Head to the most remote and rustic parts of SA for a middle-of-nowhere Easter weekend

2020-03-20 06:30 - Marisa Crous
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Easter is for family, friends and 'me time' - especially during the age of social distancing.

Nothing is better than to get away to the middle of nowhere to avoid spreading the disease.

Stuck in nature, you return to yourself as you've shed off all the chaos of everyday life. The superfluous noise of the city, the traffic, the people, the coronavirus; you leave it all behind for a weekend and go back to nature. 

Go raw, rustic and remote as you take a break in a place where simplicity is all you need. 

READ: This remote place is also known as 'the end of the world'

Here are a few worth a book this Easter (Good Friday, 19 April): 

Gamkaskloof, Swartberg mountain range

Get lost in the oblivion of isolation as you head to the valley known for its remoteness. Sat in the Swartberg Nature Reserve you'll find an area called Die Hel. 

You'll need a 4x4 to help you navigate the gravel terrain of these mountain passes - but don't be put off by the bumpy ride as what awaits you at the end is truly magnificent.  

Book budget-friendly, self-catering accommodation here.  

WATCH: Be seduced by the isolation and golden beauty of Die Hel 

Tulbagh, Winelands

This historic town has slowly but surely become a much-loved getaway destination for young couples escaping the city. It's fringed on three sides by mountains, offering families, couples and friends the perfect excuse to head to this remote, rural and rustic dorpie with comfy cottages for every budget. 


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Book this! We love this one for the entire family on Airbnb. 

Dwarskersbos, West Coast

This remote fishing village has very little to offer. And that's a positive.

It's tiny and is the ideal seaside spot for rustic ocean cottage stays and fish braais. 

Another budget-friendly one for the family. Only R1150 per night for 6. Book here. 


Fishing, lakes, sandy beaches and family fun, go camping at Kosi Bay, located in a series of four interlinked lakes in the Maputaland area in Northern Kwazulu-Natal. 

Kosi Bay is located in South Africa. The Kosi syst

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Book your accommodation here. 

Or go for a bit more luxe and head to the area of Nottingham Road. Wrapped in blankets of greenery, here, the hills are alive with the sound of silence.

Stay at Brahman Hills, just off the N3, and remove yourself from reality for a few days. Go with your partner of friends as many of the self-catering cottages have more than one room. Also, two words: deck jacuzzi. 

Find all rates here. 

Or head to the exquisite grasslands covering the three thousand hectare Karkloof Nature Reserve. This unspoilt area is incredibly rich in biodiversity and offers travellers rustic lodge stays

Magaliesberg, Gauteng

PICS: Legends and folklore on the 4x4 Shipwreck Trail sitting on the Diamond Coast, Northern Cape 

A one hour’s drive from Johannesburg and Tshwane is a place so rural, you'll forget what the city lights even look like. Flora and fauna aplenty, hiking, exploring and populated by elephant herds, rhino, buffalo, and many more animals, escaping here means going back to nature. 

South Africa

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Book your accommodation now! 

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