Switch to Afrikaans

Long-weekend planner 4

Use public holidays wisely by planning ahead

When: Women’s Day, 9 August

Where to go:


A fishing village on the Cape West Coast, 15km northwest of Vredenburg, Paternoster is a place to braai crayfish and look out for whales, dolphins, seals and penguins while walking along the sandy beach. The Cape Columbine Nature Reserve is 3km away. Accommodation includes thatched-roof cottages such as Die Vissershuisie, where you can look out for whales or dolphins from your living room. Duintjie, an up-market fisherman’s cottage with blue shutters, sleeps six. If you’re lucky, you might catch the West Coast flowers in bloom.

Cost and how to book:

Die Vissershuisie About R1 350 per night for four. ☎ 083 445 4710.

Duintjie R1 100 per couple plus R150 for each extra person per night over this period. ☎ 022 752 2217. For more information visit www.wheretostay.co.za/wc/wco/accommodation/paternoster.php.


For malaria-free wildlife viewing about two hours from Johannesburg and 600km from Bloemfontein, head to the Mabula Game Lodge in the Waterberg. This 12 000ha reserve is host to the Big Five and most other savannah animal species. Another option is the Leopards Rock Retreat, a self-catering game farm with a splash pool. It’s perfect for long walks and regular sightings of zebra, giraffe, antelope, warthogs and various bird species.

Cost and how to book:

Mabula Game Lodge R1 350 per adult and R674 for children aged six to 11 for a room with a double bed and two single beds, including three meals and two daily game drives. Children aged five and under stay free. ☎ 014 734 7000 or visit www.mabula.com/mabula-lodge.

Leopards Rock Retreat R300 per night per adult; R150 per night per child. ☎ 014 717 1690 or visit www.wheretostay.co.za/leopardsrockretreat.


Read more on accommodation in:

Tonteldoos Valley

South Coast





Like this?
to our Free Good Housekeeping Newsletter
How to speed-clean your mattress

Rest easy, knowing that your bed is clean and allergen-free