The finest holiday staycations for Joburgers avoiding the great migration

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Cape Town - The holidays are the best time to get out of the city, find some inner zen and explore the beautiful areas beyond Johannesburg.

However, December often spells large crowds and long queues... 

If you're a lover of your own personal space, and hate being amid thousands of people (as in the great migration that often happens towards the coastal parts of SA), we suggest you opt for a peaceful staycation in Jozie this year. 

Traveller24 has put together a list of holiday accommodation in and around Johannesburg, proving that you do not have to journey far to find something special. 


Luxury

1. African Vineyard Guest House - Kanoneiland Northern Cape

Traveller24 recommendation: This is a romantic getaway in the Northern Cape. The area is peaceful and lush. The rooms are decadent and owner, Elmarie is a delightful host. Visitors can enjoy the local art in the house, swim in the pool or bliss out with the in-house masseuse. 

Price point: From R680 per person sharing to R855 per person sharing. 

Contact details: Cell: +27 83 461 1724 (Reservations) or Cell: +27 71 607 4582 (Reservations) Email: elmariedeb@vodamail.co.za




2. Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge - Madikwe Game Reserve

Traveller24 recommendation: A safari getaway in the heart of the Madikwe Game Reserve will definitely include lots of wildlife and crimson sunsets. Expect to see the Big Five in their natural environment, go on a free midnight walk, and enjoy a once in a lifetime experience in a secluded space. 

Price point: R7 550 per person sharing. Children between the ages of ten and sixteen pay R3 775 per night. 

Contact details: Visit their website on www.madikwehills.com email: reservations@madikwehills.com Telephone: +27 (0)11 781 5431




3. Thorny Bush Luxury Game Lodge - Mpumalanga

Traveller24 recommendation: This five-star lodge has its own spa, plunge pools and Jacuzzis for those in need of some pampering. Relax and know that your every need will be catered to in the heavenly space. 

Price point: From R6 207 per person sharing to R6 813 per person sharing. Children ages two to five R1 703 and ages six to eleven R3 407 

Contact details: Telephone: +27 11 253 6500 Email: sales@thornybush.co.za



4. Glenshiel Country House Limpopo Airbnb - Polokwane

Traveller24 recommendation: A truly unique home in the heart of the North West will leave you feeling tucked away and off the beaten track. It is stylish and modern, offers a personal assistant for your stay, free internet, apple mac computers and a twenty four hour security guard. This beautiful country home with its manicured gardens boasts four bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, two lounges, indoor swimming pool with formal dining room, conservatory, sauna and two Jacuzzi’s. 

NOTE: This is an Airbnb listing, which means it will be booked soon. There are, however, many more affordable options in the North West on Airbnb available during the festive season. 

Price point: R28 495 per night. It sleeps six people with 5 beds. 

Contact details: View the listing here and contact the home owner through Airbnb. 

Glenshiel Country House in Polokwane

House in Polokwane, South Africa. We are proud to present one of the most exclusive properties in the Limpopo province, a mere 35 min drive away from the Peter Mokaba soccer stadium in Polokwane. This house boasts 1500 m2 of sheer luxury on a 200 ha farm, set in the natural... View all listings in Polokwane



5. Molori Safari Lodge - Madikwe Nature Reserve

Traveller24 recommendation: This is a five-suite lodge surrounded by 75 000 hectares of nature and wildlife. You have the choice of one of five unique suites that offer Activities include game drives, wild dog tracking, bush walks, super seven by night, rhino tagging and stargazing. Wellness activities include spa treatments, a sauna and steam room, heated spa baths, plunge pools and private swimming pools. There is also a junior ranger programme for children to enjoy, culinary classes and an array of dining experiences to choose from to make your staycation a happy one. 

Price point: You can purchase various packages at Molori. The starting packages are from R11 275 per person and a single supplement is R5 450.

Contact details: Call +27 82 328 4161 or email: lodge@molorisafari.com

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6. River House - Magaliesburg

Traveller24 recommendation: If you are looking for opulence in a home-like space, this is the place for you. This is your chance to get up close and personal with nature. Your private safari lodge is a gated property set high in the trees of the Madikwe Game Reserve in Morukuru. Guests can plan their own itinerary or draw on the knowledge of private staff – a butler, chef, children’s nanny, ranger and tracker – to make the most of your unique bushveld experience.

NOTE: This is an Airbnb listing, which means it will be booked soon. There are, however, many more affordable options in the North West on Airbnb available during the festive season. 

Price point: R 32 022 per night. Sleeps six people with four bedrooms. 

Contact details: View the listing here and contact the home owner through Airbnb. 

River House: 111837 in Magaliesburg

Villa in Magaliesburg, South Africa. The perfect antidote to the stress of modern life, River House gives you an unforgettable chance to get up close and personal with nature. Your private safari lodge is a gated property set high in the trees of the Madikwe Game Reserve in Morukuru.... View all listings in Magaliesburg



Budget/Self catering

7. The Banister Hotel - Braamfontein

Traveller24 recommendation: This is a fun way to stay in the city and relax in a cool and urban setting. Appealing to the trendsetters and high flyers of Braamfontein be sure to party till the early hours of the morning but find your peace and calm in this little getaway. It is perfect for solo travellers and couples. 

Price point: From R625 to R725 per unit. 

Contact details: Tel: +27 (0)11 403 6888 / 7888 or Email: reservations@bannisterhotel.co.za




8. The 12 Decades Hotel - Maboneng

Traveller24 recommendation: A funky place to stay for the festive season. The hotel plays host to rooms that are designed and conceptualised by some of South Africa’s most celebrated artists. It is colourful and has the perfect dose of hipster for any city lover. Relax and enjoy their inhouse yoga and spa treatments before a night on the town. 

Price point: From R900 per night per person. Long stays of no less than thirty days in R14 610 per month. 

Contact details: Reservations: 0861 226 787 or Email: reservations@urbanhiphotels.com

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9. Morrels Boutique guesthouse - Northcliff

Traveller24 recommendation: If you are wanting to celebrate something special this holiday, you have found the right place. Enjoy sweet music in the piano bar, tour the rose garden and visit their famous French trinket shop.

Price point: Prices range from R2500 per person per night to R3400 per couple per night. 

Contact details: View the listing here and contact 


Relax in a piece of heaven - Vaal Marina

Traveller24 recommendation:

NOTE: This is an Airbnb listing, which means it will be booked soon. There are, however, many more affordable options in the North West on Airbnb available during the festive season. 

Price point: R1 605 per night for the entire 8 sleeper house. It has three bedrooms and six beds.

Contact details: View the listing here and contact the home owner through Airbnb. 

Relax in a piece of heaven - Houses for Rent

House in Vaal Marina, South Africa. Wake up to the sound of birds and a stunning view of the water from the main bedroom. You can just read, go for a walk or get active on the water in a canoe or paddle ski. You will go home feeling re-energised and relaxed. View all listings in Vaal Marina



10. Cosy stone cottage - Bloemhof

Traveller24 recommendation: For those who enjoy small and cosy, this is a fine choice. It is perfect for the whole family and overlooks the gorgeous Vaal River. 

NOTE: This is an Airbnb listing, which means it will be booked soon. There are, however, many more affordable options in the North West on Airbnb available during the festive season. 

Price point: R495 per night.  Sleeps 5. Two bedrooms with en suite shower and toilet each

Contact details: View the listing here and contact the home owner through Airbnb. 

Cosy stone cottage Vaal River bank in Bloemhof

House in Bloemhof, South Africa. Charming Stone cottage with natural brick finishes inside offers fully equipped simple living close to nature. Two bedrooms with en suite shower and toilet each. Huge Trees, swimming pool, dstv, aircon, boma and lovely river view and breathtaking... View all listings in Bloemhof


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