Are you thinking of going on vacation or maybe just a nice romantic weekend away. Why not try someplace different and unique?
I’m going to be honest: I don’t like to try new things. I stick to the stuff I know, and that includes vacation spots. I think I’m scared that I won’t like the new place and then I’ll end up ruining the vacation. This is why every year when it’s time to go on holiday or when my husband and I decide to go away for a weekend, we end up going to the same place. It does get a little bit boring after a few years so this year I think it’s time to try something new.
I’ve put together a list of unique, off-the-beaten-track places where you can experience something new and make great memories with your family or friends.
#1 The Flycatcher Castle (Mpumalanga)
This place will make you feel like royalty. The Castle is breathtakingly beautiful from the inside to the outside.
The Flycatcher Castle offers five individually decorated suites named after classic composers and one Ruby Royal Room.
Nearby attractions include Kruger National Park, God’s Window and the Three Rondawels. It’s the perfect venue for weddings, parties or just a romantic getaway.
Contact info: 031-767-1114
#2 Emoya Estate, Basotho Village Hotel and Spa (Bloemfontein)
You will leave this place wishing you could stay longer. The Basotho Village Hotel offers luxury rooms with all the modern-day comforts, including flat screen TV, Wi-Fi, air conditioning and an outdoor shower. Enjoy a cocktail on one of the loungers next to the swimming pool.
Activities: Spa, game drives, cheetah experience
Contact info: 051-436-3175
Rates: from R900 for a single room
Breakfast and dinner: R120 per person for breakfast and R180 per person for dinner
Booking is essential.
#3 The Pyramids Motel (Halfway between Johannesburg and KwaZulu-Natal)
This is the ideal place if you don’t want to do the Durban to Johannesburg or Johannesburg to Durban trip in one go.
The Pyramids Motel is situated on the N3 route at Van Reenen’s Pass halfway between Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. It offers breath-taking views of the Drakensberg, all rooms come with a private bathroom, a flat screen TV and a DVD player.
Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant and bar, or go for a hike on the Black Wildebeest hiking trail.
Contact info: 082-523-3241 or 036-949-0122
#4 The Oxwagon Lodge (Hartbeespoort)
This is the perfect romantic getaway spot. Spend the weekend pretending to be back in the 1830s/40s in a restored ox wagon overlooking the Hartebeespoort Dam. They serve a nice old-style Sunday lunch with farm bread and moerkoffie; you can also join them for a trekker braai, or if you feel like doing something more intimate you can book a romantic sunset picnic.
Activities on-site: Bird watching, swimming pool, nature museum and the Oxwagon Museum
Activities close by: Fishing, mountain bike routes, horseback riding
Contact info: 078-075-0720
Rates: R595 per person, including a champagne breakfast
R320 for children under 12
R195 per person for the Trekker braai
#5 Butt Nothing Self-catering Naturist Resort (Port Elizabeth)
If you feel like trying something out of your comfort zone, this one is for you. Butt Nothing offers guests comfortable, self-catering naturist accommodation; you can relax on a sun lounger next to the heated swimming pool or go out and enjoy one of the many attractions Port Elizabeth has to offer: beautiful beaches, the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment Centre, Sea View Lion Park, malls and restaurants.
Contact info: 011-368-2993
Rates: R350 per night single
R300 per night per person sharing
I hope that this will help you to decide where to go for your next weekend away.
Words: Natassha Burrel