Staycation Ideas for Joburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durbs

A staycation offers a perfect blend of relaxation, discovery and convenience without the hassles of travel. Enjoy the familiarity of home comforts while still exploring new local experiences and supporting local businesses. 

Create a personalised itinerary catering to each member of your family’s preferences, all while saving time and expenses typically associated with long-distance journeys. 

Let's explore these some of the hidden wonders of SA’s major cities:


  • Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens: Nestled in Roodepoort, this picturesque garden offers serene landscapes, cascading waterfalls, and diverse birdlife. Families can enjoy picnics, walking trails, and the thrill of spotting resident eagles in flight.
  • Melrose Arch Light Display: Melrose Arch transforms into a mesmerising wonderland during the festive season. The entire precinct becomes a symphony of twinkling lights, adorning trees, buildings and walkways in a dazzling array of colours. 
  • James Hall Museum of Transport: Uncover a fascinating collection of vintage cars, bicycles, and steam trains in La Rochelle. Perfect for families passionate about history and automobiles, this museum promises a nostalgic journey through time.


  • Groenkloof Nature Reserve: Only a stone's throw from the city centre, this reserve offers hiking trails, mountain biking, and a chance to encounter indigenous wildlife. Families can enjoy a day immersed in nature's tranquillity.
  • Irene Dairy Farm: A charming escape boasting a dairy shop, restaurant, and outdoor picnic areas. Children can pet farm animals, enjoy pony rides, and indulge in delicious dairy treats.
  • Lawley Street Christmas Lights: Pretoria’s Lawley Street emerges as a beacon of festive cheer. This residential street transforms into a radiant canvas adorned with elaborate light displays. Residents go all out, adorning their homes with intricate arrangements of lights and decorations. Well worth the visit!


  • Silvermine Nature Reserve: Situated within the Table Mountain National Park, this reserve offers hiking trails leading to scenic viewpoints and a reservoir perfect for a refreshing swim or a family picnic.
  • Root 44 Market: Located in Stellenbosch, this vibrant market offers a variety of local crafts, food stalls, and live entertainment. Families can soak in the lively atmosphere while sampling delicious treats.
  • Kommetjie: A coastal gem known for its unspoiled beaches and charming village atmosphere. Families can explore tidal pools, watch surfers catch waves, and witness breathtaking sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean.


  • Moses Mabhida Stadium: Ascend the stadium’s arch on the SkyCar, or have your turn on the Big Rush Swing – a heart-pounding free-fall experience that sends you soaring through the sky, suspended by a harness. With its fusion of adrenaline-pumping adventures, historical significance, and awe-inspiring views, a visit to Moses Mabhida Stadium would be unforgettable.
  • Coedmore Castle: Believe it or not, Durban has a castle. Tucked away in the Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve, this old stone homestead was built in 1885. The house still contains many of the original contents, including furniture from the 19th century, old family portraits and antique silverware. 
  • The Green Corridor Route: A hidden gem offering kayaking, mountain biking, and a chance to explore the untamed beauty along the uMngeni River, showcasing Durban's natural splendour.


This holiday season, take a detour from the ordinary and uncover the hidden marvels surrounding major South African cities. Embrace the magic of exploration, creating lasting memories with your family while discovering the beauty in your backyard.

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