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Getaway Spots A Short Drive From Joburg
Big city life has most Joburgers ready to kick off their shoes and pop some bottles by the time Friday dawns. So why not call your mates, grab the kids from school, toss a few beers, bags and bikinis in the car and hit the road? After all, these places are only an afternoon's drive or less from the city.
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Lake Clarens Guest House – Free State

Clarens is the perfect destination if you are looking to do some hiking, sightseeing, cosy dining and shopping. Also, be sure to check out this small town’s art gallery! Clarens offers you breathtaking scenery and great relaxation, and the perfect spot for this is at the 4-star Lake Clarens Guest House out in the countryside.

For more information, visit their website.

Lake Clarens Guest House

Villa Paradiso Country Manor – Hartebeespoort

Hartebeespoort is definitely a getaway spot we love as there are so many fun, family-friendly activities on offer. Enjoy some extreme jet boat rides on the dam, visit the elephant sanctuary or do some exciting zip lining  there is something for everyone. And, after a long day of exhilaration and sightseeing, relax in your hotel room at the luxurious 4-star Villa Paradiso Country Manor, which overlooks the soothing waters of the Hartebeespoortdam.

For more information, visit their website.

Villa Paradiso Country Manor

Magalies Manor – Magaliesburg

If you’re looking for an adventure to help you unwind then the Magaliesburg is the place to be! From horseback trails and quad biking to mountaineering and hot air ballooning, there is something for everyone. This is a perfect getaway destination if you are looking for adventure close to home. Spend the night at the elegant Magalies Manor – an ideal country escape if you want to relax, be with your special someone and take in the beautiful scenery.

For more information, visit their website.

Magaliesburg Manor

Thabela Thabeng Mountain Retreat – Parys

Situated in between the mountains and the Vaal River, Thabela Thabeng Mountain Retreat is a beautiful self-catering resort with no television so that you can truly get away from the noise, relax, rejuvenate and get back in touch with nature. The chalets are built on the edge of a deep cliff in the mountains, allowing you to soak in all that the stunning views have to offer. To keep you entertained, there are activities such as canoeing (on request), mountain biking, hiking, bow shooting, abseiling and plenty more.

For more information, visit their website.

Thabela Thabang Mountain Retreat

Glenburn Lodge – Muldersdrift

If you are looking for an escape that isn’t too far away from home, then make a booking at the Glenburn Lodge, situated in the Zwartkops Mountains. It’s only a 30 minute drive from Joburg and Pretoria. You can relax at the Chicama Spa, enjoy nature walks and hikes along the Blaauwbank River and visit local spots in the Cradle of Humankind for some exploring and sightseeing.

For more information, visit their website.

Glenburn Lodge

Bakgatla Resort – Pilanesberg

Depending on whether you want to rough it or have a luxurious getaway, Bakgatla Resort offers you a range of accommodation options, from camping and safari tents, to caravan sites and chalets. Make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to go on a balloon safari for a great Big Five and game-viewing experience. There are also hikes, game drives and bush braais to keep you entertained and energised.

For more information, visit their website.

Bakgatla Resort

Mongena Game Lodge – Hammanskraal

Situated in the Dinokeng Game Reserve, the Mongena Game Lodge offers you a tranquil setting to relax and experience what wildlife and nature have to offer. You can book out a thatched roof chalet in the bush and spend the afternoon exploring the area in open game drive vehicles. Alternatively, you can take to the sky and book a micro-light safari or an early morning hot air balloon ride.

For more information, visit their website.

Mongena

Cherry Grove Luxury Apartments – Dullstroom

If you are looking for a weekend of trout fishing, then be sure to book a stylish apartment at the Cherry Grove. The architecture will make you feel as if you were in a Mediterranean-style village, and the apartments are perfect for cosying up in bed. In Dullstroom, it’s all about the long walks, a drink at the pub on the way home, the possibility of catching a fish, taking pictures of the beautiful little veld flowers, relaxation and afternoon naps.

For more information, visit their website.

cherry grove

Tussen-i-Bome Guest Farm – Pretoria

For something unique and old school, book a stay at the Tussen-i-Bome Guest Farm where you can camp out in authentic oxwagons dating back from 1860 and 1935. This will definitely be a unique experience, adding a sense of adventure. There are good hiking trails to explore and a kiddies play area to keep the little ones entertained.

For more information, visit their website.

Tussen-i-Bome Guest Farm

Komati Gorge Lodge – Mpumalanga

On the banks of the Komati River, this lodge is the perfect place if you are looking for action-packed days and relaxing evenings. Spend your afternoon horse riding, rafting, canoeing, quad and mountain biking, and rock climbing (own gear required). And, if you’re after some pampering, head to the Komati Gorge Retreat for a massage. When the evening rolls in, enjoy sundowners at the bar or stargaze from your balcony.

For more information, visit their website.

Komati Gorge Lodge

By Kim Brown

If we haven’t included your favourite spot in our list, let us know in the comments section below. Planning a trip this holiday? Then share this with friends and family on social media. 

Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.

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