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13 Ideas for a Winter Weekend Getaway

13 Ideas for a Winter Weekend Getaway

Do you need to go on a winter weekend getaway? Do you favor to hug winter with each jersey-covered arms hoping to see some snow or do you decide to flee its cool claws? 

There isn’t a time like the current to make a plan and your choices are countless in South Africa.

I don’t thoughts the chilly and can by no means attempt to draw back or escape its chills (nevertheless, I’ve learnt my lesson staying in a tent mid-winter in Somerset East, click on right here to observe the video).

A few of my favorite winter weekend getaway locations embrace, Hogsback the place the misty mountain surroundings, small distinctive outlets and eating places and fireplaces maintain you firm, or Gamkaskloof, a secluded vacation spot tucked away within the Swartberg Mountains, the place you’re utterly off the grid and never even Google can inform you the climate forecast.

Then there’s additionally Nieu Bethesda, Mossel Bay and De Rust. And the listing goes on.

A couple of seasoned and passionate travellers from throughout South Africa shared their favorite winter weekend getaway locations – from the Japanese Cape to Limpopo – and listed here are a dozen plus one strategies of the place you possibly can go for chilled weekend.

North West – Solar Metropolis & Pilanesberg

Benoni based mostly coffee-fueled blogger, artistic, and foodie shares, “Surprisingly my favorite winter getaway is Solar Metropolis trip membership. It trumped a number of of the opposite choices I used to be contemplating as a result of it’s family-friendly, the climate is nice, the standard crowds are in hiding, it’s proper subsequent door to a nationwide park, Pilanesberg, and it’s shut sufficient to house so it’s the right decide for a fast weekend getaway.”

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Limpopo & Mpumalanga – Kruger Nationwide Park

Chasing The RainbowThe Dirsuwei household from Port Elizabeth says, “Though we do love snuggling up in entrance of a fireside with a mug of steaming scorching chocolate, it’s the solar and temperatures over the twenties that really make us glad. So, our household’s agency favorite place for a winter getaway is the Kruger Nationwide Park – we get to put on T-shirts and take in the solar whereas having fun with magnificent recreation viewing because the bush is skinny and the animals congregate across the water sources. Learn extra about it, right here.”

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Western Cape – Riebeek Kasteel

Avid small city explorer, Stephanie, recommends, “Riebeek Kasteel is a perfect winter getaway vacation spot merely for the various distinctive cafes, eating places, quirky shops and cellars to go to. And, it’s solely a few two-hour drive from Cape City. As a result of it’s an olive and wine area and lots of flock to the city throughout summer time, it’s truly a city that’s extra fulfilling throughout winter too. Learn extra about it right here.”

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Japanese Cape – Jeffreys Bay

Environmentalists and husband and spouse staff, Daniel and Jordan, says, “Jeffreys Bay might look like an sudden selection for a winter getaway nevertheless it’s really probably the greatest occasions to go to. Winterfest is held each July and hosts one of many largest international surf competitions, the Corona Open JBay. The waves are pumping, the surfers are ‘frothing’, and the city warmly welcomes guests. Apart from watching the surf competitors, different actions embrace consuming (significantly, attempt the superb native eating places) and a go to to the shell museum. Learn extra about it right here.” 

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Western Cape – Mossel Bay

Vegan journey blogger, who’s from Germany however lives in Cape City, suggests, “Considered one of my favorite winter weekend getaway locations in South Africa is Mossel Bay and surrounds. This small coastal city located on the verdant Backyard Route isn’t too distant from Cape City and the record of actions is infinite. How about studying extra about espresso roasting, having fun with a port and chocolate tasting, indulging in a classic excessive tea, getting a glimpse of Africa’s well-known beasts in one of many surrounding recreation reserves, taking lengthy seashore walks to flee the stress of the fashionable world, not forgetting making your personal gin on the gin faculty in Mossel Bay. That is the place to rejuvenate physique, thoughts and soul. Learn extra about it right here.”

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Western Cape – Koue Bokkeveld

Cape City based mostly journey blogger, Gaynor, and her household is just not afraid of the chilly season and suggests to dive into winter, “We’ve discovered Kaleo Visitor Farm within the Koue Bokkeveld to be a fantastic choice for winter getaways. Belief me, the world doesn’t have the phrase ‘chilly’ in it for nothing! The cottages are heat, cosy and really properly outfitted for household stays. Learn extra about it right here.”

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Western & Japanese Cape – Klein Karoo

Rose, an avid adventurer, says, “I head out to the place the Klein Karoo edges alongside the folded mountain ranges, the place it skirts the open arid “bossie” veld. This the place I throw a backpack over my shoulder, discover the scattered rock formations of the deeply minimize kloofs in Rooiberg and take in the cool dry air subsequent to a fireplace, listening to the decision of a jackal within the far distance. That is my escapism, that is my soul meals. Learn extra about it right here.”

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KwaZulu-Natal – Umzumbe (Mantis & Moon)

KZN based mostly traveller, Cee, is aware of simply the right way to plan a weekend getaway on the South Coast and suggests,  “My favourite winter vacation spot needs to be my jungle oasis: Mantis & Moon. I’ve been going forwards and backwards to what’s now my second residence, for nearly 5 years, and it’s as superb each single time. Mantis & Moon is on the Umzumbe, South Coast in KwaZulu-Natal. With lodging catering to everybody from personal en suite rooms, to dorm beds and teepees beneath the jungle roof. A vigorous bar and video games space, with a pool for the recent days and a Jacuzzi for these winter evenings, it’s the good cease. You’ll be able to have breakfast and dinner on website at Jax’s Restaurant after which stroll 5 minutes down the street to the native Blue Flag seashore. Surf classes can be found with surf legend, Andrew Lange, also called Roosta, and when you’d moderately be on it, than in it, there’s additionally a River Barge, Booze Cruise obtainable on chosen days. Earlier than you allow, you’ll want to rejuvenate with a yoga class and get to know different guests from South Africa and everywhere in the world. Learn extra about it right here.” 

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Western Cape – Cederberg

Author, editor and blogger, Roxanne, who shares tales and recommendations on African journey, safaris and extra, has a agency winter favorite, “The Cederberg is considered one of my favorite weekend getaways from Cape City, particularly in winter when you possibly can discover to get heat as an alternative of nearly dying from the summer time warmth. Assume cosy fireplaces, scorching chocolate and pink wine, assume mountaineering, mountain biking, bouldering at Rocklands and visiting the Moravian mission village of Wupperthal. Don’t miss the superb rock formations on the Stadsaal Caves and San rock work (of elephants, nogal) at Matjiesrivier. Learn extra about it right here.” 

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Neil, founding father of African Journey Crew and avid explorer shares, “As temperatures plummeted, my mom all the time screamed, “Who left the door open to the Free State?”. My Dad however had headed north months prior, to Zimbabwe or Zambia on “enterprise” ( on reflection all the time Might to August, unusual that). Personally winter might nicely be a 4 letter phrase, not my favorite time of yr, and within the footsteps of my forefathers I too head north, Limpopo being considered one of my favorite locations. Right here temperatures seldom drop under 5°C at night time and sit at a cushty 25°C in the course of the day. Landscapes, tradition and wildlife are the order of the day, masses to maintain you busy. Click on right here to observe a video for some concepts.”

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Japanese Cape – Grahamstown

Johannesburg-based journey and lifestyel blogger, says, “As a winter getaway, an absolute favourite and one of the crucial lovely areas is within the Japanese Cape. Winter in Grahamstown is superb, because it brings in individuals from numerous cities collectively, artists and creatives rejoice. And July turns into memorable as you attend and take part within the Nationwide Arts pageant, it’s freezing, so dressing like an Eskimo is important. The market boosts meals stalls, artistic artworks, bead work, work, distinctive arts and crafts. The native and worldwide exhibits are distinctive. I’ve attended many through the years, they haven’t dissatisfied.”

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KwaZulu-Natal – Southern Drakensberg

Monique van der Walt is an Airbnb cottage proprietor within the small city of Bulwer and very captivated with selling tourism within the province and may typically be discovered on Twitter rooting for the world and accountable tourism. She shares, “The KZN Southern Drakensberg is my favorite winter vacation spot. Why not get up to a world wearing white? Learn extra about it right here.” 

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Western Cape – De Hoop Nature Reserve

Nadine, Cape City based mostly journey and way of life blogger, says, “A current keep at dreamy De Hoop Nature Reserve within the Overberg area (about three hours’ drive from Cape City) has me longing to return to this wildly lovely reserve. Famend for probably one of the best land-based whale watching on the earth, the World Heritage Website is a paradise for nature lovers and outside fanatics. Friends can take pleasure in an abundance of actions, resembling guided eco boat journeys, vulture experiences and marine walks. Or cosy up beside a roaring hearth, sipping on nice Cape wines, learn a guide and luxuriate in a heavenly spa remedy. The selection is yours. You are able to do as little or as a lot as you need to at De Hoop, however I assure that you may be planning your return go to earlier than you’ve even left! Learn extra about it right here.”

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