While some industries are able to wind down towards the end of the year, others have a final sprint to the finish. Running a business can be a 365 day a year commitment, which is why it’s important to recharge, disconnect and allow yourself some time offline. A quick escape to one of these South African destinations where wifi is scarce and nature is abundant might just do the trick. Here are five local getaways that will allow you to switch off from the hustle and spend some well needed time with family or friends. 

Cederberg

With only patches of signal and plenty of mountains, the Cederberg wilderness has a few gems for you to pick from. Go somewhere rustic like Enjo nature farm or the slightly more upmarket Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve

Kruger

The only traffic you’ll find out in the kruger is the four-legged kind. Find some serenity in the bush at The Outpost Lodge, or  Mthimkulu Wilderness Trails in the greater Kruger National Park. 

Magoebaskloof

You don’t need wifi if you’re staying in a forest cabin. You’ll be so busy braaing or looking out across a canopy of trees at Kurisa Moya, you’ll forget you even have a Facebook account. 

KwaZulu Natal

Only accessible by 4 x 4, eco-lodge Rockwood Cottage is a tranquil hideaway in the Karkloof Nature Reserve which is in the Northern Midlands area of KZN. If solar powered simplicity is what you’re after, this is the place. 

Namaqualand

Nestled among mountains, orange sunsets and rooibos farms there are plenty of quaint and quiet spots to explore in the Northern Cape.You’ll need to wind your way through mountain passes to get to Gifberg Holiday Farm, while Verbe Farm is another great spot just a few kilometers off of the N7.

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