Holidays In Your Own Backyard
Escaping from the daily grind is easier than you think! Whether you feel like a bush adventure or a restful mountain retreat, Gauteng is literally surrounded by fantastic self-catering destinations within easy driving distance. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, we suggest these fantastic breakaways, with driving distances measured from the centre of Midrand*.
Destinations approximately an hour to 1.5 hours away:
DIKHOLOLO is in a lush green wonderland, set among beautiful rock formations. The resort offers a true bushveld experience away from city life, despite being only an hour's drive from Midrand. The area also offers lovely bird watching and game viewing opportunities.
SEASONS SPORT AND SPA is located in the Seasons Eco Golf Estate and set in 300 acres of natural indigenous bushveld for real peace and quiet, perfect for a weekend of golf and pampering at the spa. Hartbeesport Dam is a stone’s throw away.
Other resorts within this driving distance include Mount Amanzi and Magalies Park in the North West Province and Mabalingwe Nature Reserve in Limpopo.
Destinations approximately 1.5 hours to 3 hours away.
THE KINGDOM RESORT, which is two hours away, is a uniquely African premier destination ideally located right next to the Pilanesberg National Park. Cool down at the awesome Splash Kingdom Waterpark and enjoy the many great facilities such as the jungle gym, mountain bike trails, games room to name a few, as well as a Body Bliss Day Spa. If that's not enough to keep you entertained, take advantage of the daily shuttle that runs periodically from the resort to Sun City, which is five minutes away. (This is a The Holiday Club™ Associated Resort.)
WATERBERG GAME PARK in Limpopo is less than three hours away and is an ideal destination if you want to get up close and personal with Mother Nature. You will encounter Giraffe, Zebra, 10 species of buck and a variety of small game while on foot or on your mountain bike. The resort also offers plenty of facilities to keep you and your family entertained.
FALCON GLEN in Mpumalanga, also less than 3 hours away, features natural warm water pools where you can soak away your aches and pains. This peaceful retreat in the Highveld boasts beautiful views and abundant birdlife. It is about 20kms from the famous Sudwala Caves and approximately 109kms from the Kruger National Park Numbi gate.
DUNKELD COUNTRY ESTATE is the fly fishing capital of South Africa and is not even a 3-hour journey from Gauteng. There are several well-stocked dams on the property and nearby, for fishermen to try their luck in. The resort also comprises an equestrian estate and young and old alike will love the many horseback outings on offer. The picturesque scenery also beckons those who need quiet time or to read a good book. Chilly nights mean cosy evenings by your own crackling log fire in this Mpumalanga destination.
Other resorts within this driving distance are Bakubung, Manyane, Bakgatla, Kwa Maritane and Sun City in the North West; Mabula, Mabalingwe, Sondela and Monomotapa in Limpopo; and Kloppenheim Country Estate, Millstream and Verlorenkloof in Mpumalanga.
Destinations approximately 3-4 hours away.
KIARA LODGE, which is a little more than three hours’ drive, is located just outside the picture-perfect town of Clarens, on the foothills of the majestic Maluti Mountains. It also has a Body Bliss Day Spa, which offers pampering treatments to help you get into holiday mode. Children will enjoy the first ever Jumping Pillow in SA as well as the modern games room and play area with Lego table, Xbox one and play area for the little ones. Adults can escape to the relaxing @ease lounge which features big screen TVs to watch sport, play darts, pool or simply chill at this wifi hotspot.
HAZYVIEW CABANAS is more or less 4 hours away from Gauteng and is right on the doorstep of the world renowned Kruger National Park. The resort’s large grounds stretch all the way down to the cool Sabie River. Melt all that city stress away with an indulgent treatment at the on-site Body Bliss Day Spa. Have fun on the new double Speed Racer Waterslide, swim in beautiful rock pools or challenge your skills on the Putt-Putt course.
CAYLEY LODGE in Central Drakensberg is only about four hours away if you take the N3 all the way. It is surrounded by some of the “biggest” views in the Berg and offers easy access from the property to the stunning Bell Park Dam. This mountain retreat is just what the doctor ordered if you’re looking for complete relaxation. Adrenalin pumping activities on offer at the resort include zip lining, go-karting, rope course adventure and abseiling.
Other resorts within this driving distance include Waterberry Hill, Greenway Woods Resort, Pine Lake Resort and Sudwala Lodge in Mpumalanga and Qwantani, and Little Switzerland in the Drakensberg.
With so many fantastic destinations close by, you’d be hard pressed not to find the perfect quick breakaway. So go on a fishing trip with your buddies, spoil the missus on a spa weekend or take the kids away from their gadgets and to a real bush adventure!
* Driving distances to the resorts were measured on Google maps from Midrand, as this is halfway between Johannesburg and Pretoria.