REASONS TO TRAVEL Beautiful Things 2022 exhibition in Graskop
From March 10 to 16 the Graskop Gorge Lift in Mpumalanga’s Drakensberg Escarpment region hosts Beautiful Things 2022, a colourful showcase of the work of 90 of South Africa’s finest contemporary artisans. This remarkable once-off exhibition is a reason to visit the region in and of itself, although of course we suggest combining a trip with a tour of the many sights along the Panorama Route such as Gods Window and the Blyde River Canyon.
INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT DEAL The Emirates' flight saleThe Emirates South African flight sale continues until March 31, 2022. If you're planning an overseas trip this year, then head to Travelstart.com to scout out top deals on return flights to Phuket, London, Istanbul and Dubai that start from as little as R7,239 return. You have until March 31, 2022 to book for travel until November 30, 2022. Find out more and book here.
LOCAL FLIGHT DEAL FlySafair to Cape Town from R769March's hottest domestic flight deal comes courtesy of budget airline favourite FlySafair. Book before March 15 for travel between May 3 and 10 and you can pick up flights between Joburg and Cape Town for just R769 one-way. Book online here.
WHERE TO STAY IN... Hazyview – three great escapes
Sitting between the Kruger Park and the spectacular views of the Panorama Route, Hazyview is perfectly situated for a city getaway that combines awesome drives, top wildlife sightings and warm weather. The drive to Hazyview from Joburg is about four hours, or alternatively fly to Nelspruit (about one hour away) and rent a car. The town's name comes from the haze that hangs over this area of the lowveld bushveld in summer, and surrounding the town are lush plantations farming bananas, coffee, avocado, mango, citrus fruit and macadamia.
One kilomtree outside of town we love Rissington Inn, offering spacious and good-value rooms surrounded by beautiful lush gardens and the warmest of welcomes. Seven kilometres out of town on the site of a lush old farm, Summerfields Rose Retreat & Spa is a Five-Star luxury tented lodge with a delightful location overlooking the Sabie River valley while 20 kilometres west of Hazyview is AfriCamps at Mackers, a family-friendly 'glamping' self-catering campsite situated on the banks of the Sabie River.
SPLENDID ISOLATION! Hide away at these mountain top chalets
If world news has you in a tailspin right now – take your pick from three self-catering chalets or two luxury safari tents looking out over the valleys of the Schoeman Mountains in Mpumalanga at Wolwekrans Eco Lodge (about 300km from Joburg). There is a major emphasis on sustainable eco-friendly practices, everything is solar-powered and the water comes from a pure mountain spring that lies within the property. All the cottages have been placed far from each other to maximise privacy and mountain views and each comes with its own private boma. In addition to just soaking up the peace and quiet and lack of phone signal, there's good hiking in the area and the possibility to hike down to a nearby waterfall. Find out more and book here.