Weekend Getaways

Whilst there is much to see and do in the city of your choice,it is always a good idea to get away for the occasional weekend. South Africa has a huge tourist industry catering for all interests. There are a great many places to go for a weekend priced to suit all pockets. There are several publications that specialise in country getaway places, but we list a few of the best below:

 

Golf

Sun City

21/2Hrs by car, two championship courses plus a lot more for the family

Sun International Central

Tel: 011 780 7800

 

Fancourt

Fly to George (11/2Hrs). World famous – four courses incl. The Links President’s Cup course

African Dreams Reservations

Tel: 0861 840 080

 

Drakensberg Gardens

Also fishing, hiking, horse riding, Plus health spa

Tel: 031 337 4222

Game/Bush

KwaMaritane

21/2Hrs from Jhb Big five Reserve, Luxury accommodation

Tel: 0861 840 080

 

Thornybush

4-5hrs by car or fly in. Luxury lowveld safari destination (Malaria area but much warmer in the highveld winter!)

Tel: 0861 840 080

 

Mhondoro Lodge

Welgevonden Private Reserve, Waterburg 3 Hrs from Jhb – Malaria free, Big Five – beautiful!

Tel:  011 678 0410

 

Motswiri Safari Lodge

Madikwe Game Reserve (76,500 Ha) , NW Province, approx 41/2 hrs from Jhb

Tel:  011 315 6194

 

Classic Safari Camps of Africa

Portfolio of upmarket safari camps from East to South Africa

www.classicsafaricamps.com

021 558 0440

Pauline@classicsafaricamps.com

 

Hermanus

Best land-based whale watching in the world from August to November

Hermanus Tourism 028 312 2629

 

Drakensberg

Ardmore Guest Farm

4 hrs from Jhb. Home of unique and sought after Ardmore Pottery

Tel: 036 468 1314

 

 

The Nest

Opposite Ardmore, more upmarket

Tel: 036 468 1068

 

Hartford House

Near Mooi River 3 Hrs from Jhb. Amid thoroughbred horse country – beautiful house and good food

Tel: 033 263 2713

Battle Fields

Fugitives Drift

Battlefield tours to Rorkes Drift and Isandlwana – unforgettable for those with an interest in the colonial history of SA

Tel: 034 642 1843

 

 

 

 

Relax

Dawsons Game & Trout Lodge

Luxurious, fishing, hiking, riding, 4+hrs from Jhb

Tel: 017 944 1900

 

The Post House, Greyton

A charming village an hour & a half from Cape Town

www.posthouse.co.za

Tel:  028 254 9995

 

Arniston

Picture postcard Cape fishing village, a couple of hours drive from Cape Town

www.arniston.co.za

 

Franschhoek

Lots of places to stay and eat in this little piece of France in the Cape.

www.franschoek.org.za

Tel:  021 876 3603

 

Polana Hotel, Maputo

Great night-life in an interesting city

www.polana-hotel.com

Tel:  011 465 0808

 

Jatinga Lodge, White River

Apparently fabulous food about 4-5 hours from Joburg

www.jatinga.co.za

Tel:  013 751 5059

High Adrenalin Activities

Valley of a Thousand Hills with Wings

Flying of all sorts in one of KZN’s more picturesque places

www.skyadventures.co.za

073 334 7911

 

Ponta Mamoli, Mozambique

Scuba dive the Pinnacles – one of the best shark dive sites in Africa

www.pontamamoli.com

Tel:  011 444 3260

 

Bloukranz

Bungee off one of the highest bridges in the world (216 metres or over 700 feet!). Close to Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, at the beginning of the Garden Route

www.uncoverthecape.co.za/extreme/bungy-bridge-jumping/face-adrenalin

 

Cage Diving Gansbaai & Cape Town

Cage diving with the great white sharks that frequent the Southern Cape coast.

www.sharkadventures.co.za (Cape Town)

www.sharkcagediving.co.za (Gansbaai, near Hermanus less than two hours from Cape Town)

 

  • Getaway, Out There and SA Country Life magazines (monthly)

  • Portfolio Collections – Country Places, Retreats Collection and Bed & Breakfast Collection.  Contact: 021 686 5400 or www.portfoliocollection.com

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