Need to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life for a few days? If it’s true peace and quiet you want then there’s nothing better than a few lazy days by a riverside. Here are 5 affordable river-side getaways in South Africa to check out if you’re after a holiday without breaking the budget!

1. Suikerbossie Guest Farm (Ceres, Western Cape)Suikerbossie Guest Farm

Situated around 150km from Cape Town, Suikerbossie is known for its gorgeous waterfalls and crystal rock pools. To bring you closer to nature throughout your experience, there are 18 campsites you can choose from that are all super close to the water. There are also a number of walking trails you can explore and perhaps spot some wildlife during your stay!

Suikerbossie rates range between R150 and R400 per person, per night. For more information, click here.

2. Long Thin Farm (Stilbaai, Western Cape)

Long Thin Farm

Located around 330km from Cape Town, Stilbaai is further out of the city making it the perfect place to escape. Long Thin Farm is an olive and grape farm that overlooks the Goukou river with two rustic self-catering cottages – a home away from home! Both kids and adults can enjoy various water sports at the river, and nature lovers will enjoy birdwatching and stargazing.

Each 4-sleeper cottage is available for R900 per night. Visit the website for more information.

3. Avoca River Cabins (Addo, near Port Elizabeth)Avoca River Cabins

The ideal getaway for those who love nature, the Avoca River Cabins are situated just 20 minutes away from Addo Elephant Park. These self-catering riverside cottages are family friendly with tons of activities to do nearby, including guided tours of the elephant park.

Cottage rates begin at R350 per night. For more details, click here.

4. Tsitsikamma Village Inn (Storms River, Garden Route)Tsitsikamma Village Inn

Located on the Garden Route, the quaint Tsitsikamma Village Inn is positioned near Storms River with tons of activities to do in the area. The village mimics a little village with cottages arranged around a grassy square. When it comes to dining options, you’ll be spoiled for choice with places like a 60s-style diner and a microbrewery!

Click here for more details.

 5. Ndumu River Lodge (Ingwavuma)Ndumu River Lodge

Situated 500km from Johannesburg and 450km from Durban, Ndumu River Lodge is nestled between Tembe Elephant Park and Ndumo Game Reserve. The lodge offers accommodation packages to suit every budget with meal options also available. This is one of the few places in which guests can spot members of the Big Five and ocean life such as dolphins and whales just half an hour away!

Visit the Ndumu River Lodge website for more information about their accommodation packages.

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