Level 1 means it is time to travel. Here are the best budget getaways to consider.

Hard lockdown during the dreary winter months was tough on us all. The easing of lockdown onto Level 2, and now from 20th September Level 1, now permits local and (limited) international travel. For many, local is still going to be the most lekker when it comes to travelling, especially because of all the restrictions and hoops that will be in place for international travel. As such, Future Motor Lease recommends these top 5 off-the-beaten-track holidays .

Cape Town – Stellenbosch – Stumble Inn Backpackers Lodge

Stellenbosch is about an hour’s drive from Cape Town. Not only is it one of South Africa’s top wine producing areas but there are many hiking and mountain-biking trails in the area. With many South Africans now choosing to do more outdoor activities to keep Covid19 at bay, this holiday ticks all the boxes. The newly upgraded Stumble In Backpackers Lodge has private rooms which can accommodate up to four people, as well as dormitories which consist of six bunk beds. There are also campsites available with clean and upgraded ablution facilities.

Limpopo – Thula Meetse Mystical Mountain Lodge

If it’s the bush that rejuvenates your soul, then Thula Meetse Mystical Mountain Lodge is just for you. The lodge boasts a 19m waterfall as well as 4×4 trail and nature walks. There are luxury units and family units available from R1 000 per night that all have basic self-catering facilities. There is also a restaurant on the premises if you need a “mom’s night off”. With table tennis and putt-putt for kids, the adults can relax and enjoy the abundant bird life, or relax next to the swimming pool.

Drakensberg – Umzimkulu River Lodge

Nestled in the tranquil green mountains of the Drakensberg next to the gurgling Umzimkulu river is the Umzimkulu River Lodge. From as little as R450 per person per night for accommodation, the hosts also offer B&B, serviced dinner and self-catering options. The lodge welcomes children of all ages, with a children’s playground, fishing and picnics to keep them entertained. The yoga studio, meditation decks and massage therapies on site will help you renew your soul and find your inner calm.

Dullstroom – Trout Wood Cottage 

If travelling with your fur-babies is what you are looking for, then Trout Wood Cottage is just for you. The working farm has a number of farm animals on the property as well as some buck, so your fur-babies will be in good company. The dams are stocked twice a year with trout. The rustic farm style cottage sleeps up to four adults and two children. The cottage has a fully equipped self-catering kitchen and braai facilities. Included in your daily rate are a cleaning service, rod hire and unlimited wood for those chilly Spring evenings.

Magaliesburg – Thabametsi Farm

An hour and a bit’s drive from OR Tambo International Airport, you will find yourself in the heart of the Magaliesberg. Thabametsi Farm prides itself in hosting families with children of all ages as well as pet visitors. Each self-catering unit comes fully equipped and the campsite has three electrical points with a bonfire area and wash-up facilities. There are many different activities to keep the kiddies entertained such as donkey cart rides, a rope maze and a tree house but to name a few. For the grownups there is hiking, canoeing and a massage treatment facility at the premises. For a fun weekend for the whole family, why not experience something a bit different this month?

With so many exciting places to visit in our wonderful country, let this September be the start of your travel adventures. Future Motor Lease are able to offer affordable and unique solutions to help you drive to the holiday destination of your dreams.