As South Africa’s economy slowly opens up again after the lockdown, the excitement of possibly reuniting with family and friends in the near future is exciting. There is no better time to start prepping for that much-needed family getaway, especially now, while accommodation is budget-friendly. 

We compiled a list of the best accommodation for a family reunion of note. You may decide to visit the coast or nestle between the mountains. We’re certain that you’ll find something exciting on this list. 

Tiffindell Ski Resort- Southern Drakensberg

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Tiffindell is well-known as the only ski resort in South Africa. Many travellers describe it as a magical winter wonderland experience. The resort is situated in the Eastern Cape of South Africa and has a range of accommodation options to choose from. This includes chalets, suites and luxury self-catering. Tiffindell promises entertainment for the whole family. 

Fun at Old Mac Daddy’s Farm

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Old Mac Daddy is growing in popularity in the Western Cape. The lodge is situated in the serene Elgin Valley and has its own private beach and fantastic interactive indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy. There is also an assortment of accommodation options available. This includes cabins, trailer suites(each with their own deck), a lodge and villa. If you’re a family who loves action and adventure than Old Mac Daddy’s is ideal. 

Zwakala River Retreat- Limpopo

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If you’re looking to get in some much-needed “R & R” on your family reunion, then this retreat is ideal. The retreat is situated on the banks of the beautiful Zwakala River, which is just under five hours from Johannesburg. Here, you will be able to enjoy the sweet sounds of nature and long river walks. There is a craft brewery at the retreat, popular for its tasting room experience. For nature lovers, Zwakala is an absolute treat. 

Explore the Serene Enjo Nature Farm in Clanwilliam

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Nestled in the heart of the Cederberg Mountains, you’ll find the best accommodation by the river and enjoy complete exclusivity, and the most breathtaking views. There are several chalets and all of them offer the same breathtaking views, including an indoor fireplace, a barbecue area and some include a private jacuzzi. The valley is also known for its spring bloom of flowers. Travellers travel far and wide to experience this gem in Clanwilliam

Book a Self-catering Lodge by the Sea in Witsand

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If you’re a lover of charming small towns, then this family reunion idea is ideal for you. This idyllic spot along the Breede River is perfect for small families looking for a small breakaway. The home is furnished and has a subtle and relaxed seaside atmosphere. You may find some hidden gems from artist across the African continent. There are also boat charters in the area and celebrities frequent this Beachhouse in Witsand. 

Enjoy the Country at Barry House on Riverton

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You will find the Barry House on Riverton in the majestic Robertson Wine Valley. The house is big enough to accommodate a large group of family or friends and is the ideal spot for a family reunion. The house is situated on Riverton Stud and Wine Farm. Activities in and around Barry House include fishing, horse riding and hiking. 

Sit Back and Relax at the Perfect 10

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The Perfect 10 is situated along the West Coast, just a three-minute work from the renowned Langebaan Calypso Beach. There is a golf course nearby and tons of beach entertainment. Family drives to the West Coast National Park and West Coast Fossil Park is recommended. The whole family should enjoy the braai area, courtyard and garden, especially during summer. 

Experience De Ware Jacob in Jacob’s Bay

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De Ware Jacob is a coastal hamlet offering quality and affordable accommodation. If you enjoy a more private secluded holiday experience, this spot is ideal. There is a braai room with a large indoor fireplace, jacuzzi and swimming pool. The seaside is only a five-minute walk away from De Ware Jacob. 

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Getting around in South Africa

Most travellers opt for booking an airport transfer to transport them to their accommodation. Public transport is also readily available in all provinces. Alternatively, you can book a car hire at the airport to accommodate the rest of your travel plans. Drive South Africa can assist you with any vehicle rental requirements. 

Alternative family-holidays

If you’re a lover of wildlife and game-viewing, we suggest that you experience a classic South African family-safari with Ker & Downey. Curate your own memories on your next holiday with those who matter most to you. Remember to keep your eyes on the news for further developments concerning the COVID-19 pandemic and the travel regulations in each country.