We seem to be in the heart of winter but soon enough the short cold days of this chilly season will give way to warmer, more inviting weather making it the perfect time to get away into the country and enjoy some time off. There is plenty to do and explore near Johannesburg, see some of our top budget getaways within a short drive from here:
Modimolle (Nylstroom) – Abba Game Lodge, From R380 per person
Abba Game Lodge is situated in the Waterberg Mountains, offering self-catering accommodation in beautifully appointed thatched Chalets as well as Caravan and Camping sites.
Facilities also include a conference centre, resort shop, bar, restaurant, game farm, dam, hot, cold and kiddie's pool, walking trail, game drives and more.
Modimolle (Nylstroom) - Modimolle Funky Stay , From R475 per person
The unique rooms of Modimolle Funky Stay offers guests all the small comforts that make a night away from home feel like a treat. The rooms are located in A-frame cabins that fit in perfectly with the surrounding bushveld. The beautiful pond is an attractive feature and is home to some of the prolific birdlife of the Nylsvley wetlands.
A proudly South African touch is brought to life by the multitude of colours displayed in the decor of the rooms. En-suite bathrooms offer a modern shower, elegant wash basin and toilet. There is also ample cupboard space with an open closet snugly fit into the cabins’ unique A-frame build.
Hartbeespoort – Ixopix Earth and Sky Cottages, From R250 per person
This is the place to go if you are looking for some peace and quiet in nature, with the beautiful views of the surrounding areas. Affordable and comfortable accommodation available.
Swartruggens – Jahensu Safaris,From R450 per person
An all-year-round safari destination, summer months have very high day-time temperatures, while winter months have very cold early morning and evenings, but mild day time temperatures.
All lodges here are unique and cater for your individual needs with breath taking views.
Facilities include, helicopter flips, hunting experience, private safaris, wildlife, bush walks and biking.
Swartruggens - Rametsi Eco Game Farm,From R300 per person
Rametsi Lodge is situated in the scenic Lyndleyspoort Valley, only 2-hours drive from Gauteng. The lodge is the perfect breakaway, leaving guests rejuvenated and relaxed before heading back to the daily hustle and bustle.
A wide variety of game and bird life provide a unique family holiday experience that guests won't forget. The Lyndleyspoort dam (situated on the reserve), offers unsurpassed beauty and tranquillity for nature lovers and fishermen.
Magaliesburg – Intaba Thulile,From R350 per person
Intaba Thulile, “peaceful mountain”, is a 450 hectare private game and cattle farm within the Magaliesburg Nature Conservancy.
With its abundant birdlife, and variety of trees, ferns, flowers and grasses, it is a nature lover’s paradise.
Six very well equipped self-catering chalets sleep 4 people each in 2 separate bedrooms, one with a queen-size bed and the other with two single beds. The modern bathroom has both bath and shower to suit all tastes. To enjoy outdoor living at its best, each chalet has its own patio and braai area. Larger groups may prefer to use the larger braai area at the lapa.
Magaliesburg – Puschka Farm,From R380 per person
Puschka is an organic farm situated in the beautiful Naauwpoort Valley, in the foothills of the majestic Magaliesberg Mountain Range, with the Hex River winding its way through the valley and farm.
The farm has 3 well-presented country cottages. Which range from 2 bedrooms to 4 bedrooms. Self- catering for 2-8 people. Each with a private pool, walking trails and access to a working farm.
Hazyview – Aan de Vliet,From R225 per person
Situated in the picturesque Sabie Valley on the banks of the Sabie River, Aan De Vliet Family Holiday Resort is 8kms from Hazyview and a mere 26kms from the Kruger National Park. The resort is nestled amongst an enviable variety of majestic , indigenous African trees, with lawns running down to the edge of the Sabie river.
At Aan De Vliet the rondawels can accommodate either 4 or 5 persons. Situated in serene surroundings, guests are afforded the opportunity to completely wind down and become one with nature.
Hazyview – Kiaat Bungalows,From R270 per person
5 Private cottages – all fully equipped and self-catering, situated on a working citrus farm next to the Sabie River with an abundance of bird life in a beautiful quite safe nature environment.