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Cheap Weekend Getaways in Eastern Cape

Updated Thursday, 18 June 2020

Reasonably priced doesn’t have to mean ‘tacky’. So, we’ve combed through our offerings and handpicked these Eastern Cape Getaways at cottages, apartments, farm stays, lodges and guest houses, with price tags as close to R700/night as we can get.

We think you’ll love them…

Cheap Weekend Getaways in Eastern Cape

Allemann se Huisie, Nieu-Bethesda (R580/night for 2 people)

Just outside Graaff-Reinet, in the seriously cute town of Nieu-Bethesda, is this self-catering garden cottage, with it’s low-key, retro-influenced décor, and equally good price tag.

I know if I were looking for a weekend downtime, this is where I’d head.

Allemann se Huisie, Nieu-Bethesda

Park Place Boutique Hotel, East London (R895/night for 2 people)

Park Place is all the luxury of a hotel, without the ridiculous price tag. Yes, it is on the other side of R800, but worth it for the comfort.

The bedrooms upstairs favour French cottage features, whilst downstairs is seriously Victorian.

Park Place Boutique Hotel, East London

Forests Nest, Storms River (R700/night for 2 people)

This seriously beautiful cottage, with mountain and forest views, is overgrown with creepers, trees and vines, its veranda a window onto nature that screams perfect down time for a family, or two (R1400 for 4 people/night).

For the Garden Route, this is good value.

Forests Nest, Storms River

Zen Guesthouse, Jeffreys Bay (R600/night for 2 people)

This Jeffrey’s Bay guest house’s name says it all – simplicity and calm reign supreme. And it isn’t difficult to see why.

With either a penthouse (R700/night), apartment (R600/night) or cozy bachelor unit (R500/night) to choose from, you’re two minute’s from the beach and the Jbay lifestyle.

Zen Guesthouse, Jeffreys Bay

Mika’s Tree, Walmer, Port Elizabeth (R890/night for 2 people)

We’ve over-delivered with this option, which is why it’s a little pricier than the others, but we think it’s worth it. It’s compact, without being pokey, peaceful, well designed, and it spills out into a garden.

As far as Port Elizabeth stays go, this is a gem! Children stay free and the unit sleeps five.

Mika’s Tree, Walmer, Port Elizabeth

Masinga Cottage, Walmer, Port Elizabeth (R650/night for 2 people)

Walmer must have magical appeal for our other PE option is also in this suburb. It’s a modern little cottage with all you need for comfort.

Slightly small for three of you (although you’ll manage); just perfect for two.

Masinga Cottage, Walmer, Port Elizabeth

Valley Guest House, St Georges Park (R600/night for 2 people)

Valley Guest House is seriously cute..

Set in the Baakens River Valley overlooking Settlers Park Nature Reserve, it lies in the shade of an enormous coral tree with a big veranda, and two rooms from which to choose, so you won’t fall over guests at breakfast.

Valley Guest House, St Georges Park

Go Baviaans, Studtis (R680/night for 2 people)

This is genuine farmstay-style self-catering with a couple of sturdy farmhouses and a hiker’s house with simple but artistic décor. A little farm cottage, and cob cottage, that each sleep two (with private open air bathrooms and no electricity for a perfect get away from it all experience) round off the offering.

Note: you’ll need a 4×4 to reach any of the houses and cottages.

Go Baviaans, Studtis

Aandster, Nieu-Bethesda (R700/night for 2 people)

Another cute Nieu-Bethesda option, Aandster, offers understated and simple Karoo-style comfort in a house with three bedrooms (the third room is an outside room).

Children under 12 years stay for half price. Cute, comfortable and affordable.

Aandster, Nieu-Bethesda

30 On Oatlands Road, Grahamstown (R695/night for 2 people)

A little garden cottage and two twin bedded en-suite guest rooms that share a communal lounge, all with Oregon floors and shutters.

Charming and cozy in Grahamstown, at a price you can afford.

30 On Oatlands Road, Grahamstown

Happy Lands, Addo (R700/night for 2 people)

Happy Lands in Addo offers B&B in garden suites on a working citrus farm, with breakfast on the veranda.

Valencia and Midknight are cheaper, because they’re smaller, but even the deluxe rooms come in under R1000/night.

Happy Lands, Addo

Avoca River Cabins, Addo (R700/night for 2 people)

These delightfully decorated series of riverside chalets, bush camp cottages, semi-detached cottages and rooms are modestly priced, and consequently often booked out.

And, they’re only 20 minutes from the elephant park.

Avoca River Cabins, Addo

Country Village, Graaff-Reinet (R700/night for 2 people)

As its name suggests, these five semi self-catering units are housed in classical houses in the heart of town.Close to the museums and historical buildings that makes Graaff-Reinet so special.

Décor is basic, but appealing.

Country Village, Graaff-Reinet

Lupela Lodge, Lady Grey (R700/night for 2 people)

You come to Lupela to appreciate the outdoor farm lifestyle, and the access to fishing, hiking and country cooking (order your meals ahead).

Choose from a five-bedroom ‘lodge’, the charmingly converted grain silo, and a river or mountain cottage. They’re reasonably priced and the reviews rave.

Lupela Lodge, Lady Grey

Morning Glory, Venterstad (R800/night for 2 people)

Stay on a working stud farm near Lake Gariep, the country’s largest inland water mass.

The farm offers four bed-only suites, or two self-catering cottages.

Morning Glory, Venterstad

Stone Olive Guesthouse, Jeffreys Bay (R760/night for 2 people)

Stone Olive Guesthouse in Jeffreys Bay is close to the beach with beautiful guest rooms that play with soft muted colour and interesting furniture.

The house is accented with local stone and painted an olive colour, hence its name.

Stone Olive Guesthouse, Jeffreys Bay

Swell Eco Lodge, Coffee Bay (R750/night for 2 people)

We had to include at least one Wild Coast offering, and this stay on the north bank of the Mdumbi River looks well worth it.

They have a couple of rondavels, a family unit that doubles as a honeymoon room, and three sea-facing duplexes, all en suite (so not your usual backpacker Wild Coast experience). It’s the garden rondavels that you’re after.

Swell Eco Lodge, Coffee Bay

In conclusion:

South Africans love the Eastern Cape. With all year round sunshine, mild winters and a relatively warm ocean it just makes sense to get away to this part of the world, particularly over winter.

Have any of the cheap weekend getaways above grabbed you? Which ones? If not, try these!