We know it’s only March but truth be told, you need a holiday – we all do! So, this month why not enjoy an extra-long Easter weekend and spend even more time relaxing with your family? Yes, that’s right, there’s still time to book and plan a last-minute getaway with your family or special someone this Easter! So, take a breather this Easter weekend and head out on a fun-filled aha adventure with your loved ones. Whether you prefer to stay in the city or head out into the glorious African bushveld, aha Hotels & Lodges have a selection of destinations and exciting offers across the country. As an added bonus, apply for a little bit of extra leave and you can make your long weekend even longer and more luxurious. Here are 9 fabulous last-minute Easter weekend specials you’ve got to take advantage of!

Western Cape:

Harbour Bridge Hotel

The Harbour Bridge Hotel.

Set in the centre of Cape Town’s International Convention Centre district, The Harbour Bridge Hotel combines style with effortless sophistication. Add easy access to the nearby world-famous V&A Waterfront and other tourist attractions and you have the perfect long-weekend getaway. With loads for the family, Mom and Dad to do you won’t need to look very far to keep everyone entertained!

Easter special: R1500 single rate, bed and breakfast included. Valid from now until 31 March 2016.

Nestled below the slopes of Lion’s Head in Cape Town, the Bantry Bay Hotel offers luxury accommodation overlooking breath-taking scenery. Whether you’re looking to kick back and relax whilst taking in a glorious ocean view or prefer a more physical activity like climbing Lion’s Head, you’ll find all that and more at this magical getaway.

Easter special: R2040 for the deluxe suite, kids under 12 stay free and over 12 pay for breakfast, R165 per person. Valid 14 March-16 April.

The Rex Hotel

The Rex Hotel.

Take a trip up South Africa’s famous Garden Route and you’ll find the sophisticated Rex Hotel, a four-star luxury venue that blends modern styling with old-school charm. Situated within walking distance of attractions such as the Knysna lagoon and natural forests filled with hiking trails, this incredible retreat has to be experienced to be believed.

Easter special: R900 per person per night. Bottled water, turndown service and children under 12 eating free included. Valid 21-28 March.


Hidden away in the tropical climes of KwaZulu-Natal is the Riverside Hotel and Spa. Featuring year-round warm weather, world-class facilities and treats for everyone in the family, you’ll be occupied throughout your stay with everything from lazing by the pool and relaxing in the spa to fun-filled activities guaranteed to entertain young and old.

Easter special: R1600 family room per night. Bed and breakfast for two adults and two children under 12 included. Valid from 1-31 March.

North West:

Madikwe River Lodge

Madikwe River Lodge.

If you prefer the unique setting of the African veld, Madikwe River Lodge is perfect for you. A short four-hour drive from Johannesburg, the resort is situated in the heart of a nature conservation reserve that boasts superlative wildlife, fauna and flora, including Africa’s Big Five. What better way to get away from the hustle and bustle of city living – and it’s just around the corner.

Easter special: pay for two guests and sleep three for R1800 per person per night.


Need a safari getaway that is still relatively close to the city? Conveniently located just 20 minutes from Fourways in the north of Johannesburg, River Place Lodge still provides an untamed African feel. Situated on the Hennops River, the estate is home to a wide variety of wildlife and the superb amenities ensure a tranquil and relaxed stay.

Easter special: R965 per person for a standard deluxe room. Valid 24-28 March with a 5-day itinerary running from Thursdays to Mondays. Food and beverages are included.

Kopanong Hotel, Resort and Conference Centre.

Kopanong Hotel, Resort and Conference Centre..

If you’re looking for a cultural escape then you don’t have to travel far for an entertaining Easter break. Take a trip to just outside of Johannesburg and discover luxury chalets and world-class facilities at the Kopanong Hotel, Resort and Conference Centre.

Easter special: R720 per person single rate. Bed and breakfast included. Valid 21-31 March.

If you want to go back in time to the dawn of mankind, there is only one resort for you: Lesedi. Situated at the world heritage site The Cradle of Humankind, this luxury stay offers incredible, eye-opening activities that provide a unique insight into the origin of mankind.

Easter special: R1400 per room per night. Dinner, bed, breakfast and cultural experience included. Valid from 25-27 March.


Casa Do Sol hotel and resort

Casa Do Sol hotel and resort.

Hidden in the wilds of Mpumalanga lies the Casa Do Sol hotel and resort, complete with sub-tropical gardens that make the perfect family picnic spot this Easter. Relax at the resort and soak up the sun, or experience the best of Mother Nature by taking a trip to the Kruger National Park, which is only 15 minutes away.

Easter special: R2120 per room, minimum 2-night stay. Dinner, bed and breakfast is included, as well as a couples’ massage. Valid from now until 30 April. 

For more information on all these destinations, or to make a booking at any of these venues, go to www.aha.co.za.

** Win!**

One lucky WomenStuff readers stands the chance to win a weekend away for 2 people including dinner and bed & breakfast at Kopanong Hotel, Resort and Conference Centre valued at R3 450!

To enter simply email your name and contact number to crystal@menstuff.co.za – don’t forget to use the subject line “Kopanong Giveaway” in your email. One email entry per person please.

Competition closes on Tuesday 29 March 2016 at 17:00. 

Terms and Conditions:

– Bookings subject to availability
– Not applicable over peak periods and long weekends
– The prize is not transferrable
– Winners must arrange their own transport to and from the hotel.