Budget-Friendly Weekend Escapes

23 November 2023
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Do you need a break from your weekday routine but can’t afford a long vacation or an international trip? We understand your struggle! However, at Pentravel, we have some good news: you don’t need a long vacation to escape the hustle and bustle of your everyday routine. You can plan budget-friendly weekend escapes to explore the natural beauty and friendly faces of South Africa 

Here are our top picks for affordable, short weekend getaways. 


If you want to escape the city for a few days without breaking the bank, consider the MSC 2023/2024 local cruise season on the MSC Splendida. You can enjoy a weekend on the water with all-inclusive food, drinks, and entertainment. Depart from either Cape Town or Durban, and enjoy either a short ‘trip to nowhere’ around the Cape or head up to Mozambique from KZN. The best part is the fantastic ambience of the Splendida; with a variety of themed bars and restaurants, plus world-class shows, as well as teen and kids clubs – there’s plenty to do for the whole family. 


If you’re looking for non-stop thrills, Sun City is the ideal destination. It’s a perfect getaway for adventure lovers who want to experience entertainment and an adrenaline rush, but it’s also great for families looking to relax, or even head out on a game drive. Whether you’re staying at the budget-conscious Cabanas, or upgrading to SoHo, the Cascades or the Palace of the Lost City, a weekend break at Sun City is ideal for a fun-filled adventure.  


For those who seek a peaceful weekend escape from the city, Kruger Gate is a lodge-style hotel, famed for its soaring wooden walkways and treetop ambience, uniquely offering classic Big 5 safaris in the Kruger National Park with all the comforts of an upmarket 4-star hotel experience. The best part about this budget-friendly weekend escape is that you can experience wildlife at an affordable price without sacrificing comfort. 


Are you craving a unique and authentic weekend escape? Consider glamping at Africamps. You can indulge in a luxurious camping experience and enjoy the great outdoors without giving up the comforts of a hotel stay. Each tent sleeps up to 5 people comfortably, and has a fully equipped kitchenette, en-suite bathroom, lounge area and expansive deck with braai area. Some of the Africamps locations also offer private wood-fired hot tubs! Experience the great outdoors of some of South Africa’s most beautiful natural areas with a fun-filled, relaxing glamping getaway. 


If you want to explore South Africa on a budget and enjoy the convenience of affordable, yet flexible flights, consider booking your weekend escapes with LIFT Airlines. The airline is an inclusive and flexible option that offers affordable flights to various destinations in South Africa, such as Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban. Plan your weekend escape now, with a short flight to your top picked destination. 


There are many budget-friendly weekend escapes in South Africa that you can enjoy without breaking the bank. Whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation, or wildlife exploration, there’s a perfect destination for every kind of traveller. Remember, you don’t need a long vacation to escape the hustle and bustle of your everyday routine. Just plan a weekend break and enjoy the natural wonders of South Africa. Chat to your Pentravel expert now and get ready for a weekend away! 

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