Johannesburg has round-the-clock energy that’s both exciting and exhausting. When South Africa’s city of gold starts to lose its lustre, it’s time to nip off for a restorative weekend break – now bookable on Culture Trip.
Nicknamed the ‘New York of Africa’, Johannesburg is a bustling metropolis that’s all attitude and nervous energy. While tuning into Joburg’s frequency is exhilarating, it can be tiring – making a quick, rejuvenating weekend away beyond the city limits a must. Fortunately, there are plenty of places to decompress before the city of gold beckons you back. Here are some of the best weekend getaways from South Africa’s larger-than-life city.
In the Setswana language – one of the 11 official languages of South Africa – Mabalingwe means ‘spots of the leopard’ and the shy predator is indeed one of the animals you might see on a night game drive at this Limpopo nature reserve. For kids, a visit to Mabalingwe is both educational and fun. Mini-golf tournaments and face painting are interspersed with an eco-tainment programme that teaches tree identification, tracking skills and water purification.
Don’t let the functional name fool you. The small village of Dullstroom – 262km (163mi) from Jozi – where Cherry Grove is located is anything but boring. In one of the country’s best fishing spots, you can hit the trout route past two waterfalls, or do some fly-fishing in a number of streams and dams. Hang with apex predators at the Bird of Prey Centre and pause at the coffee roastery, before blazing away at a clay pigeon shooting range and knocking back a few at the Anvil Ale Brewery – preferably in that order.
This is a rewrite of an article originally written by Carina Claassens.