We really like the idea of putting the “Get” back into Getaway. It’s a wonderfully creative way to receive an unforgettable gift, and if it’s given for two, the giver gets to have as much luck for their buck as the recipient. It’s a win-win, for sure. Also, there’s no wrapping, no exchanging, no “oh, what a pity, I already have one”, isn’t that quite appealing?

So see if any of these ideas takes your fancy, from the sublime to the ridulously inexpensive (all while stocks last, of course) …

THE TRULY SUBLIME SAFARI, and this one’s just for South Africans: Stay at the exclusive Chitwa Chitwa in the Sabi Sands at a discounted R2875 per person per night sharing. Seeing is actually believing, but let’s just say this lodge has what’s arguably the most brilliant setting in the Sabi Sands, right beside a huge lake where animals come and go all the time. The pooldeck puts you right there. Rate includes all meals, game viewing and teas & coffees. Book within 14 days of travel to qualify. Valid until 31 December 2011. Mail us to book.

ANOTHER SUPER-SUBLIME NATURE EXTRAVAGANZA – but not too pricey – from Exclusive Getaways: the ultra-luxurious Gorge Game Lodge & Spa perched at the top of the magnificent Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal is going for R1063 to R1403 per person per night sharing (normal rates R1250 to 1650) and R2890 per person per night sharing on a minimum of a 3 night stay, bed and breakfast. Book and pay by EFT within 5 days (subject to travel date) to qualify. Valid for travel until 15 January 2012. Mail us to book.

A STUNNER-SAFARI AT AMAZINGLY GOOD RATE: Tau Game Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve is on offer for only R2415 per person per night sharing, including three meals (and they’re delicious feasts, be assured of that) and two game drives per day. Valid until 19 December 2011 and then again 6 January – 30 September 2012. Mail us to book.

A WONDERFUL GIFT OF ROMANCE is the Exclusive Getaways festive saver at Highgrove House in Hazyview. Enjoy a really good discounted rate of R1730 in a Luxury Suite per person per night sharing (normal rate R2035) and R2057 in an Orchard Suite per person per night sharing, bed and breakfast (normal rate R2420) . Book and pay by EFT within 5 days (subject to travel date) to qualify. Valid until 15 January 2012. Mail us to book.

EASY-ON-THE-POCKET: give a stayover at Kedar Country Hotel between Rustenberg and Sun City.  For just R853 per person per night sharing you can stay in a Deluxe Room and enjoy the countryside in ease and comfort. Rate includes dinner, breakfast, one game drive and a visit to the Paul Kruger Museum. Valid for travel until 15 January 2012. Mail us to book.

Last, but by no means least, THE RIDUCULOUSLY INEXPENSIVE … Exclusive Getaways offers you the Fairview Festive Season Saver at The Crags on the Garden Route. Enjoy an amazing discounted rate from R340 to R680 per person per night sharing on bed and breakfast (normal rate from R400 to R800). Book and pay by EFT within 5 days (subject to travel date) to qualify. Valid for travel until 15 January 2012. Please note there’s quite a steep staircase here, so it’s not recommended for people who wouldn’t be easy with that. Mail us to book.

Call us if you prefer, on 0860 102 907 (local) or +27 21 797-7122 (international). Wishing you safe and fabulous travels over the festive season.