Stepping into La Provence D’Afrique, near Magaliesburg, might be the closest you’ll ever get to old France.
A cool, cobbled, indoor street cafe leads off into seven unusual chateaux-style suites, designed and decorated by owner and artist Charles Gotthard.
We like La Passion and Le Petit Boudoir for their light and layout, but every room practically drips with French romance and is decorated with antique furniture, Victorian bathtubs and woodburning fireplaces.
Cost: B&B is from R699 per person per night sharing – ask about the weekend spa packages Contact: Tel 0, email [email protected], Mabalingwe Nature Reserve, near Bela-Bela, consists of 12500 hectares of malaria-free bushveld and has all the features of a good family resort.
Reader John Miles says, ‘If the traffic plays along, you could leave the city after work on the Friday afternoon and reach Mabalingwe with enough time to pitch your tent and still enjoy the sunset.
It’s a magical place and drinking from fresh water streams and cooling off under icy waterfalls are added bonuses in an already unforgettable hiking destination.
The Dokolewa Waterfall Trail overnights at two of the area’s nicest huts: Waterfall Hut and Dokolewa Pools.
Don’t be surprised if you find it very hard to leave.
Cost: DB&B costs from R2500 per person per night, which includes two game drives or bush walks daily Contact: Tel 0, email [email protected], streams in warming Stone Tin Lodge during the day and come nightfall, a large central fireplace heats up the open-plan lounge, dining and kitchen area, which is tastefully decorated with pale wood finishings, navy fabrics and Nguni-skin rugs.It’s large and has ample shade and power points, as well as a swimming pool, restaurant and small shop.Cost: Camping is from R260 per site per night (with power, up to six people) Contact: Tel 0, on Safari Now You’d be forgiven for expecting to see Orlando Bloom in full, pointy-eared, Lord of the Rings regalia step out from behind the trees on a hike through Woodbush Forest Reserve in Magoebaskloof, near Haenertsburg.We’ve included locations to cater for everything from a romantic trip for two, to beds in bulk for families and friends.There’s something for everyone wanting to get away from the city for a quick break., a complete bust at the box office that took in just .5 million from nearly 2,500 theaters all across North America.