Getaway Destinations Within Driving Distance Of Joburg

Since we’re currently in advanced lockdown level 3, we can now enjoy the freedom of intra-provincial travel and getaways. We thought we’d go in search of some exciting, elegant and adventurous destinations around Gauteng as we’re itching to get out of our homes and reconnect with the outside world. Whether you’re looking for something in the wilderness or not to far from the city, keep reading. 


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Please note: Some destinations may still be preparing to reopen to the public. For further information, please contact the respective destinations directly.

Advanced Lockdown Level 3: Intra-Provincial Travel Is Allowed

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).

Details: | | 063 572 1062 | Facebook | Twitter

B'sorah Luxury Tented Camp
B’sorah Luxury Tented Camp. Source: B’sorah Luxury Tented Camp

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.

Details: | | 079 490 2690 | Facebook | Twitter

Source: Rustig

The Houghton Hotel – Houghton, Johannesburg

Driving time: between 15 minutes to an hour depending where you’re travelling from in the city

Who said you needed to travel away from the city to enjoy a well-deserve getaway? The city has many gorgeous and oh-so relaxing gems to escape to, you just need to know where to find them! One of these gems has to be the beautiful Houghton Hotel, a tranquil and luxurious oasis in the middle of our beloved bustling city. Other than all the local highlights, hot spots and hubs nearby, you can also enjoy indulgent spa treatments at the Amani Spa & Wellness and delectable dining at either Nova Deli, The Seventh or The Lounge.

Details: | | 011 032 5500 | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

houghton hotel
The Houghton Hotel. Source: The Houghton Hotel.

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa

Driving time: between 15 minutes to an hour depending where you’re travelling from in the city

Another close destination we just had to add to our list of getaways is the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa. This elegant destination offers their guests a delicate blend of luxury and convenience. And to ensure you make the most of your getaway, they’re offering a selection of luxury escape packages that’s sure to delight. Click here to take a look at what’s available. The hotel also features a selection of dining options including the sophisticated Amuse-Bouche Restaurant and the Muse Champagne Room, as well as relaxing treatments from their Balinese-style spa.

Details: | | 011 804 2540 | Facebook | TwitterInstagram

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa outside with lots of greenery and water features
Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa. Source: Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa.

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.

Details: | | 012 711 8920 | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Source: Mongena Private Game Lodge

Glenburn Lodge & Spa – Muldersdrift

Driving time: 45 minutes
Please note: this hotel is preparing to reopen soon.

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).

Details: | | 08611 48866 | Facebook | Instagram

Glenburn Lodge
Source: Glenburn Lodge & Spa

If we haven’t included your favourite spot in our list, let us know in the comments section below. Planning a trip this holiday? Then share this with friends and family on social media. 

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2 thoughts on “Getaway Destinations Within Driving Distance Of Joburg

  1. Hi There

    This helped with finding a place to go.
    I would like to know the name of the place on the cover image please?


  2. This is a great article Kim, thanks for breaking it down and making it an easy but worthwhile read.
    I’d just ad onto this for all the golfers out there.
    About 2 and a half hours from Joburg, there is a mountain lodge with its own unique links golf course, called Drakenzicht.
    Golfers head to Mpumalanga to play the Highlands Gate Golf course but usually you need accommodation after the game. Drakenzicht not only offers accommodation in Mpumalanga, but also has the golf course and its got great mountain views, so we get to play again on the Drakenzicht golf course before heading back to Jozi.
    If anyone want to check it out, here’ s a link:

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