9 Budget staycation options for every South African

2018-12-12 09:43 - Nadia Krige
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No holiday plans? Not to worry, there are plenty of things you can do to keep yourself occupied this coming festive season. 

Keen on romantic? We've got you. Keen on countryside living, even better. 

And all on a budget to combat those festive season money worries. 

READ: Would you stay in this extremely remote Airbnb deep in the woods? 

We've hand-picked nine perfect breakaway spots not too far away from Cape Town, Joburg and Durban that definitely won't break the bank:



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Where: Lakenvlei Forest Lodge, Belfast, Mpumalanga  

Accommodation type: A cosy wooden cabin complete with a fireplace and a large Victorian bath.

Surrounds: Lakenvlei is located in the heart of a 4 500ha pine forest about 10km norht of Belfast. The quaint wooden cabins look out over a beautiful lake, which is great for fly fishing. There are plenty of walks to do in the area and also the option of horse riding. Pretty romantic, right?

Distance from Joburg: 230km

Cost: R880 for two people per night

More info: Visit the Lakenvlei website.

Cape Town

Where: Dove Cottage, McGregor 

Accommodation type: Simple and stylish cottage located in the heart of McGregor.

Surrounds: Located on a working olive farm called Rhebokskraal just 2km outside of the picturesque village of McGregor, the historical Dove Cottage overlooks the farm dam and contains classical old furnishings. Head to town to enjoy a meal at one of the quaint restaurants or coffee shops and be sure to check out the wine farms in the area!

Distance from Cape Town: 176km

Cost: From 800 per night

More info: Check out the Rhebokskraal website and its listing on Airbnb.


WhereSun-Sea Dream House, Palm Beach

Accommodation type: Raised wooden cabin overlooking the ocean, with a white-washed beach house interior

Surrounds: Located on the balmy KZN south coast, you can spend lazy days on the beach (weather-permitting) or just enjoy the view from the house. If you're into golfing as a couple, there is a whole range of top quality courses to choose from in a 20km radius. Head to the legendary Mac Banana farm stall for a delicious pancake breakfast one morning.  

Distance from Durban: 153km

Cost: R800 per unit per night

More info: Visit the Sun-Sea Dream House website.



WhereForever Resorts, Badplaas  

Accommodation type: There's a whole range - from camping/caravan spots to self-catering cottages and even a hotel, so it's really up to you!

Surrounds: The resort is pretty much what children's dreams are made of - there are waterslides and trampolines, you can play a game of putt putt or hop on a horse, there are game drives and quad bikes. There is even a fufi slide. While there are lots of activities to enjoy with your kids, the fact that everything happens inside the safety of the resort, also allows you to have a little bit of time to yourself while your kids are off having the time of their lives. 

Distance from Joburg: 303km

Cost: Depending on the accommodation type, anything between R200 per person per night to R2000 per unit per night.

More info: Visit the Forever Resorts website.

Cape Town

Where: Stanford Hills, Stanford

Accommodation type: Refurbished, historical labourers cottages overlooking a gorgeous lake and vineyards.

Surrounds: With wide open spaces and a lake just begging to be canoed on, Stanford Hills is the perfect spot for outdoorsy families to enjoy. Guests are welcome to explore the farm to their heart's content, but there are also a number of great hikes and mountain biking routes to try out in the area. Stanford town itself also offers a wide range of restaurants, coffee shops and pubs to choose from.

Distance from Cape Town: 143km

Cost: R1250 per night for a 4-sleeper cottage. 

More info: Check out the Stanford Hills website

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Where: Wits End Mountain Resort, Champagne Valley  

Accommodation type: Family chalets, 4 to 8 sleepers

Surrounds: Located in the heart of the central Drakensberg, Wits End offers guests a respite from city life with its unspoilt natural surrounds. You can enjoy a range of outdoor activities, including fly flishing, hiking, mountain biking and even horse riding. If you're lucky you may also catch the Drakensberg Boy's Choir's weekly term time concert, with the school located right across the road. 

Distance from Durban: 228km

Cost: R 490.00 per person per night.

More info: Visit the Wits End Mountain Resort website

Weekend with friends


WhereMamagalie Mountain Lodge, Mooinooi

Accommodation type: Large 12-sleeper thatched roof lodge-style house

Surrounds: If you're looking to spend some quality time reconnecting with your girlfriends or bros, this is a great spot! While the self-catering lodge is nice and spacious, the surrounding area is a game reserve, meaning it's tranquil and quiet. Perfect for enjoying lengthy meals on the front porch and good conversation/upbeat card games inside. Also be sure to set one day aside to explore some of the Magalies Meander - there are great restaurants, breweries and coffee shops to try!

Distance from Joburg: 101km

Cost: R1500 for up to 10 people.

More info: Check out the Mamagalie website for more details.

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Cape Town

WhereSnyderskloof, Matjiesfontein

Accommodation type: A stone cottage with a pool overlooking the Karoo 'vlaktes', 2 bedrooms, sleeps 6

Surrounds: Just secluded enough, this cute cottage is a great spot to just relax with friends. The bedrooms are all delightfully cosy, but it's really the communal areas that got our attention - a lovely outside braai area, a generously sized stoep with a large picnic table and a quaintly furnished living room. Perfect for long evenings of chatting over many glasses of wine. Matjiesfontein is located about 24km away, so pop over to check out the historical town and have a drink at the Lord Milner Hotel.  

Distance from Cape Town: 235km

Cost: R1350 per day for 2 people, R300 per day per additional guest. 

More info: Check out the Snyderskloof website.


Where: Kosi Bay Casitas, Kosi Bay

Accommodation type: Rustic, Mozambican style reed huts, ranging in size. But we'd suggest staying in the 6-8 sleeper Beira cottage

Surrounds: Located in the very northern-most tip of KZN's Elephant Coast, it's wild and rustic and full of adventures waiting to happen. There are loads of outdoor activities to enjoy in the area and it is quite a hot spot for scuba divers. So if you're into that, gather your friends and hit the (relatively long) road for the weekend.   

Distance from Durban: 410km

Cost: R300 per person per night.

More info: Visit the Kosi Bay Casitas website

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