Rush, rush, rush! Is time running away from you? You go to work, come home, get yourself to bed and then you start all over again. Irrespective of where or what city you live in, you can find a beautiful place near to you to take time out from the rat race. Just a day and night away from your normal routine will do wonders for your soul.

Drive to Cape Vidal, north of Durban

For those of you living in KwaZuluNatal,book a cabin for 6, 8, 14 or more,hire a cheap kombi rental vehicle, set your GPS at S28 07 23/E32 33 20and you’ll find yourselves at‘Cape Vidal’north of Durban and close to St Lucia where you can sleep in a beach log cabin or bush lodge alongside Lake Bhangazi. Take the plunge and try snorkeling, test your skills at fishing or just breathe in the perfect beauty of nature with rock pools, sheltered beaches and wetlands. In winter look out for Humpback Whales migrating towards Mozambique and in summer,watch in amazement as Loggerhead and Leatherback sea turtles they lay their eggs on the beach.

Visit the Giant’s Castle Nature Reserve

If you’re more of an earth than water person, surprise your loved one with a night away at ‘Giant’s Castle Nature Reserve’ inthe ‘uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park’, only three hours drive from Durban and take advantage of ‘Budget Car Hire’s’ weekend specials to get you there.Bask in nature surrounded by craggy mountains, deep valleys and grassy plateaus and sleep peacefully in a chalet, mountain hut or garden view chalet and if on a tight budget, camp out. Fill your lungs withunpolluted air as you hike andlook out for the Bearded Vulture, the regal Eland or engage in mountain biking and along the route, view San rock art.

Ubizane Wildlife Reserve

Should you want to spoil your loved one or visiting family or friends from overseas with luxury and wild-life, the ‘Ubizane Wildlife Reserve’ on the Elephant Coast is only a two hour drive from Durban, in the heart of Zululand where you can take time out in a stilted or safari chalet. The ‘Zululand Tree Lodge’ is set in a fever tree forest, equipped with all you require to unwind, a refreshing pool, delectable pan-African cuisine, buffet style meals around a camp fire and your own private balcony for intimacy and viewing. The ‘Zululand Safari Lodge’ (African style Rondavels), more suited for families where you can view the Ubizane Mountains, appreciate air-conditioning and en-suite bedrooms. Treat your overseas visitors to a game drive for viewing of the famous ‘Big Five’ or wait patiently to sight a White Rhino, Zebra, Wildebeest or Giraffe.

There is no excuse for not taking time out to rejuvenate yourself even if you don’t reside in Kwa-Zulu-Natal. You can get a cheap air flight with ‘Mango’, ‘Kulula’ or‘FlySafair’ and even better, log into to get some of the best deals on affordable car hire in South Africa!