With so much that has been going on this year, you might feel it’s a good time to take a break… Whether you travel to the rugged coastline of the Eastern Cape or the secluded wilderness of Magoebaskloof, there are tons of things to see and do in South Africa. Here are some awesome local weekend escapes.
What better way to spend the weekend than relaxing in lush vineyards with a glass of wine in hand? Less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, Stellenbosch offers a leafy escape from the city, along with plenty of stunning wine farms, gourmet eateries and outdoor adventure activities to explore. Experience the best of Stellenbosch at The Spier Hotel, one of South Africa's oldest wine farms, with its stylish rooms, delicious picnics, sumptuous spa, Segway tours and much more.
Zimbali, North Coast
You can’t get more exclusive, or beautiful than Zimbali, a magnificent estate on the northern KZN coastline that offers every type of luxury and facility. It ticks all the boxes – it’s close to King Shaka Airport (16km), the lively resort town of Ballito is 5 minutes away, and Durban is less than half an hour, meaning that every stunning KZN attraction is within reach. Aside from a superb stretch of private beach, Zimbali offers numerous facilities, including a renowned golf course, spa, health club and Kids Club. Of course, it’s a five-star hotel, so dining and accommodation is exceptional.
Just under two hours' drive due north of Johannesburg is Bela-Bela - place of the warm baths. Which, indeed, used to be its name. Warmbaths. Lying in the heart of the Waterberg, surrounded by nature reserves and bushveld-type countryside, Bela-Bela continues to derive most of its economic benefit from the springs with a range of wellness centres, and spas. The myriad conservancies, wilderness areas and game farms combine to form the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve – a beautiful part of the Limpopo province.
Plettenberg Bay break
Take a road trip along the gorgeous Garden Route to Plettenberg Bay where ocean adventure, beautiful beaches, fascinating wildlife and lush forests await. Perched on a hill above Plettenberg Bay, the Whalesong Hotel and Hydro is perfectly positioned to offer access to all of Plett’s major attractions, including the Tsitsikamma National Park, Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve, Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours and much more.
If you’re currently looking for a much-needed change of scenery, we’ve got it all in South Africa. Make sure you visit these places for a weekend filled with relaxation and excitement.
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