With spring fast approaching it is an ideal time to get away for a weekend in the country. Here are four great options within reach of Johannesburg that offer a wonderful escape into nature at a reasonable rate. Head away with your partner for a romantic weekend, or get the family together for some time out of the city.
From R245 per person
The lodge is located right next to a beautiful lake and set amongst a forest of trees which makes for a really picturesque holiday destination. Equipped and decorated to the highest standards, the self-catering double-storey log cabin boasts three double bedrooms and two bathrooms. Guests will enjoy complete privacy with the forest on one side and lake on the other.
Enjoy sundowners and a braai on the deck overlooking the 17 hectare Stanford Lake, then head inside to keep warm and cosy around the fire.
From R550 per person
The Out of Africa Guest Lodge is located at the foot of the Magaliesburg Mountains and comprises 5 double storey thatched country cottages that offer homely and quaint accommodation. Scrumptious breakfast is served by the river.
There is a wonderful day spa set in the forest which specializes in hot stone massages. There is also plenty to see and do in area - world heritage site, caves, elephant sanctuary, rhino and lion park, and the Lesedi cultural village. And, there are some wonderful game drives nearby.
From R375 per person
Klip en Kristal Guesthouse offers five comfortable ensuite rooms. A mouth-watering breakfast, tastefully decorated and air conditioned rooms, swimming pool and relaxing spa facilities with five star services ensure a great escape! Here you can enjoy the variety of activities that Bela Bela offers, all under the professional care of the staff at Klip en Kristal Guest House. For the less adventurous, you can laze by the pool, read a book catch up on some TV in your room.
From R640 per person
Whether you're a nature lover or sport enthusiast, Valley of the Rainbow Sporting Estate and Nature Reserve is an incredible place to be all year round. The private estate near Dullstroom is only two hours drive from Johannesburg and offers visitors the experience of trout fishing in lakes and rivers surrounded by indigenous forest abundant with game and bird life.
Accommodation is in either the Manor House (dinner and breakfast), Country House (self-catering) or Tented Chalet (self-catering).