04 February 2022

Mzansi’s best budget bush breaks

Submitted by Hlumelo Matshanda
Mzansi’s best budget bush breaks

Have you genuinely experienced South Africa? If your ultimate Sho’t Left doesn’t include an escape to nature among the wildlife, then you really need the ultimate South African experience! The problem is, it can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be.

Why don’t you put #Januworry behind you and say hello to the month of Love, by treating you and your bae or buddies to some of Mzansi’s best bush escapes. Experience your own country in its wildest, most naturally breath-taking form while witnessing stunning Big Five encounters and enjoy an unforgettable wilderness adventure.

It’s no secret that bush escapes have been in high demand amongst young travellers., They’re often close to cities, and have a wide variety of amenities to indulge in. For something memorable, and within your budget – here are a few exciting and affordable Sho’t Left deals that suit the kind of experience you may be looking for:

Nthubu Safari Camp | Potgietersrus, Limpopo

Located in Masebe game reserve, you and your friends will have exclusive access Nthubu Safari Camp, with no dangerous animals. With the options to go on drives, hike or mountain bike, the bush with its animals and birds offers a wide variety of entertainment for your stay. Wonder throughout the caves in the sandstone cliffs and see ancient bushman paintings. Nthubu Safari Camp is a place for people who want to get away from it all!

Augrabies Falls National Park | Upington, Northern Cape

Very few sights are as striking as water thundering down the 56-m Augrabies Waterfall, when the Orange River is in full flood. The Khoi people called it "Aukoerebis", or place of Great Noise, as this powerful flow of water is unleashed from rocky surroundings characterised by the 18km abyss of the Orange River Gorge. The most characteristic plant in the park is the giant aloe called quiver tree, Aloe dichotoma, which gets its name from the fact that the Bushmen used the soft branches to make quivers for their arrows. The eye-catching silhouette of the quiver tree is typical of the Northern Cape landscape.

Protea Hotel Kruger Gate | Nelspruit, Mpumalanga

Make your dreams of an authentic African safari come true, with Protea Hotel Kruger Gate. Located in the Greater Kruger Conservancy, right at the Paul Kruger Gate and on the banks of the iconic Sabie River, Protea Hotel Kruger Gate is offering a 20% or more off their standard room rates when you stay three nights or longer.

Sho't Left to the Bush Cave Hotel | Gqeberha, Eastern Cape

Enjoy an exciting bush outing retreat with eight or more of your friends, to Gqeberha, in the Eastern Cape. Experience two nights sleeping in a luxury cave bedroom with breakfast and dinner, a swimming pool on a mountain rocks, hiking to the Caves, quad biking, at an affordable cost. As a guest, you will get insights into the unique landscape, not to mention awesome scenic beauty.

Awesome Panorama Route & Kruger Park value Safari | Nelspruit, Mpumalanga

Experience four days of awesome Panorama Route and Kruger Park value Safari, by visiting the intriguing museums and shops in Pilgrims Rest, and then drive to view Pinnacle Rock.

Then, to experience the incredible view from Gods Window, visit the Berlin Falls, where numerous local arts and craft s are for sale and visit Bourke's Luck Potholes.

Take a boat trip on the Blyde Dam and experience an interpretation tour that will take you to the Kadishi Tufa waterfall and the Three Rondavels.

An abundance of wildlife will keep you intrigued while learning more about the natural history of the Blyde River Canyon. If that’s not enough, the world-famous Kruger National Park will have you in tune and singing with nature as you experience the wild side of South Africa from the Big Five to bush filled landscape of the South African savannah.