Top 10 Getaway Spots Near Johannesburg

Everyone deserves a break from the hustle and bustle of the city every now and then. Whether you are looking for a relaxed weekend getaway or an adventurous walk on the wild side, I went in search of some great getaway spots within one to three hours away from Joburg.


Lake Clarens Guest House – Eastern Free State

Clarens is the perfect getaway spot if you are looking to do some hiking, sightseeing and even some dining and shopping. Also, be sure to check out this small town’s art gallery! And, if you are after a place that has beautiful scenery and offers you great relaxation, spend a few nights at the 4-star Lake Clarens Guest House out in the country side.

For more information, visit their website.

Villa Paradiso Country Manor – Hartbeespoort

Hartbeespoort is definitely a getaway spot I love as there are so many fun, family-friendly activities. 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 fun and sightseeing, relax in your hotel room at the luxurious 4-star Villa Paradiso Country Manor which overlooks the Hartbeespoortdam.

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Magalies Manor  Magaliesburg

If you’re looking for some adventure to help you unwind then 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 my favourite getaway destination if I am looking for a bit of adventure. And, if you are planning a stay, the elegant Magalies Manor is the perfect country escape if you want to relax and take in the beautiful scenery.

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Thabela Thabang Mountain Retreat  Parys

Situated in between the mountains and the Vaal River, Thabela Thabang Mountain Retreat is a beautiful self-catering resort with no televisions, so you can relax, rejuvenate and get back in touch with nature. The chalets are built on the edge of a deep cliff in the mountains so you can take in the stunning views. And to keep you entertained, do activities from canoeing (on request), mountain biking, hiking, bow shooting, abseiling and much more!

For more information, visit their website.

Glenburn Lodge  Muldersdrift

If you are looking for a getaway spot that isn’t too far away from home, then make a booking at the Glenburn Lodge, situated in the Zwartkops Mountians which is only 30 minutes from Joburg and Pretoria. You can relax and rejuvenate 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.

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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 to chalets. Being home to the big five, make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to go on balloon safaris for a great game viewing experience. There are also hikes, game drives and bush braais to keep you entertained.

For more information, visit their website.

Mongena Game Lodge  Hammanskraal

Situated in the Dinokeng Game Reserve, the Mongena Game Lodge offers you a tranquil setting to relax and experience what the wild has to offer. Book a thatched roof chalet out in the wild and spend the afternoon exploring on open vehicle game drives for some animal spotting. Or take it to the sky and book micro-light safaris or an early morning hot air balloon ride.

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Cherry Grove Luxury Apartments  Dullstroom

If you are looking for a weekend of trout fishing as a getaway from the rush of the city, then be sure to book a stylish apartment at the Cherry Grove. The architecture will make you feel as if you are in a Mediterranean-style village and the apartments are perfect for cosying up in bed. In Dullstroom, it’s all about relaxation and rejuvenation.

For more information, visit their website.

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 ox wagons dating back from 1860 and 1935. This will definitely give a sense of adventure and as if you are roughing it like the cowboys. There are hiking trails for you to explore and a kiddies play area to keep the little ones entertained.

For more information, visit their website.

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 afternoons horse riding, rafting, canoeing, quad and mountain biking, rock climbing (own gear required), and, if you are looking for 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.

By Kim Brown
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