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If you’re planning to take a weekend off from the hustle and bustle of the Mother City, here are 26 weekend getaways near Cape Town you should consider. One of them could just be that much-needed escape you’ve been longing for.

Also read: 23 weekend breaks near Cape Town for under R400
Please note that the prices below are subject to change at each establishment’s discretion and should serve as a comparative guide only. Check with each establishment before making a booking.

 

Weekend getaways near Cape Town

1. KolKol Mountain Lodge, Bot River

Price: From R1 120 a night for 2 guest (mid-week) and R1 450 a night for two guests (weekends)
Travel time from Cape Town: 1 hour

Kol Kol Mountain Lodge

As you ascend the gravel Van der Stel Pass just beyond Bot River, there’s no expecting the beauty that awaits at KolKol Mountain Lodge. The log cabins look out over an expansive fynbos valley (part of Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve) and you’ll seldom be aware of other guests when you lie back in the hot tub on the porch and drink in the undisturbed quiet. Fitted with handmade furniture, a gas stove and a braai outside, the cabins are rustic but have all the necessary comforts – even the wood is chopped, piled and ready to be lit.

Take your pick from one of the four cabins (sleep four to 10 people) or the tent set up high on the hill. If you’re a couple or a small family, Bugsy’s snug character will charm your shoes off. Although it sleeps four, the upstairs loft is intended for two kids (with mattresses on the floor). Breathe in the fresh fynbos aromas through the bedroom’s large windows, before sinking into the king-sized bed.

The kitchens are fully equipped, but if you head out for lunch, Gabriëlskloof Wine Estate (tel 028 284 9865), 15 kilometres away, will give you 10 percent off your bill if you take along your cabin key. The three-kilometre nature trail that runs from the cabins is a great way to explore the surroundings. A map of the trail accompanies your welcome note.

Contact: Tel 028 284 9406, www.kolkol.co.za
Also read: 45 things to do with your kids in Cape Town for the school holidays

 

2. Arumvale Country Lodge, Swellendam

Price: Garden Cottage R800, self-catering suites R900 and luxury suites R1 000 a night for two people sharing
Travel time from Cape Town: 2 hours 25 minutes

Arumvale Country Lodge

The Rustic Cottage at Arumvale is the sort of place where you could bunker down for the long haul. Although it’s small (it’s a converted labourer’s cottage), you have the best view of Swellendam’s Hermitage Valley through double doors at the foot of the bed, which makes it seem spacious. The cottage is one cosy room with an adjoining bathroom and a two-plate gas stove – perfect for two. If you’re looking for more space, head 30 metres up the hill to the two-storey Anneline Suite. It sleeps four, and the mezzanine bedroom has a terrace that offers more jaw-dropping views.

Field and Fork (tel 028 514 3430), in Swellendam’s heritage area, is a five-minute drive away and is worth a visit just to see the building, which forms part of the Drostdy Museum. The seasonal menu changes every few weeks, but you can count on delicious food and great service. Taste berry liqueurs at the nearby Wildebraam Berry Estate (tel 028 514 3132) or explore the trails that meander into the kloof from your front door.

Note: There’s no electricity, but there is LED lighting and a hot-cold-hot-cold gas shower.

Contact: Tel 028 514 3545, www.arumvale.com
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3. Suikerbossie, Riebeek Kasteel

Price: R550 per person per night
Travel time from Cape Town: 1 hour

Suikerbossie, Riebeek Kasteel

The proximity of this eight-sleeper guest house to Riebeek Kasteel’s top restaurants and wineries keeps you in touch with the town’s slow pulse, which really only beats three times a day during mealtimes. Sitting on the wrap-around stoep will take you back to the 1920s, but the interior is modern with retro touches such as a lime-green Smeg fridge. Bedrooms are en-suite (three with walk-in showers) and open to the garden and pool. The living area is open plan with the kitchen and dining area leading into a comfortable lounge, which has a stovepipe fireplace.

Riebeek Kasteel is a foodie utopia with a range of cafes, bistros and restaurants. Cafe Felix (tel 022 448 1170) serves gourmet slow-roasted pork belly and ravioli in a quiet courtyard setting under oak trees, while the Pleasant Pheasant Pub and Restaurant (tel 022 461 2170) has a playground and is great for families. Venture into the mountains on the two-hour scenic Carl Thunberg Trail. Buy permits from the tourism office for R20 a person. If it’s tastings you’re after, don’t miss Kloovenburg’s Shiraz and olives and Allesverloren’s Port. Need to know: The annual olive festival takes place on the first weekend of May.

Contact: Tel 082 787 8027, www.capestay.co.za/suikerbossie
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Also read: 20 things to do in Riebeek Kasteel

 

4. The Country Guesthouse, Stellenbosch

Price: Table Mountain View units and Garden Cottages from R990 (sleeps two), Family suites from R1 925 (sleeps four)
Travel time from Cape Town: 40 minutes

Country Guesthouse, Stellenbosch

Operated by Winelands restaurant favourite, 96 Winery Road, The Country Guesthouse is newly renovated and offers several bargain-priced units for families. The rambling grounds conceal excellent nooks and crannies for exciting games of hide and seek and the family-friendly restaurant next door also boasts a nice jungle gym.

Contact: Tel 021 842 2945, www.thecountryguesthouse.co.za
Also read: What to do and where to stay in Paarl

 

5. Windtown South Africa, Langebaan

Price: B&B from R1200 a night for a double room
Travel time from Cape Town: 1 hour 30 minutes

Windtown, Langebaan

Windtown South Africa is a boutique hotel based on a simple concept: holidays that are centred on Langebaan’s two favourite sports: kite- and windsurfing. And what better location than two blocks from the lagoon? (The original Windtown is in Brazil and the owners found the West Coast town the perfect fit for number two.) When you’re not on the water, rooms open onto a sheltered courtyard and sociable pool area (if you want a bit more privacy, book a room on the top level). Inside, the walls are simply washed in dark brown and beige with natural wood and striking red lamps adding character. It’s not overly fancy and the painted screed floors are easy to clean if you tread sea sand into the room (as you should on such an outdoorsy holiday – the on-site shop rents and sells all sorts of watersports gear). Windtown’s Breeze restaurant is a top dinner choice among locals – book a table when checking in to avoid being turned away. The catch of the day is the obvious choice, but the Asian prawn curry bursts with flavour.

Contact: Tel 022 772 1064, www.windtown-sa.com
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Also read: What to do in Elands Bay

 

6. Aloe Ridge, Swellendam

Price: From R895 to R1 850 a four-sleeper house a night, depending on the season
Travel time from Cape Town: 2 hours 25 minutes

Aloe Ridge, Swellendam

With its high ceilings, open-plan living areas, floor-to-ceiling windows and private pool decks overlooking the Breede River, Aloe Ridge is beautiful.

A cobbled pathway leads up to the entrances of the five newly built houses that rest on a ridge overlooking the river, near Swellendam. Inside, the richly textured stone and wood surfaces and sleek furnishings create an elegant, earthy atmosphere without feeling cold and grandiose. The two en-suite bedrooms flank the living area on either side, giving you a degree of privacy. Comfy beds (choose a double or two singles) and large cupboards will make you feel at home, and there are luxurious touches such as the walk-in indoor shower, outside shower (leading off the bathrooms), and big baths. Cooking is a social affair in the modern open-plan kitchen as well as the built-in braai area under the patio, where you’ll find 50 pieces of wood on arrival – once you’ve made the tough choice of dining inside or outside (depending on the weather), it’s down to drawing straws to see who’ll pack the dishwasher. The houses have everything you need for self-catering, but the tap water isn’t drinkable (you’re supplied with 10 litres, so you may need to take extra for an extended stay).

The Breede River area is cold during winter, but nothing the inside fireplace can’t sort out. There’s also DStv, but the real highlight here is watching African fish eagles circling above the river as you swim, kayak or fish in the water.

Contact: Tel 087 354 0578, www.aloeridgebreede.co.za
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7. Mountain Mist, Betty’s Bay

Price: From R1 750 a night for the house (sleeps six)
Travel time from Cape Town: 1 hour 15 minutes

Mountain Mist, Betty's Bay

It’s unusual to say that the best thing about a holiday house is that it’s away from the beach, but that’s exactly what sets Mountain Mist apart from many of the other options in Betty’s Bay: you’re a little way away from the seaside crowds.

Just over an hour’s drive from Cape Town and close to the country’s whale capital, Hermanus, it’s at the end of a cul-de-sac and tucked in the fynbos against the Kogelberg mountains. All the bedrooms and the lounge in this six-sleeper house have beautiful views and decor is neutral, so you can fully appreciate these panoramas.

Modern amenities include a fully equipped kitchen, a washing machine, a flat-screen TV with limited DStv and a DVD player. There’s a master en-suite and two rooms that share an adjoining bathroom. The garden with its loungers and cold-water spa bath is a great place to relax if you don’t feel like trekking down to the beach and Mountain Mist is equipped for year-round stays, with a fireplace, electric blankets on all beds and an undercover braai area.

Contact: Tel 076 126 6912, www.mountain-mist.co.za
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Also read: Guide to accommodation in Betty’s Bay

 

8. Kersefontein Guest Farm, Hopefield

Price: From R610 per person per night, with breakfast
Travel time from Cape Town: 1 hour 20 minutes

Kersefontein, Hopefield

Dust creeps into your sandals, farmyard cats scuttle under your feet and fresh cowpats adorn the grass. On the banks of the Berg River, Kersefontein is one of the best farm stays in South Africa. A sense of history permeates every nook and cranny of the Cape Dutch farmstead and Julian, an eighth-generation Melck (the family that owns Muratie Wine Estate), is a larger-than-life curator. In the manor house you’ll find the skull of the last Berg River hippo, shot by Martin Melck in 1869. In the formal lounge, an antique cupboard dating back to the late 1700s, a wedding present to Julian’s great-great-grandmother.

The building next to the manor house, the old bakery, has been transformed into an aviation-themed bar where guests gather for a convivial whisky. Later, Julian, lawyer, pilot, farmer, teller-of-stories, brings together guests from all walks of life around a candle-lit table. Rooms are in restored farm buildings and each is decorated in opulent antiques. For views of the lawns and pastures, book the African room. Victorian suites are set in the restored stables and close to a kitchen.

Dinner, although optional (R230 a person), should be compulsory. Plates groan beneath the weight of roasted boar, potatoes and vegetables. Note that dinner is an adults-only affair.

Contact: Tel 083 454 1025, www.kersefontein.co.za

 

9. Stone Cottage at Glen Oakes, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley

Price: From R700 a night for two people (R200 a person thereafter) with a minimum stay of two nights
Travel time from Cape Town: 1 hour 20 minutes

Stone Cottage, Glen Oakes

There’s something very soothing about Stone Cottage on Glen Oakes farm, a cobbled hideaway tucked beneath towering pines about 20 kilometres from Caledon. From the cement stoep, lawns roll towards a private fresh-water rock pool. Next to the water, a wooden deck is the perfect spot for lazy afternoons. There’s no electricity, but the fridge, stove and geyser run off gas and plenty of lanterns are provided. The appeal is in the simplicity of the decor. Cream couches, white linen, stone walls, screed floors… nothing’s pretentious, it’s just exceptionally comfortable and cosy. The cottage sleeps eight in two double bedrooms and two bunks in the living area, but the house is small – eight adults may find it cramped. Camping is also available.

Glen Oakes is a free-range pig farm. Place an order for coppa, parma ham and salami, as well as fresh farm eggs and honey, and you’ll find it in your fridge on arrival.

Mogg’s Country Cookhouse (tel 076 314 0671), about 20 minutes’ drive towards Hermanus, serves a great lamb shank and has a large lawn and jungle gyms for kids. The main attraction in the valley is wine tasting. If you’re short on time, stop at Bouchard Finlayson for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, then move on to Creation for the Syrah.

Contact: Tel 028 212 2050, www.glenoakes.co.za
Also read: What to do and where to stay in Stanford

 

10. Miskloof Farm, near Ceres

Price: From R1500 a night for up to six people (R200 a person thereafter)
Travel time from Cape Town: 2 hours

Miskloof Farm, Ceres

Calling this a secluded farm is an understatement. Without electricity or cellphone reception and surrounded by rocky hills, Miskloof is the kind of hideaway you need to go back to again and again. A large barn has been converted into a 10-sleeper house with an entertainment area that’s great for a group. The quiet encourages you to chill with a book, take a stroll or relax in the terraced lounge. Spend summer days at the pool (a converted reservoir) with loungers overlooking the mountains, or at the sundowner deck, waiting for the purple and orange hues of dusk to make way for night. You won’t have to worry about being left in the dark – sufficient candles and lanterns are provided. There’s an indoor braai area and a kitchen with gas stove and utensils.

Pack all essentials and groceries as the closest eatery is 50 kilometres away in Ceres. There’s a special track for quad biking (take your own quad bikes), as well as mountain-biking and walking routes. Pack a few carrots for the donkeys that pop by.

Note: The gravel road to Miskloof is better suited to high-clearance vehicles. A 4×4 is needed to get to the sundowner deck.

Contact: Tel 082 9784 965, www.miskloof.co.za

 

11. Oudebosch Eco Cabins, Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve

Price: From R1 170 a night for four, plus conservation fees (R40)
Travel time from Cape Town: 1 hour 20 minutes

Oudebosch Eco Cabins

Don’t be misled by the word ‘cabin’ – Oudebosch is far from the teeny, rustic accommodation that may spring to mind. Picture modern, glass and timber houses linked by raised wooden walkways leading to a sparkling swimming pool. The five self-catering units were constructed from renewable materials with little impact on the surrounds. Each has a roof garden and quirky touches such as chandeliers made of recycled bottles add character to the minimalistic rooms. Cabins sleeps four guests each in two bedrooms and bathrooms have a shower, basin and self-composting toilet (you’ll soon get used to not flushing). The lounge, dining room and kitchenette area opens onto a deck or courtyard.

Getting in and out of the reserve to eat at a nearby restaurant is tricky at night as there are no lights, so it’s best to prepare your own meals. To truly appreciate the tranquillity here, open the sliding doors and let the breeze filter through – a treat in the summer heat – or spend an afternoon lazing on the pool deck.

Contact: Tel 021 483 0190, www.capenature.co.za
Also read: What to do and where to stay in Hermanus

 

12. Appelkooskop Cottage, Bredasdorp

Price: From R325 a person sharing
Travel time from Cape Town: 2 hours 25 minutes

Applekooskop Cottage, Bredasdorp

After dodging a herd of sheep and making your way up a lonely hill beyond Bredasdorp, you’ll see a solitary stone house in the valley with a windmill as the only evidence of human life. A snug version of a classic farmhouse, the cottage has no electricity, but the kitchen comes complete with sturdy wooden table and chairs and a gas-powered stove and fridge. You’ll spend most of your time beside a crackling fire on the sheltered cement stoep, admiring the hilly farmland. At night, a million stars light up the sky. Although there’s only one bedroom, there’s no need to leave the kids at home. They can sleep in a two-sleeper loft while you enjoy the dark wood and white linen of the main bedroom. The cottage has only one bathroom, which is fully quipped with a gas geyser, bath and shower.

There is no cellphone reception at the house. If you need to contact the outside world, you can reach it from the gate at the top of the hill. Freshly baked farm bread awaits your arrival on the kitchen table, reminding you that your friendly hosts are just on the neighbouring property.

Contact: Tel 084 503 0664, Facebook.
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Also read: Marine Walk at De Hoop Nature Reserve

 

13. Oewerzicht, Greyton

Price: Safari Tent R600 a night (sleeps two) and cottages from R850 a night (sleep 4)
Travel time from Cape Town: 1 hour 50 minutes

Oewerzicht, Greyton

The first thing to do when arriving at Oewerzicht is to kick off your shoes, roll up your jeans and wade into the cool waters of the Sonderend River with the family. The variety of accommodation options adds to its charm: a caravan park and campsite on grassy banks, a farmhouse a little further upstream and a cottage on a hill where you can gaze out over the water. However, the safari tents stand out. The trek across the suspension bridge is entirely worth it when you arrive at your tent under the trees, kitted out with beds, kitchenette and outdoor braai. Kids will love playing in the water or on the far-stretching embankments while you sit back and keep an eye on the activity.

All accommodation options are self-catering and every unit and campsite has its own braai. If you feel like a sit-down meal, Greyton is 10 kilometres away and boasts a handful of cafes and restaurants. Take on the 20-kilometre mountain-bike trail that runs through the farm. You can also enjoy a leisurely hike along this route. Most of the trees in the camping area are still too small to create enough shade, so take a canopy.

Contact: Tel 028 254 9831, www.oewerzicht.co.za
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14. Lebanon Citrus, Clanwilliam

Price: Camping from R85 a person a night, chalets from R175 a person a night, cottage from R300 a person a night
Travel time from Cape Town: 2 hours 40 minutes

Lebanon Citrus, Clanwilliam

On the banks of Clanwilliam Dam and fringed by orange trees, the cottage, cabins and campsites at Lebanon Citrus are the perfect launching pads for a fun weekend on the water. The air-conditioned self-catering cottage has two furnished bedrooms (main en-suite) that sleep up to six people, with an open-plan kitchen. The four cosy wooden cabins are fully furnished with a rustic feel. Each has a bricked braai and a small lawn and there’s an ablution block nearby (only one has a private toilet and shower). The demarcated campsites have soft, grassy lawns with electricity points and braais. All are north facing and get direct sun throughout the day, so take extra shading. Campsites eight and nine have the most shade and are closest to the washing basins.

It’s water sports galore on the dam and there’s a conveniently located slipway to launch boats and jet skis.

Don’t follow Google maps as it directs you to a dead-end in Clanwilliam. Rather take the Algeria/Cederberg turn-off – it’s quicker. Wood and ice is sold at reception, but there are no shops nearby so take all your food along. There are many places to stay around Clanwilliam Dam, but Lebanon Citrus’s simple, down-to-earth atmosphere and accommodation on the water’s edge is most appealing.

Contact: Tel 027 482 2508, www.lebanon.co.za

 

15. Indigo Blue, Langebaan

Price: From R2 500 per unit (sleeps up to 8 people)
Travel time from Cape Town: 1 hour 30 minutes

Indigo Blue, Langebaan

The real treat at this Langebaan getaway is that the water’s edge is just 10 metres from the front door, with the lounge, wooden deck and outdoor dining platform looking straight onto the lagoon. If you’re not relaxing in one of the hammocks at the braai area, opt for kayaking or swimming or browse the ceiling-to-floor bookshelf and relax on comfy couches with a view of the water. Beamed ceilings, wooden floors and walls adorned with surfboards are coupled with country-style decor and furniture from yesteryear. The house sleeps six in three double rooms and can accommodate two more on single beds.

Although the kitchen is fully equipped, Die Strandloper (tel 022 772 2490) seafood restaurant should be on your to-do list. The no-fuss set-up is the perfect setting for laid-back dining. It will set you back R235 a person, but you can eat as much as you like (only the crayfish is limited).

The house has two kayaks for guests to use at no charge. The water is drinkable, but may not be to your taste. Fill your own bottles at the Spar for R1 a litre. With a safe swimming beach just off your doorstep and a porch with gorgeous views, you’ll have a hard time finding a better summer getaway for this price.

Contact: Tel 021 683 3698, www.gravity.co.za
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16. Old Mac Daddy, Elgin Valley

Price: From R895 a night for a two-sleeper trailer, from R1 950 a night for Daddy’s Villa (sleeps 6)
Travel time from Cape Town: 1 hour

Old Mac Daddy, Elgin

Scattered on a hill surrounded by the Elgin Valley orchards are 12 shiny silver Airstream trailers. With names like For ‘Better or For Boerewors’ and ‘Yellow Submarine’, each oozes character, with decor and colour schemes as elaborate as the next. The plush Mills and Boon trailer is bound to stir up the provocative in you and pink velvet curtains, cushioned walls and prints of good-looking couples may inspire you to read one of the classic romance novels stacked under the (very pink) couch. The trailers are cleverly designed to offer a surprising amount of space. Two are perched beside the dam, with outdoor decks and bathrooms inside. The other 10 are connected to a private bathroom, elevated balcony and living area where two kids can sleep on couches.

The on-site restaurant serves woodfired pizzas and the seasonal grills and pastas are divine. Alternatively, enjoy an afternoon braai beside the pool. Hire a fishing rod (R50) to catch and release bass in the dam at the foot of the hill. All products in the bathrooms are eco-friendly and shower water is recycled. Wooden walkways between the trailers and the restaurant cause as little possible disturbance to the natural surroundings.

Contact: Tel 021 844 0241, www.oldmacdaddy.co.za
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Also read: Zip through a World Heritage Site with Cape Canopy Tours

 

17. Thali-Thali Game Lodge, Langebaan

Price: Self-catering chalets from R520 per person sharing
Travel time from Cape Town: 1 hour 25 minutes

Thali-Thali Game Lodge

Celebrate spring with a visit to the fynbos-coated Thali Thali Game Reserve. Just 110 kilometres from Cape Town, the reserve is home to giraffe, red hartebeest and various other animals. The small team of staff will make you feel right at home – even the resident ostrich will welcome you by pecking around your front door in the mornings. Luxury tents, perfect for a romantic break, are slightly removed from the entertainment area and have a kitchenette, electricity, hot water and flush toilets. Tents three and four boast particularly impressive views – make the most of these by getting up early to watch the sunrise from your private deck. Closer to the restaurant and pool, you’ll find equipped self-catering houses. These stone units are small, with low ceilings, but offer a cosy stay for a small family.

The on-site restaurant offers a small range of burgers, salads and local delicacies. Morning game drives are worth the early alarm call, but if you feel like sleeping in, arrange a mid-morning drive.

The wind picks up in the afternoons, so the views from the restaurant’s outside area are best enjoyed before lunch. The same goes for game drives. The reserve has more than enough hectares of fynbos to play backdrop to a weekend of romance or peaceful solitude.

Contact: Tel 082 372 8637, www.thalithali.co.za

 

18. River Goose Campsite, Bonnievale

Price: R100 a person
Travel time from Cape Town: 2 hours 15 minutes

River Goose Campsite, Bonnievale

River Goose Campsite is just over two hours from Cape Town, on the Eureka farm on the banks of the Breede River. Guests can choose between eight campsites and all of them are on grass. All the sites share an ablution block with flush toilets, showers and hot water. A shop, wood and braai facilities are available and campers can enjoy fishing, swimming, canoeing or bird-watching. If you are up for more, you can visit the Marloth Nature Reserve near Swellendam, Soekershof in Robertson which has 10 hectares of mazes formed by plants. It’s pet-friendly too!

Contact: Tel 082 759 5727 www.rivergoosecampsite.co.za
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Also read: 15 of the best backpackers in Cape Town

 

19. Nerina Guest Farm, Robertson

Price: From R500 a night (two people sharing)
Travel time from Cape Town: 1 hour 45 minutes

Nerina Guest Farm is situated on the banks of the Breede River, 15km from Robertson and around 150km from Cape Town. The Summer Bush Camp comprises five semi-permanent units on the banks of the Breede River. There is no electricity, but each unit has its own chemical toilet and a shower. There is also a lapa equipped for cooking or braaing. Nerina has various accommodations which include the Manor House, the genuine old farmhouse, a B&B room, a rondavel and the Summer Bush Camp. The farm offers an interesting variety of activities such as horse-riding, trails and lovely breakfast, lunch and dinner cruises which can be booked on request.

Contact: Tel 082 823 4231 www.nerinaguestfarm.com

 

20. Bo-Bakkies Self-Catering, Paternoster

Price: From R1 100 a unit, sleeping two
Travel time from Cape Town: 1 hour 40 minutes

Bo-bakkies Self-Catering, Paternoster

Bo-Bakkies Self-Catering is situated in one of the West Coast’s most attractive towns, Paternoster, 150km from Cape Town. This white-washed fisherman cottage on the stone ridge above the beach offers the best views in Paternoster. Browse through one of the local shops, experience the true West Coast hospitality at one of the restaurants, visit nearby towns such as Riebeek Kasteel, Darling and Tietiesbaai, local wineries, the West Coast Fossil Park near Hopefield or consider spending a day in the West Coast National Park.

Contact: Tel 082 707 1523, or book through SafariNow.

 

21. Bluebells, Greyton

Price: From R1 300 a unit (sleeps 6)
Travel time from Cape Town: 1 hour 40 minutes

Bluebells, Greyton

Bluebells is a newly built double-storey home situated Greytown, 140km from Cape Town. The main bedroom has a queen-size bed and its own balcony with beautiful views of the mountains, and the country kitchen is fully equipped with a separate scullery. Bluebells is only a short stroll away from Greyton’s centre and here you will find a town known for its delightful coffee shops, top restaurants and interesting corners filled with arts and crafts. A visit to Greyton is not complete without a visit to Genadendal, the oldest missionary town in South Africa, just 5km away.

Contact: Tel 021 886 6539, www.bluebellsgreyton.co.za
Also read: 8 of the best pie stops on the N2

 

22. Pomegranate Cottage, Citrusdal

Price: From R235 a person a night
Travel time from Cape Town: 1 hour 50 minutes

Pomegranate Cottage, Citrusdal

Pomegranate Cottage is about two hours from Cape Town and offers two Spacious bedrooms both with en suite bathrooms. For the winter times warm up the room with the panel heater or turn on the air-con in summer. Take a step down from the terrace to a wide open lawn which leads to a private timber deck on the dam. You also might consider driving 5km down the road to a little known spot with brilliant views over the Swartland escarpment and a spot for braaing. Alternatively, leave the keys behind and cycle the 1.5km down to the charming Kardoesie coffee shop.

Contact: Tel 083 260 5071, www.pomegranatecottage.co.za
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23. Los Olivos At The Yard, Franschhoek

Price: From R1 400 a night (sleeps two)
Travel time from Cape Town: 1 hour

Los Olivos At The Yard, Franschhoek

Los Olivos At The Yard welcomes you into the centre of the charming and historic village of Franschhoek (roughly 75km from Cape Town). These penthouses are luxuriously decorated and comfortably furnished in African colonial style. They are fully equipped for self-catering purposes including a fridge, oven, microwave,and cooking utensils. Both penthouses have fireplaces and extra comforts include heated bathrooms, complimentary toiletries, fluffy gowns and hot water bottles. Visit the Huguenot Monument, go wine tasting or attend the well-known ‘Chocolate Experience’ programme held at the Huguenot Fine Chocolates in Main Road.

Contact: Tel 021 876 2963, www.losolivos.co.za
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24. Platbos Log Cabins, Rawsonville

Price: R1 280 a night (sleeps two), R430 a night for extra guests
Travel time from Cape Town: 1 hour 20 minutes

Platbos Log Cabins, Rawsonville

Platbos is situated in a magnificent secret valley on the slopes of the Slanghoek Mountains 90km from Cape Town. Platbos Log Cabins are three private and secluded self-catering wooden cabins overlooking Slanghoek Valley and are ideal for a romantic or relaxing getaway. Each log cabin features an open-plan kitchen and living area, two bedrooms with queen-size beds, and a loft area with two single beds. The cabins utilise gas, solar and battery power only, and a gas barbecue is provided on the veranda. The Slanghoek Valley is the perfect setting for fly fishing, bird-watching, hiking to a waterfall or the fynbos trail, swimming or mountain-biking. You can even spend the entire weekend on the porch looking out over the beautiful scenery.

Contact: Tel 023 344 3138, www.platboslogcabins.co.za
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25. 5 Mountain Lodge and Spa, Wellington

Price: From R720 a person sharing, with breakfast, afternoon tea and a spa treatment included
Travel time from Cape Town: 45 minutes

5 Mountain Lodge and Spa, Wellington

5 Mountain Lodge and Spa is a 4-star elegant country retreat, only 45 minutes from Cape Town, set in the historic Bainskloof Pass amongst beautiful gardens and working vineyards. Guests can choose between light and airy cottages with private verandas, or the luxurious suite with its own private courtyard garden. All rooms have air-conditioning and DStv. Guests can combine sumptuous country living with sightseeing, wine tours, mountain-biking, horse-riding or simply relax by the pool. The Spa caters for up to 12 guests per day, and whilst revelling in the wide range of treatments on offer, guests can enjoy the tranquility of the spa’s garden, pull up a sun-lounger on the beautiful green lawns, or just relax on the stoep.

Contact: Tel 021 864 3409, www.5mountainslodge.com

Also see: 22 photos of Cape Town’s beautiful southern peninsula

 




29 Responses to “25 affordable weekend getaways near Cape Town”

  1. roonie

    wow lovely places planning on a getaway this weekend with my partner thank you

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  2. Drew

    There is nothing “affordable” about Bartholomeus Klip at R1300 pppn….! And I wouldnt exactly call The Robertson affordable either.

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    • Legolas

      Thanks Lundi. But this is the third post with the exact same link on one thread. Where’s the “report spam” button?

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  3. Michelle

    Hi Drew, we want to break away for the Easter weekend, the places you’ve shared with US is AMAZING!!

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  4. Ian Woodiwiss

    Hi
    Any chance of a list of budget rough-camping sites?
    IE: no amenities, no walls/ roofs, no 100s of other people within sneezing distance…
    Just good old camping in Western Cape.

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  5. Giovanni

    Please give the contact details of Indigo Blue cottage in Langebaan I would love to book the place

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  6. erika de jaget

    Looking for self catering accommodation 3 adults..1 child 14 yr from14 jan to 21 jan 2015

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    • Kati Auld

      Hi Erika – you’ll have to contact the individual establishments to find out about this, unfortunately. You’ll find their contact details listed with each review. Best of luck!

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  7. Jo Lister

    Grea list but pity you have left out Tulbagh & Wolseley, both just 90 mins from CBD and loads of great affordable offers. Ian – we are nearly open with our tipi campsite, small private campsite, basic facilities and secluded from hordes! you can find recent pics on our facebook page (Horse About Trails)

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  8. cynthhia

    I am looking for a self catering place that can accommodate 10 people for a weekend a place that have a braai area and swimming pool,We probably wont sleep as we will be celebrating my birthday and my friend birthday.

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  9. Maureen Klasssen

    Hi I was at first intrigue by the site but there is nothing budget about it. I m looking for a place to go that has some facilities that keep teenage girls also busy at an affordable price, any suggestions?
    Maureen.

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  10. babalwa

    Hi , im looking for a nice place we are 4 for 4june to 6 june 2015 any thing bt cheap we are board

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    • Kati Auld

      Hi Babalwa – you’ll have to contact the individual establishments listed here, as we don’t handle bookings.

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  11. Pieter Grobbelaar

    Me and my wife are looking for a get away before she gives birth in August. Our first baby girl is on its way and we are looking for a relaxed weekend away.

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  12. Charl van der Merwe

    Hi – try houdenbek farm cottages. really nice and affordable, MTB, TRail runner, and rock climbing all right there.

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