Best Winter Getaways in South Africa

02 June 2023
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Winter in South Africa is a magical time to explore its diverse landscapes and indulge in cosy getaways. From luxurious lodges to unique glamping experiences, there’s something for everyone to enjoy during this chilly season. So, grab your winter gear and get ready to embark on a thrilling adventure through some of the best winter getaways in South Africa!  

Kol Kol Mountain Lodge: A Serene Alpine Haven

Nestled in the picturesque Du Toitskloof Mountains, Kol Kol Mountain Lodge is a true hidden gem. This luxury lodge offers a winter experience reminiscent of the Swiss Alps. Each self-catering cabin features a private wood-fired hot tub, perfect for warming up while soaking in breath-taking panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. With snow-capped mountains as your backdrop, embrace the tranquility of nature and indulge in cosy evenings by the fireplace. 

Glamping with Africamps: Embrace the Great Outdoors

If you’re looking for a unique winter experience, Africamps’ glamping sites are a must-visit. These luxury tents are strategically located in various regions, including the picturesque Garden Route and the beautiful Drakensberg Mountains. Imagine waking up to stunning sunrises, sipping hot cocoa by your private fire pit, and falling asleep to the sounds of nature. With comfortable amenities and stylish decor, glamping with Africamps is an adventure you won’t soon forget. 

Ready to pack your bags? Browse our Africamps holiday packages now.  

Boschendal in Franschhoek: A Culinary Winter Retreat  

Escape to the enchanting Franschhoek Valley and indulge in unique farm-to-table dining experiences, where locally sourced ingredients take centre stage. Sip on award-winning wines beside crackling fireplaces or explore the vineyards and historic gardens. With luxurious accommodations and exceptional service, Boschendal is a haven for food and wine enthusiasts. 

We’d love to help you book the perfect getaway. Take a look at our Boschendal package here.  

Steenberg Hotel & Spa in Constantia: A Tranquil Urban Oasis  

If you prefer a winter getaway that combines urban sophistication with natural beauty, Steenberg Hotel & Spa in Constantia is the ultimate destination. Surrounded by lush vineyards and majestic mountains, this luxury retreat offers a serene escape from the bustling city. Pamper yourself with rejuvenating spa treatments, savour exceptional gourmet cuisine, and unwind in elegantly appointed rooms with fireplaces. Steenberg Hotel & Spa is the epitome of relaxation and indulgence. 

Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve: A Winter Wonderland in the Cederberg 

For a unique winter adventure, head to Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve in the rugged Cederberg region. This destination transports you to a mesmerising winter wonderland. Explore amazing rock formations, embark on thrilling 4×4 excursions, and witness ancient San rock art. As night falls, marvel at the star-studded sky from the comfort of your warm chalet or indulge in stargazing sessions with knowledgeable guides.  

Rovos Rail Cape Town to Pretoria or Vice Versa: A Luxurious Rail Journey

Step aboard the iconic Rovos Rail and embark on a lavish winter journey between Cape Town and Pretoria. This luxury train offers an unrivalled experience, where luxury and old-world charm meet. Navigate stunning landscapes, from rolling vineyards to expansive savannas, while enjoying sumptuous meals and world-class service. 

AfriSki in the Drakensberg: Thrilling Winter Sports

If you’re an adventure seeker, AfriSki in the breath-taking Drakensberg Mountains is the perfect winter destination. This ski resort offers thrilling snowboarding, skiing, and tubing experiences, all against a backdrop of majestic peaks. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced winter sports enthusiast, AfriSki caters to all skill levels. After an exhilarating day on the slopes, cosy up in warm accommodations. 

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve: Nature’s Winter Retreat

Discover a winter wonderland at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, situated on the stunning Whale Coast near Hermanus. This luxury eco-reserve showcases the beauty of the fynbos biome, with inspiring views of the Atlantic Ocean. Immerse yourself in nature by embarking on guided walks, horseback rides, or even whale-watching expeditions. Indulge in world-class cuisine, relax in exquisite lodges with fireplaces, and let the tranquility of Grootbos rejuvenate your soul. 

Tiffindell in Eastern Cape: South Africa’s Premier Ski Resort

With top-class facilities and South Africa’s longest ski season, Tiffindell promises an unparalleled skiing experience. Luxury accommodation, delicious cuisine, and warm hospitality await you in this snowy haven, making Tiffindell the ultimate destination for a winter escape in South Africa. 


Where is the best place to go in South Africa in winter?

That depends! What are your interests? Do you like a bit of luxury, or do you prefer a more rugged setting? Are you longing for a spa getaway or an adventure retreat to get your blood pumping? The resorts and lodges mentioned above provides something for every traveller to enjoy.  

Whether you’re craving relaxation, a unique outdoor adventure, or gourmet experiences, these destinations promise unforgettable moments. Take a look at our many getaway packages to embrace the magic of South Africa’s winter wonderland.  

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