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What would Easters be with­out a short left? Those who planned ahead are ready to hit the road for the coast or in­land des­ti­na­tions.

If you are stay­ing put due to budget con­straints or poor plan­ning, you will be happy to know that South Africa’s favourite des­ti­na­tions – Cape Town and Dur­ban – can still ac­com­mo­date you and your fam­ily.

Ho­tels around Dur­ban are at a 70% oc­cu­pancy rate, which could mean cheaper prices for the re­main­ing rooms.

The same ap­plies to Cape Town, but En­ver Du­miny, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Cape Town Tourism, im­presses upon last-minute vis­i­tors to book quickly.

“For those vis­it­ing Cape Town for the Two Oceans Marathon, they may want to look for ac­com­mo­da­tion in the south­ern sub­urbs be­cause this is where the race starts. Those want­ing to be near the sea could look for ac­com­mo­da­tion in places such as Ta­ble View, Muizen­berg, Fish Hoek and Kom­metjie,” he says.

While Dur­ban’s ho­tel oc­cu­pancy rates are lower this Easter com­pared with last year, eThek­wini mayor Zandile Gumede is op­ti­mistic that this fig­ure will in­crease dur­ing the week.

“The head of Dur­ban tourism [Phillip Sit­hole] stated that over the Easter hol­i­days, the city es­ti­mates that 330 000 do­mes­tic overnight tourists and 20 000 for­eign overnight tourists will reach Dur­ban’s shores, bring­ing a to­tal of al­most 360 000 overnight vis­i­tors to the city,” she says. “An­other 100 000 day vis­i­tors are also ex­pected.” Gumede says Dur­ban is ready to cater for all hol­i­day mak­ers, from big spenders to budget watch­ers.

“We have ac­com­mo­da­tion avail­able in ho­tels, self­ca­ter­ing units, guest houses and B&Bs. Tsogo Sun, Protea Mar­riott, Hil­ton Dur­ban and ho­tels un­der the Aha Group have also in­di­cated that they still have ac­com­mo­da­tion avail­able,” she adds.

Chef Zanele van Zyl of Cook­ing with Zanele says host­ing guests for an Easter lunch should not empty your bank ac­count. A tasty, filling and sim­ple lunch should do, she says.

“I al­ways tell peo­ple to keep the food sim­ple and tasty. For less than R100, one can pre­pare a sim­ple lunch or din­ner for a fam­ily of six to eight.”

Van Zyl says the prob­lem with peo­ple is that they

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