5 weekend getaways near Johannesburg



5 weekend getaways near Johannesburg.

The weekend is around the corner. If you’re in the mood for a quick weekend break, take a look through these five weekend getaway ideas not too far from Johannesburg.

Mayane Resort, Pilanesberg

If you are a keen camper then Pilanesberg Nature Reserve near Rustenberg is the place for you. The resort is a fraction of the size of Kruger but you are bound to see the big 5 as well as rare species, such as the wild dog and hyena. This is the perfect weekend getaway if you are wanting to treat the family to a white Rhino spotting and quick city break.

Komati Gorge Lodge, Machadodorp

Just three hours out of Joburg city centre lies Komati Gorge Lodge located on the banks of the Komati river. If you are an adventurous type of person then this is the perfect weekend getaway. Activities include horseback riding, mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking and quad bike tours. Komati Gorge Lodge offers fun for the entire family, including your pets.

Stone Tin Lodge, near Dullstroom

If you are an off the grid kind of person then this country home is calling you. Set on a private farm about 30 kilometres on the Lydenburg side of Dullstroom, this spacious three-bedroom country home offers a peaceful, relaxing retreat and is perfect for couples looking for a quick romantic escape. The road is not suitable for low cars so it would be recommended to hire an off road car. If you are on a travel budget, try searching for used cars in Gauteng.

Mabalingwe Nature Reserve, Bela Bela

Travel just two hours out of Joburg and you will find Mabalingwe Nature Reserve, near Bela-Bela. The Nature Reserve consists of 12 500 hectares of bushveld. The reserve offers cosy camping spots and self-catering options and is sure to keep the entire family entertained with game viewing. If you decide to go as a big group there are also lodges available to rent. The lodges offer a fully fitted kitchen, outdoor braai area and a pool.

Bakgatla Resort, Pilanesberg National Park

 Looking for a quick weekend retreat? Bakgatla Resort is two and a half hours out of Joburg and offers a getaway for the entire family. Expect to find an Olympic sized swimming pool. Perfect for the fitness enthusiasts. It also has a full play area for the kids which includes a trampoline and playground. You can also enjoy the resort by jumping into an air balloon and enjoying a balloon safari from high up. The reserve is home to the big five so keep your eyes peeled.