Making the most of your weekends is one of the secrets to traveling more while working full time. This post is for everyone that wants to plan a local weekend trip with family, friends or bae and needs a quick overview of destination options.
I have highlighted 7 road trip destinations that are close enough to Joburg for a weekend trip.
The destinations are listed in order from closest to furtherst from Joburg.
Distance from Joburg: 70km; 1 hour drive
Accommodation recommendations: Woodland Gardens (Airbnb), Valley Lodge & Spa (hotel)
Activities: Hiking trails, zip lining, horse riding, hot air ballooning
Attractions: The Cradle of Humankind, Magalies Canopy Tour, Mountain Sanctuary Park, Kranskloof hiking trail
Tip: Look out for the winter spa specials at Valley Lodge & Spa
Hartbeestport, North West
Distance from Joburg: 78km; 1 hour drive
Accommodation recommendations: There are plenty of Airbnb homes along the dam. If you are a first time user of Airbnb, register using my code for R600 off your first booking.
Activities: Boat rides, water sports, fishing
Attractions: Hartbeesport dam, French Toast Koffie Kafee, Aerial cableway, Harties watersports centre
Tip: You can double up a weekend stay in Hartbeesport by also visiting Pilanesberg (more on Pilanesberg below).
Parys, Free State
Distance from Joburg: 111km; 1hour 15min drive
Accommodation recommendations: Pont de Val (hotel)
Activities: Boat rides, river rafting, spas
Attractions: Vaal River, Pont de Val, Vredefort Crater, R.E.A.L Adventures
Tip: Pont de Val is a very romantic setting. I recommend it for a baecation. In fact while I was there, someone proposed to their girlfriend on the lawn alongside the river!
Pilanesberg, North West
Distance from Joburg: 177km; 2.5 hour drive
Accommodation recommendations: Tshiberry Bed & Breakfast (Airbnb), Cabanas Sun City (hotel), Bakubung Bush Lodge (hotel)
Activities: Game drives, water sports, quad biking
Attractions: Sun City Resort, Pilanesberg Game Reserve
Clarens, Free State
Distance from Joburg: 302km, 3 hour drive
Activities: river rafting, wine tasting, quad biking, horseback riding
Attractions: Art & Wine Gallery on Main, Clarens Brewery, Ash River, Golden Gate Highlands National Park
Tip: Visit in February to attend the Clarens Craft Beer Festival
Distance from Joburg: 394km, 4 hours drive
Accommodation recommendations: Didima Camp Cathedral Peak (Hotel)
Activities: hiking, horseback riding, wine tasting, river rafting, fishing, rock climbing, rock art viewing
Attractions: Tugela Falls, Cathedral Peak Nature Reserve, Drakensberg amphitheater, Kamberg Nature Reserve
Distance from Joburg: 405km; 4.5 hour drive
Accommodation recommendations: Stay in a small town called Graskop for easy access to all the attractions on Panorama Route. If you are a first time user of Airbnb, register using my code for R600 off your first booking.
Activities: Waterfall swims, nature parks, hiking, tubing
Attractions: God’s window, Blyde River Canyon, Gorge Lift, Lisbon Falls, Bourkes Luck Potholes, Sudwala Caves
Tip: There is a lot to see on the Panorama Route. Choose the attractions you want to see and plan out your stops so that you make the most of your time! See how I explored the Panorama Route in one day.