Our Favourite Romantic Getaways Around South Africa

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Published 14 July 2017


Perhaps you’re looking for a weekend getaway to ignite a spark, or rekindle the romance; maybe you’re celebrating an anniversary, or just looking forward to some time alone together. Well you don’t have to travel half way around the world to find the perfect spot. In a country filled with such incredible beauty and diversity there is certainly no shortage of romantic destinations.

Ingredients for a romantic getaway

Now while we all have our own ideas of what the perfect romantic weekend entails, there are some key ingredients that we can agree on. Like splendid sunsets, delicious food, and comfortable accommodation. Picture an enormous four-poster bed draped in a mosquito net, a private deck where you can share a glass of wine under the stars, or an outdoor shower overlooking a lazy river. Perhaps you’d prefer a private splash pool with a view of the ocean, or a roaring fireplace to keep you warm in the evening?

Whether you choose to stay on a houseboat, in a luxury tent, in a manor house, a tree house, or in a private game lodge, we’ve got some really special destinations lined up to help you plan your romantic retreat.

Romance on the beach

There is something absolutely delightful about the West Coast. You can’t visit there and not fall in love with the sunsets, the seafood and the hospitality. Equally charming is Hermanus, on the Whale Coast. Stroll along the beach, explore art galleries and boutiques, or pop into a coffee shop or bistro for a quick bite before you head back to your private balcony to watch the sunset.

Wine in the winelands

Surrounded by majestic mountains, and covered in lush green vineyards and lavender fields, you’ll be hard pressed to find a fairytale destination to rival the Cape Winelands. Stellenbosch, Paarl, and Franschhoek frequently make it onto top ten lists for the most romantic destinations. Taste your way through the menus of world class restaurants and find out if the way to the heart is really through the stomach. Paired with the internationally acclaimed wines of the region, you’ll have the makings of an unforgettable holiday.

A mountain retreat

The magnificent Drakensberg is just the place for a romantic outing on horseback, complete with a deliciously prepared picnic basket. And when you’re tired after a long day of sightseeing or hiking, relax and treat yourselves to a couples massage.

Untamed romance

If it’s a walk on the wild side you’re after, check in to the Mthethomusha Game Reserve for a game drive that brings you up close and personal with nature and wild life. Watch the African sun set from your private rooms and dine in luxury. Fall asleep to the sound of grunting hippos and snorting impala in the Kruger National park or snuggle together on the game drive vehicle, and sip sundowners overlooking the serene river beds.

So whether you’re looking for luxurious lodgings, or a cosy cabin, look no further than our own splendid surroundings. Turn on the hot tub, pour the champagne, and drink a toast to love!

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