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:



Sun City

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

Sun International Central

Tel: 011 780 7800



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



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

Tel: 0861 840 080



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


021 558 0440




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

Hermanus Tourism 028 312 2629



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






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


Tel:  028 254 9995



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




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


Tel:  021 876 3603


Polana Hotel, Maputo

Great night-life in an interesting city


Tel:  011 465 0808


Jatinga Lodge, White River

Apparently fabulous food about 4-5 hours from Joburg


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


073 334 7911


Ponta Mamoli, Mozambique

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


Tel:  011 444 3260



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



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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