5 weekend Joburg getaways

By Tegan Reeves,

As amazing as Johannesburg is, there are times when you need to escape the city. Whether it be a beach escape or weekend of adventure, these short breaks will leave you revitalized for the following week.

Villa Afrikana Guest Suites

Knysna

This property in Knysna Heads describes itself as ‘Space, Exclusivity, and Style‘, and with good reason. Six suites share access to the sun deck, outdoor pool, garden, guest lounge, and library.

Artworks by local resident, Neil Nieuwoudt add a point of difference to each suite. Our pick is the Matarolli Suite, with its cow hide rugs and river views.

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Legacy Tshukudu Bush Lodge

Pilanesberg National Park

These luxury chalets on the edge of the Pilanesberg National Park might just be South Africa’s most romantic gamer lodges.

Rooms are decadent – we’re talking crystal chandeliers, fireplaces, private plunge pools and outdoor showers. Avid readers will be pleased to know there’s also a small library which houses a selective collection of books.

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Mount Grace Country House & Spa

Magaliesburg

Only an hour’s drive from Joburg, Mount Grace Country House and Spa is situated among the Magaliesburg Mountains. Opt for one of the luxury villas and you can secure a private pool and deck with panoramic views. 

The guest house is the ideal place to spend the weekend relaxing and rejuvenating, amid amazing views. Book a weekend yoga retreat and take advantage of complimentary use of the spa facilities.

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Forest Creek Lodge

Dullstroom

For a nature-heavy weekend escape, check in at Forest Creek Lodge. The exclusive lodges are set amongst the hills of the Mpumalanga Escarpment, and boast stunning views across the valley. 

Guests can enjoy a four-course dinner in the candle-lit communal dining room after spending the day hiking, riding elephants or having a massage at The Forest Spa.

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The Cascades Hotel

Sun City Resort

On the border of Pilanesberg National Game Park is a tropical oasis of activity. Sun City Resort is home to hotels, bars, a casino, a golf course, and a water park.

The Cascades hotel is located amongst all this activity, and is perfect for families, larger groups, or couples. Full English breakfasts are included in room rates, as is free WiFi and unlimited access to the water park.

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