“Looks Pricey”: Mzansi Reacts to Gqeberha’s See-Through Dome Hidden Getaway Gem

“Looks Pricey”: Mzansi Reacts to Gqeberha’s See-Through Dome Hidden Getaway Gem

  • A beautiful Gqeberha-based accommodation gem in the form of a see-through dome went viral on TikTok
  • While some people loved the place, others could not help but comment on the price per night
  • Once Upon a Dome shared how they came up with their price that internet users were shocked about
Internet users shocked at hidden gem's price.
Internet users could not believe the price of a Gqeberha-based getaway. Images: Westend61 / Getty Images, @the_real_travel_guy / TikTok, Ivan Pantic / Getty Images
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Sharing what he considered a secret romantic getaway, a man plugged South Africans with a hidden accommodation gem in Gqeberha, a see-through dome. Despite its beauty, the price does not sit well with some people.

TikTokker @the_real_travel_guy, who finds hidden locations in Gqeberha, shared a video of what it looked like inside the Star Dome owned by Once Upon a Dome at night with social media users.

The see-through dome, nestled in the bushes, boasts magnificent views of the wetlands and surroundings. While the bed and bathroom are inside, the shower facility is outside, next to the dome. Visitors also enjoy Wi-Fi, a telescope for stargazing, a wood-fired hot tub and a kitchenette inside.

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As per Once Upon a Dome, the cost is R4 000 per night for a maximum of two adults.

Watch the TikTok video below:

Mzansi netizens react to the hidden gem's price

The post received mixed reactions from social media users. While the getaway's look intrigued some travel enthusiasts, others expressed concern about its price.

@yusoofabdullah0 was one of those who commented on the price:

"Rather pricey per night."

@the_real_travel_guy responded:

"I've seen a few folks mention they booked there, and it was worth the experience. It's not an every weekend getaway."

Using a sad face emoji to express herself, @ntokozomarlynendlovu wrote:

"Looks pricey."

@magubevu35 showed excitement over the location and commented:

"I need to take myself out, ASAP."

@pertuniamasoeu also loved the place and said:

"This is so gorgeous. I think I found a place for my romantic getaway."

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Once Upon a Domes explains their pricing

Located in Maitlands Nature Reserve, Once Upon a Dome shared with Briefly News how they decided on R4000 per night.

The company explained that it provides "one of the most unique and luxurious accommodations in South Africa." Apart from the above-mentioned amenities, it also gives people "the opportunity to get lost in our African night sky with your loved one."

The see-through dome also boasts curtains for privacy. Briefly News asked about the possibility of someone spotting people inside the dome if they chose not to use them.

Once Upon a Dome replied:

"The Star Dome is tucked deep into the forest above the tree lines, and we have made it very private with guests having their own entrance to the Dome. Privacy is important, and we want our guests to have the opportunity to reconnect and spend quality time with their partner."

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Affordable Cape Town hidden gems sparks mixed reviews

Earlier this month, Briefly News reported about a clip of an affordable holiday home, HIDE | MONTAGU, in a small town outside of Cape Town. Some people were in awe of the price, while others were sceptical about the area and animals they may encounter.

Delamaine du Toit, who does marketing for HIDE | MONTAGU, shared that the location is not "particularly dangerous" as "it is an eco-reserve and not a nature reserve where wild animals roam.

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Source: Briefly News

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Jade Rhode (Editor) Jade Rhode is a Human Interest Reporter who joined the Briefly News team in April 2024. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhodes University, majoring in Journalism and Media Studies (distinction) and Linguistics. Before pursuing her tertiary education, Jade worked as a freelance writer at Vannie Kaap News, telling the tales of the community. After her studies, Jade worked as an editorial intern for BONA Magazine, contributing to both print and online. To get in touch with Jade, please email jade.rhode@briefly.co.za

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