Last-Minute Getaway Destinations In Gauteng

So, you've left planning your December holiday to the very last minute. That's okay! Sometimes the best holidays and memories come from spontaneous, impromptu, spur-of-the-moment decisions. And to give you a little inspiration or a few ideas of where to go, we've come up with a list of quick getaway destinations and options for you to choose from. Happy vaycaying, guys!





Travel Through Europe With Air France

Imagine taking your special someone on a romantic whirlwind escape. Or why not treat your family to an international adventure in a new and exciting destination? Sounds like a pretty cool idea, doesn't it? If this is what you'd like to do for your upcoming holiday, then check out the year-round low airfares to Europe at Air France. Low season is from 16 July to 03 December and again from 27 December to 20 June, and you can expect incredibly well priced fare to many European destinations. Think strolling through the streets of Rome from R8 703*, exploring the beauty of Barcelona from R8 693*, or romancing your sweetheart in the beautiful city of Paris from R10 608*. The options are endless.

For more information on flights and prices, visit www.airfrance.co.za.

Explore South Africa With Flight Centre

Prefer to keep your holiday local? Check out Flight Centre's selection of domestic flights that will take you to a variety of locations throughout our beautiful country. Feel like hearing the crash of the waves and squishing sand between your toes? Then fly down to Durban from R1 060*. Want to explore the Winelands and delight your taste buds with plenty of foodie delights? Book your flight down to Cape Town from R1 650*. Or spend some time reconnecting with nature and enjoying the safari experience we love so much at the four-star Protea Hotel Kruger Gate by Marriott in Mpumalanga from R6 060* return (two-night stay).

For more information on flights and prices, visit www.flightcentre.co.za.



Family Fun At Emerald Resort & Casino

Take the family on a last-minute getaway to Emerald Resort & Casino set on the lush banks of the Vaal River. This is the ideal spot if you're looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city without being too far from home. Take your pick from staying at the luxurious Emerald Hotel (with complimentary access to the Aquadome), the Serengeti-style Bush Lodges hidden in the natural setting or the self-catering River Resort chalets that are within walking distance from the banks of the Vaal River. And best of all, there's something for everyone to enjoy at this family-friendly destination including Adventure Golf, the Emerald Spa, the Aquadome, Animal World and fun game drives, Pins Bowling Alley, the Kids Zone, wall climbing and so much more.

Details: www.emeraldcasino.co.za | 016 982 8000 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 777 Frikkie Meyer Boulevard, Vanderbijlpark

Visit The Jewel Of The Eastern Free State, Clarens

Whether you're looking for a weekend away or just want to take a break from the fast pace of city living, why not take a three-hour road trip to the gem of a town, Clarens. This is just the place if you're looking to unwind, do some hiking, see stunning country views, be daring and go on a few adventures, and even treat your inner artist at the many art galleries in town. Another stop you need to make while in town is at the Clarens Brewery. Here, you can enjoy the warm Clarens weather, take in the stunning mountain views and sip on some fine handcrafted beers and ciders. Yummy. Click here to find out where to play, eat, sleep and shop in this quaint little country town.



Head To The Country In Dullstroom

When you think country, fishing and relaxation, what's the first location that pops into mind? Dullstroom, of course! This town offers a fishing haven for those who love to cast a line, sit back, relax and enjoy the scenic countryside. But if you're looking to explore beyond the fish-filled dams, then make sure you suss out the stores in town, sit down at a few restaurants, visit the brewery and spend soon time doing fun-filled activities such as horseback riding, checking out the Bird Of Prey and Rehabilitation Centre. Click here to find out what else there is to do in this area.

Reconnect With Mother Nature At The Welgevonden Game Reserve

Getting away to the bush is one of our favourite pastimes, and if you're looking for one of the best bushveld trips that's not miles away from the city, then make sure you make a quick booking at the Welgevonden Private Game Reserve. This destination is 37 000 hectares, complete with diverse landscapes and geology and some of South Africa’s most stunning wildlife. And no need to pick up antimalarials as this game reserve is malaria free! Welgevonden boasts some of the most luxurious, secluded and sustainable accommodation in the country, along with private five-star lodges.

Details: www.welgevondengamereserve.org | 087 943 2658 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Waterberg District, Limpopo



Sun City Awaits

From the Valley of the Waves and the Maze of the Lost City to the three S's (safari, shopping and spa), it's obvious which destination we're talking about – Sun City! This is one of the most popular and visited entertainment/getaway hubs in the country, and for good reason. There are tons of accommodation options to choose from, such as The Palace of the Lost City, the Cabanas, the Cascades, the Soho and chalets. Then when it comes to entertainment, guests are spoilt for choice! From outdoor adventure activities, Kamp Kwena and Animal World to a new sports bar and nightclub, the new Sun Central and safari tours, there's something for everyone. See why we just had to mention it as a last-minute getaway spot?

Details: www.suninternational.com | 014 557 1000 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Sun City Resort, Pilanesberg, North West

*The airfare prices may be subject to change. Costs were correct at time of writing.