Keeping your spirits high this season doesn’t mean you have to jet off, a mini break fits the bill perfectly. We’ve picked four places close to home where you can get some much-needed R & R.
Oaklands Country Manor, Van Reenen
Oaklands Country Manor, with sweeping views of the Drakensberg Mountains, overlooking Van Reenen’s ridge, is the perfect countryside escape. Style meets comfort in the 17 en-suite rooms, each with its own fireplace for chilly nights, and endless views of the manor gardens, polo fields and mountains outside.
Bliss out on nature by taking a long walk in the gardens with a trusty bird guide – it’s a birdwatcher’s delight. From horse riding and fishing to polo lessons at the on-site polo fields, it’s all about country living in this beautiful part of the world. Expect delicious home-cooked fare for every meal at the Oaklands restaurant, which sources fresh and organic food from the kitchen garden and nearby farms.
How much? From R2 100ppspn* in a double Clifton Room, including breakfast. For more information, see oaklands.co.za
Augusta de Mist, Swellendam
Soak up the best of the Garden Route at Augusta de Mist in the heart of the Overberg. Old-world charm meets modern luxury in this romantic hotel, where the suites blend contemporary and country-style interiors and little extras like fresh flowers and private patios for quiet relaxation.
From the cellar, kitchen and poolside gardens, views are best soaked up with a glass of the estate’s wine, La Belle Dame sans Chapeau, in hand, while you greet the dusk. With the Garden Route on your doorstep, nearby delights include superb wine routes, whale watching (in season) at De Hoop Nature Reserve, and taking in colonial history at the Drostdy Museum.
HOW MUCH? From R860ppspn* in a two-sleeper room, including breakfast. For more information, see augustademist.com
Ditholo Lodge & Wildlife Estate, Limpopo
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Glorious outdoor areas, delicious meals and simple home comforts are just three reasons why a getaway to Ditholo Lodge & Wildlife Estate is a must. The four-star lodge, just under three hours from Johannesburg, feels like a home away from home, right in the heart of the Limpopo bushveld. Once you set foot in the comfy lodge, it’s all about shaking off city stress and relaxing out in nature.
The rondavels where you’ll stay are spacious and homely with a distinctly African feel provided by the thatched roofing, and the art that adorns the walls. Lounge by the pool on a hot summer’s day and, later on, settle in on the deck to enjoy a few sundowners while you revel in the perfect view of the hippos, beautiful African scenery and the charm of birds singing.
HOW MUCH? From R1 799ppspn* in a double Standard Room, including breakfast, dinner and a game drive. For more information, see orionhotels.co.za/ohotel/ditholo-game-lodge/
The Knysna Belle, Leisure Isle in Knysna
Long stretches of white sand and sparkling blue sea make The Knysna Belle on Leisure Isle the perfect haven for a scenic seaside holiday. The Cape Cod-style guesthouse, named after a centuries-old schooner, has been designed with a tasteful nautical theme throughout. The six en-suite rooms have been named after the historic sailing ships that passed through the area, while the luxurious seventh suite, The Captain’s Quarters, ensures unsurpassed luxury with a sitting room, fireplace and panoramic lagoon views.
Unwind with a relaxing walk along the pristine white sand or perhaps take a ferry cruise on the estuary. Nearby attractions include six mountain-biking routes, golf courses and the indigenous plant garden at Steenbok Nature Reserve. Also on offer is a fantastic yacht trip to the Knysna Heads.
HOW MUCH? From R1 000ppspn* in a two-sleeper room, including breakfast. For more information, see knysnabelle.co.za
*All prices are subject to change. Accommodation is subject to availability and booking is essential. See respective sites for more information and the terms and conditions.
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