Consider yourself a snow spotter? Here our top five icy getaways
This winter has been nothing but exceptionally chilly in most parts of the country. So why not embrace the magic and add an icy escape on your bucket list. We’ve teamed up with South Africa’s premier online classifieds website, Gumtree to bring you a selection of our favourite and cutest spots to visit.
Many of the cutest, quirkiest destinations our country has to offer don’t list on the big accommodation platforms, and they’re often best-kept secrets that are shared by word of mouth between friends who travel the country’s most interesting nooks and crannies,” says Estelle Nagel, brand marketing manager at Gumtree South Africa.
From R670pp, per night.
On your way to the Western Cape to see the snow? Wykeham Lodge is a wonderful spot in Worcester, expecting around 10+cm of snow.
Wykeham Lodge welcomes you to stay over in a traditional thatched, 1835 home with lots of charm and warmth of bygone years. Situated in the beautiful Breede River Valley surrounded by mountains, it’s the perfect spot to experience the snow.
The full house is available for R4,050 per night.
Make this weekend one for the books. Snow, luxury, fires and ultimate relaxation. You need to visit Riverstone Country House for a slice of heaven.
With fine finishes and great decor, located in a small town named Wolseley, 90mins from CT, it’s a peaceful getaway and perfect spot to experience the snow.
This luxurious self-catering house can accommodate up to 9 guests in 4 bedrooms and features an open plan kitchen with a breakfast bar, a dining area and a large lounge leading onto an undercover patio with outdoor furniture and a braai area.
From R950 per night.
Undoubtedly one of Cradock’s most gracious homesteads, you couldn’t ask for a better spot to escape for the weekend. The Oude Pastorie Gastehuis offers old-world charm and full comfort.
The time machine must have dialed back a few decades and came to rest at this peaceful place. The art pieces, antiques, brass beds, wooden floors with Persian carpets all add to the comfort of a unique stay.
From R1,000 per night.
Make snow angels under the snow-capped mountains. Southern Cross Cottage offers the best opportunity to experience the delight of a quaint town mixed with great outdoor activities.
Southern Cross self-catering cottage, situated in the heart of the quaint village of Hogsback and within walking distance from the waterfalls, is the perfect spot for the outdoorsy type. Get your hiking books on and go find the snow!
Price: R1,900 per night.
Situated close to the treasure of a town, Cradock, Lowlands Country House is nestled on a working farm and offers Karoo farm-style hospitality. Accommodation comprises of two houses; one on a self-catering basis and the other offers meals on request.
Once you have had your snow ball fights, other activities available include river rafting, canoeing, bird watching, hiking, mountain climbing, general farm activities, and visits to nearby Cradock, Middleburg, Graaff Reinet, Nieu Bethesda, and the Mountain Zebra Park.