Best of Joburg: Bush Breaks

16 August 2013

At some point everyone needs a break.  An escape from the endless emails, traffic, school runs, phone calls and meetings craziness that we become lost in; a moment to reconnect with this beautiful country we call home.  Planning a bush break can give you the getaway you need with the convenience of staying close to home.  Here are a few of our favourite spots for a weekend out of the city.

Just an hour drive outside the city and surrounded by the majestic Magaliesberg mountain range, Hartbeespoortdam is perfectly situated for both weekend getaways and day trips alike.  With lush scenery and a tranquil atmosphere, travellers can enjoy an endless variety of water sports, plenty of leisure activities from golfing to hiking, as well as a full complement of game experiences.  Visit the Elephant Sanctuary and go for an amazing elephant ride or check out the Cheetah Trust and get up close to this rare species.  With plenty of accommodation in the area, Harties is certainly a great weekend escape for families and adventure lovers alike.

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For those that love big game, but don’t have time to venture to the Kruger, take a weekend away in the Pilanesberg.  Just 2 hours outside of the city, this beautiful game reserve sits adjacent to Sun City and boasts over 7000 animals including the Big Five.  Visitors have the choice of both professionally or self-guided drives through the park and there are a number of picnic sites to enjoy a casual lunch or snack.  As evening falls retreat to your bush lodge and enjoy delicious cuisine as you listen to the rustle of the bush alive with wildlife.  The ultimate in relaxation, the Pilanesberg is ideal for a romantic getaway.

Only 3 hours outside of Joburg lies the stoic peaks of the Drakensberg.  Boasting the highest point in South Africa, this mountain range is the perfect wellness retreat to rejuvenate mind, body and soul.  With a crisp alpine feel, travellers can relax in therapeutic hot springs and Jacuzzis, enjoy soothing beauty and wellness treatments at a variety of award winning spas or take in the scenery with horseback riding, hot air ballooning or a simple hike.   With plenty of local accommodation from lavish hotels to quiet bed and breakfasts, guests will feel right at home and return to the city feeling rested and relaxed.

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