YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO FAR TO GET AWAY 

LEISURE TRAVEL IS ALLOWED AGAIN!  

Having all been cooped up and reaching new heights of cabin fever, it’s time to reimagine your journey across South Africa. Level 2 means the tourism industry is opening its doors and welcoming guests with open arms, at fantastic discounts too.  


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Enter Steadfast Africa. A specialist travel company, Steadfast Africa will match or beat online prices, tailor-make your trip to suit your budget and availability, provide you with free concierge services and expert advice before you even ask. With over 20 years combined experience in the art of curating experiences for their clients, Steadfast has kept abreast of their partners’ travel policies to make sure you’re welcomed into a safe space with social distancing and other regulations in place. 

Understanding that some Jozi residents are apprehensive about hopping onto a flight, they’ve put together a short list of some favourite road-trip getaways exclusively for you. Pack your bags and hit the road – they’ll do the rest to ensure that you and your loved ones are safe, relaxed and enjoying your new found access to travel.  

LUSH – A CONTEMPORARY EXPERIENCE, SHAPED AROUND ITS ENVIRONMENT 

An ideal way to social distance and take full advantage of being outdoors is a safari. Lush is a family-owned and managed boutique private game lodge, set within the Black Rhino Reserve of the greater Pilanesberg National Park and run on Italian hospitality. What can you expect? Luxury accommodation, dining and an authentic safari experience. Steadfast Africa particularly enjoys an escape to Lush because of its appeal – a contemporary lodge, shaped around the environment; the minimalistic décor and natural finishes put the focus on the view, drawing guests to outdoor living spaces. On a private concession and with only five suites, exclusivity is everything here with some of the best game viewing in the country and spectacular scenery to boot, Lush is one of the most beautiful destinations.*Priced from R5 1 90 pppns 

ROMANCE, SECLUSION AND INTIMATE ENCOUNTERS – THE LURE OF CLIFFTOP EXCLUSIVE SAFARI HIDEAWAY 

If there’s one thing Stedfast Africa knows how to do it’s romance. Now illuminate that with an experience created as a tribute to the unique splendour of the African wilderness. Welgevonden Game Reserve in South Africa’s Waterberg region is a vast wildlife sanctuary. Clifftop Lodge is hidden from view to form its own private sanctuary. Couples are then treated to Afro-chic and contemporary elements that serve only to enhance this comfortable retreat with resplendent views. Perched regally amidst the bushwillows on the tip of a magnificent gorge overlooking the Sterkstroom River, Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway is just that – a romantic, secluded hideaway, an intimate encounter with the beauty of the ruggedly scenic Game Reserve. And to top off your stay, take in some bird watching, explore game drives with experienced field guides and relish in the massage treatments in the privacy of your suite. Clifftop has eight suites and private dining areas. Priced from R2 880

DULLSTROOM – RETURNING TO THE MPUMALANGA HIGHLANDS  

Coffee, craft beer and chocolate are all great but what you really need is to rediscover trout fishing in the crystal clear dams around town, whiskey and a great hiking trail. Dullstroom is arguably South Africa’s fly-fishing capital, offering excellent still water and river fishing – in which case, you want to base yourself at Walkersons Hotel & Spa. One of the absolute highlights for you will be the contagious passion shown by the staff who genuinely love what they do. Once that’s done and dusted, a visit to South Africa’s best stocked whiskey bar is an absolute must – their whisky tastings are a casual affair, aimed at individuals, couples or groups. End off your stay with a dinner at the famous Mrs Simpsons…you’ll thank the Steadfast team later. Priced from R2 760 pppns 

A VISIT TO THE BIRTHPLACE OF HUMANKIND IS AN UNFORGETTABLE ESCAPE   

The Cradle Boutique Hotel is in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind. Less than an hour away from Fourways, this gem on the outskirts of the city is the ideal reminder of where it all began with the opportunity to take in pristine, game-filled Highveld landscapes. A stay here is not only for paleo-enthusiasts – city dwellers and nature lovers are certainly welcome to explore not only the incredible Reserve. There are 16 luxury “hip-eco” timber and thatch rooms, an owner’s cottage and popup tents to choose from. The restaurant is also fast becoming more and more popular, receiving rave reviews for those long, lazy lunches, drinks, and dinner. You can’t leave without trying the natural filtration pool and deck – it brings a whole new meaning to taking a dip. *Priced from R4000

Tailor-made trips by Steadfast Africa are designed to rejuvenate you. Their love and firsthand experience of all of these destinations inspires them to create the most unforgettable holiday experiences. Especially nearing the end of lockdown with travel restrictions being lifted. Contact [email protected] using the code #blueheart for the exclusive offers at one of these properties or plenty of other destinations across South Africa. 

Steadfast is committed to ensuring that each and every trip is packed full of positive life-long memories. They are your partner on the ground, not just a search engine or an anonymous voice. By working with them, you can travel with confidence as they remove the hassle and uncertainty of holiday planning. They are here for you before, during and after your trip. 

Visit www.steadfast.africa for more information. They also have hundreds of private use properties on their books, from game reserves to wine estates, Kaross farmhouses, beach villas etc.  

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