- 13 Mar 2017
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Eight of the Best Family Easter Getaways
1. Best for Sporting Families
Champagne Sports Resort, Drakensberg
Anyone for tennis? Or golf? Or squash? Surrounded by the majestic Drakensberg mountains, the sports offerings at this resort are legendary, the jewel being its 18-hole championship golf course. Add a kiddies' play area, gym, putting green, mountain bike trails and helicopter rides and you get the picture.
Best car to get you there: The seven-seater Mercedes-Benz GLS 350 d to pack in all that sports gear.
2. Best for Laid-Back Families
Africamps Boutique Camping, Pat Busch Mountain Reserve, Robertson
A small slice of heaven in Robertson, this laid-back "glamping" spot is perfect for some R&R far from the madding crowds. It offers all the fun of camping minus the self-deflating mattress and sore back in the morning.
Best car to get you there:Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC for its blend of rugged charm and sophistication – this is "glamping" after all.
3. Best for Families with Toddlers
Kurland Hotel, Plettenberg Bay
Situated on a 700-hectare private estate, this hotel loves their younger guests. Children's rooms are appropriately appointed, including mini-me gowns and toys, and there's a Children's Dining Conservatory for meals plus a babysitting service on request so you get to enjoy the spa or a grown-up dinner. Best news? Five-year olds and younger stay for mahala.
Best car to get you there:The Mercedes-Benz S 350d with rear-seat entertainment screens will stave off the "Are we there yet?" questions.
4. Best for Nature-Loving Families
Pezulu Tree House Game Lodge, Limpopo
Accommodation is built in harmony with the surrounding environment – think tree branches forming part of your lounge or bedroom. Enjoy a guided walk among the giraffes and zebras, a day visit to Kruger National Park, God's Window or one of the many animal rehabilitation centres nearby.
Best car to get you there: The high-riding Mercedes-Benz G 350d offers an optimum game-viewing perspective and loves going off the beaten track.
5. Best for Families with Teens
Pine Lake Marina, Sedgefield
Teenage holiday dreams are all about hanging with peers, plenty of space away from lame adults, and perhaps a bit of romance. Pine Lake Marina, in the heart of the Garden Route National Reserve, is a watersport paradise that ticks all the boxes. Just be prepared for grumpiness when a teen holiday fling comes to an end.
Best car to get you there: Teenage image is everything, so arriving in a Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 AMG Coupé will set the "cool" (or whatever kids say these days) standard.
6. Best for Families with Grandparents
The Clarens Country House, Free State
Once a sheep shed, this beautiful century-old stone building is set in a wooded area of the Clarens Golf Estate. The Bosman Suite specifically caters for families. Perfect as a summer retreat or winter wonderland getaway (snow falls regularly in season), there's plenty to do for all generations, including a trip to the local brewery, golf, zip-lining, white-water rafting and archery.
Best car to get you there: The Mercedes-Benz V 220 CDi AvantGarde offers S-Class quality in an MPV, ensuring comfort and space for the whole family.
7. Best for Families Who Like to Rough It
SANParks Forest Timber Camping Decks, Knysna
In the heart of the Diepwalle forest in Knysna, this new camping site is situated on wooden decks where you can set up your canvas home-away-from-home. Pack some lunch and explore the hiking trails, mountain-biking routes, and flora and fauna among the lakes and kloofs of the surrounding forest. Prepare to be awestruck.
Best car to get you there: The "baby" SUV Mercedes-Benz GLC 220d 4MATIC is perfect for loading camping gear, grappling over dirt roads and hugging the curves of the scenic Garden Route.
8. Best for Families Who Like Creature Comforts
Walkersons Hotel & Spa, Dullstroom
Oozing old-world charm, the luxurious hotel was modelled to emulate a Scottish country manor, with all the niceties for a truly indulgent stay. Hot tip? Relaxing poolside before enjoying award-winning chef Adri van Wieringen's fabulous feasts.
Best car to get you there: The rapier-like Mercedes-AMG E 43 4MATIC is perfect for the drive to Dullstroom, and even better should you decide to detour via Long Tom Pass.