Experience local tourism with The Saunter – GET IT – Ballito Umhlanga

Author: James Anderson

The Saunter, a Midlands Meander style tour of KZN, is hoping to grow local tourism by showing off the beauty of the province and the talent of local creatives.

The Saunter was launched on January 27 at The Gallery at Lifestyle Centre where the artists featured on the trail had their work on exhibit.

The artists are central to the birth of The Saunter and all of their studios will be featured on the trail.

Ballito resident Cheryl Lefevre said the idea was born from a desire to celebrate local creatives.

“It started out as a strange idea. I had seen South African artists featured in galleries around the world, but often unknown in their own community,” said Lefevre.

The Saunter has grown to feature a variety of guesthouses, eateries and other culturally significant areas such as battlefields across the province.

“You can’t just say, ‘I want to be on The Saunter’. All inclusions were checked anonymously by me or my team to ensure the highest quality.”

Nicole Pletts with some of her paintings at the Saunter launch.

There is a nominal fee for those included on website, but it is for operational costs only, and Lefevre intends to register it as a non-profit soon.

With international travel impossible at the moment, the launch came at the perfect time for those who want to find ideas to holiday locally.

“Instead of going overseas or spending a weekend in the Cape, we wanted to showcase the variety of weekend opportunities all within driving distance of Durban.”

Anne Schwankhart and Brenda Kuhn, two of the artists whose work was on exhibition at the Lifestyle Gallery.

The furthest town that The Saunter currently includes is Clarens in the Free State which is a four-and-a-half hour drive from Durban.

Everything else is within that distance and reachable for a day trip or weekend alike.

Although the focus has been to generate awareness for local beauty and experiences, the Western Cape will also soon be added to the regions on The Saunter.

“We want to give a roadmap for people who choose to experience our beautiful province and country while supporting those who call it home.”

To view the locations on The Saunter, be sure to visit their Facebook page and thesaunter.co.za to find out more.

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