A Sweet Escape: 9 Remote Getaways in South Africa
“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
I love not Man the less, but Nature more, . . .” ─ Lord Byron
Sometimes the routine of everyday life simply just gets the better of you ─ getting up at the same time every morning, driving the same congested routes every day, endless deadlines at work and always having to plan the next meal . . . The cure for this is, of course, to seek some seclusion!
We can thank our lucky stars that we live in a country with incredible, unique scenery and secret spots that are practically made for the rejuvenation of tired souls. For those of you who are too drained to even look for your next escape, don’t rack your tired brain any further! TravelGround has gathered a magnificent remote getaway in each province of South Africa that is perfect for those craving some diversion from their daily patterns.
Amanzi Empilo Bungalow
This cute little river stone bungalow is hidden in a lush green valley about one kilometre off the road to Naude’s Nek Pass. It’s situated on the Bell River, about four kilometres from Rhodes Village. Amanzi Empilo means ‘healing waters’ in Xhosa, and this is exactly what you can expect here ─ some healing from all your daily stress. This bungalow accommodates up to four guests, so it’s the ideal escape for a tired family. All appliances are powered by solar panels or gas, and there is an outside deck with braai facilities and magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and the Bell River. Here, you don’t need any routine ─ your only obligation is to unwind.
Thatcher’s Rest Self-catering Cottage
If you’re looking for a remote getaway in KwaZulu-Natal, then this gorgeous self-catering cottage in the peaceful hills of the Biggarsberg Mountain Range between Ladismith, Dundee and Newcastle might just be your cup of tea. With its beautiful thatched roof, private balcony with views across the dam and surrounding farmland, a Jetmaster fireplace, fully equipped kitchen and beautiful boardwalk, this cottage offers a tranquility that will be hard to leave behind.
Nigramoep Slowliving Guest Farm
The Northern Cape is known for its vast, forgotten landscapes and is the ideal place to get far away from the fast-paced city life. Here you can find the peace you’ve been looking for, because life on this lovely farm 60 kilometres outside Springbok is nothing but slow. Nigramoep Slowliving Guest Farm offers an old-timely stay and can accommodate three guests. There is a communal swimming pool and braai area you can enjoy. Explore the area with its wide variety of plant life and various walking routes. Come and leave your worries in the open fields of this special province.
De Cango Farm
De Cango is a working farm just 23 kilometres outside Oudtshoorn at the foot of the Swartberg Mountains. Situated in the Klein Karoo, this farm offers tranquility that will make you feel lightyears away from all the noise and restlessness of the city. This area offers hiking and mountain-biking trails, birdwatching, historical sites and pristine scenery. De Cango Farm is also a stone’s throw away from the Cango Caves and various vineyards in the area. The farm is completely off the grid and its water supply comes directly from the mountains ─ a true escape from your daily responsibilities.
This lodge most certainly does its name justice! It is a complete dream: a beautiful, cosy lodge situated on a picturesque farm only 20 minutes from Magaliesburg. Dream Lodge is ideal for a worn-out couple dying to have some time away from everything. There are two free-standing cottages on the farm. Both are off the grid, and they also have indoor fireplaces, hot water provided by solar-heated geysers and lots of candles to set that romantic atmosphere. You don’t even have to worry about cooking, seeing that dinner and breakfast are included. Now that’s a proper place to get the rest you deserve!
The Stables and The Loft @ Glenogle Farm
Are you dreaming of a fairy-tale escape? Then Glenogle Farm would make your heart skip a beat! This splendid farm is hidden amongst the pine plantations in the mountainous area of Magoebaskloof and boasts two luxury units, a private dam stocked with trout and plenty of horses. The Stables is a grand double-storey house with all the facilities you’ll ever need and can accommodate four guests, while The Loft is the perfect romantic hideaway among the pine trees. Here you can enjoy all modern facilities, including cell-phone reception and Wi-Fi, while rejuvenating your soul on a farm surrounded by breathtaking scenery.
Mafube Mountain Retreat
With its unique position in a semi-circle of red and yellow sandstone mountains and being surrounded by wilderness, Mafube Mountain Retreat is a nature lover’s paradise. This spectacular retreat is situated in the Eastern Free State Highlands between Clarens and Fouriesburg, and offers nothing but relaxation and freedom to do what you can’t do at home. There are plenty of hiking trails, pools, caves and waterfalls to explore, and if you don’t feel like being active, you can merely sit back and marvel at the dreamy surroundings.
This exclusive lodge accommodates a maximum of two guests in each of the five luxury chalets. Here you can enjoy total seclusion in the Lowveld Forest in the Sabie River Valley. The scenery will leave anyone breathless and the lodge offers luxuries that you won’t easily find elsewhere. Each chalet is secluded and surrounded by unspoilt nature and views to die for!
Ezemvelo Nature Reserve
It might be hard to imagine that this tiny province offers remote getaways away from the big cities like Johannesburg or Pretoria. However, Ezemvelo Nature Reserve, which is only an hour and 20 minutes’ drive from O.R. Tambo International Airport, offers the serenity you need to detox from all your stress. There are private chalets, plenty of game, decks with gorgeous views and scenery that will heal your city exhaustion.
No matter where in South Africa you stay, you are only a few hours’ drive away from getting your soul rejuvenated. There’s no better way to heal from your everyday stress than a holiday that completely deviates from your daily routine. Don’t wait for a total burnout, book your next remote getaway now so you can get your mojo back!
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