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Why not head off to the picturesque Clarens, or the Mbotyi River Lodge on the Wild Coast this Easter holiday?

When: Easter, 6 – 9 April

Where to go:


You’ll find Clarens in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in the eastern region of the Free State, close to the Golden Gate Highlands National Park and Lesotho, and about a three- to four-hour drive from Johannesburg, Bloemfontein or Durban. Scenic views, art galleries and sandstone buildings give this village its tranquil yet vibrant character. There are lots of self-catering places, from La Poste, a romantic loft suitable for a couple on a child-free weekend – although a small child can squeeze in – to Penny Lane, a charming facebrick cottage that sleeps six and has beautiful views. There’s plenty to do, including horse riding, quad biking, hiking, tennis, squash, trout fishing, art courses, golf, mountain trails and nature reserves.

Cost and how to book:

La Poste R750 per night for two adults. ☎ 084 656 1832.
Penny Lane R250 per person per night; under-12s pay R220 per person per night. ☎ 058 256 1346.
For more information visit www.sa-venues.com/freestate/selfcatering/clarens.php.


Mbotyi River Lodge is a family resort on the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape, with manicured lawns, an indigenous garden, a swimming pool and wooden decks. For children’s entertainment, there’s a kiddies’ pool, jungle gym and trampoline. The lodge is perfectly situated for walks and swimming, with the beach close by. If you prefer something more outdoorsy, there’s a camp site next door that has electricity, running water, braai areas and 24-hour security. It also has three Pondo huts that sleep six people each and a covered dining area, where guests socialise.

Cost and how to book:

Mbotyi River Lodge Rates vary from R690 to R955 per person per day. Children sharing with parents pay 50% of the adult rate. ☎ 082 674 1064 or 039 253 7200.

Camp site The Pondo huts cost R770 per day and  the camping fee is R115 per person  per day for adults and R60 per person per day for children. ☎ 039 253 7200. For more information visit www.mbotyi.co.za.


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