Weekend Escapes close to SA's major cities

2014-03-18 10:13
The long weekend is coming up (and so are the Easter holidays– you can never plan too early) so what better way than to give you a list of some beautiful getaways that are not too far from your city.

This list covers majority of the provinces, and also suites families as well as couples/friends so take time to scroll through our hot picks.

While you're at it, you can also check out our list of five romantic weekend escapes, as well as our top five forest hikes, to make sure you have more than enough to choose from, while planning for your weekend getaway.

Cape Town

1.    Meerendal Wine Estate, Durbanville
Distance: 20 minute drive from Cape Town
Perfect for: Family outing, couples retreat

Situated along the Tygerberg hills, Meerendal Wine Estate is the perfect getaway location as it is only 20 minutes away from Cape Town. With an array of activities on offer, this wine estate is a perfect choice for not only a family getaway, but a quiet, beautiful couples retreat.

•    Wine tasting
•    Mountain biking

Contact details: Tel. 021 975 1655021 975 1655 

(Villa di Baia)

2.    Villa di Baia, Walker Bay, Stanford
Distance: 2 hour 16 min drive from Cape Town
Perfect for: family adventure

Overlooking Walker Bay and Hangklip, Villa di Baia offers luxury accommodation for families or couples. Villa di Baia is sure to entertain every member of the family as the activities you and your family can get involved in are endless.   
•    Villas with modern kitchen and fireplace
•    Private gardens
•    Ideal for special occasions
•    Access to private beach
•    Whale watching (in season)
•    Shark viewing and cage diving
•    Golfing
•    Bird watching
•    Sailing
•    Quad biking
•    Horse riding
•    Cycling and Mountain biking

Contact details:  082 336 1573082 336 1573/ Email. info@villadibaia.co.za


(High Rocks Beach House)

High Rocks Beach House
Distance: 35 minute drive from Durban
Perfect for: family retreat, couples retreat

The High Rocks Beach House on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, sets the scene for a perfect family getaway adventure. The half acre land gives you allowance to pitch a tent or have a braai. It might be nearby a protected beach, but it certainly will make your long weekend worthwhile.

•    Croc Farm
•    Golf Courses
•    Mountain bike
•    Snorkelling
•    Spearfishing
•    Bathing
•    Body Surfing and body boarding
•    Surfing
•    Kite surfing
•    River and Surf fishing

Contact details:  082 552 6112/ juliantaylor@vodamail.co.za

2.     Nkwazi Lake Lodge
Distance: 3 hour 15 minute drive from Durban
Perfect for:  couples retreat, family adventure

The fully catered lodge is set on a cliff overlooking the Pongolapoort dam. Breathtaking views, an array of activities, as well as beautifully decorated lodges are what Nkwazi Lake Lodge will give you.

•    Mini bar fridge
•    Tea and coffee facilities
•    Private verandas
•    Tiger fishing
•    Game drives
•    Bush walks
•    Health spa
•    River cruises
•    Canoeing

Contact details:
  034 435 1123


(Three Oaks and An Aloe Resort)

1.    Three Oaks and An Aloe Resort
Distance: 45 minute drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria
Perfect for: Couples retreat

Four Star resort Three Oaks and An Aloe Resort in Hartebeespoort is known to be a romantic escape. Having a perfect view of the Harteebeespoort Dam as well as having access to beautiful large gardens, paints the scene for a quiet and secluded romantic mood.

•    Optional extras such as: romantic room arrivals and private dinners
•    Free internet access
•    Late check-ins
•    Breakfast on the go
•    Large gardens
•    Swimming pool
•    Fully licensed bar

Contact details:   073 502 3320/ info@3oa.co.za

2.    Stirling Manor Boutique Guest House
Distance: 45 minute drive from Johannesburg
Perfect for: family outing, couple outing

Elegance is the name of the game at Stirling Manour Boutique Guest House. This guest house combines elegance and simplicity in one space, and is also child friendly (unfortunately not pet friendly).

•    Pool Access
•    Telephone
•    Wireless internet
•    Bar Access
•    Comfortable lounge area
•    Fireplaces in bar, dining room and lounge
•    On site parking
•    Dam views from common areas
•    Braai area
•    Bonus: children under 12 stay for free
•    Water sports
•    Hikes
•    Bird watching

Contact details: 012 253 2532/ info@stirling-manor.com

Port Elizabeth

(Oyster Box Beach House)

1.    Oyster Box Beach House, Kenton-on-Sea
Distance: 1 hour 24 minute drive from Port Elizabeth
Perfect for: family holiday, couples retreat

Located on the Eastern Cape Coast, this luxury villa accommodation promises to house your every holiday need. Views, ocean, tranquil mood, as well as the best service are what will make your stay at Oyster Box Beach House worthwhile.

•    Luxury furnishings
•    Swimming pool,
•    Plasma TV's with DVD and Satellite TV
•    Wireless Internet throughout the house
•    Local telephone access
•    iPod docking stations
•    Built -in BBQ area and separate free-standing Weber BBQ
•    Large undercover outdoor deck with dining facilities
•    Stocked wine and beer fridge – local quality South African beer and wines
•    Lock up parking for 2 cars
•    Washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher
•    Fully equipped kitchen with full sized fridge, chest freezer, microwave and water cooler
•    Outdoor shower
•    Breakfast and Dinners available on request

Contact details: 072 1594 805/  Email: louise@theoysterboxbeachhouse.co.za

2.    Colonel Graham Guest House, Grahamstown
Distance: 1 hour 24 minute drive from Port Elizabeth
Perfect for: Family escape, couples retreat, solo trip

Situated in what is also known the City of Saints (Grahamstown), Colonel Guest House is the perfect weekend getaway, in the heart of a small, and sometimes quiet town. Everything is within a walking distance, and there are plenty of sightseeing tours that can be arranged directly with the guest house.

•    Tranquil private gardens
•    Swimming pool
•    Two undercover/braai/barbeque areas

Contact details: 046 622 2274


1.    Otterskloof Private Game Reserve

Distance: 2 hour 34 minute drive from Bloemfontein
Perfect for: family outing

Acclaimed “Jewel of the Free State”, Otterskloof Private Game Reserve is situated on the border of the Northern Cape and the Free State. Its game species includes Roan, Sable, Giraffe and Buffalo. Otterskloof also offers luxury accommodation, close wildlife experiences as well as a beautiful environment. 

•    Veld Braai
•    Self Drives (soon to open)
•    Night Drives
•    4x4 (organised and supervised)
•    Kayaking
•    Mountain Biking
•    Trail Running
•    Camping (opening soon)
•    Team Building
•    Bird Watching
•    Game drives
•    Fishing
•    Hiking
•    Lion viewing (by prior arrangement)

Bonus: The ranger and tracker services offered during safari tours ranks amongst the best in central South Africa.

Contact details: 051 773 7017/ info@ottersklof.com

(A Dams View)

A Dams View, Free State
Distance: 1 hour 54 minute drive from Bloemfontein
Perfect for: couples retreat, family outing

Situated along the N1, A Dams View offers stylish accommodation at affordable rates. The Gariep dam can be seen from almost every area of the lodge.  A Dams View also guarantees peace and quiet at this beautiful location, making it the perfect spot to escape from the daily hustle and bustle of busy cities.

•    Spa baths
•    Luxury accommodation
•    Fire place
•    Braai and garden area

Contact details: 082 622 3366/ Email: stay@adamsview.co.za


1.    Timamoon Lodge, Mpumalanga
Distance: 54 minute drive from Nelspruit
Perfect for: couple getaway, family outing

Dubbed “the most sexiest lodge on the planet”, Timamoon is described as a hideaway between Sabie and the Kruger. The lodge has a Moroccan and Zanzibar theme to it. Superb food is served by renowned chefs in an exotic candle-lit restaurant. It is also close to renowned landmarks Kruger Park, Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window.


•    Yoga
•    Horseriding
•    Hot air balloon
•    Bird watching

2.   Djuma Private Game Reserve
Distance: 52 minute drive from Nelspruit
Perfect for: family adventure

The Djuma Private Game Reserve in the Kruger National Park is perfect because it gives you two of the best accommodation options. You can choose from the main building chalet, family chalet from both the Vuyatela Lodge and Galago Lodge.
•    Morning and evening game drives
•    Bushwalks

Contact details: 013 735 5555/ reservations@djuma.co.za


(Thabamonate Lodge)

1.    Thabamonate Lodge
Distance: 1 hour 48 minute drive from Polokwane
Perfect for: family outing

Thaba Monate is situated in Bela Bela. It boasts year-long sunshine and warm weather. Thaba Monate offers fully equipped luxury self catering chalets in secluded areas, and also provides caravan and camping sites  - giving you many great options to tailor make your own weekend getaway.

•    Swimming pool
•    Braai facilities
•    Shop in resort
•    stands for tents
•    conference facilities
•    childrens play area
•    recreation room
•    4x4 Routes
•    Outdoor Chess
•    Tennis Court
•    Kids Water Slide
•    Mini Golf
•    Volleyball
•    Petting Zoo
•    Games Room

Contact details: 083 808 5354

2.    Zebula House, Limpopo

(Zebula House)

Distance: 2 hour drive from Polokwane
Perfect for: Family outing

Zebula House, situated outside Bela Bela is a cute, quiet house situated on a golf estate. It allows families to book the house out and also gives you access to activities such as golfing and hiking. If you’re looking for a mini family getaway, this is the house for you.

•    TV with Dstv and DVD player
•    Fully Equipped Kitchen
•    Pool Table
•    Air Conditioning
•    Fireplace
•    Fully Serviced
•    Boma braai Area
•    Swimming Pool
•    Gas Braai
•    Golf
•    Archery
•    hiking

Contact details: 082 404 7612/ monique@zebulahouse33.co.za

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