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3 Great weekend getaways near Johannesburg

The weather is warmer and a lot of us are looking to get away from our everyday lives and go somewhere new. If you’re in the mood for a weekend break, have a look through our list of great towns not too far from Johannesburg. There’s something for everyone wanting to get away from the city for a quick break.

Parys

Parys is a little (and largely underrated) small town in the northern Free State, just over an hour’s drive from Johannesburg. Although named after the French “city of love”, it’s certainly no Paris. But what it lacks in romance and beautiful rivers, it more than makes up for in unforgettable experiences. Parys is your ultimate weekend getaway spot set against the mighty Vaal River and Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site (the largest meteorite impact site on earth).

Hartbeespoort

Hartbeespoort is a small holiday town located in the North East of the North West Province on the route to Sun City and is within an hours’ travel from the greater Gauteng area. Not only is it less than an hour drive from Pretoria or Johannesburg, the weather all year round is probably the best in the world, and unlike most of the major holiday destinations where you end up back in the city, you are out in an idyllic bushveld setting where majestic Magaliesburg mountains add to the breathtaking beauty of the area. Discover this best kept secret and find yourself “Close to the city out of this world”.

Magaliesburg

Take a leisurely drive westward from the bustle of Johannesburg or Pretoria and within an hour you will discover a place that will enchant you. Magaliesburg is a small village that lies at the heart of a beautiful region of mountains, valleys, rivers and indigenous woodland – home to a variety of birds. You will also find a wealth of hospitality – country guest houses, hotels, lodges, stores, art and craft studios, working farms, horse, mountain bike trails and much more.

South Africa is a dream travel destination, there’s no doubt. Scattered throughout the country’s vast and spectacular landscapes lie numerous quirky little towns filled with interesting buildings, stories and people. If you’re looking for a little getaway away from the big city, make sure you visit one of these lovely towns in South Africa.

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