Sometimes you just need a change of scenery and to leave the fast pace life of Johannesburg ( known as Joburg) for a relaxing getaway that’s just a few hours’ drives away. These are some places you can visit.
Editors Note: All photos taken from wikipedia.org
1. Hartbeestport (Harties)
Distance from Joburg: 78KM; 1-hour drive
Activities: View of the beautiful dam, boat rides, watersports, fishing, and hot air balloon rides.
Where to eat: Silver Orange Bistro (Almost Orange) or French Toast Restaurant
Distance from Joburg: 70KM; 1h20 drive
Activities: Hiking the Root Castle, hiking trails, zip-lining, horse riding, hot air balloon rides, and cooking classes at Wicked Food Earth.
Where to eat: The Black Horse Brewery and Restaurant or Hollybrooke Farm
Distance from Joburg: 74.5KM; 1-hour drive
Activities: Beautiful long river walks with the scenic area, picnics, wine tasting, concerts, and car shows.
Where to eat: Montevallo Estate Restaurant
4. Clarens, Free State
Distance from Joburg: 303KM; 3.30-hour drive
Activities: River rafting, wine tasting, quad biking, and horseback riding.
Where to eat: Masutsa Restaurant
5. Parys, Free State
Distance from Joburg: 111KM; 1.2-hour drive
Activities: Hiking, boat rides, river rafting, and spas.
Where to eat: O’S Restaurant Parys
6. Cradle of Mankind, Maropeng
Distance from Joburg: 50KM; 1-hour drive
Activities: Explore Maropeng and Sterkfontein caves.
Where to eat: Tumulus Restaurant
7. Pilanesberg Game Reserve
Distance from Joburg: 177KM; 2.5 hours drive
Activities: Game drive, watersports, and quad biking.
Where to eat: Pilanesberg Centre
8. Maboneng Precinct
Distance from Joburg: Within Joburg
Activities: Market on the main, walk on the main street, art gallery
Where to eat: Shakers Maboneng