Travel has reopened both inside and outside our borders but maybe your next great getaway could be in your own backyard. After a long period of being locked down in your home you can finally get out and enjoy new places and things to do. Here are a few destinations close to Bloemfontein you and your family can explore
Ladybrand might not be such a popular destination as for example Clarens, but if you visit the town for a weekend you’ll enjoy a well-deserved rest. Cranberry Cottage offers just about all you need, with several luxury and deluxe rooms as well as self-catering accommodation. Set in a lovely Colonial-style building, the retreat offers a spa and wine cellar. After a spa treatment at Phomola African Retreat, all you’ll want to do is relax and maybe after enjoy a drink in their cellar room or take in the greenery on the outside deck area.
Eco Karoo Lodge is a 100% off the grid, Eco friendly accommodation destination and venue, situated on the 4200 ha working farm
Imvelo Safari is only a short drive out of Bloemfontein and offers game drives, hunting and quad biking. What makes it special, is that it is a retreat from all the noise. You will enjoy it whether you’re an outgoing person or an introvert. It is an escape from a busy and noisy environment, to a peaceful and fun environment. They offer multiple services, including accommodation, functions and conferencing facilities with the largest venue accommodating about 1000 people. You can take in the splendour of nature while star gazing over a glass of champagne or enjoy a rugged game drive.
Eco Karoo Lodge is a 100% off the grid, Eco friendly accommodation destination and venue, situated on the 4200 ha working farm, Knoffelfontein, which is situated near Luckhoff in the Free State. The Karoo offers majestic scenery unlike anywhere else on earth, including spectacular sunrises, endless horizons, surreal silence and the crisp, distinctive smell of Karoo vegetation. The idea with the design of Eco Karoo was to embrace all of this. Every space – from bedrooms and bathrooms to the living room and kitchen – opens outdoors. All rooms face east over the same plains where there’s nothing quite like watching the sun paint the sky in shades of pink and orange as it kisses the moon goodnight. The lodge is an ideal site for star gazing, hiking, mountain climbing, nature trail walking or cycling, bird watching, swimming and hunting.
TEXT: NOMAQHAWE MTEBELE