Travel deals in time for Easter

Easter is just over two weeks away. If you haven’t made your holidays plans yet, don’t worry. Moneybags journalist Jessica Anne Wood hunts up a few travel deals just in time for Easter.

March Holidays at BON Hotel Shelley Point (Cape West Coast)

From 1 March to 3 April 2016, BON Hotel at Shelley Point is offering accommodation from R499 per person sharing with children under 12 staying for free. However, this excludes dates from 25 to 27 March (Easter weekend). But why not take a few days before the Easter weekend to spend some time relaxing with your family.

The deal is subject to availability and full pre-payment is required. There is a minimum requirement of two nights stay for the deal to apply.

For more information on this holiday deal, click here.

Valley Lodge & Spa (Magaliesburg, Gauteng)

If you stay in the Gauteng region and fancy a bit of a break over the Easter holidays, why not take a drive out to Magaliesburg. The Valley Lodge & Spa is offering a two night Easter package available from 25 to 27 March.

You enjoy a two night stay with dinner, bed, breakfast and an Easter surprise. There are three room options:

  1. Standard rooms for R5960.00 per couple
  2. Luxury rooms for R6420.00 per couple
  3. Superior rooms for R6870.00 per couple

In addition to the adult room charges, the following child rates apply:

  1. No charge for children 0-06 years of age
  2. R2260 per child per night 07-12 years of age
  3. Adult Single rate for children 13 years and up.

For more information on Valley Lodge, click here.

Webersburg Wine Estate (Stellenbosch, Western Cape)

For those wanting to get away and enjoy the wine region of the country, why not look at Webersburg Wine Estate in Stellenbosch. The estate offers 22 five star suites accommodating up to 44 guests. The suites start at R1 600 per suite per night, and includes a breakfast at Webersburg’s Sugarbosch Bistro.

For more information on the accommodation, click here.

Pecanwood Manor (Upington, Northern Cape)

Pecanwood Manor is nestled on the banks of the Orange River and offers visitors a country escape. Pecanwood Manor opened in January 2016 and is offering accommodation at R890 per person per night.

For more information on Pecanwood Manor, click here.

Cozi Corner Self-catering Accommodation (Queenstown, Eastern Cape)

Offering three quaint cottages as accommodation, Cozi Corner Self-catering accommodation can be found near Hangklip Mountain. Visitors can enjoy hiking trails, canoeing, fishing, and mountain biking.

Accommodation starts at R300 per person sharing. For more information on Cozi Corner, click here.

Forest Creek Lodge & Spa (Dullstroom, Mpumalanga)

Forest Creek can be found in a valley of the Steenkampsburg Mountains near Dullstroom on a private nature reserve. You can enjoy accommodation from R700 per person sharing, with access to range of activities. Activities include: bush bath, a forest spa, gazebo romantic private dinner, hikes to the waterfall, bird watching, horse riding in the scenic valley, and clay pigeon shooting.

For more information on Forest Creek Lodge, click here.

Raptors Lodge (Hoedspruit, Limpopo)

Raptors Lodge in Hoedspruit offers guests breathtaking views of the surrounding bushveld. Offering four-star lodges from R600 per person sharing, this might be the ideal Easter get away for you and your family is you want to get out of the city.

For more information on Raptors Lodge, click here.

Art Lovers Guest House (Parys, Free State)

Visit the quaint town of Parys with a stay at Art Lovers Guest House. The guest house offers six guest suites from R1 100 per unit, and does not cater for children under 12 years of age.

While relaxing in this laid back town, you can enjoy a range of activities, such as Dimalachite White Water Rafting, visiting the Bon Af Berry Farm about 20km away, or enjoying fishing at Dimalachite about 10km out of town.

For more information on Art Lovers Guest House, click here.

Enjoy a staycation

For those not wanting to hit the road this Easter, there are a number of deals and specials that you can make use of around your own town. In addition to those listed below, a number of restaurants and venues will be hosting Easter specials over the long weekend.

Clico Restaurant in Rosebank, Johannesburg is offering a meal with wine pairing for Easter. You can enjoy a four course Easter meal prepared by head chef Gert Nel and his team, for R450 per person. You have the option of adding a wine pairing at R40 per course.

The menu for the day consists of:

  • Caramelised onion and blue cheese tarts with tomato chutney – paired with Newton Johnson Chardonnay
  • Chili salt squid with nuoc cham – Waterford pecan stream chenin blanc
  • Tandoori yellowtail with spinach and cumin dhal, cucumber relish and lemon froth – Neethlingshof gewürztraminer
  • Herb-crusted roast rack of lamb with aubergine puree roasted garlic, sage and red wine jus – Creation Syrah
  • Muscat crème Brule with plum ice cream – Newton Johnson L’illa
  • Chocolate landscape with vanilla air – Lynx Viognier 2014

In addition, there is a children’s menu for kids 12 years and younger at R115 per child. The children’s menu is as follows:

  • Mini burgers, chicken or beef, served with chips and salad
  • OR Fish and Chips;
  • Dessert: Chocolate brownies with cream or ice cream
  • OR Trio of ice cream with chocolate sauce

For more information on Clico Restaurant, click here.

For those in the nearby region of Webersburg Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, why not pop past the Webersburg Wine Estate on Easter Sunday for a mouth-watering meal. Executive Chef Nadia Roux is preparing a three course lunch consisting of Slow Roasted Pork Belly, Scotch Quail Eggs and Frangipane tartlets among other options on the day. Enjoy a day out at R380 per person. There is also an a la carte menu for the children.

For more information, visit their website.

Enjoy high tea of The Oyster Box Hotel, Umhlanga, Durban from 25 to 28 March. You get to enjoy a range of Easter treats for R350 per person. High tea is available between 14h30 and 17h00. To book a table, you can phone the hotel on +27 (0) 31 514 5018 or email

To see other specials that The Oyster Box will be running in March and April, click here.