Weekend Getaways close to Jozi & Pretoria

You don’t have to drive too far to escape the city lights of Johannesburg and Pretoria. A great weekend getaway might be closer than you think. Here are some ideas on how you can get away without spending too much time on the road:

Dullstroom

If you are looking for a relaxing, rejuvenating weekend away, the picturesque town, Dullstroom, is your answer. Dullstroom is South Africa’s favourite fly fishing village and offers something to interest every traveller, whether you wish to catch and release fish or to enjoy the calming scenic beauty and excellent, quirky restaurants.

Taste superb whiskey from the widest range of whiskies available in the Southern Hemisphere at Wild about Whisky, enjoy the scenic two day Steenkampsberg hiking trail located only 4km from town, or enjoy leisurely walks with fresh air, taking in the picturesque mountain scenery.

Pilanesberg

The Pilanesberg National Park offers a great bush getaway. Boasting the Big Five, Pilanesberg promises thrilling big game viewing and is home to more than 360 bird species. Enjoy a guided 4×4 game drive, take an exhilarating walking safari or enjoy a unique hot air balloon safari.

Hartebeespoort

For a getaway that offers fun, family-friendly activities to entertain young and old, Hartebeespoort is the place to visit.

Enjoy some extreme jet boat rides on the dam, do some exhilarating zip lining or visit the elephant sanctuary. For the best views of Hartebeespoortdam, consider trying the popular Harties Cableway. If you are keen on partaking in a romantic lunch, pack a picnic basket and a blanket and enjoy a picnic at The Strawberry Farm near Hartebeespoort dam.

Magaliesburg

For the perfect escape to the countryside, head to the Magaliesberg region.

The Magaliesburg village offers good shopping, art and crafts studios, working farms and excellent restaurants. For the adventurer, the Magaliesberg offers mountain walks, quad-biking, hiking and more.

With its beautiful mountains, rivers and indigenous woodlands, this scenic gem has visitors returning time and again.

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My top 5 bucket list restaurants in Jo’burg

1. Cube Kitchen

With a dash of uniqueness attached to its stunningly beautiful food photography, the Cube Kitchen is definitely number one on my dining-in-Jo’burg bucket list. An intimate 30 seat tasting kitchen, they believe the table to be a source of fun and conversation. They encourage lengthy dinners with lots of wine, food and conversation – as long as you bring the wine (they are not licensed, which is a little sad). But it sounds like my kind of people and I’ll definitely pop in sooner than later. Visit their website here: http://www.cubekitchen.co.za/home

Restaurants

Restaurants

2. Leafy Greens Café

Their slogan, “Eat well, do good” caught my attention immediately. “Leafy G” is committed to producing food that has the lowest carbon footprint (food that it high in minerals and vitamins in its raw form). Therefore the menu also changes according to seasonality. Located in Muldersdrift the restaurant also offers a peaceful escape from the busy city life. Find more information about this vegan-friendly café here: http://www.leafygreens.co.za/

3. Schwabinger Stuben

After recently returning from Germany, I would love to visit this old fashioned, yet cozy Randburg Restaurant. Menu options include the traditional eisbein, schnitzel and German sausages and the atmosphere is apparently true to the classic Bavarian tavern. This restaurant seems to be the ideal down-to-earth dining option with good value for money. Contact them on 011 787 2550.

4. Lucky Bean Restaurant

Apparently, according to Food24, you are lucky if you’ve even just been there. This restaurant seems to have taken traditional South African cuisine to another level with Ostrich Bobotie Spring Rolls and a warm Jozi heart. Find them here: Lucky Bean Restaurant

5. The Good Luck Club

For the occasional craving of Asian food, this spot seems perfect! From creamy coconut juice and slow beers to ‘lucky wings’ with ginger, fish sauce, garlic, parsley and mint, this sounds like the best place to enjoy some Asian cuisine. Visit their website here: The Good Luck Club

Meet the owner

It’s always good to know who you are working with…so here I am. 🙂 Hi, my name is Renate and I love hospitality and tourism.

Renate de Villiers

Renate de Villiers

Former teacher, guesthouse owner, tourism and hospitality lecturer and hotel PR and marketing campaign manager, I am completely in love with the hospitality and tourism industry. I love how everything comes back to one thing: helping others. Problem is – you are all so busy helping guests and keeping them happy that there’s no time to train staff. And THAT’s where I come in. I help you to keep your staff in the game with great, customized workshops on customer service, social media and more. I’ve had the dream of opening this company for over nine years and now it has happened at last! I can’t wait to meet all you lovely people. It’s gonna be a blast working with you.

What do I do in my “off-time”? Well, weekends are filled with excitement – visiting friends, going camping with my boyfriend, visiting friends, exploring Jozi and the rest of SA…visiting friends…you know- It’s a hard life!

I LOVE meeting new people, listening to their stories and taking on new challenges. I have trouble ignoring Pinterest, I take photos of everything and anything and I don’t judge restaurants, accommodation or food in my off-time. 🙂

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