Short Getaways in South Africa
A short getaway is sometimes just what one needs to get a break from the everyday routine and recharge the body and mind for the rest of the year. No complicated planning or organisational hassles, it’s just pack and go adventuring to be enjoyed whenever the mood hits.
South Africa is filled with quick break-away locations just waiting for that odd long weekend or left-over leave time.
Weekend Safari Retreats
A safari weekend getaway in South Africa is perfect for those looking for a quick adventure in the bushveld. Magnificent settings, sweeping views and exciting game viewing are often close at hand and one can find a range of lodges and estates just two hours from Johannesburg. These weekend accommodation options include Entabeni Game Reserve, Yellow Wood Game Lodge and Witwater Safari Lodge & Spa.
The spectacular Waterberg wilderness area lies three hours north of Johannesburg where an unforgettable safari experience in a malaria-free game reserve can be found at the luxurious Makweti Safari Lodge, Mhondoro Game Lodge & Shibula Lodge & Bush Spa.
In the North West Province, weekend holiday goers can find a good mix of entertainment, history and game viewing. A rewarding safari approximately an hour’s drive from Johannesburg where Big Five game watching is abundant, the Pilanesberg National Park, home to the Ivory Tree Lodge.
Kedar Country Hotel, Conference Centre & Spa incorporates Kruger House, a museum displaying historic memorabilia only 20 minutes from Sun City.
Those looking for sun and surf also have a range of seaside retreats to choose from. Arniston is beautifully located between an azure Indian Ocean, a charming 200-year-old fishing village, magnificent sand dunes and pristine nature reserves. Visitors can arrange accommodation at the Arniston Hotel which internationally known as one of South Africa’s great getaways.
One can also experience a premier whale-watching location for the southern right whale or enjoy coastal walks with exquisite views in Hermanus. The town offers an array of eateries, upmarket shops and galleries. The Harbour House Hotel offers excellent views overlooking Walker Bay, perfect for a short break and within easy reach of Cape Town.
Weekend Nature Retreats
Getting back to nature is perfect for weekend getaway relaxation bliss. Beautiful mountainous and lakeside surroundings, nature drives, walks, swimming, rowing and helicopter flights can be found at the Zebra Country Lodge.
The De Hoop Nature Reserve offers a seaside getaway experience amidst a protected marine reserve. It is perfect for the active holiday goer as day walks, biking, horse riding and game drives are available or for a more sedate pace, one can laze on the beach or snorkel in rock pools.
Holiday makers can enjoy the sandy beaches of the De Hoop Nature Reserve as well as luxury living for six at the exquisitely restored Opstal Manor House.
Weekend safaris, sea-side breaks and nature retreats are just some of the short getaway ideas awaiting the weekend adventurer looking for the perfect quick break away in South Africa.
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