From bush to beach: 8 Luxury and budget stays for a short winter break

2019-04-29 06:30
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Don't wait for December to take a break. Go to the beach, bush, Midlands or Free State for a quick winter escape and reset that go-go-go button of yours. 

Here are a few stays we've found via Lekker Slaap, Airbnb and

Go to the beach!

Cape Town's Clifton is renowned for its fantastic beaches, nightlife and cuisine. Live your best luxe life and splurge on some lush accommodation. 

Stay here: 

Nettleton House, Clifton

At R155 000 per night, this house will give you access to a private chef, butler, sauna and 7 garages. Um, yes please!

Pentagon, Clifton

If you have an extra R70 000 to spare, why not spend a night or two at Pentagon. You can watch a movie in the private cinema, practice your steps in the dance studio or enjoy the uninterrupted views of Lion’s Head.

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Or go on a budget beach break to the West Coast! 

Yzerfontein is a quick drive from Cape Town...

Stay here: 

Swept Away Guesthouse

At R750 a night, it's just 1 km from the beach and nestled on a hill. The cute stay offers self-catering accommodation with lovely sea views.

Or choose the bush!

Go for the ultimate luxury in the Kruger, and be swept away by the wildlife and quiet of nature. 

Stay here:

Jaci’s Sabi House, Mpumalanga

At R90 000 per night, this exclusive lodge borders the Kruger National Park and offers a private chef and your own private game ranger who can take you out and about to see the majestic Big 5 in their natural habitat. 

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The Midlands have a certain kind of charm

Cosy up with a delicious glass of red in this peaceful, quaint area of KZN where there is so much to do - it's the perfect option for winter months. 

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Newstead Farm, country farm near Balgowan

At R700 a night, the Newstead Farm exudes charm and elegance, and a significant history that dates back to the late 1840s. A rural smallholding, with horses, pastures and a 700-tree plum orchard, this is a small piece of heaven in a lush and indigenous valley close to some of the top golf courses in the country. Located 3km from the Balgowan N3 offramp, close to the villages of Balgowan and Nottingham Road.

Or go to the Free State!

Rolling hills of veld, epic views, and an escape for mind, body and soul guaranteed!

Stay here: 

Beautiful Country Cottage in the Eastern Free State

At R650 per night, the cottage is situated in a more quiet part of town with beautiful views of the mountains, cows that greet you in the morning with lots of bird life. 

Tempelhof Guest and Game Farm, Log Cabin

At R650, Tempelhof is situated in the heart of the eastern free state, 12 km from Ficksburg. We offer you a unique wildlife and an excellent view of the majestic Maluti Mountains. Accommodation is offered in tastefully decorated self catering chalets. Lions, zebra, hyenas, wild dogs and a variety of buck are but a few of the wild animal species to be viewed.

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