Easter getaways

10 Apr 2017

April holidays are just around the corner and they are full of lovely treats like long weekends, chocolate delights and hot cross buns! If you don’t already think that Easter is absolutely the best holiday, these getaways are bound to convince you.

Here are some of the best self-catering options for a great time away with friends, family and of course lots of good food!

Western Cape

River Magic Cottages

Four spacious designer cottages appointed in a pastoral and river settings. Sleeping accommodation consists of one double bedroom and en-suite, one double bedroom with basin, one twin-bedded room with basin and two 3 bedded rooms en-suite. Separate bathroom. There is an open plan living/kitchen/dining room with a large fire place. The outside braai area over looks magnificent river views and guests have the use of a canoe and row boat onto which you may attach your own small outboard engine.

Where: Vermaaklikheid, 35 km from Riversdale.


Offers a six-sleeper house with a separate loft apartment and is within walking distance to the beach. If it’s a family beach break you’re after, then Ismore has you covered. This three-bedroom self-catering house is located in Klein Paternoster, a one-of-a-kind development with lush gardens and a few resident owls.

Where: Paternoster, 145 km north of Cape Town


Umzimkulu River Lodge

About 15 km’s from Underberg village, you will arrive at a rustic river lodge with rolling hills and a fresh running river. With a choice of eight self-catering units that can sleep from two to ten guests, there is no shortage of choice.  The units are spacious and comfortably furnished. Each has a well-equipped kitchen, as well as private braai area to enjoy those starry summer evenings.

Where: Underberg

Tower of Pizza Lodge

This farm is 10km from Royal Natal National Park, with nine cottages and a pizzeria restaurant. Situated on a working grain farm, experience traditional farmstyle hospitality in close proximity to all major attractions in the beautiful Amphitheatre valley. Artistic and off beat décor complement the tranquil and natural beauty of the area.

Where: Northern Drakensberg, 34km from Bergville



Sabie River Camp,

Sabie, sprawled along the river just outside Sabie, Sabie River Camp is one of those places that even the adamant non-camper will enjoy. With a wide range of accommodation options, it has something for everyone: camping and caravan sites, three 10-sleeper dorm rooms, en-suite pre-erected safari tents, more pre-erected tents on stilts, three backpacker family rooms.

Where: Sabie

Fox and Squirrel

This is the most romantic venue in the whole of Dullstroom. Fox & Squirrel is a beautiful self-catering cottage situated in the secure Oaklane Estate on the eastern side of town.  The cottage overlooks the dam and Steenkampsberg Nature Reserve. This popular self-catering cottage promises to change your state of mind! Fox and Squirrel appears to tick most Budget Getaways boxes.

Where: Dullstroom

Eastern Cape

Kouga Wildernis, Baviaanskloof

This historic farm, bordering the Baviaanskloof, with a farmhouse, two cottages, a campsite, a bush camp, and an equipped caravan is perfect for a nature-filled getaway. So if you’re heading Eastern Cape way and seeking comfortable (or rustic) lodgings, raw nature and a platter of potential action, Kouga Wildernis ticks just about every box. The three self-catering units come with mountain views and their own nearby swimming holes along the course of the Klein River. 

Watercolours, Cape St Francis

This luxury family home is within walking distance of Seal Point in Cape St Francis. Right in the heart of Cape St Francis and within easy reach of Seal Point and the beach, Watercolours is a stylish and modern family pad. Flicking through the guest book, the feedback paints a pretty picture.

Free State

The Nellsbells Cottage

Nells Bells is a grand double-storey affair. Sleeping-wise, it offers three nicely appointed bedrooms – two doubles and one with single beds. One of the bedroom flows onto the balcony and its lovely outlook over Mount Horeb. The house can sleep a total eight. The open-plan lounge is a comfortable affair with DSTV and fireplace – essential to survive the Clarens winter. Timber floors and beams inject further cosiness. 

Where: Clarens

Schaapplaats Farm Cottages

This getaway promises rambling farmlands and an equestrian centre with three rustic cottages. There’s plenty of history lurking in the walls of the Schaapplaats farmhouse – this rambling farm hails from the days of the Basotho Wars, and the sandstone homestead is believed to have been a field hospital during the Boer War. Three fully self-catering cottages that have each been individually decorated which satisfy for all self-catering needs.

Where: Maluti Mountains, 6km from Clarens