Five Affordable Holiday Breaks in South Africa

When the working week is finally over, it is nice to head out of town for a couple of days to decompress. Cape Town and Johannesburg residents are spoilt for choice when it comes to near-by destinations for low-cost weekend breaks and affordable car hire options.

The following five affordable holiday breaks in South Africa all offer something a little different.

Shelly Point

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For many people, a weekend break means the chance to escape the city and head to the coast. There are lots of great coastal resorts for an affordable weekend break. Shelly Point on the west coast is especially stunning. Many will come to enjoy the sun, sea and sand on the vast beaches around St Helena Bay. Others will prefer the chance to stay at the Shelly Point Hotel, Spa and Country Club for a little pampering. Either way, This coastal gem is a great place to get away from it all for a couple of days.

Betty’s Bay

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Betty’s Bay is a lesser-known gem that is the perfect weekend getaway for nature-loving Cape Town residents. There is plenty to see here over the course of your stay. The Harold Porter National Botanical Garden is a must-see attraction for anyone with a horticultural interest and looks stunning in the natural landscape. Wildlife enthusiasts will also appreciate the chance to trek up to Stony Point to get a closer look at the local penguin population. Visitors that time their trip right can also enjoy the sights of local life.


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The coast of South Africa is just one of the many places for wildlife lovers to enjoy a weekend away. There are lots of rich habitats across the country, including the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve that is Waterberg. This 15,000 square kilometre site lies in Limpopo Province and is home to a vast array of animals and birds. Many visitors catch sight of most of the “big 5”. The lodges are ideal for a long weekend, with just enough facilities and luxury to ensure that you aren’t completely getting back to nature.



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Safaris and game reserves aren’t everyone’s preferred places of relaxation. For many, the weekend means a chance to put our feet up and enjoy some good food and good wine. A weekend break in Bonnievale offers the perfect chance to do both. The area is famed for its wineries and cheese producers and is just a short drive out from Cape Town. Visitors can head to these sites for tasting sessions, or make the most of the Wine on the River festival. This October spectacular brings all the best products to one location.


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Finally, not all travellers want to head away for a weekend of relaxation. Some want to work through the stresses of the week and enjoy a bit of an adrenaline rush. Hartbeespoort is a perfect choice, especially for those travelling up from Jo’berg. The Dam and local rivers are the perfect place for some river rafting, tubing and abseiling. Those that want to enjoy a more leisurely pace can sit back and watch the landscape roll by on a boat cruise. There is so much to try that the weekend goes by in a flash.

If you plan on going on an adventure to any of these majestic locations from another part of the country, you might want to use a vehicle to get there. Car rental South Africa would be a great place to start looking for the best wheels to get you there.

December holidays are around the corner and our fleet of rental vehicles are booking-out fast! Make sure you secure your rental vehicle today, to avoid disappointment.