Cosy winter retreats

8 Jun 2017

Venture out and brave South Africa’s nippy season with these winter getaways to beat the big chill. From beach houses and luxury lodges to incredible hideouts, there are plenty hidden gems to visit on weekends this winter.

Here are some delightful options to consider when you hit the road in search of an ideal winter getaway:

Tau Game Lodge, Madikwe:

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One of the first lodges built in the Madikwe Game Reserve, Tau is a traditional safari lodge and its spacious lounge offers an opportunity to sit back and relax on a comfy couch after a game drive.

Abalone House, Paternoster:

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This delightful hotel along the West Coast promises solitude and a great crackling fire. Order a glass of port and forget the world exists as you enjoy the guesthouse decor, inspired by the vibrancy of Tretchikoff.

De Oude Kraal Country Estate & Spa, Free State:

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About 35 km south of Bloemfontein on a working sheep farm, De Oude Kraal offers a retreat to birdwatch, horse ride, tuck into a hearty meal and view a spectacular winter Free State sunset. Book a room with an open fireplace for a cosy winter vibe.

De Hoek Country Hotel, Magaliesburg:

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This five-star country house is constructed of sandstone. Its interiors are filled with Oregon pine and Mahogany, and dressed with luxurious fabrics. Dining is the finest of crystal and silver affairs. This winter, luxuriate in one of the superior suites that come with their own fireplaces.

Granny Mouse Country House, KwaZulu-Natal Midlands:

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Deluxe rooms at this popular country house and spa on the Midlands Meander, at the foot of the Drakensberg Mountains, have great fireplaces. Warm your toes after a day of exploring the arts and crafts in the area.

Tenahead Mountain Lodge & Spa, Rhodes:

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This five-star lodge is surrounded by the Drakensberg, Witteberg and Maluti mountains, and as such luxuriates in the magnificent scenery of peaks, valleys and streams. Large, double-glazed windows in the rooms offer unmatched panoramas, while open fireplaces remove any chill from the air.

With these and more amazing establishments available to you this winter, there’s no excuse to not pack an overnight bag, head out and experience South Africa’s winter in the comfort of these incredible hidden gems.