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

1. Hartbeestport (Harties) 

Hartbeespoort Dam

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 


2. Magaliesburg 

Magaliesburg street

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 


3. Vaal 

Vaal river

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

Clarens view

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

Church in Parys

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 

Cradle of Humankind

Distance from Joburg: 50KM; 1-hour drive

Activities: Explore Maropeng and Sterkfontein caves.

Where to eat: Tumulus Restaurant 


7. Pilanesberg Game Reserve 

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




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