the direct conflict of having to perform a Muslim life that taught him that nearly everything he called home was forbidden. You can also try mindfulness exercises such as yoga or meditation – check out local choreographer Khabonina Qubeka’s KhaboYoga, and if you’re struggling with not being in the gym, keep your body fit at home with Juanita Khumalo.

5. Discover a world of young South African podcasters

If you’re looking to discover the world of young podcasters, there’s no better place to start than with Chica Travel Podcast by Lelo Boyana, take a journey around the world with Lelo as she hosts an array of young African travel experts to unearth the best conversations and experiences travel can offer. If you’re a young creative looking to connect with other creatives in and around South Africa, join Joe Human as he separates the Pioneers from the Pretenders with his podcast Pioneers vs Pretenders that highlights all things branding related, and if you’re looking to join the podcasting space while needing to be encouraged, empowered and educated in Africa on entrepreneurship & business, make your way to the MashStartUp podcast by MashStartUp, and if you’re looking to learn from one of South Africa’s best photographers, join Cyril Zuma as he unpacks the business of creativity with the B-Roll.

Gather the family around and join the hashtag #DontCancelPostpone by planning your next getaway to one of South Africa’s family-friendly experiences. From the coastal wonders of the Cape to the Drakensberg Mountains and urban Johannesburg, there’s something for everyone to look forward to. Take a look at all the things you can do in and around Johannesburg here

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