B’sorah Luxury Tented Camp – Broederstroom, Magaliesburg
Driving time: 50 minutes to an hour
There is nothing more relaxing than escaping the city and unwinding to the sounds of the bushveld. And if you’re looking to camp out in the wilderness, but in style and luxury, then be sure to book your escape with B’sorah Luxury Tented Camp in Broederstroom in the Magaliesberg. Not only is it close to home – being s mere hour’s drive from the city – but it’s a wonderful way to experience the wildlife – from luxurious glamping accommodation. Enjoy the breathtaking views, scenic trails, as well as adventure activities nearby the family-run farm. You can book a self-catering luxury tent from R1 400 per unit per night (sleeps two).
Rustig – Hekpoort, Hartebeestpoort, Magaliesburg
Driving time: an hour and 30 minutes
If you love hiking and the tranquility of nature, then you’ll definitely love Rustig, out in Magaliesburg! Book yourself into one of their accommodation options – the three bedroom Heritage House; the five bedroom Farmhouse; the six bedroom Backpackers House; the two bedroom Stone House; or either one of the four or six sleeper tents – and enjoy a relaxing weekend away with family and friends. As for entertainment, Rustig offers amazing hiking trails to suit all experience and fitness level, as well as safe off-road running and biking trails. Unwind on one of the recliners next to their sparkling pool and even take a leisurely stroll through their beautiful gardens.
African Pride Irene Country Lodge
Driving time: 39 minutes
For a country escape that’s not too far from home, be sure to book a well-deserved weekend away at the stunning African Pride Irene Country Lodge in Irene, Pretoria. This is the ideal destination for the whole family. Expect plenty of relaxing and fun activities including visiting the Irene Farm where you can see their resident cows be milked from about 15:00 daily; indulging in a treatment at the award-winning Camdeboo Spa; or dining at the Meadow Green Restaurant. They also offer a variety of accommodation offers ranging from Bestie Getaways and romantic escapes to something perfect for the entire family.
Mongena Private Game Lodge
Driving time: one hour and 30 minutes
Situated in the Big 5 Dinokeng Game Reserve, 35km away from Pretoria , the Mongena Private Game Lodge offers getaway seekers a tranquil setting to relax and experience the wilderness. The lodge offers 24 air-conditioned en suite rooms situated in stunning indigenous landscaped gardens or enjoy the ultimate exclusive bush experience at their Tandala Trails Camp. Other than utter and complete relaxation in the middle of the bushveld, the lodge also offers guided safaris and bush walks, early morning and late afternoon cruises aboard a luxury boat, as well as divine dining at the Kingfisher Restaurant.
Glenburn Lodge & Spa – Muldersdrift
Driving time: 45 minutes
If you are looking for an escape that’s not too far but not too close, then why not gather the family, take a road trip to the Zwartkops Mountains and enjoy a relaxing weekend away at the Glenburn Lodge & Spa? Spend some time getting pampered at the award-winning Glenburn Spa. Reconnect with the great outdoors while taking in the sites and sounds on the various nature walks and mountain hiking trails hikes onsite. Or even visit a few interesting local spots in the area including the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve (offering game drives and tours through the Wonder Caves), Siverstar Casino, the Sterkfontein Caves, and Danielsrust Game Farm (offering horse trail rides, quad biking, paintball, archery and clay pigeon shooting).
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