Have you ever wanted to get away from the big city and escape to parts unknown? Cape Town has some incredible gems that are perfect for a weekend getaway, but what about a spot that’s nestled in the middle of nowhere? While it might sound like the beginning of a horror film, spending time in nature and away from the glare of city lights can help rejuvenate your mind, body and soul.
Here are a few spots to book for a much-needed breakaway.
No, you haven’t been transported to the remote islands of Alaska. Platbos Log Cabins offers three secluded properties in the Slanghoek Valley, Rawsonville. It’s a comfortable and cosy accommodation that overlooks a sparkling dam, along with vineyards and lush greenery in the distance. There are some incredible views of the mountains and an interior that will leave you feeling as though you’ve stepped into a Hallmark Christmas movie.
If you’re looking for something a little more modern but that also provides endless peace and quiet, Opstal Stay in Rawsonville is a gem. Perched on the slopes of a mountainside farm in the Slanghoek Valley, this property is surrounded by some gorgeous views of fynbos and majestic mountain ranges. Grab a blanket and snuggle up alongside the fireplace, or indulge in a glass of wine while watching the sunset on the spacious deck. They offer several units to choose from, each providing its own slice of heaven.
Rolling hills in the distance, the fresh breeze, and the neighing of horses all come together to ensure a relaxing getaway at Akasha Mountain Retreat. An easy 3.5 hours drive from the big city, this serene mountain retreat provides seclusion and panoramic views across the Langeberg and Duiwenhoks Dam that will make your heart stop (although, hopefully not). There are some fun activities to get up to, including birdwatching, stargazing and horse encounters.
Nestled between the rugged landscape of the Northern Cederberg, The Storytellers offer a unique look at this magical and wild region. If you love the idea of camping but hate not having all the comfort of home, you’ll be happy to know that they offer an incredible glamping experience with two large luxury tents and a glamping-inspired cottage. Spend the day exploring the unique rock formations that surround these units, along with ancient bush art, small antelope and fynbos that this area is famous for. There’s no better way to “rough it”.
While being hugged by mountain ranges and rolling hills is one way to enjoy a secluded getaway, how about between the treetops? Teniqua Treetops will have you pounding your chest and pretending to be South Africa’s very own Tarzan and Jane as you take in the birdsongs and faint animal calls in the distance. The eco-friendly lodgings have been constructed high above the ground, making sure to blend in with the natural surroundings and ensuring minimal damage to the environment. There’s also plenty of privacy, as each spacious treehouse is spread out over a wide area. Hiking trails through the forest are a must, along with a quick trip to the beach if you’re in the mood.