Our top 5 travel ideas for when you’re stuck at home

Dec 12, 2019, Author: Bianca Spinner

December is here! If you have nothing planned or simply can’t afford to wanderlust all over the world, the good news is that Joburg is one of the most underrated cities in the world over the holidays … and we know just how you can stretch that travel budget. 


Why travel over peak times like December anyway? It’s fussy, busy and rather predictable. Rather save your Rands and take yourself to your dream destination at half the price next year. Now that you’re staying put (#ImStaying), we don’t want you to scroll social media or read 17 books all holiday, so we’ve established our best staycation ideas. 

Who needs Mauritius when you can have a sleepover at the Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff? 

Location: Westcliff, Johannesburg  

This has to be, without a doubt, one of our favourite city hotels in the world. There isn’t anything not to love about this hotel … it’s a dream come true. We recommend booking for a night or two – believe us, you’ll mistake this splendour for a five-star luxurious pool area in Maurice. There might be no sand or palm trees, but there is a magnificent view of Joburg, the finest cocktails and a beautiful pool area exclusive to hotel guests. 

Take note that you also won’t need to travel all overseas for a Michelin-star meal because from 1 to December 2019, the hotel will be hosting Michelin-starred Chef Massimiliano Musso for an exclusive pop-up dining experience. 

Who needs Switzerland when you can camp at the Vaal River Campsites in the Wolwespruit Nature Reserve?

Location: Vaal River 

Where do we even begin? There are 32 campsites all along the river. It’s a beautiful site over sunset or sunrise whilst fishing for barbel or yellowfish. Your 06h00 alarm clock will be the tweets and cheeps of the localised ecosystems of birds. Plus, there are ablution blocks and braai facilities. It’s a picture-perfect setting and instead of a long-haul flight, it takes a mere three-hour drive from the city. Winning! If you’re more about the glamping lifestyle, there’s also a self-catering stone cottage that sleeps six people. 

Who needs the Appalachian Trail when you have the Magaliesberg Mountain Sanctuary Park?

Location: Magaliesberg 

This privately owned nature reserve is a favorite among South Africans. Not only does it host some of the greatest hiking trails, but the pathways are clean, the walkways are clear, it’s well looked after and you can dip in the natural mountain lakes along the way. As you meander through the two-billion-year-old mountains, you’ll notice its raw, untouched beauty. The hiking trails vary form 15 minutes to eight hours, and you can take a picnic basket with you as there are braai facilities. A map will be explained to you upon arrival and you can be assured that guided hikes won’t restrict you. Long walks in nature not your thing? Then opt for rock climbing, mountain biking or swimming, or even have a go at abseiling. 


Who needs the Louvre Museum in Paris when you have the Wits Art Museum? 

Location: Johannesburg 

WAM showcases thousands of pieces of African artwork ranging from historic to contemporary. One of our favorite oldies is Robert Hodgins’ 1955 Still Life with Fruit and David Koloane- chronicles of a resilient visionary. Inside you’ll find a charming café and The Jack Ginsberg Centre for Book Arts, which houses over 3000 artist’s books, 400 of which are South African. Remember entrance is free; this is a staycation that won’t cost you a single cent. It’s a true celebration of African art; you’ll amble for hours and feel as if you’re in one of the top museums in the world. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10h00 to 16h00. 

Who needs the Redwood National Park forests when you have Glenogle Farm? 

Location: Magoebaskloof 

At this idyllic hideaway, you can take a walk in the woods amongst the pine forest or enjoy a bike ride. It’s a complete farm style paradise where you’ll escape and drift off into fairyland. The dam views will engulf your senses, packed with stirring trout and surrounded by horses Rainforest, Silva and Abby. If you love nature, there isn’t a better location! There’s a secluded self-catering suite, The Loft, hidden in the pine forest overlooking the dam. This enchanting space features a bedroom, bathroom, living area, fully equipped country kitchen and private deck. If you’re going for a family holiday, then stay in The Stables, which sleeps four (only children over six years old are allowed). 


Take note that there’s a minimum two-night stay over weekends and three nights over long weekends. 

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