Soak up the sun at these great summer weekend getaways

AAQA January Getaways

The December school holidays may be over, but the summer is still in full swing! Take advantage of the long days, sultry nights, uncrowded roads and reduced rates, and get your share of the sunny season at one of these great weekend getaways in South Africa.




Nestled on False Bay and perfect for a quick getaway from Cape Town, the village of Simonstown is rich in history, character, atmosphere and warmth. Here, you can swim with Penguins at Boulders Beach, kayak along the coast, go fishing, visit nearby Cape Point or wander up the main street perusing the quaint shops. Simonstown is also a fantastic spot for foodies in search of friendly fare with ocean views. Here, fresh seafood is certainly the order of the day!


AA Tip: Take the “slow road” to Simonstown and follow the coast from Muizenberg through St James, Kalk Bay and Fish Hoek. For weekend accommodation with views in all directions, stay at Avian Leisure, which is perched on the hillside overlooking False Bay.


Jeffrey’s Bay


Surf’s up! While Jeffrey’s Bay is home to one of the best surf breaks in the world - with surfers flocking here to catch the legendary waves - the town itself is a fabulous choice for weekend getaways from Port Elizabeth. If you stay at Neptunes Terrace, your apartment is just a stone’s throw away from the main beach with spectacular sea views. You’re also ideally situated to explore this paradise of sunshine, aloes, dolphins, shells and classic reefs, and within walking distance from all amenities, including the super tubes, main beach, clubs, restaurants and shops.




Situated at the foot of the Maloti Mountain, the small town of Clarens offers beautiful natural surroundings. From your AA Quality Assured accommodation at Bornfree, you’ve got plenty to explore. The area’s pristine dams, rivers and streams are ideal for fly fishing while the grade 3 and 4 water rapids promise great white water river rafting along the Ash River. Besides the quaint attractions of the town, there’s horseback riding, golf, archery, hot air balloon rides, 4×4 trails, hiking, abseiling, mountain biking and more to keep you busy.




While not far from Johannesburg, Muldersdrift has a great country feel to it and is perfect for quick getaways. Here, you’ve got plenty of fresh air to enjoy in between hiking, bike riding, beer tasting and spa treatments. Plus, you’re perfectly situated for a visit to the Cradle of Humankind to learn about the origins of humankind and inspect stone tools that are over one million years old!


AA Tip: For a full-on relaxed feel, stay at Country Park.


Pilgrim’s Rest


Situated on the top of Robber’s Pass, on the historic old road to Pilgrim’s Rest, Crystal Springs Mountain Lodge is a picturesque self-catering resort set within 2,400 hectares of pristine countryside of spectacular cliffs and gorges, forests, murmuring streams, plunging waterfalls and cool natural pools. Bird life is plentiful and wild animals such as zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, antelope and leopard inhabit the nature reserve.


Nearby attractions and activities in Mpumalanga include hiking God’s Window, the Pinnacle viewpoint, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Echo Caves, Mac Mac Falls, Berlin and Lisbon Falls, Blyde River Canyon, Sudwala Caves, Graskop and the big swing, Shangana Cultural Village, Pilgrim’s Rest, mountain biking, hot air ballooning, elephant interaction, and skyway trails.



Are you ready to pack the car and hit the road for a quick weekend getaway in South Africa? Browse our AA Quality Assured  accommodation now.