Short Getaways Near The City
African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa – Magaliesburg
Feel like keeping the vacaying a little closer to home? Then the African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa in the Magaliesberg is the perfect place for a family escape. There’s an exciting Kids Club that caters to children of all ages over weekends (even the long ones) and school holidays, while parents can indulge in a little alone time and get pampered at the award-winning Mount Grace Spa. Don’t forget to spend time as a family fly-fishing, mountain biking, and enjoying a meal at the renowned Twist Restaurant.
Gold Reef City – Ormonde
Of all the places in the city, Gold Reef City is high on our list of exciting family-friendly holiday getaway spots. This venue is ideal if you’re looking to treat the kids to thrilling rides and lots of adventure, as well as an indulgent getaway at The Gold Reef City Theme Park Hotel – just metres away from a variety of rollercoasters, raging rapids, lazy boat rides, 4D Theatre experiences and a brand-new trampoline park. And for the smaller kids who cannot enjoy the big, thrilling rides just yet, there’s Dr Dolittle’s Animal Farmyard, a putt-putt course and a science exploratory area.
Emerald Resort & Casino – Vanderbijlpark
Adventure awaits around every corner at Emerald Resort & Casino, making it a “funtastic” destination for the entire family. Spend your days visiting Animal World, doing some fishing on the Vaal, reaching new heights while wall climbing, spotting animals on game drives, playing a few rounds of Adventure Golf or going for a strike at Pins Bowling Alley. And don’t forget your cozzies, water wings and towels as the Aquadome is ready and waiting!
African Pride Irene County Lodge – Irene
Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a country escape at African Pride Irene Country Lodge. We think this spot makes for a lovely and relaxing holiday for the whole family – it’s not too far from home (Pretoria), it offers a variety of outdoor activities to enjoy in the area (everything from angling, camping and game viewing tours to hiking and day or night game drives) PLUS they offer loads of kids’ activities and entertainment at the Kids Corner. Did we mention the Camdeboo Spa, which offers a variety of pampering treatments?
Maropeng – Sterkfontein
For some edutainment during the school holidays, why not head to Maropeng – the birthplace of humanity? Not only does this destination offer a relaxing and exciting getaway but it also has plenty of interesting and educational activities to explore. Book a stay at the Maropeng Hotel and once you’re all settled, head out and take a tour through the interactive and enjoyable Maropeng Exhibition in the Tumulus building. A must-do while you’re in the area, is the Sterkfontein Caves tour. You’ll have the opportunity to go deep into the caves, explore the exhibition filled with interesting information and fossils, and meet Mrs Ples, a skull from a more than 2-million-year-old Australipethecus.
Getaways A Little Further Away
Kiara Lodge – Clarens
Why not head to Clarens for a little outdoor adventure this December? Central to all the awesome outdoor activities, the quaint town and hiking trails is Kiara Lodge. The chalets are comfy and accommodate small, medium or large families; there’s a hiking trail on the premises; and the kids can blow off some steam on the communal jungle gym and trampolines. Off the property, you can head to Main Street and explore the Clarens Brewery, the art galleries and do a little shopping at the Purple Onion!
Protea Hotel by Marriott® Cape Town Waterfront Breakwater Lodge – Cape Town
For three-star accommodation that won’t bust your entertainment budget, why not book a stay at the Protea Hotel by Marriott® Cape Town Waterfront Breakwater Lodge which is right next to Cape Town’s well-known and fabulous V&A Waterfront? Being so close to this shopping hub ensures there’ll be loads of activities and excitement for the little ones. Enjoy a fun day out and about exploring Cape Town, check out the breathtaking panoramic views over the harbour from the Cape Wheel, visit the SA Rugby Museum, and see some marine life at the Two Oceans Aquarium. Visit www.waterfront.co.za to see what else is in store for you and your family.
Gooderson Tropicana Hotel – Durban
If you feel like a family holiday at the coast, then Durban is the place to be! There are so many different neighbouring locations to visit (Umdloti, Margate, Ramsgate and Umhlanga, to name but a few) plus plenty of attractions to explore in Durban itself. We suggest booking a stay at the Gooderson Tropicana Hotel, which is one of the beachfront’s most stylish hotels. It’s situated close to most of the popular attractions such as the beautiful beaches, uShaka Marine World, the International Convention Centre, Suncoast Casino and the Kingsmead Cricket Ground. And if you’d like to explore a little further, there are the Zululand Game Reserves, Zulu cultural experiences and the stunning Drakensberg.
Protea Hotel Kruger Gate – Kruger Gate, Mpumalanga
Escape the rush of the city and reconnect with nature in the bush at the Kruger Park. This is a great way to get the kids away from all their electronic devices. The Protea Hotel Kruger Gate is the perfect base from which to enjoy everything from animal spotting and safari drives to splashing in the pool, enjoying a workout or two at the gym, playing some miniature golf, or challenging the family to a game of volleyball.