Travel & Outdoors
5 offbeat, unusual getaways
When you’ve done weekend getaways to the mountains, the bush or the beach and are looking for something offbeat that offers a whole new experience, then read on! We’ve found five unusual destinations that make the perfect escape from the mundane to something entirely different, and better yet, won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
- Gnome Cottage, Clarens
Think Lord of the Rings and holiday like a hobbit at Gnome Cottage in Clarens. The shape of the house is Instagram-worthy enough, but the list of nearby attractions – including horse-riding, spa treatments and game viewing promises a weekend to remember. At only R630 per night for two guests, it is gnome mystery why travellers love it.
- 29 Maxie Drive, Velddrif
You can’t get any closer to the water than 29 Maxie Drive. The property has its own jetty for boat lovers – and both an indoor and outdoor pool if you aren’t partial to the open waters. The space is equipped for families with a gaming table and tennis court, six bedrooms and three garages. From R3000 per night for the entire unit.
- Kagga-Kamma Cave & Hut Suites
Channel the caveman in you at the Bushman lodge in the Cederberg where you can choose between thatched rondavels or unusual Cave Suites built into the mountain. Better still, eschew four walls entirely and sleep in an usual outdoor setting – a luxurious bed and bathroom in the open veld. That’s right – there are no walls to spoil the Karoo views. Rates from R3770 per person sharing.
Osfontein Corbelled Guesthouse, Carnarvon
If you’re looking to get away to the middle of nowhere, where Karoo stars and candles light your way, then book a weekend at Osfontein Corbelled Guesthouse in Carnarvon. Corbelled houses are unique to South Africa and virtually only appear in the Carnarvon region. Priced from R950 for two people per night.
- The Red Devil, Robertson
Sit back and leave the driving to someone else. Hop on the Red Devil to catch a ride from Cape Town to Robertson. The package includes a Ceres Rail ticket, three night’s accommodation at Gubas de Hoek and a bottle of Robertson wine to sweeten the deal. From only R2700 per person sharing.
Properties can be booked via Gumtree South Africa.