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Best Easter Weekend Getaways in South Africa

Easter is a perfect time to escape the routine and indulge in a refreshing getaway. South Africa, with its diverse landscapes and vibrant cities, offers many options for an unforgettable Easter weekend. 

Whether you’re looking for the urban charm of Johannesburg, the coastal beauty of Cape Town, the laid-back atmosphere of Durban, or the historical richness of Pretoria, South Africa has something for everyone.


List of Best Weekend Getaways in South Africa



An Easter Getaway in Johannesburg


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Embark on an Easter adventure in Johannesburg, the dynamic city of gold, where urban excitement and cultural richness collide. Discover a multitude of activities, luxurious accommodations, and convenient transportation options that make Johannesburg an ideal destination for a memorable Easter weekend.


Places to go in Johannesburg 

An exciting Easter weekend in Johannesburg is possible given the large variety of activities that are available in this city. Below are some places you should visit during your Johannesburg Easter getaway. 


  • The Apartheid Museum is the go-to place for those who are a little more interested in the history of South Africa.
  • The Johannesburg Zoo is a great place to take the family during Easter.
  • The Maboneng Precinct is for those who are curious about the local art as this urban hub is filled with galleries, boutiques, and trendy cafes.


Accommodation in Johannesburg

In Johannesburg, accommodation options are as diverse as the city itself. There are many options to choose from, but the ones listed below are some of the best we could find:


Whether you’re looking for a hotel room, an apartment, or even a penthouse, The Capital is among the best to provide it for you.


How to travel in Johannesburg

Navigating Johannesburg is relatively easy with a well-developed transportation network. You’re able to navigate Johannesburg in various ways, such as:


  • Using a train like the Gautrain that connects you to cities like Pretoria
  • Renting a car if privacy is of the utmost importance
  • Using ride-hailing services like Uber and Bolt to take you directly to your destination
  • Taking the buses like the Metrobus and Rea-Vaya. The Gautrain also has a bus service available.


An Easter Getaway in Cape Town


The Capital On Orange Hendricks bathroom

Perhaps you’d like to go somewhere near a beach. By that metric, Cape Town would be great for you. Treat yourself to the coastal beauty, diverse activities, and an incredible list of accommodations that define The Mother City as the perfect destination for an unforgettable holiday.


List of Places to Visit in Cape Town on Good Friday

Cape Town, nestled between the iconic Table Mountain and the vast Atlantic Ocean, offers several places for an unforgettable Easter weekend. Namely:


  • Table Mountain for its breathtaking views
  • Clifton and Camps Bay for their beaches
  • Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa for its local art scene


Accommodation in Cape Town On Easter 

Cape Town’s diverse accommodation scene caters to every taste, but Easter begs for a different kind of experience: one steeped in reflection and rejuvenation. 

That’s where luxury hotels in Cape Town like The Capital Mirage and The Capital 15 On Orange & Spa come in, offering an escape that elevates your stay. The Capital 15 On Orange & Spa takes it up a notch with a hidden spa nestled within the bustling city, promising an amazing Easter retreat.


How To Travel in Cape Town During Easter Weekend

Getting around Cape Town is convenient, with various transportation options. Options like:


  • Renting a car
  • Using ride-hailing services
  • Taking the MyCiTi Bus Rapid Transit system


An Easter Getaway in Durban


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Cape Town is great for an Easter getaway, but the waters may be a little too cold for some people. The warm Indian Ocean in Durban may be a much more appealing option.


Places to Go in Durban on Good Friday

With its warm climate and stunning beaches, Durban offers a laid-back Easter retreat. There are several places to visit in Durban, like:



Accommodation in Durban On Easter 

Durban boasts a variety of accommodation options catering to different tastes. Stay in luxurious resorts like The Capital Zimbali Resort for a pampered experience. If you’re looking for an entirely luxurious experience, The Capital Pearls is another great choice for you. 


How To Travel in Durban During Easter Weekend

Getting around Cape Town is convenient, with various transportation options. Options like:


  • Renting a car
  • Using ride-hailing services
  • Taking the People Mover bus system as it operates in the city centre


An Easter Getaway in Pretoria


The Capital Trilogy apartment room

Step into history and culture with an Easter getaway in Pretoria, South Africa’s administrative capital. Uncover the city’s historical richness, cultural gems, and a variety of accommodations that make Pretoria a compelling choice for an enriching Easter escape.


Places to Go in Pretoria on Good Friday

Pretoria, South Africa’s administrative capital, is rich in history and culture. To ensure you have a great Easter in Pretoria, be sure to check these places out:


  • The Voortrekker Monument for a glimpse into the country’s past
  • The Union Buildings with their beautiful gardens
  • Immerse yourself in art at the Pretoria Art Museum.
  • For a tranquil experience, the National Botanical Gardens are a must-visit, showcasing the diverse flora of South Africa.


Best Accommodation in Pretoria during Easter 

Pretoria offers a range of accommodation options, blending historical charm with modern comfort. Choose from hotels like The Capital Menlyn Maine or The Capital Trilogy for a luxurious stay. 


How To Travel in Pretoria during Easter Weekend

Getting around Cape Town is convenient, with various transportation options. Options like:


  • Renting a car
  • Using ride-hailing services
  • Taking the A Re Yeng Bus Rapid Transit system as it connects key locations in the city
  • The Gautrain also provides a quick and efficient connection between Pretoria and Johannesburg, making it easy to explore both cities during your Easter getaway.


How to Be Safe in Hotels in South Africa


The Capital Mbombela Reception

While exploring these fantastic destinations, it’s essential to prioritise
safety in your accommodation choices. South Africa has a wide range of reputable hotels, but it’s always wise to follow basic safety precautions. Here’s how to ensure your safety in a hotel during your Easter getaway:


  1. Ensure your chosen hotel has secure parking
  2. Use the hotel’s safe for valuables
  3. Be cautious with personal belongings
  4. Familiarise yourself with emergency exits and contact information
  5. Always follow the guidance of hotel staff


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Is South Africa safe for tourists during Easter?

South Africa is generally safe for tourists, but it’s essential to stay vigilant and follow basic safety guidelines. Avoid displaying valuable items in public, use reputable transportation, and stay in well-reviewed accommodations.


What is the best time to visit South Africa for an Easter getaway?

Easter falls during the autumn season in South Africa, offering pleasant weather and fewer crowds. It’s an excellent time to explore the country without the intense heat of summer.


Are there Easter events or festivals in South Africa?

Yes, South Africa hosts various Easter events, including festivals, markets, and religious celebrations. Check local event listings for specific activities happening in your chosen destination.

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