Mountain-side vs country-side: Grand bush and beach breaks reimagined

Saving up to splurge on a deluxe weekend away as a gift to yourself for getting promoted, when celebrating an anniversary, or just because, is never a bad idea. 

Bush or beach, bush or beach? It’s a pickle.

Both have perks, its nature-scapes so pure, calming and lush, it’s hard to bid it farewell on a Sunday morning when reality hits and goodbyes are in order.

Why not mix it up and choose based on mountain-side vs country-side? Almost the same as bush vs beach, only there is even more options at play!

Wooden cabins vs Karoo

Waiting lists for wooden cabins with wood-fired hot tubs can be as long as the Cape Town drought. But there are plenty more wooden cabins to choose from that are just as fabulous!

All promise the full 4-5-star cabin experience, that is isolation, views, luxe living. And just a touch of romance as the scenery is oh-so poetic. 

WATCH: Cabin in the woods? Don't worry, these wooden cabins aren't creepy 

After eating your way successfully through the Karoo, it’s a good plan to spend a few nights to insure you stagger your next meals. The Karoo is known for stargazing. And what better place to do so than in Sutherland – the Big Daddy of stargazing. 

Stay at Inverdoorn Game Reserve, the reserve boasts an array of accommodation options - from five-star luxury tented camps to affordable lodge rooms. 

Tents vs dorpies 

Glamp mountain-side with AfriCamps in Robertson at Pat Busch or take in the views at AfriCamps Mackers Riverbend in the Mpumalanga bush with mountain views aplenty. 

Drink in the charm of SA’s dorpies – the smaller the better!

Stay a 48 hours and experience the true hospitality of small towns of the Overberg, the Eastern Cape and more. We love a weekend in Montague, Tulbagh and Kenton-on-Sea!

Beach villa vs safari lodge

Take the entire fam for a weekend of board-games, fish and chips and penguin watching in Simon’s Town. Stay at the stunning Tintswalo, the Boulders Boutique Villa. The villa puts you right at the entrance of the special Western Cape breeding colony, situated at Boulders.  

WATCH: This unique, family stay in Simon's Town leads right onto the famous Boulders penguin walk 

For rugged and bushy terrain, be sure to go to Sanbona or Shamwari, both fancy game reserves catering to couples and families. Rooms are kitted for every concern, want and need and game drives bring you closer to the landscape, defined as raw, country-side splendour. 


(Shamwari Game Reserve. . PHOTO: Marisa Crous) 


(Shamwari Game Reserve. PHOTO: Marisa Crous) 

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