15 Last-minute spots to beat the Easter crowds

2016-03-02 21:15 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town - The long Easter weekend is just around the corner. How will you be making the most of the time with your family and friends?

The upcoming break, which sees Human Rights Day Fall on Monday, 21 March - adding a long weekend just before the Easter break which falls between Good Friday 25 March and Family Day on Monday 28 March - will undoubtedly bring busy roads and a significant amount of hustle and bustle in cities - even the smaller but well-known holiday towns.

The great thing is, there are endless spots across this beautiful country of ours yet to be discovered - all with their own unique draw cards. So admittedly, you have left it a little late to start planning - but better late than never.

Do check out this selection from SafariNow, highlighting some out-of-the-way options, all with on-hand visitor recommendations too. Most importantly, a few of them are budget-friendly and won't necessarily break the bank. 

Enjoy!

Western Cape:

GuBas De Hoek (Robertson), in the heart of the Robertson winelands, offers comfort and luxury and a choice of self-catering accommodation or a fully catered stay for a truly indulgent break. Enjoy time exploring the surrounding wineries and scenery or just relax by the saltwater pool in the lush garden.

Cost: From R595 per person sharing

Mo & Rose (Robertson), with its immaculate gardens, provides the perfect respite from the busy city life. With breakfast taken care of, the only decision to make is whether to explore the surrounding cafes and wine farms or indulge at the on-site bistro, serving delicious dishes made from fresh local produce.

Cost: From R600 per person sharing

Onse Rus Guesthouse (Prince Albert) showcases the best of Karoo hospitality and breathtaking landscapes. Not only is there a refreshing pool to cool off from the heat, but for the more energetic holidaymaker, there are scenic hikes that offer a chance of spotting a Grysbok or Kudu darting across your path.

Cost: From R500 per person sharing

Mai’s Guest Lodge (Prince Albert) is a little oasis of tranquility and offers comfort, hospitality and the perfect starting point to explore the sleepy Karoo town of Prince Albert with its art galleries, craft shops and stargazing opportunities.

Cost: From R480 per person sharing

Eastern Cape

The Fernery Lodge & Chalets (Stormsriver Village), with breathtaking views over the river gorge and the wild Indian Ocean, takes a luxury forest getaway to a new level. With swimming pools, jacuzzis, saunas and private decks, there is no limit to the manner and style in which you can unwind.

Cost: From R1020 per person sharing or R2400 for a unit

Tube ‘n Axe Backpackers Lodge (Stormsriver Village) has a wide range of accommodation options from comfortable private rooms to secluded campsites and an elevated bush camp.  Socialise with other travellers at the vibey African bush style restaurant and bar, enjoy a scenic hike in the surrounding Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve or simply take a nap in one of the outdoor hammocks.

Cost: From R120 per person sharing or R480 per unit

Ganora Guest Farm (Nieu Bethesda), just 7km from the historic town of Nieu Bethesda and the renowned Owl House, is an outdoorsy traveller’s dream. Choose from bird watching mountain biking, 4x4 trails, hiking and mountain climbing, and guided tours to bushman paintings and artefacts, as well as fossil walks.

Cost: From R380 per person sharing or R850 per unit

Crawfords Beach Lodge (Cintsa) combines the best of what the Wild Coast offers, including unspoilt beaches and lush dune forests, with the luxury of a 4-star hotel. Whether it’s a relaxed family holiday or a romantic getaway that is planned, Crawfords Beach Lodge has you covered.

Cost: From R600 per person sharing

Limpopo:

Raptors Lodge (Hoedspruit) is nestled in the heart of Hoedspruit with spectacular views of the surrounding bushveld. With 4-star luxury lodges, this is a perfect spot for some real rest and relaxation and a great base for exploring the nearby game farms.

Cost: From R600 per person sharing

Olievenfontein Private Game Reserve (Vaalwater), set in the heart of the malaria-free Waterberg Biosphere, offers self-catering accommodation with breathtaking views and spectacular luxury. Enjoy a thrilling game drive and unwind under the majestic Waterberg Mountains.

Cost: From R1440 per room/unit

Mpumalanga:

Villa Afriq (Lydenburg) is rich in atmosphere, tranquility and luxury. This is the ideal destination for a crowd-free holiday and is the perfect base to explore the Panorama Route and the famous Kruger National Park.

Cost: From R350 per person sharing

Highveld Splendour Boutique Hotel (Ermelo), just 8km from Ermelo, is your (dream) home away from home. This boutique beauty has all the luxury and amenities you could wish for and pairs them with gorgeous views and true comfort; everything you need for a restful break away.

Cost: From R742 per person sharing

Shamrock Arms Guest Lodge (Waterval Boven), a 4 Star Guest Lodge offers good value, tranquil surroundings and wholesome food. Just a few minutes from the picturesque town of Waterval Boven, you are guaranteed a country-village ambience that will soothe your soul.

Cost: From R525 per person sharing

North West:

Olive Tree Guesthouse (Magaliesberg), nestled in a secluded valley, is a peaceful getaway spot for some quality downtime or a romantic weekend away. Explore the Magalies Meander or just bask in the luxury and the serene surroundings.

Cost: From R750 per person sharing

Annie’s House (Schoemansville) offers guests stunning views out over Hartbeespoort Dam. The tranquil setting, lush garden and refreshing swimming pool provide the ideal setting for a quiet weekend escape from the busy city.

Cost: From R600 per room/unit

Whether it’s a culinary experience, some decadent downtime or an outdoor adventure you are after this Easter, you can find it all on your doorstep, so take a road trip to uncover your new favourite getaway.