5 Perfect destinations for a girls’ weekend

We’re heading for yet another long weekend this April and what better way to finish off the long-weekend season than gathering all your girls and having an awesome weekend away?

Whether you want to sip on your favourite vino, snap pictures that will make your Instagram followers green with envy, or just laze in nature – a weekend away is the perfect opportunity to make some fun memories with your favourite girls. Plus, you get to enjoy all of this without worrying about partners, kids or work.

Here are 5 places that are perfect for a girls’ trip:

The Drakensberg
If you’re not in the mood to paint the town red and want to to revel in nature instead, then The Drakensberg is the perfect destination for you. Not only are the mountains magnificent, but there are also a number of activities to enjoy. If you really don’t want to do anything but relax, you can just chill and enjoy the fresh mountain air.

Where to stay: Drakensberg Sun
The resort features a spa, beautiful pool, a restaurant offering delicious fresh cuisine, and outdoor adventure activities amid the lakes, mountains and ancient forests of the Drakensberg.

In the mood to do more than lounge on the beach and just look at the sea? If you actually want to get into the water and have some fun, then Durban is the place to go. The beaches are beautiful and the water is the perfect temperature for a dip. Durban also has a number of awesome bars and clubs if you’re in the mood to paint the town red.

Where to stay: Beverly Hills Hotel in Umhlanga

This luxurious hotel is the perfect treat for you and the girls to enjoy. For starters, you can lounge poolside while you enjoy relaxing massage treatments with a gorgeous ocean view. It’s the perfect leisurely destination for an elegant and unique getaway.

From The Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve to the Lone Creek Falls and God’s Window, Mpumalanga is beautiful. Well-known for its scenic beauty, the province offers nature lovers plenty of outdoor experiences. Plus, there are lots of picturesque places to explore, where you can take Insta-worthy shots.

Where to stay: Pine Lake Resort
Pine Lake Resort is situated on the banks of Lake Longmere in White River and is the perfect destination to relax and unwind. The self-catering chalets can sleep up to 6 people, making it ideal for you and the girls to break away and chill amid some of South Africa’s most exquisite scenery.

Vaal River – Johannesburg
The Vaal River has always been known as Gauteng’s quick escape – it’s a playground for adventure junkies, golf enthusiasts, cocktail-sipping sun lizards, you name it.  What’s more, the wonderful thing about the Vaal is that it’s a nine-iron away from Johannesburg, an easy drive out of the city.

Where to stay: Riverside Sun

Riverside Sun is just a 45-minute drive from Johannesburg, making it a quick escape from the city. You and the girls can relax by the pool in the beautifully landscaped garden and just take it easy.

Western Cape

If you are a group of foodies, or just enjoy the finer things in life, the Western Cape is the perfect place for you. As the gourmet capital of the country, it boasts some of the best restaurants and is in the heart of wine country, so there are lots vineyards to explore with plenty of vino to drink.

Where to stay: The Caledon Hotel and Spa
Just over an hour’s drive out of Cape Town, you’ll find The Caledon Hotel and Spa. You will experience the ultimate relaxing getaway here. And pampering deluxe.  A spa with spectacular views and natural mineral bath pools, including the naturally heated 12m cascading Khoi San pools, make this the ideal sanctuary for you and the girls to unwind.