While we’d like to hibernate all winter long, the cold weather isn’t really much of an excuse not to travel. With so many cosy local spots just begging you to visit, winter is no time to hide under the covers. So, this month we’re encouraging you to find your warmth and chase the fire before winter is over. Relax in front of a fireplace in the beautiful and peaceful countryside of the Cape, Magaliesburg, the Northern Cape, or even the Cape winelands. And, what’s more, winter is usually the best time for budget conscious travels to pack their suitcases because loads of local spots are offering exceptional deals and accommodation offers for couples and families looking for a quick break. Here are just four wonderfully warm and cosy winter getaways to add to your travel list.

Pecanwood Manor – a cosy winter getaway in Upington

Pecanwood Manor

This four-star guesthouse on the banks of the Orange River is the ultimate romantic weekend getaway. Housed in a beautifully renovated old farmhouse that was built in the 1960s, the manor is romance personified. The Northern Cape, is fast-becoming one of the country’s favourite holiday destinations and Pecanwood Manor offers guests an escape from urban reality to a simpler, more relaxed way of life. Located on the skirts of a pecanwood plantation, overlooking spectacular views of a pecanwood forest, Pecanwood Manor offers a tranquil escape in beautifully decorated, luxurious accommodation. With eight ensuite rooms and an event venue for guests wanting to host a wedding or any other special occasion at the manor, Pecanwood is the ideal venue for conferences and weddings.

For more information, or to make a reservation, visit their website.

Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve – a winter wonderland in the Cederberg

Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve

Far away from the city lights, in a vast open space where unique rock formations frame the horizon, you will find the simply beautiful Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve. This breathtakingly beautiful reserve is the ideal place for nature lovers to experience a unique getaway to remember. The winter season turns Kagga Kamma into a spectacular sight – waterholes and rock pools fill up after the much-needed rain has fallen and flowers bloom all over the reserve. The rustic getaway spot, offers two types of accommodation options including ten unique “cave” suites, that were skilfully constructed to integrate with the natural Sandstone formations bu furnished with comfort in mind, and five spacious “hut” suites that resemble the traditional dwellings of the San clans that inhabited the Reserve many years ago. This winter Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve is also offering a range of accommodation specials including Bed & Breakfast at R799 per person or a full-board package at R1799 per person (specials valid until 31 August 2016).

For more information on the Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve visit their website.

Evergreen Manor and Spa – gracious living in the Winelands

Evergreen manor

Situated in the historic core of Stellenbosch, Evergreen Manor and Spa is offers old-world charm, combined with every modern convenience. Built in 1904 in Grand Country House-style, Evergreen Manor is a great getaway spot for those who love a little old school glam. There’s also plenty to do near the hotel! Guests can take a leisurely 4-minute walk to the centre of town with its many restaurants, art galleries, museums, historical buildings and lively nightlife. Or, if it’s a little pampering you’re after then indulge in a wonderfully relaxing experience at the luxury spa. The unique charm of Evergreen Manor & Spa and the marvellous Stellenbosch milieu welcomes you to gracious living in the heart of the Winelands!

For more information visit the Cape Country Routes website.

Valley Lodge & Spa – a Magaliesburg gem just an hour away

Valley Lodge and spa

If you’re in Joburg then Valley Lodge & Spa is the perfect winter weekend getaway. Less than an hour’s drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria, this four-star hotel located on the private banks of the Magalies River, Valley Lodge offers an opportunity to escape for a weekend without much travelling time. The hotel’s elegant free-standing rooms offer guests the best in country comfort as well as plenty of privacy to enjoy a weekend with a special someone. The spa at Valley Lodge is also one to be remembered and boasts a large heated, indoor pool and jacuzzi as well as several luxury treatment rooms.

For more information visit their website.