Need A Break? Unwind At These 11 Secluded Holiday Destinations

It's time to explore beyond your four walls.

Kirsten Curtis |

Intra-provincial travel is officially allowed again. Even though those of us with wanderlust can’t travel far, it does mean we get to explore a change of scenery. After months of being confined to our own homes, we finally get the opportunity to unwind elsewhere. Get excited.

To get you going, we compiled this list of holiday destinations around the country (most of which are quite secluded) that would make great holiday destinations. They’re perfect for people who don’t want to interact with too many other people, but are tired of being cooped up at home. There’s also plenty of activities to do around these places, including hiking, mountain biking and swimming (when the weather is good of course).

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Stretch your legs, pack your bags and start exploring your province. Bookmark the rest of the holiday destinations for when inter-provincial travel is possible again.

Western Cape

1. Stone Cottage at Fossil Hills


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Named after the fossils found in the area, Fossil Hills’ self-catering accommodation is situated on the Thornvilla wine farm. Our pick of the six cottages on offer is Stone Cottage. Perched on the hillside, the cosy cottage offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and valley. It’s location is ideal for those looking for a tranquil getaway. Settle in with a book by its indoor fireplace, or braai up a storm at the outdoor fireplace. Take your relaxation one step further by soaking in the hot tub. If you grow tired of resting, explore the surrounding area by taking a hike or using one of the mountain bikes.

Location: Mcgregor

Price: Between R1400 – R1600 a night. Book here.

2. Arum Lily Log Cabins and Cottages


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Wake up to captivating water views at Arum Lily. The fully equipped luxury accommodation is situated alongside the farm’s dam. Enjoy your morning coffee on the wooden deck or end the day with sundowners. The charming log cabins all have their own private hot tub and fireplace – the perfect setting for a romantic and relaxing getaway. Wipe away your stress by paddling out in the provided canoe.  Stay connected to the outside with the free wi-fi on offer.

Location: Wolseley

Price: From R1900 (for 2) per night. Book here.

3. Lavender Beach

It’s almost whale season and there’s no better way to spot these majestic beauties from the comfort of your own accommodation. Lavender Beach is a self-catered accommodation that can house up to eleven guests – (eight in the main house and three in the flat in the backyard). It’s perfect for large families or a group of friends looking to (safely) get away together. Enjoy panoramic views of both the seaside and the mountains. The self-catered accommodation comes with a fully equipped kitchen, plus a braai area. Take a walk down to the beach or walk along the 4km Vermont Trail that can be found just outside the house. It’s also close to Hermanus and other seaside towns.

Location: Vermont

Price: Book either the main cottage, the private flat or both. Price differs based on booking platform. Book via Airbnb, Where To Stay or Safari Now.

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Eastern Cape

4. Over-the-edge Thatched Cottage at The Edge Mountain Retreat

There’s nothing like getting lost in nature to take away your anxiety. The Edge Mountain Retreat is surrounded by cliffs and uninterrupted forest views. The retreat offers a range of accommodation for couples and families. Our advice: pick the self-catering Over-the-edge Thatched Cottage. As the name suggests, the cosy rondawel is located at the edge of a cliff, offering breathtaking views.  Have breakfast overlooking the cliff, while deciding on your day’s activities. There’s plenty to do in the magical town of Hogsback. Go horseback riding or hike through the forest’s many trails.

Location: Hogsback

Price: R1250 per night (for two). Book here.

5. Dassiekrans at Kleinrivier Mountain Escapes

If you’re looking for a simple, tranquil place to stay – the Dassiekrans chalets at Kleinrivier Mountain Escapes is a great place to stay. The thick riverine bush separates the four chalets, offering guests complete privacy. Glimpse dassies basking in the sunlight as you look upon either the Kleinrivier valley or the opposite cliffs. Each chalet is outfitted with comfortable beds, a kitchen, indoor and/or outdoor showers, while the lighting is solar powered. The braai facilities allow you to dine under stars, with the sounds of nature providing you with the tunes of the evening. Most chalets sleep two guests, with Dassiekrans 4 sleeping four.

Location: Kleinrivier Wilderness Area

Price: R400 per person. Book here.

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6. Dumbe Berg Accommodation

Need a reminder about how infinite the universe is? Standing on the decks of the chalets at Dumbe Berg Accommodation will provide you with that feeling. Here you can stare out at the wide expanse of rolling green land surrounding the self-catering accommodation. Besides its’ magnificent views the chalets all provide comfortable accommodation, with a fully equipped kitchen. Nearby activities include fly fishing, mountain biking and hiking. There’s no TV so it’s the perfect place to get back to the basics and really get to know your partner.

Location: Oliviershoek Pass

Price: from R540 per person sharing, per night. Book here.

7. Whale View Beach House

Take your whole family on vacation to this self-catering house situated on the Umdloti Green Belt dune overlooking the breakers. With magical seaside views (and the opportunity to spot some whales), this house is perfect for the family looking for a tranquil holiday. The Whale View Beach House has an outside dining and entertainment area as well as a pool fitted with a safety net. There’s also a large area for the kids to play in so you can put your feet up while they entertain themselves.

Location: Umdloti Beach

Price: R2300 per night (sleeps eight). Book here.

8. Sycamore Avenue Treehouses


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Recharge your soul at one of these eccentric and romantic treehouses in the Midlands. They’re a far cry from the treehouse you may have built as a child. They’re fully furbished to provide you with a comfortable stay. With an indoor fireplace and private spa bath, the treehouses were built with your relaxation in mind. Enjoy sundowners on the decks while taking in the picturesque views of the surrounding areas. There are six treehouses to choose from each with its own unique setting. Plus: you don’t need to worry about cooking as Sycamore Avenue provides you with meals. It’s an all round win.

Location: KZN Midlands Meander

Price: From R750 per person per night. Book here.

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9. B’sorah Luxury Tented Camps

Situated along a tranquil stream, the luxury tents at B’sorah are the perfect getaway for nature loving couples. The self-catering tents are separated from each other by pristine wilderness and bush, giving them each a unique view and affording the occupants some privacy. Each tent is equipped with comfortable furniture for a luxurious experience. Unwind by taking a walk up one of the scenic trails, swimming in a clean, natural river or simply enjoy the view from your tent. The tents are solar powered and have sockets for charging your phone…But you might not feel the need to once you’ve settled in.

Location: Magaliesberg

Price: From R1400 per night. Book here.

10. Old Willow No7 Houseboat Charters

Leave land behind and enjoy a few days out on the water aboard these LeisureLiner houseboats. Navigate the waters of the Vaal Barrage, cruising down 55kms of the inland waterway. You’ll be taught the ropes of how to steer yourself, with backup support if you need it. The houseboat sleeps five people. Explore the shorefront attractions, have a braai or fish on the decks or relax on a tube towed to the boat. There’s plenty to do on the water.

Location: Vanderbijlpark

Price: From R698 per person sharing. Book here.

11. iKhaya LamaDube Game Lodge

iKhaya LamaDube Game Lodge aims to provide guests with an atmosphere of relaxation, seclusion and absolute tranquillity. Experience a serene holiday, with the opportunity to see the Big 5 as you drive around and explore the Game Lodge. Each of the eight units sleeps two, making it ideal for a romantic getaway. Gaze up at the starry night sky while enjoying the warmth of a bonfire in your private Boma. With different types of accommodation on offer, there’s something for everyone.

Location: Dinokeng Game Reserve

Price: From R1450 per night.

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