Gauteng is a beautiful and diverse province with an eclectic culture that accommodates anyone and everyone. A weekend getaway is a great way to have a break and replenish spent energies. If you find yourself looking for a break from a hectic week, have a look at our list of great getaways to visit around Gauteng.
Mongena Game Lodge, Dinokeng Game Reserve
There’s a lot to do on this reserve north of Pretoria. Mongena’s game drives are excellent and you can get to see some of the Big Five. Elephant’s often come to drink at the large dam. Sunset boat cruises are also offered, if the water levels on Mongena’s own 28-hectare lake are sufficient, and they’re a must for photographers – look out for Fish Eagles. The camp itself is not large but is ideal if you simply want to relax. There’s a pool for the kids and the Kingfisher à la carte restaurant, which overlooks a small dam, is perfect for long, lazy lunches or afternoon tea.
The industrial city of Vanderbijlpark is a beautiful place to spend a weekend getaway. The city was named after scientist Dr. HJ van der Bijl, who was tasked with helping the industrial development of South Africa. While Vanderbijlpark is known as one of the industrial centres of Gauteng, the beautiful and tranquil natural surroundings are one of the main draws for travellers.The streets are lined with a large number of beautiful green trees and the enormous Vaal River is great for those who love to do water-based activities.
Thirsty Falls Guest Farm, Magaliesberg
Switch off all your devices, close your eyes and take in the hundreds of frog croaks and cricket stridulations that welcome you to this remote spot. Open your eyes and view the splendour that is the Magaliesberg Biosphere with the overwhelming presence of the Magalies mountains behind you. Stay in a fully equipped self-catering studio, or one of the bigger cottages dotted around the farm and far away from each other to offer complete privacy. All rooms lead out to patios with stunning views. No children under 14 are allowed, so you are assured a peaceful stay, except for the squeaks of the Black Sunbird. The natural pool and beautiful garden provide wonderful relaxation, but there are several trails for people who seek more activity.
Also known as ‘Harties’, Hartbeespoort is a small resort town situated on the slopes of the Magaliesburg Mountains and the banks of the Hartbeespoort Dam. The dam is very popular among visitors and the wide variety of holiday homes make it a great place to escape from the busy city. The scenery of the surroundings is too beautiful to ignore, so many travellers enjoy a scenic drive through and around the town to take it all in. Water sports can be enjoyed along the dam, and beautiful birds can be seen in the local bird sanctuary. Many local restaurants serve up delicious traditional South African dishes of a wide variety that everyone can enjoy.
There are many places for the perfect weekend getaway in Gauteng. Make sure you visit the spots on our list for an amazing weekend!
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