Saddle Creek Ranch Farm

Get away from the buzz of the city and spend the afternoon out in Hekpoort Valley having an adventure with your special someone. Saddle Creek Ranch is bursting with fun and thrilling activities for you and your partner to try together. Take your pick from hot air balloon safaris, go-karting, playing Cupid with a little archery or even taking a romantic horseback ride through the peaceful countryside with its beautiful mountain scenery and lovely bush trails.

San Deck In Sandton

Sundowners, amazing views of Sandton and a vibey atmosphere is what's in store for you when you visit the San Deck Bar & RestaurantThis spot makes for a lovely spot for you and your sweetheart to have a romantic evening for two. There are plush sofas out on the deck, making it the ideal place to see one of the most beautiful sunsets in the city. You can also expect amazing food, cocktails and superb wines which will make your evening even more unforgettable. It's a popular hangout, so make sure you make your reservation to avoid disappointment.

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The San Deck

Harties Cableway 

There's no better way of seeing the amazing views of Hartbeespoort Dam and its surrounds than in a cable car at the Harties Cableway. Just imagine experiencing this with that special someone. Now that's romantic! This popular spot has finally reopened after being shut down for maintenance. And after enjoying the stunning panoramic views, you can head into town to explore and find a bite to eat.

Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens

Since the 1800s, people have come to the botanical gardens in Roodepoort to spend time relaxing against a backdrop of a cliff which houses a sensational variety of incredible flora and fauna. Take a page, pack a picnic basket, grab your beloved and find a spot close to the waterfall. That, my friend, is how you make a good memory.

The Bioscope

For quite some time now, The Bioscope has run some interesting cinema offerings at their viewing room in Maboneng. From kung-fu movies to Classic Movie Sundays with beer and pizza, there's always something fun happening at The Bioscope.  Check their viewing schedule online and pull in for a cuddle session.

The Bioscope

The Bioscope

Goodman Art Gallery

Since the '60s couples have flocked to the Goodman gallery to be inspired by the artworks on display. From the awe-inspiring images of photographer David Goldblatt to the controversial works of conceptual artist Willem Boshoff, there is something for everyone. Spend the afternoon soaking up some of the best creations South Africa has to offer because you and your dearest are cultured like that.

Northcliff Hill

Pack a sun-downer, head to the second highest spot in Joburg and spend some quality time with that special someone. The entire city can be viewed from the top as the sun sets over the city of gold, making for an experience like no other. Although moments like these with a special someone can be very sexy, it's probably best to take some like-minded pals and not to visit this secluded spot on your own.

Northcliff Hill

And for good measure...

Whisk Him/Her Away For A Weekend In Clarens

Let's face it, there's nothing more romantic than being whisked away on a lovely weekend away with that special someone. Finally, some alone time in between all rush of everyday life. But the question is: where to go? How about Clarens? Yes, we know it's not in Gauteng (it's in the Free State), but it makes for a lovely escape for you and your sweetheart. The town is quaint and quirky, the brewery always has ice-cold craft beer available on those hot days, and there are plenty of hiking trails, sites, adventures and activities to do while you're there.

Know other romantic spots in the city not mentioned above? Let us know below!

Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.

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Local Is Lekker

Make the most of exploring our beautiful country. Head to Cape Town to soak up the sun and brave the icy Atlantic, visit a wine farm and marvel at Table Mountain from the shores of Bloubergstrand. Escape to the Midlands or Clarens for fresh country air. Visit the Kruger National Park for a blissful bush break. Or wander down to the Cape Winelands, head to Hermanus for whale spotting and go wildflower hunting up the Western Cape's West Coast. The options are endless!

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Explore Mauritius

Visa-free and just a short four-hour flight from Johannesburg (direct flights from Cape Town and Durban also available), Mauritius is a magical destination for a well-deserved island escape. It's the perfect all-rounder, particularly loved by families, honeymooners and groups. There's also accommodation to suit every budget and type of traveller.  Mauritius may be a 'fly-and-flop' holiday favourite, but don't think that's all there is to it. Check out the many unique and natural attractions across the island, sample local Creole cuisine, swim, paddle or SUP in the warm turquoise water or check into any spa to recharge.

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Experience Zanzibar

Hop on a plane to sultry Zanzibar for an unforgettable honeymoon or romantic getaway. The spice-scented streets of UNESCO-listed Stone Town and the luxe resorts are a dream come true. Complete your exotic island getaway with a tour of Stone Town to see the famous doors, visit a spice farm and head out on a sunset cruise.

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Check into the Garden of Eden in tranquil Seychelles. A paradise for nature lovers and wellness seekers, the Seychelles archipelago comprises 115 dreamy islands, some of which are the most beautiful in the world. You're spoilt for choice with incredible marine pastimes, such as diving and snorkelling and much more. Honeymooning couples can choose from a diverse range of activities and resorts too.

Mingle In The Maldives

The Maldives is South Africa's answer to a northern hemisphere favourite, Bora Bora. With over-water villas and seaplanes, the Maldives is a must for luxury travel lovers. But, don't scratch it off your list simply because you think it may be out of your price bracket. It is becoming increasingly possible to snag a great deal to the Maldives, especially if you book ahead and catch a Black Friday special.

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Outdoor Dining

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There is no reason you and your loved one can't dine underneath the stars this Valentine's Day. Luckily, Joburg offers a great variety of restaurants with outdoor dining options. Treat your one and only to an intimate meal, surrounded by the cool evening breeze and all the romance of a moonlit dinner. Our top pick for this Valentine's Day is KCC La Vie en Rose's annual Valentine's Dinner on the patio. Overlooking the sprawling Killarney Country Club's manicured lawns and golf course, this restaurant boasts a dreamy deck adorned in pretty fairy lights. Come and enjoy a three-course meal and a bottle of wine in Joburg's most romantic garden setting. Comedian, Harry Sideropoulos will also take to stage to keep you entertained throughout the night. What more could you need to make this Valentine's Day absolutely perfect?

How about a candlelight dinner in the bush at the Lion & Safari Park? On Valentine's Day, this family-favourite reserve on the border between Gauteng and the North West province is offering a truly unique experience for two along the banks of the Crocodile River. Enjoy a couple of drinks around a roaring bonfire before heading off on a guided nighttime safari drive. It's a definite must for wildlife enthusiasts!

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Are you more of a DIY romantic? Prepare a delightful outdoor picnic for you and your sweetheart. Picture a spread of sweet eats, a comfy blanket and pillow set up and champagne on ice. It's the ideal scenario to get you in that loving mood. Need a little help organising this picturesque scene? Contact Dial-A-Picnic for assistance in making your Valentine's Day as special as it can be.

Alternatively, you can surprise bae by taking them to one of these Valentine's Day picnics happening around the city. From outdoor movies to jazz and blues in the park, Joburg sure knows how to make Valentine's Day a super sweet affair for all.

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A Getaway For Two

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Sometimes all you need is a little time away for the two of you. Grab the opportunity for a mini getaway this Valentine's weekend and go on a 'glamped up' camping adventure. Offering you all the luxuries you would usually find at a hotel, these glamping spots are ideal for those of you who aren't quite used to braving the outdoors. However, that doesn't mean that you can't light a bonfire and toast marshmallows while whispering sweet nothings to each other.

Looking to go on a full-blown road trip with your Valentine? Why not head out to the jewel of the Eastern Free State? Clarens is a delightfully quaint town, perfect for two lovebirds on a mission to ramp up the romance. Take a hot air balloon ride at dawn or go on a horseback riding adventure. Clarens also offers wine and art lovers a plethora of fun activities to help rekindle the spark between you and your beau.

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We get it, not everyone has the time or budget to take a three-day vacation. Thankfully, you can take a day trip to any one of Joburg's lush nature reserves, for a short, quality Valentine's Day outdoor adventure. Many of these reserves are free to enter or charge a nominal entrance fee, so you can spend your hard-earned savings on buying your pumpkin pie the very best gift or trinket.

Similarly, for the more experienced outdoor men and women (with little pocket change to spare) there are a number of camping sites in and around Johannesburg. Get out your camping gear, put on those wellingtons and prepare to spend the Valentine's weekend snuggled up in your tent.

Adrenaline Junkies

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There is no such thing as a cookie-cutter relationship, so why should we all strive to have the same Valentine's Day experiences? Make the day a thing of your own, customised to what you and your partner like to do together. For all the adrenaline junkies out there, we say ditch the suit and tie and let your hair down at Joburg's most invigorating theme park - Gold Reef City! This Valentine's Day, the City of Gold invites you to get your heart racing on their new roller coaster, the Thrill Rider. This offers you the perfect opportunity to grab your crush's hands and hold them tight as you fly through the air, twisting and turning at every angle.

If that doesn't get you excited, check out our list of Johannesburg's best water parks. Take advantage of these last days of summer and go for a splash about in the pool or for a slippery slide down a winding water pipe. Not only does this activity give you the chance to impress your significant other with your swimsuit body, but it's a fun way to have a few good laughs with them, without the awkward table silence of a Valentine's Day dinner date.

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You don't have to face death-defying circumstances to enjoy an outdoorsy date. For a milder, but still enthralling adventure, take your partner on a free hike along one of the city's best trails. Much like a relationship, hiking with your soulmate can prove to be a challenge. Give them a helping hand when they need it and you'll be sure to reach the summit in no time. Once you hit the peak, take a moment to appreciate your surrounds and perhaps tell your Valentine why they mean so much to you. (Gents, while you're at it, read our article on the guy's guide to choosing an engagement ring. A secluded hilltop is a choice spot to pop the question, just saying.)

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So, there you have it! All the most inventive Valentine's Day outdoor adventures to add to your romantic bucket list. Remember the sun block and have a great time with your companions on 14 February. 

"On Your Doorstep" Winter Getaways

African Pride Irene Country Lodge

Dying to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a country escape with your loved ones? Why not visit African Pride Irene Country Lodge this winter? For starters, it’s not too far from home (45 minutes drive from Jozi) and offers a variety of outdoor activities to enjoy in the area. There's everything from angling, camping and game viewing tours to hiking and day or night game drives and, to top it all off, Irene Country Lodge offers loads of kids' activities and entertainment at the Kids Corner. For a great winter escape, put African Pride Irene Country Lodge at the top of your "sho't left" list.

Details: http://www.irenecountrylodge.co.za/

Emerald Resort & Casino

Adventure awaits around every corner at Emerald Resort & Casino, making it a "funtastic" destination ideal for the entire family. There’s so much to do and so much to see, so make sure you make the most of it. 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, towels and water-wings because winter won’t stop you from splashing around at the Aquadome, complete with heated pools.

Villa Paradiso Country Manor

Hartebeespoort is a getaway spot we love to love, thanks to all the activities on offer. Enjoy some extreme jet boat rides on the dam (if you can brace the cold, that is), visit the elephant sanctuary or do some adrenaline-inducing zip-lining. And, after a long day of  action, you can relax in your plush hotel room at the luxurious 4-star Villa Paradiso Country Manor overlooking the soothing waters of the Hartebeespoort Dam. With a fireplace included, we rate this as one of our favourites.

Details: http://www.villaparadiso.co.za/

"A Bit of a Drive" Winter Getaways

Cherry Grove Luxury Apartments

If you're looking for a weekend of trout fishing  – winter being the perfect season for this BTW – then be sure to book a stylish apartment at Cherry Grove in Dullstroom. The architecture will make you feel as if you're in a Mediterranean village, and the rooms are perfect for cosying up in bed after a day of exploring. In little town of Dullstroom, it’s all about long walks, drinks at the pub by the fireplace, the possibility of a catch so big you can't help brag about it, and recharging those batteries.

Details: http://www.cherry-grove.co.za/

Lake Clarens Guest House

Clarens is the perfect destination if you're looking to do some hiking, sightseeing, dining or shopping. Once you've exhausted yourself with a gorgeous hike, take a stroll around the town square and pop into the quaint art gallery or reward yourself with a beer tasting at Clarens Brewery. If you're after a place that has beautiful scenery and offers you great relaxation, check out the 4-star Lake Clarens Guest House out in the countryside.

Details: http://www.lakeclarensgh.co.za/

"Far Out" Winter Getaways

Timamoon Lodge

For the ultimate honeymoon or romantic getaway, book a room at one of the most seductive lodges in the country – the Timamoon Lodge. This stunning hideaway, close to the Kruger National Park and Blyde River Canyon, is situated high up in the hills of Hazyview, offering endless forest views of the Sabie River Valley. The décor and design of the lodges are exquisite – think luxurious Moroccan and Tanzanian accents, an intimate ambience, private pools, mosquito net-draped four-poster beds, roaring fires and massive baths. To top it all off, you'll be treated to some superb cuisine. Each lodge offers its own unique feel and surrounds, so suss out Moon River, Bombay Moon, New Moon, Blue Moon, Amber Moon and Many Moons and pick your favourite.

Details: http://www.timamoonlodge.co.za/

Emoya Hotel & Spa & Shanty Town

Emoya Hotel & Spa in Bloemfontein is one of South Africa’s best-kept secrets. It offers a luxurious escape from the craziness of everyday life with two different accommodation types. There's the Basotho Hotel, complete with stunning African-style rooms ideal for relaxing and watching the nyala or giraffe in the distance, while the more traditional South African shacks in Shanty Town are perfect if you’re looking for a local experience you’ll never forget. You can also enjoy a variety of activities, including a cheetah experience, game drives, sundowners at the Shebeen Pub and some pampering at the Emoya Spa.

Details: http://www.emoya.co.za/

Farr Out Guesthouse

Seeking complete tranquillity? Farr Out Guesthouse on the outskirts of Paternoster in the Western Cape will treat your senses with nature’s gifts. See the tides go in and out in the distance, smell the fynbos in the air, hear the soothing sounds of nature all around you and feel the relaxation while treating yourself to a dip in the wood-fired hot tub. As for the accommodation, you’ll be glamping in a luxurious Wigwam/Tepee-style tent... and yes, we added this one to the bottom of the list because of its name.

Details: https://www.farrout.co.za/

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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.

Mount Grace Kids Club facility

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!

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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.

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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.

Where To Eat

Clarens Brewery

Hanging out with great company, sipping on ice-cold draughts and tucking into some delicious grub – what more do you need to make a great outing with your loved ones? And if this is just the thing you’re looking for after a long day hiking and being adventurous in and around Clarens, then Clarens Brewery is just the place to refuel, refresh and simply have a good time. This is one of the country’s first brew-pubs, cideries and distilleries, so you can expect to sample and enjoy great beers, ciders and distillate (request for the tasting board to sample a few options before placing your drink order), all while being part of the fantastic craft revolution that is sweeping our country. It is an absolute must-visit when you’re in the area.

Clementine’s

We all love a fabulous meal, which is why you need to visit one of the best dining options Clarens has to offer. Clementine’s is one of the most exclusive restaurants in Clarens, where you can expect excellent food, a great atmosphere and friendly service. The pork belly, oxtail and steaks are all highly recommended. With such great food, you can expect this place to be busy and packed over the weekends and holiday season. To avoid disappointment on your next visit to Clarens (and Clementine’s), make sure you book your table at this popular gem well in advance.

Sugar & Cinnamon

Whether you’re after a delightful breakfast or something to satisfy your sweet tooth, Sugar & Cinnamon offers all things delicious from pancakes and glorious chocolate cake to home-style meals and good coffee, all with a stunning view of the mountains in the distance. Just a short distance away from Clarens, this is a hidden gem that gives travellers and even locals a great place to relax and enjoy the fresh air out on the countryside. Talk about a great way to start the day.

Where To Shop

The Purple Onion Deli

The Purple Onion Deli is hard to miss – it’s situated around the town square (in the Clarens Windmill Centre) with a little windmill spinning away right next to it and the majestic mountains in the background. This quaint shop gives guests an exceptional country deli experience, unlike anything you’d find in the city. They source unique, handmade and special products that are made with yesteryear’s recipe, including jams, fudge, coffee, marmalades, cherry items (seasonal), chocolates, pasta, preserves, biltong and much more. And best of all, it’s all absolutely delicious.

The Cherry Company

Love everything that smells, tastes and even looks like cherries? Then The Cherry Company will be your cherry heaven! From the moment you walk into the shop, you smell cherries, as the shelves are stocked with all things cherry. And to delight your taste buds (one of my absolute favourites): the cherry liquor. Trust me, if you’re nuts about cherries, this is one spot you cannot miss while visiting Clarens.

The Ugly Duckling

Who doesn’t love quirky and interesting gifts? If you’re looking to shop for something unique for family and friends or want to take something home with you to remind you of your visit to Clarens, then make sure you check out The Ugly Duckling. As their slogan says, it’s “the shop that’s worth a stop”. This store will have everything from unusual gifts and furniture to carpets, mirrors, one-off items, toys, indigenous instruments and souvenirs.

Tobias Art

If you have a flair for all things artistic and creative, then Tobias Art is a must-visit. This spot is a landmark destination for discerning shoppers who are looking for that something ‘out of the box’. They have everything from paintings, pottery and pillows to T-shirts, handbags, handmade soap, incense and jewellery. They even have interesting vintage toys in store.

Where To Play

Ficksburg Cherry Festival

If you are frequent visitors to Clarens, then you know all about the Ficksburg Cherry Festival. But if not, then you’re in for a treat. Ficksburg is the cherry capital of the world and every year in November, they host the Ficksburg Cherry Festival that attracts many travellers and cherry lovers from across the country. A must during this festival is the Constantia Cherry Farm tour with a picnic and the McKinley Chocolate Tour. This year the festival will take place from 16 to 18 November 2017.

Plenty of hiking trails

Love the outdoors and spending time trekking along trails and exploring? Then Clarens is just the place for you, as it has plenty of hiking trails no matter your level of experience. If you want something quick and easy, then take the Spruit Walking Trail, but if you’re looking to up the tempo and the time, then why not take the Kloof Hike that’s about 2.5 to 3 hours long!

Outdoor Adventures

If it’s adventure you want, Claren Destinations has it. There are plenty of extreme adventures you can experience in Clarens, all you have to do is book and enjoy. They offer a variety of experiences to get your adrenaline pumping, including river rafting, abseiling, paintball, hiking, rock climbing, enduro trails, zip- lining, quad biking, archery, fly fishing, a variety of day tours and even skiing and snowboarding in the colder months.

Where To Sleep

Kiara Lodge

There’s a little bit of everything at Kiara Lodge. It makes for the perfect family getaway home as it has plenty of facilities to keep the little ones busy. These chalets are all complete with balconies that offer stunning views and are within walking distance to the dam, playground, swimming pool and restaurant. Also, you won’t be too far away from the main street in town, as it’s just down the road.

Protea Hotel by Marriott Clarens

This luxurious four-star retreat is nestled close to the Golden Gate National Park and the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. Protea Hotel by Marriott Clarens exudes sheer style, luxury and design that blends in with the natural beauty of the stunning little town of Clarens. It boasts 70 luxurious rooms perfect for any occasion, whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, team-building endeavor, a business conference or an adventurous weekend escape with the family.

Lake Clarens Guest House 

Apparently, this guest house has even hosted Brad Pitt… If you want 4-star luxury at its finest along, stunning country views and quick and easy access to town, then book a stay at Lake Clarens Guest House. Their luxurious rooms are furnished to make your stay as comfy as possible with queen-sized beds, TVs, fridges, snack basket and a safe, and are all tastefully decorated. And best of all, all bedrooms have an exquisite view of the lake and mountains.

Protea Hotel Ranch Resort & Lion Park

Enjoy a relaxing getaway out in the bush at the Protea Hotel Ranch Resort & Lion Park! Not only will it get you away from the busy city, but it also offers families a space to spend quality time together and have fun! Families can take a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and walk with lions, go on game drives and horseback safaris, enjoy lazy afternoons at the pool, or let the kids have a blast in the play area. There is something for everyone!

Find more information here.

Protea Hotel Ranch Resort & Lion Park

African Pride Irene Country Lodge

If you’re looking to not travel too far from the city, then why not plan a getaway at African Pride Irene Country Lodge in Centurion, Pretoria? The hotel offers an amazing family accommodation package that will ensure that the little ones enjoy their stay just as much as mom and dad! Kids will be spoilt with a number of activities at the Kids Corner and treated with in-room movies (with two-hours of complimentary child-minding) while parents take some time off to relax. Also, treat the kids with a visit to the Irene Dairy Farm where they can watch the resident cows get milked daily.

Find more information here.

African Pride Irene Country Lodge

African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa

Treat your family to a country escape at African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa in Magaliesburg. There are a number of activities available for both young and old, from hiking trails and their mountain biking activity centre, to fly fishing and birding. And, to keep the little ones entertained, they can spend their days at the Kids Club where they will be kept busy with a number of activities. Plus, during the school holidays, the club offers a Holiday Activity program for the kids.

Find more information here.

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Thaba Eco Hotel

No need to leave the city to find the perfect family getaway. Thaba Eco Hotel is just the place if you are looking for the best of both worlds. Families can enjoy the still and quiet of the South African Highveld or head to the bustling city for some entertainment. The hotel offers their little guests fun and excitement at the Eco Kids Club, which has fully supervised school holiday programs, term-time nature walks, as well as horse riding, kids' survival days, and outdoor activities.

Find more information here.

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Emerald Resort and Casino

Emerald Resort & Casino is definitely a destination that is perfect for the whole family! Parents can take advantage of all the facilities that this venue has to offer, while the kids are kept busy with stimulating and safe activities at the KidZone! You can also have fun as a family at the other various experiences and activities that Emerald has to offer, including ten-pin bowling, Adventure Golf, Animal world, and wall climbing!

Find more information here. 

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Sparkling Waters Hotel & Spa

If you were planning on leaving the city completely in order to take a holiday where you will get lost in the great outdoors, then Sparkling Waters Hotel & Spa is just the place. Situated in the North-West province, families can enjoy the stunning views and take part in a number of interesting outdoor activities. Be adventurous and go on the Magaliesburg Canopy tour, try your hand at catapult target shooting, play a few rounds of mini golf or even just head to the Games Room for a little bit of family competition.

Find more information here.

Sparkling Waters Hotel & Spa

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