5 Unique cabin retreats for every budget

Posted on 28 September 2023 By Tsoku Maela

Cabins have become a beloved national pastime in South Africa, and this trend seems to have taken root without a clear origin or timeline.

Cosy getaways are sprouting up all over the country, offering a range of affordability. Whether you’re ready to splurge on a R3 000-per-night retreat for a special anniversary or prefer a rustic escape for R850.00, there’s a cabin to suit every pocket. So, without further ado, let’s introduce you to five remarkable cabins in South Africa, catering to various budgets.

Picture: Rosemary Hill gallery

Rosemary Hill in Pretoria

When it comes to cabins in Gauteng, Rosemary Hill is the place to be. Just a short one-hour drive from Johannesburg, this farm is a paradise for cabin enthusiasts. Here, you’ll find an abundance of cabin options, including favourites like The Zenkaya, The Pods at Cabinville, and The Treehouses. Beyond enjoying the picturesque views from your love nest, the farm offers a multitude of activities. Embark on one of the MTB trails, arrange a romantic horseback ride into the sunset, pamper yourself at the on-site spa, or plan a dreamy picnic for two.

    • Distance from Johannesburg: 1 hour
    • Pet-friendly: No
    • Sleeps: 2
    • Cost: Starting from R2 150.00 per night

Mana Cabin in Magaliesberg

The Mana Cabin at Melody Hill Retreat provides the perfect excuse to escape the city for a romantic weekend getaway. Nestled deep in the woods, this wooden cabin boasts massive windows on all sides, immersing you in nature. Unwind in the outdoor bathtub, work remotely (thanks to decent WiFi and a workspace), and fall asleep to the sounds of the bush in your king-sized bed.

    • Distance from Johannesburg: 1 hour 20 minutes
    • Pet-friendly: No
    • Sleeps: 2
    • Cost: Starting from R1 800.00 per night

Sima Kade in Magaliesberg

Sima Kade stands as a sustainable, off-the-grid masterpiece and one of the most unique lodging options near Johannesburg. While the property offers four different cabin choices, the Kama and Venus cabins take centre stage. Accommodating two guests each, both cabins offer complete seclusion in the forest and a complete lack of WiFi, making it an ideal spot for a digital detox.

    • Distance from Johannesburg: 1 hour 10 minutes
    • Pet-friendly: No
    • Sleeps: 2
    • Cost: Starting from R1 500.00 per night

Die Bloc Huis in Dullstroom

One of South Africa’s hidden gems, the Bloc Huis in Dullstroom, presents an architectural marvel reminiscent of cabins typically found in the forests of Canada or Germany. This is an excellent choice for a cosy winter getaway or a two-night stopover while exploring the Panorama Route or Kruger National Park.

    • Distance from Johannesburg: 3 hours
    • Pet-friendly: No
    • Sleeps: 2
    • Cost: Starting from R2 000 per night

Mudhouse Zululand in Hluhluwe

Imagine falling asleep to the soothing sounds of hippos at night and waking up to endless views over Phina Private Game Reserve. This solar-powered treetop cabin in Hluhluwe offers precisely that unique safari experience. Add a few giraffe, elephant, and zebra sightings, and you’ve got a remarkable adventure on your hands.

    • Distance from Durban: 3 hours 30 minutes
    • Pet-friendly: No
    • Sleeps: 2
    • Cost: Starting from R2 100.00 per night

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