Best Local Getaways in South Africa

South Africa is a vast country filled with breathtaking natural landscapes, a rich tapestry of diverse cultures, and unique experiences, making it an ideal destination for local getaways.

Whether you crave a relaxing countryside retreat, an urban escape, or a safari experience, this rainbow nation offers something for every traveler’s taste. To help you plan your next staycation, we’ve curated a list of the best destinations across South Africa.

1. Cape Town – President Hotel Bantry Bay 

The President Hotel, Bantry Bay - best local getaways in South Africa
Photo by President Hotel, Cape Town on Facebook

Bantry Bay exudes luxurious charm, offering breathtaking views over Table Mountain and the Atlantic seaboard. Locals know that it’s home to some of Cape Town’s wealthiest individuals, the seafront suburb hugs the slopes of Lion’s Head and overlooks the rocky waters of the Atlantic seaboard. We recommend staying at the The President Hotel, a accommodation with panoramic Table Mountain views.

Google rating: 4.7

Location: 4 Alexander Rd, Bantry Bay, Cape Town, 8001

Contact: 021 434 8111

2. Kwa-Zulu Natal – South African safari experience at the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve

Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve - Best local getaways in South Africa
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Experience the wonders of Africa’s oldest game reserve, the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve in Kwa-Zulu Natal. With its vast bushlands and abundant wildlife, including the Big 5, it’s a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts and safari lovers, locals and tourists alike.

Google rating: 4.5

Location: Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve

Contact: 033 845 1999

Looking for accommodation nearby, we recommend the Bonamanzi Game Reserve

3. Cederberg – Western Cape 

Cederberg, Western Cape - Best local getaways in South Africa
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Characterised by rugged mountains, dramatic rock formations, ancient rock art, crystal-clear streams, and starry night skies, the Cederberg region is exclusively home to the Rooibos plant and high altitude vineyards that produce award-winning wines.

Looking for accommodation nearby, here are some options in Citrusdal.

Google rating: 4.8

Location: Cederberg Wilderness Area, West Coast 

Contact: 027 482 2403

4. Little Africa Safari Lodge – Hoedspruit, Limpopo (Daddy’s Deals)

Little Africa Safari Lodge, Hoedspruit, Limpopo - best local getaways in South Africa
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Immerse yourself in the untamed wilderness of Hoedspruit’s greater Kruger area at the Little Africa Safari Lodge. Located in the Blue Canyon Private Game Reserve, this luxury lodge offers unforgettable encounters with the Big 5 and exciting safari activities.

Google rating: 4.9 

Location: R40, Moditlo Nature Reserve, Hoedspruit, 1380

Contact: 078 609 0212

5. Garden Route

Robberg Island - Garden Route - Best local getaways in South Africa
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Stretching 300 km from Mossel Bay to Storms River, the Garden Route offers a variety of mountain catchments, forests, fynbos, and glorious beaches waiting to be explored.

  • Stops include Mossel Bay, Wilderness and Garden Route National Park, Knysna and the lagoon, Plettenberg Bay and Robberg Nature Reserve, and Storms River and Tsitsikamma.

6. Wine and Dine in the Cape Winelands 

Cape Winelands - Best local getaways in South Africa
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Explore the luscious green valleys of the Cape Winelands, home to South Africa’s culinary capital – Franschhoek. Rich in history and culture, this region boasts natural picturesque landscapes and age-old cobblestone driveways.

  • Indulge in the finest cuisine at restaurants like Babel at Babylonstoren in Paarl, Brookdale Bistro in Paarl, Rust en Vrede in Stellenbosch, Arkeste on Chamonix Wine Farm in Franschhoek, and Tokara in Stellenbosch.
  • Browse some accommodation specials in the Cape Winelands.

With these hand-picked best local getaways in South Africa, your next holiday promises to be unforgettable. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or culinary delights, there’s something for everyone in this diverse and vibrant country. Start planning your escape today!

Best Local Getaways in South Africa

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