Public holidays, long weekends & school holidays all call for a fun family trip! In this article we round up a few places near Joburg, that offers affordable accomodation and lots of activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Vulture Creek, Hartbeespoort
Vulture Creek is situated west from Hartbeespoort Dam. With its many quaint tourist attractions, it is an ideal weekend getaway spot whilst enjoying the nearby sceneries around the dam. Vulture Creek's self-catering cottages are situated on a small holding on the river front. Next to the river there is a bicycle path that adjoins Van Gaalen Cheese Farm - the popular bicycle destination. Attractions in the area include Bill Harrop's Ballooning, Walk with the Lions, Elephant Sanctuary, Monkeyland, Chameleon Village and Van Gaalen Cheese Farm.
Rainbow Lodge, Dullstroom
Rainbow Lodge Estate is a beautiful farm with self catering chalets in the heart of Mpumalanga, just 200km from Pretoria and 250km from Johannesburg. There are 6 self-catering chalets available low season rates start from R360 per person sharing.
Farm New Horizons, Magaliesburg
Farm New Horizons is a private farm perfectly located in the countryside of Magaliesburg, showing off beautiful vistas of the Witwatersrand Mountains. The three bedroom self-catering house features an open-plan living area with fully equipped kitchen and a dining room with wood fireplace. There is also a spacious covered patio with a view into a generous garden for the kids and pets to enjoy. A boma outdoor fire place and of course, 22 hectares of outdoor space just for yourself.
Kumbagana Game Lodge, Rustenburg
Kumbagana is situated on the northern slopes of the Magaliesberg Mountain, only one and a half hours from Gauteng and half hour from Hartbeespoort Dam. Surrounded by the breath taking Magaliesberg, Kumbagana offers guests the opportunity to view numerous types of wildlife, a wealthy bird watching environment, three different hiking trails, game drives as well as a swimming pool, a play area for kids as well as ample space for bicycle riding.
Abba Game Lodge, Modimolle (Nylstroom)
Abba Game Lodge is situated in the Waterberg Mountains, some 17km North of Modimolle (Nylstroom) offering self-catering accommodation in beautifully appointed thatched Chalets as well as Caravan and Camping sites. Abba Game Lodge offers many activities and facilities for you and your family's pleasure.
Elandskloof Trout Farm / Forel Plaas, Dullstroom
This large farm enjoys unparalleled views with pristine grasslands, old trees, streams, dams, "children farm" area with a large variety of farm animals and own game reserve with 15 kinds of game.
Nice by Nature Guest House, Muldersdrift
Nice by Nature is a beautiful Guesthouse in the Honeydew / Muldersdrift area off Beyers Naude Drive. It is a mere 20 minutes from Lanseria Airport and 30 minutes from Sandton. It is a haven for the city weary guest, a gem hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the world.
Kwami Lodge, Magaliesburg
Nestled at the foot of the Magaliesburg Mountains, Kwami Lodge offers a wonderful getaway for friends and families to relax and enjoy each other’s company. There is are beautiful gardens with a swimming pool, lapa, braai, and patio with stunning views of the mountains. With lots of outside space, have your kiddies bring along their bikes for some outdoor fun.
Mountain Mala, Brits
Mountain Mala is a beautiful private game reserve, a mere 15 km from the town of Brits and about an hour's drive from the centre of Gauteng. It is the ideal getaway where everybody from young to old will enjoy a fascinating experience in the wild. Mountain Mala borders the Crocodile River giving guests a stunning view of the river valley between the hills.
The Stix, Dullstroom
Situated in the beautiful countryside of Dullstroom, The Stix is a great choice if you want to unwind and relax in nature. Located 14km outside of Dullstroom on the scenic Kruisfontein Road, The Stix is directly across the road from the Highland Gate Golf & Trout Estate.The Stix offers a range of self-catering options for both large and smaller families.
Intaba Thulile, Magaliesburg
Intaba Thulile 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. Game viewers will not be disappointed, as the farm is home to a variety of buck, as well as zebra, warthog, jackal, ostriches, and a family gorgeous, graceful giraffe. A leisurely walk in the nature reserve will ensure that you get ‘up close and personal’ with the game.
Thabametsi Farm is a tranquil rustic self-catering getaway in the heart of scenic Magaliesburg. Situated on a 132Ha farm, Thabametsi is nestled between two hills overlooking the valley to the Witwatersrand Mountains. Activities include cycling, swimming, bird-watching, various ball games and nature walks. Mountain biking are some of the attractions for the more active. Thabamesti Farm offers pet friendly family orientated accommodation. Ducks, chickens and turkeys give the children a sense of real farm life. A jungle gym, pony rides and even a ride on a tractor are available for the children.