5 Quick Weekend City Escapes

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Recharge your batteries and get onto the road of relaxation with a quick weekend getaway where the signal is limited and the wide open spaces plenty. Plan a weekend, book ahead and maybe surprise someone with a getaway (but make sure you tag along for the adventure).

Here are a few ideas of places to visit if you live in the city

Cape Town

Say goodbye to your beloved Table Mountain and head for the Cederberg Mountains and start your off-road journey from Citrusdal, 180 km from Cape Town. There are a few routes around Citrusdal on mountain farm such as Koningskop trail, Marcuskraal where you’ll drive in thick sand and deal with steep inclines and the Rondegat trail that gives you panoramic views of the Cederberg and Clanwilliam dam. There’s a variety of accommodation in the Cederberg, and whether you want to camp, stay in a guest house or take Molly the dog along; you will be spoiled for choice.

Cederberg Tread Lite 4x4 Hire

Johannesburg

Escape the traffic and your office block and make a weekend trip to Berakah which is set in the South African World Heritage Site, Vredefort Dome, just 13 km outside of Parys and about 130 km from Johannesburg. The 15 km trail will take you through riverbeds and over mountains and can take a full day to complete. Visitors can camp and stay in chalets while visiting Berakah.

Bloemfontein

Twin Oaks guesthouse is located 18 km west of Lady Brand and just 140 km from Bloemfontein, perfect for a quick getaway. Explore the Eastern Free State with the Maluti Mountains as your backdrop and go on a 4×4 guided tour to discover the bushmen paintings in the area and historical sites in Modderpoort Valley. There are four self-catering units to choose from and if you’re adventurous, you can also set up camp in the ravine and try your hand at bass fishing. Alternatively, read about the adventure a few new Isuzu mu-X SUVs had in Clarens at Bergwoning (less than 300 km from Bloemfontein). And to find out more about mu-X, click here.

Durban

Make your way to Lake Eland Game Reserve, situated in KwaZulu Natal’s Oribi George, approximately 160 km from Durban and enjoy the natural landscape of diverse ecosystems as you traverse over a rugged challenging terrain. Lake Eland Game Reserve also has other highlights that cater to the whole family such ziplining, a scooter tour, guided game drives, horse rides and an 80m suspension bridge from which you can enjoy the grandeur of the Oribi Gorge. There is a variety of accommodation at Lake Eland Game Reserve, perfect for all type of budgets.

Port Elizabeth

Fill your weekend with sme peace and quiet and visit the Kabouga and Darlington section of Addo Elephant National Park where you can start your 4×4 journey just outside of Kirkwood, about 90 km from Port Elizabeth. The 45 km route can take up to 6 hours to complete and is rich in history with rock art paintings scattered throughout the area and small game. Guests can overnight at the camp site or stay in a cottage.

South African National Parks