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Head to the countryside for some time-out from big city life.

The weekend is a precious thing and when it comes around those 48 hours of freedom are crucial to our sanity! Sometimes though, the only way one can truly escape is to throw a few essentials in a bag and head for places a little under the radar…

In our adventure pursuits throughout KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape and everywhere in between, we've stumbled upon a collection of secret getaway gems. Off the beaten track but close enough to major cities to make a two day trip worthwhile, Active Escapes has mapped an array of unique spots to enjoy a true weekend break.

If you're planning a romantic getaway with your other half, Active Escapes has a fantastic hand-picked spread of lover's retreats with choice couple's activities on offer. From champagne picnics and secluded strolls to horse back riding and cosy cottages for two, we know what a personal weekend away should entail.

Looking for a suitable spot to have a memorable time with your mates or a bull's weekend? Among our booty of accommodation options are a wide selection where fishing, walking and mountain biking are on offer! For a proper boy's weekend of braais, beers and kaalvoet relaxation get in touch with us to make it happen.

Whether you're pining for a quiet cottage with a view to put your feet up and read a book, or keen on having miles of private self-guided walking or mountain biking, we have a literal hush-hush stash of hidden options. enquire with Active Escapes

Make a getaway from home DIY and deadlines! Head to the countryside where you can get active with mountain biking, rafting, horse riding or hiking.... or maybe you just need to chill-out at one of our hand-picked weekend retreats.



  • Rhino peak in the distance on the Giants Cup Hiking trail


    This trail in the Southern Berg, is accessible by road at a few key points, which means that trail runners are able to run most of the hiking trail over two full days, while their luggage is transferred ahead of them.

  • mountain bikers on the wild coast


    Our 2 - 3 day Pondo-Pedal packs the adventure of Wild Coast riding into a cost-effective long weekend. Starting at Wild Coast Casino, we'll cycle to Mtentu via a beach route one way & an inland route (colourful villages and waterfalls) the way back.

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take a picnic in the countryside with your loved one

Candlelit dinners and feather duvets

Surprise your loved one with a retreat to the scenic Midland's countryside. From a gourmet picnic in the forests to a couple's massage in a country spa overlooking lavender fields, or a romantic ride on horseback ....let Active Escapes organise an enchanting escape.

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experience the thrills of a tandem paraglide near Bulwer

Country Action with Whistling Weasel

Planning a Bull's party or a break with your mates? The Midlands has plenty of country action to offer. From a morning's mountain biking to a tandem paraglide, a long-range drive at Boshoek, Notties brews, or an abseil down the Howick Falls... let us put together an action-packed getaway.

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receiving a mineral mud mask at a Midlands spa

Midlands Meandering & Pampering

Chinwag with our cobblers or custom-design your next nguni couch as you meander from art gallery to wrought monger, with cappuccino’s along the way. Let the massesuses at our country spa’s pamper you rotten, so you and your girlfriends will depart with mind, body and soul's restored.

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pack in as much single-track as you can on a weekend mountain bike escape in the natal midlands

Escape to the Bush with NO cell comms

Just 4hrs from JHB & 2hrs from Durban, Tugela Bushcamp makes a great weekend getaway. From flyfishing and birding to more adventurous pursuits such as 4x4'ing, ziplining, river rafting, abseiling and quad-biking... you'll never run short of things to do at this eco-camp nestled in the heart of the Tugela valley.

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when the sand gets soft,its just easier to push

A weekend on the Wild Side

Our 3-day Pondo-Pedal packs the adventure of Wild Coast riding into a cost-effective long weekend. Starting at Umtamvuna Nature Reserve you can enjoy swooping berms and switchbacks of handcrafted single-track before crossing into the Eastern Cape. The trail makes its way to Mtentu camp - an ideal base for exploring Mkambati Nature Reserve.

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Trail Blazing through Bush & Battlefields

Training for a multi-day event and tiring of your same old routes? Need some hills to sweat and new track to tame? Just 2.5hrs from Durbs & 3.5hrs from Joburg, the Tugela Valley makes for an easy weekend MTB getaway.  With single-tracks created by the legendary Berg & Bush MTB race, these red earth trails through are guaranteed to get your endorphins pumping.

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hikers near Giants Castle

Luxury Weekender Hike

Can't face the thought of schleping a heavy backpack or eating toppers and smash? Our three-day (can be shortened to 2 days) Giants Cup Slackpacker allows you to experience hiking in the berg but with overnights in comfortable guest lodges and with manageable daily distances in the picturesque Southern Berg.

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Taming the Umko, Umkomaas Valley

The Mkomazi River boasts Grade 3 rapids, which step-up to Grade 4 if there's been sufficient rain. The section from Hella Hella to Number 8 is regarded as the biggest traversable Whitewater south of the Zambezi. Just 1hr from Durban and 30-min from PMB, a rafting trip on the Umko makes a great weekend adventure.

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