The 17 Best Weekend Getaways From Cape Town

The 17 Best Weekend Getaways From Cape Town Farm 215, Teagan Cunniffe

Escape the grind with a blissful break at one of these spots that are close enough for comfort.

Sometimes, a complete and utter break from the daily grind is the only antidote for stress and a complete reboot. Fortunately, living in Cape Town, we are blessed with an array of out-of-the-way places that are – ironically – close at hand, which means you don’t have to hop on a plane to get away from it all.

The Insiders went in search of the best weekend getaway destinations around the Mother City, and here’s what we discovered…

Have you been to any wonderful weekend destinations you think we should know about? Let us know in the comments below.

The boutique bolthole: The Robertson Small Hotel

The Robertson Small Hotel: The Best Weekend Getaways
The Robertson Small Hotel Exterior: The Best Weekend Getaways
The Robertson Small Hotel Interior: The Best Weekend Getaways

Where Robertson
Distance from CT 2 hours
Sleeps 20 (there are 10 rooms that sleep 2 people each)
Setting Surrounded by endless farmlands and majestic mountain ranges, the historic town of Robertson along the Route 62 oozes small-town charm. Victorian architecture and flowering Jacaranda trees line the wide streets, while a scattering of wonderful restaurants, shops, and wine-tasting spots create a pathway between past and present.
The lodgings Situated in the heart of the town, this stunning five-star boutique hotel features 10 en-suite bedrooms: three Manor House rooms, four Pool Suite rooms, and three Stable rooms. Each offers their own unique charm and appeal, yet all feature a spacious verandah, tea- and coffee-making facilities, a small lounge area with a TV, and a self-service mini bar. The hotel also features a top-drawer restaurant that’s open for lunch and dinner, a wine and cocktail bar, and a wellness spa. A delicious breakfast is served daily.
Things to do Stroll through the town’s shops and restaurants, or take a drive out to one of the neighbouring farms, namely Arabella Wines, Springfield Estate, and Robertson Winery. There’s also Saggy Stone Brewery, a rustic pub and brewhouse situated amid the plum orchards of Amandalia Farm.
Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R1 630 per person per night (depending on season)
Check Availability + Book Direct
Where to find it 58 Van Reenen Street, Robertson, Western Cape

The stylish manor house: Jonkmanshof

Jonkmanshof: The Best Weekend GetawaysGreg Cox
Jonkmanshof Kitchen: The Best Weekend GetawaysGreg Cox
Jonkmanshof Interior: The Best Weekend GetawaysGreg Cox

Where Montagu
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Sleeps 8 (4 people per each of the 2 manor houses)
Setting The breathtaking mountain views, Cape Dutch and Georgian architecture, and quaint shops and restaurants give Montagu its unique charm. One look at its quiet roads and surrounding countryside, and you’ll find yourself wanting to linger longer. And, fortunately, we know just the place where you can do just that.
The lodgings Built in 1854 and 1856 respectively, the historic manor houses are located a few steps away from each other on the same street, and each boast original wooden floorboards and Karoo shutters, solid wooden beam ceilings, and large rooms decorated with the finest antiques, modern furniture and local contemporary art.
There are four en-suite bedrooms in each house (two with king-size beds that can be made up as single beds on request, and two with queen-sizes beds), four bathrooms with a shower and bateau baths, a lounge with a wood burning fireplaces, a library, a kitchen, and a gorgeous garden with a pool. Both houses also have under floor heating in the bathrooms for the cold Karoo winters. The older house built in 1854 also has a magnificent indigenous succulent greenhouse attached to the kitchen.
Things to do You’ll find more than enough to keep you occupied – and utterly relaxed – at this Karoo idyll – whether you choose to spend the day in the potted citrus garden, lounging by the farm style swimming pool in summer, curling up with a book in front of the fire when it’s chilly, hiking in the mountains, rock-climbing, playing a round of golf, taking a drive in a classic car, or enjoying a coffee from a local café…
Good to know Both houses can be rented on an exclusive use or per room basis.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R2 500 per person per night (depending on season)
Exclusive use: From R4 500 per night (depending on season)
Check Availability + Book Direct
Where to find it Bath Street, Bergsig, Montagu, Western Cape

The view-drenched hideaway: Akasha Mountain Retreat

Akasha Mountain Retreat: The Best Weekend GetawaysClaire Gunn
Akasha Mountain Retreat Exterior: The Best Weekend GetawaysClaire Gunn
Akasha Mountain Retreat Interior: The Best Weekend GetawaysClaire Gunn

Where Heidelberg
Distance from CT 3 – 3.5 hours
Sleeps 8
Setting This intensely beautiful, calming mountain hideaway – 300km east of Cape Town – offers a serene and secluded location, with panoramic views across the Langeberg and Duiwenhoks Dam.
The lodgings The four bedroom, solar-powered Cape-Maroc self-catering villa is well-equipped, and includes a fridge/freezer, gas hob/oven, wood-burning stove, local mountain spring water on tap, and a selection of books. Breakfast and other meals can be arranged by prior notice. Outside, there’s a delightful covered porch with hammocks and a large, shaded courtyard.  Peace and privacy is guaranteed as only one group at a time is hosted on the 120 hectare property.
Things to do Walking and hiking through the fynbos, to the an ancient rock circle and sugarbird nesting site or to the ‘Mermaid Pool,’ where you can swim, fish and picnic along the river.  Mountain-biking (bring your own bikes), birdwatching and stargazing.  Enquire about the guided tours up to a 70km radius. Musically inclined types will enjoy the host’s instrumental fingerstyle guitar playing, plus the marimbas and drums available for impromptu jamming sessions.
Good to know This is an extremely popular property, so we advise booking two to three months in advance to avoid disappointment.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Cost From R3 000 per person sharing for two nights (depending on season, less 20% on weeknights)
Enquire Now
Where to find it Akasha Mountain Retreat, Heidelberg, Western Cape

The charming countryside sojourn: Klein Nektar Farm Cottage

Klein Nektar Farm Cottage: The Best Weekend Getaways

Where Montagu
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Sleeps 4
Setting Situated in the quaint Karoo town of Montagu, this three-hectare working olive and wine farm sits in the heart of a tranquil valley. Providing the best of both worlds, Klein Nektar is a mere stroll from the shops and charming cafés in the town centre, and is also surrounded by endless nature, tucked away inside the towering Langeberg Mountains.
The lodgings The picturesque self-catering cottage is completely off the grid, making it the ultimate spot for unhindered, low-key relaxation. There’s no electricity or wi-fi, but solar lamps, and a gas-water heater, fridge, freezer, stove and oven. There are two queen bedrooms with a shared bathroom, and an open-plan living area that includes a fully equipped kitchen, lounge with a fireplace, and dining area. The private outdoor garden is ideal for braais, while the wrap-around terrace is the perfect spot for chilled summer lounging.
Things to do While the farm abounds with relaxing strolls through olive groves and orchards, there are more strenuous hiking and mountain-biking trails in the surrounding countryside. The farm is also a short distance from Montagu’s cultural centre, brimming with art galleries, cafés, shops, museums and restaurants.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R1 200 per night for two people (depending on season)
Check Availability + Book Direct
Where to find it 32 Long Street, Montagu, Western Cape

The shore-hugging summer idyll: Indigo Blue Beach House

Indigo Blue Beach House: The Best Weekend Getaways
Indigo Blue Beach House Exterior: The Best Weekend Getaways
Indigo Blue Beach House Interior: The Best Weekend Getaways

Where Langebaan
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Sleeps 8
Setting The popular West Coast town of Langebaan is a favourite among locals and tourists for its pristine beaches, and white-washed architecture reminiscent of the Greek island of Mykonos. One such place is Indigo Blue, a scenic beach house a mere stone’s throw from Sandbaai beach – a perfect fit for ocean lovers and watersports enthusiasts!
The lodgings The light and bright interior features three bedrooms with single and double beds, a fully equipped kitchen, lounge with a TV, and indoor heating for chilly coastal evenings. Outside, the three bamboo-covered patios have a braai, seating area and outdoor shower, with direct access from the house to the beach.
Things to do With the sea practically lapping your toes, this is the perfect spot to spend your days lounging on the beach with a good book. Two kayaks are provided, should you wish to go for a paddle, while the surrounding town is littered with rustic seaside eateries and shops. And, with a wide range of watersports, and some partially enclosed braai facilities in the West Coast National Park, the Langebaan Lagoon is also a great place to spend the day.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R4 750 per night (depending on season)
Enquire Now
Where to find it Basson Street, Langebaan, West Coast, Western Cape

The designer eco cabin: Fynbos Suites at Farm 215 Nature Retreat and Fynbos Reserve

Farm 215: The Best Weekend GetawaysTeagan Cunniffe
Farm 215 Exterior: The Best Weekend GetawaysTeagan Cunniffe
Farm 215 Pool: The Best Weekend GetawaysTeagan Cunniffe

Where Gansbaai
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Sleeps 6 (two per suite)
Setting Situated in the breathtaking Uilkraal Valley between Stanford and Cape Agulhas, Farm 215 is ideal for anyone seeking a tranquil retreat in miles and miles of unspoilt nature.
The lodgings The three secluded Fynbos Suites boast a wooden sun deck and floor-to-ceiling windows that maximise the uninterrupted views of the surrounding plains, dam and vineyards. Inside, the open-plan space connects the bedroom and en-suite bathroom to the lounge, all of which offer front-row seats to the sweeping surrounds, while woodstoves and comfortable furnishings to keep the evening chills at bay.
Things to do The 800-hectare reserve offers over 30 kilometres of hiking, mountain-biking and horseback-riding trails, while nearby attractions include wine-tasting at Lomond Wine Estate (booking is essential) and whale-watching in Walker Bay
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R1 650 per person per night sharing, includes breakfast (depending on season)
Enquire Now
Please note The above cost is inclusive of VAT
Where to find it Farm 215, Gansbaai, Western Cape

The nature-lovers’ escape: Cederkloof Botanical Retreat

Cederkloof Botanical Retreat: The Best Weekend Getaways
Cederkloof Botanical Retreat Pool: The Best Weekend Getaways
Cederkloof Botanical Retreat Interior: The Best Weekend Getaways

Where Citrusdal
Distance from CT 2 hours
Sleeps 28 (over 10 cottages)
Setting Part of a working farm just outside of Citrusdal, this scenic retreat is perched on the fynbos-covered slopes overlooking the Elephant River, surrounded by striking rock formations and sweeping views of the valley.
The lodgings There are 10 fully equipped self-catering cottages, six of which sleep two, as well as four double units that sleep four each. All cottages are en-suite with king-size beds, and feature a kitchen, indoor fireplace, seating area, and a a view-drenched outdoor terrace with a private Jacuzzi and a braai.
Things to do Those looking to relax and unwind will savour soaking up the starlit sky from the outdoor Jacuzzi, or enjoying sundowners on the outdoor terrace. The more adventure-inclined guests will love exploring the numerous hiking and horseback trails, as well as the nearby waterfalls and ancient rock paintings. There are also a number of neighbouring wineries and farm stalls in the area.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Cost From R1 400 per night (depending on season)
Free (children under 2 years)
Check Availability + Book Direct
Where to find it Cederkloof Retreat, Baths Road, Citrusdal, Western Cape

The quaint Klein Karoo escape: Kogman & Keisie Guest Farm

Kogman & Keisie Guest Farm: The Best Weekend Getaways
Kogman & Keisie Guest Farm Exterior: The Best Weekend Getaways
Kogman & Keisie Guest Farm Interior: The Best Weekend Getaways

Where Montagu
Distance from CT 2.5 hours
Sleeps 18 (in 2 cottages and 5 guesthouse rooms)
Setting An old windmill enhances the old-world atmosphere of this working farm in Montagu that’s inhabited by sheep, chickens, geese, ducks, dogs, and the occasional tortoise. The vast Karoo night sky recreates the feel of frontier life, when farmhouses like these sat on the edge of the known world.
The lodgings Two lovely self-catering cottages – Mountain View Cottage and Farm View Cottage – each feature a fully equipped kitchen, lounge with DStv and DVD player, and an outdoor patio with braai facilities and views.
There are also five charming guesthouse rooms: Kapokbos and Suikerbos each have a bathroom with a shower, mini kitchenette, DStv, and an outdoor patio with braai facilities, while
Buchu is on the ground floor, and has a bathroom with a shower, a separate bathroom with a shower, a small kitchenette, Dstv and a fireplace. Strooiblom and Botterblom each have a freestanding Victorian bath, elevated views of the surrounding farm, and DStv.
Things to do The working farm has two pools for summer dips, one of them heated. An exciting playground and interaction with the farm animals will keep children entertained for hours, while the walking and hiking trails, leading into the mountain reserve behind the farm, offer a wonderful opportunity to become immersed in nature, fish, and bird-watch in the surrounding area. Those looking to get out and about will enjoy Neil Burger’s tractor ride and potjiekos at Protea Farm, a spa day at Avalon Springs, a selection of art galleries and museums in the town centre, or wine-tasting on Route 62.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost Self-Catering Cottages: From R750 per person sharing (maximum 4 people)
Guesthouse Rooms: From R1 500 for two people sharing
Check Availability + Book Direct
Where to find it 2 Kloof Street, Montagu (via N1 and R60)

The family-friendly farm stay: Die Laaitjie

Die Laaitjie: The Best Weekend GetawaysA Blond & A Beard
Die Laaitjie Exterior: The Best Weekend GetawaysDiana Moss
Die Laaitjie Views: The Best Weekend GetawaysDiana Moss

Where Robertson
Distance from CT 2 hours
Sleeps Farmhouse: 8
Cottages: 4
Setting Only seven kilometers out of the famous Route 62 town of Robertson you’ll find a secluded valley, pierced by a calm river that runs through an old working farm. Here, wine and fruit are still hand-pressed, and pear and apricot trees blossom during the spring.
The lodgings The Victorian-style farmhouse offers four en-suite double bedrooms (each with a private terrace), a kitchen, two sitting rooms with fireplaces, a dining terrace with a braai, a swimming pool and a garden overlooking the dam.
There are also four cottages next to dam, each with two double bedrooms, a stoep, braai area, fireplace, outdoor showers, and access to the communal swimming pool.
Things to do There are horse-riding trails at the neighbouring farms, and scenic hiking and mountain-biking trails in the surrounding mountains. The winelands town of Robertson is close by for restaurants, and a chance to appreciate the old Victorian architecture.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Cost Farmhouse: From R5,200 per night on exclusive use (for 8 people, depending on season)
From R2 800 per night per room (depending on season)
Cottages: From R420 per person sharing (for 4 people, depending on season)
Check Availability + Book Direct
Where to find it Die Laaitjie Farm, Dassiehoek, Robertson

The chic valley hideaway: Haes Farm

Haes Farm: The Best Weekend Getaways
Haes Farm Exterior: The Best Weekend Getaways
Haes Farm Interior: The Best Weekend Getaways

Where Stanford
Distance from CT 2 hours
Sleeps 4
Setting This 40-hectare fynbos farm has an enviable location in the hills above Walker Bay, close enough to enjoy the cool ocean winds, while offering uninterrupted views of the inspiring Overberg landscape.
Self-sustainability and harmony with nature is taken to a whole new level here, with the produce from the vegetable patch and olive, peach and lemon trees used to create wholesome dishes. In addition, the farm is solar-powered; it even has its own water supply.
The lodgings The guesthouse caters to small groups of travellers (no more than four guests at a time), thereby preserving the intimacy and warmth of the experience. There are just two double en-suite bedrooms, each equipped with air-conditioning facilities, tea and coffee trays, free wi-fi, and a writing desk. The open-plan terraces are perfect for soaking up the views.
Things to do There is an honesty bar, open-plan verandah beside a lush lawn, and a cosy library warmed by a fireplace for lazy days on the farm. Those looking to get out and about will love the walking, running and biking trails, canoeing, and the nearby Walker Bay Nature Reserve, beaches and wine estates.
Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R2 250 per night (depending on season)
Check Availability + Book Direct
Where to find it Papiesvlei / Elim Road, Stanford (via N2)

The winelands wonder: Shiraz Estate Guest House

Shiraz Estate Guest House: The Best Weekend GetawaysCrazy Little Thing
Shiraz Estate Guest House Exterior: The Best Weekend GetawaysCrazy Little Thing
Shiraz Estate Guest House Interior: The Best Weekend GetawaysCrazy Little Thing

Where Riebeek Kasteel
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Sleeps 18 (across 8 different rooms)
Setting The small Cape winelands town of Riebeek Kasteel, a mere one-hour drive from Cape Town, offers the unsuspecting charm often found in quaint villages, with the sought-after serenity of rural towns. A bakery, butchery, coffee roastery, small shops, galleries and the Swartland vineyards are just a few of the many highlights visitors can expect from this scenic spot.
The lodgings Situated on the outskirts of the village and surrounded by vineyards, the converted farmhouse dating back to 1881 features 8 beautifully decorated en-suite bedrooms, divided into double rooms, four-sleepers and studios. The decor is an elegant mix of Scandinavian minimalism and African heritage. Each room offers king-size beds, tea- and coffee-making facilities, air-conditioning, and views of either the surrounding Kasteelberg mountain, vineyards or the landscaped garden.
Things to do Relax and unwind at the guest house with a dip in the refreshing pool, or lounge under the garden gazebo with a book. The neighbouring wine farms, including the popular Riebeek Cellars, make for wonderful day trips. There are also a number of microbreweries, restaurants, bars, cafés and galleries in the village itself, while the greater Riebeek Valley is great for mountain-biking and scenic hikes.
Child friendly? Yes, for children over 8 years old
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R999 per night, includes breakfast (depending on season)
Check Availability + Book Direct
Where to find it Shiraz Estate Guest House, Kloof Street, Riebeek Kasteel, Western Cape

The chic countryside retreat: Bosjes

Bosjes: The Best Weekend Getaways
Bosjes Interior: The Best Weekend Getaways
Bosjes Exterior: The Best Weekend Getaways

Where Breedekloof Valley (between Ceres and Worcester)
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Sleeps 13 (between 4 double rooms and a family unit)
Setting Nestled between Ceres and Worcester at the foot of the Waaihoek Mountain, Bosjes is a breathtaking Breede Valley hideaway, boasting exceptional views, expertly landscaped gardens, awe-inspiring architecture and a peaceful ambience.
The lodgings Situated in a converted barn, with stylish interior design by Liam Mooney, the five suites provide a contemporary twist on a traditional farm stay. The two luxury double rooms have a queen bed, while the classic double and classic twin have queen or twin beds, and the Family Suite has a loft, with a bunk and single bed. All rooms are en-suite, and feature a fireplace. Continental breakfast and the Chef’s choice of the day for dinner is served daily. Guests have access to a swimming pool.
Things to do The ultra-modern on-site restaurant headed by Chef Kim Cox serves an array of mouth-watering meals, while teatotalers will love the peaceful tea garden. The surrounding farmlands offer a number of game- and bird-watching trails, as well as mountain-biking, hiking and golf for the more energetic. Wine lovers will be in their element, with 27 nearby wineries.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R2 750 per night (depending on season)
Check Availability + Book Direct
Where to find it Bosjes, off the R43, Worcester/Ceres, Western Cape

The secluded sanctuary: Orchard Stay

Orchard Stay: The Best Weekend Getaways
Orchard Stay Interior: The Best Weekend Getaways
Orchard Stay Room: The Best Weekend Getaways

Where Wolseley
Distance from CT 1.5 hours
Sleeps 4
Setting Surrounded by sweeping pear orchards, majestic mountains, and drenched in that undeniable sense of escapism that you can only find in the countryside, the Platvlei Fruit Farm in Wolseley is the ultimate destination for a peaceful, picturesque and private getaway with family and friends.
The lodgings Hidden among orchards, with not a neighbour in sight, the serene self-catering farmhouse has two en-suite bedrooms, offering king-size and twin beds respectively, a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, and lounge with a fireplace. Outside, the wrap-around terrace boasts an undercover braai area, outdoor seating, and private access to your very own wood-burning hot tub and natural swimming pool. Bliss!
Things to do The farm itself is a great place to relax, unplug, and unwind. But, should you wish to go exploring, the neighbouring hiking, horse-riding, and mountain-biking trails are a great way to see the surrounds. If you’re in the mood for a daytrip, the Tulbagh Wine Route features an abundance of wonderful wineries and top-notch restaurants.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No`
Please note There is no weekend availability until end-July.
Cost
From R1 500 per night for 2 people (depending on season)
From R1 750 per night for 3 people (depending on season)
From R2 000 per night for 4 people (depending on season)
Enquire Now
Where to find it Platvlei Fruit Farm, Wolseley, Western Cape

The Greek-Moroccan seaside villa: Bordeaux on Britannia

Bordeaux on Britannia: Best Weekend Getaways
Bordeaux on Britannia Interior: Best Weekend Getaways
Bordeaux on Britannia View: Best Weekend Getaways

Where Britannia Bay, West Coast
Distance from CT 2 hours
Sleeps 10 (in five rooms)
Setting Situated among the endless cluster of houses on Britannia Bay’s Golden Mile, this villa – like all the others on the strip – boasts ridiculously stunning sea views, but also your very own private path down to the breathtakingly beautiful beach a stone’s throw away.
The lodgings The villa sleeps up to 10 guests in five bedrooms, two of which are sea-facing and one with bunk beds that sleeps four children. The fully equipped kitchen is beautifully appointed with white and charcoal crockery and cutlery, and opens onto a spacious dining and living area boasting a cinema-size smart TV (perfect for evening movies and sport enthusiasts).
A sunkissed central courtyard with a heated pool makes dips in winter a thing! There’s even a skateboarding half-pipe at the back, and a utility room with three mountain bikes and a table tennis table. A highlight of our stay was the warm welcome and hospitality we received from villa manager Joseph, who comes in twice daily to clean the kitchen and make up the rooms, and is also on hand to assist with anything you may need during your stay. You’ll also receive a complimentary bottle of the villa’s bordeaux blend (you can purchase more from the cellar under the staircase).
Things to do Take a leisurely stroll along the beach, while the little ones collect seashells and build castles. Adventure lovers will enjoy going for a morning kayak or SUP (there is a double seated family-friendly surf ski for use), while surfers will be elated at the wave break a mere stone’s throw away from your front door. Those looking to explore the area can do so on the three mountain bikes provided, or hop in the car and take a short drive out along the West Coast Wine Route, or to the nearby seaside town of Paternoster for a browse and bite to eat.
Child friendly? Yes, over the age of 6
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R6 500 per night (depending on season)
Enquire Now
Where to find it Golden Mile Boulevard, Britannia Bay, St Helena Bay, Western Cape

The foodie favourite: African Relish Doringbos Cottage

African Relish Doringbos Cottage: The Best Weekend Getaways
African Relish Doringbos Cottage Kitchen: The Best Weekend Getaways
African Relish Doringbos Cottage Interior: The Best Weekend Getaways

Where Prince Albert
Distance from CT 4 hours
Sleeps 2
Setting The collection of Cape Dutch, Victorian and Karoo-style buildings in the midst of the desert-like landscape appears as an oasis when approached from a distance. Despite the remoteness and arid terrain of this region, Prince Albert managed to grow from a resilient farming settlement into a prosperous town (aided by water collected from the Swartberg Mountains that runs in canals through the town).
The lodgings Doringbos is one of four self-catering cottages owned by the African Relish Cooking School and Café, and the owners’ favourite. The picturesque townside cottage exudes historical charm and character, and features an en-suite bedroom with a king-sized bed, fully equipped kitchen, large lounge with a fireplace, and a shaded balcony with a braai and outdoor seating. Guests also have full access to the swimming pool at the cooking school.
Things to do Food fundis will, of course, love the fact that the cooking school offers both recreational cooking classes and foodie tours. Known for its art galleries, craft shops, and wonderful restaurants, the town centre boasts an abundance of things to do.
Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R935 per single person per night (depending on season)
From R660 per person per night sharing (depending on season)
Check Availability + Book Direct
Where to find it 34 Church Street, Prince Albert, Western Cape

The smalltown oasis: Olive Grove Cottage

Olive Grove Cottage: The Best Weekend Getaways
Olive Grove Cottage Exterior: The Best Weekend Getaways
Olive Grove Cottage Interior: The Best Weekend Getaways

Where Prince Albert
Distance from CT 4 hours
Sleeps 4
Setting This town stands on the edge of the vast expanse that is the Great Karoo, serving as a gateway to the silent and mysterious region. Surrounded by the majestic Swartberg Mountains, and dotted with contemporary-art galleries, top-notch eateries and breathtaking scenery at every turn, Prince Albert is the ideal location for a weekend escape that will leave you feeling rested and relaxed.
The lodgings Situated off a quiet side street in a beautiful garden location, this self-catering cottage features two en-suite bedrooms (one king and one twin, which can also be made into a queen), a fully equipped kitchen with a wood-burning stove, and a lounge with a TV. There’s also an outdoor seating area with a braai and boma, as well as a pool on the property.
Things to do The cottage is located a short walk from the centre of town, where you’ll find craft markets, restaurants and shops. The surrounding countryside is wonderful for late-afternoon strolls or cycles for the more adventure-inclined.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? On request
Cost From R1 400 per night for two people (depending on season)
From R150 per person thereafter (depending on season)
Enquire Now
Where to find it 89 Church Street, Prince Albert, Western Cape

The riverside retreat: Rivers Own Guest Lodge

Rivers Own Guest Lodge: The Best Weekend Getaways
Rivers Own Guest Lodge Kitchen: The Best Weekend Getaways
Rivers Own Guest Lodge Interior: The Best Weekend Getaways

Where Breede Valley
Distance from CT 1 hour
Sleeps 15
Setting The serene Mount Bain Nature Reserve, a mere one-hour drive from Cape Town, immediately transports you into the bliss of the countryside. Surrounded by vineyards and towering mountains, with the softly flowing Witte River running through it, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d travelled across country.
The lodgings Perched on the banks of the river, this scenic holiday house features five bedrooms and five bathrooms (four of which are en-suite), a lounge with a TV and fireplace, a fully equipped kitchen, and a tea and coffee station. Outside, there is a braai, seating area, deckchairs, swimming pool, and private access to the crystal-clear river on your doorstep.
Things to do Go for a dip in the river (a literal stone’s throw away), or soak up the beauty of the surrounds with a walk in the fynbos-riddled hills. Bird-watching, mountain-biking, and swimming in waterfalls and natural pools are a must for nature-lovers.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes, on request
Cost From R3 500 per night on weeknights (depending on season)
From R5 000 per night on weekends (depending on season)
Check Availability + Book Direct
Where to find it Mount Bain Nature Reserve, Breede Valley (near Wolseley), Western Cape

Researched by Kent Cloete, Nikki Benatar, Michelle de Bruin, and Matthew Flax

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Time of publication: 05 February 2019

6 Responses to “The 17 Best Weekend Getaways From Cape Town”

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    Monzi Best

    Sad to think you have to work all year, to afford only a weekend with these prices…..and then you still have to worry about your safety🤔.
    I can give you loads of tips to have an awesome time abroad with these prices.

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    Sharon Sole

    Klein Nektar gets my vote!
    A piece of heaven on earth for sure!
    Extremely relaxing and very comfortable!

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    Kari Huvestad

    Riebeek Kasteel and the Shiraz Estate Guest House is highly recommended!
    Lovely getaway, relaxing, clean and a beautiful location.
    Run by a lovely young couple from Norway. Their breakfast is famous. Try the Scandinavian styled waffles!

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    Rachel Beaton

    Don’t forget McGregor,Lords Guest House is just one of many fabulous places to stay.
    Check them out.

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      Frik Kruger

      Please dont forget McGregor. The most beautiful town and surroundings in South Africa. Go there to tick your box.

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    Ronelle Van Rooyen

    I can most definitely recommend Nr9 Die Laaitjie

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