Mzansi Life celebrates the month of love by taking a look at some of the top romantic getaway destinations in the country.
Break routine with a trip to the Berg: Couples looking to rekindle that spark will find a lot to love in the Drakensberg, one of South Africa’s favourite places to escape to from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Switch off your phones, turn down the lights and settle in for a few days of undisturbed alone-time, or head out on a guided hike for a breath of fresh air and some magnificent views to boot. Either way, there’s no destination quite as peaceful and scenic as the wonderful Berg.
Hide out at the Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse for a just a few days, where couples can enjoy some much needed privacy, peace and quiet at a quintessential mountain lodge. Duos with a shared love of the outdoors can also book guided hiking tours in Winterton through Itchy Feet SA.
Go wild in KwaZulu Natal: If vacations feel incomplete without truly South African experiences, pay a visit to Pietermaritzburg to spot some of the region’s lesser known attractions.
Lovebirds can head out on a game drive to catch a glimpse of rhino in the distance, or do some bird-watching of their own before heading back to the lodge for a candlelit dinner under the stars.
Tala Game Reserve is just over an hour’s drive from sunny Durban, and boasts scenery as well as the opportunity to view big game.
Nestled far off from city centres, Tala is perfect for nature-lovers hoping to find a tranquil place to spend quality time with their significant others.
Laze around in Hazyview: What better way to spend a weekend than in the lap of luxury, doing nothing but sipping on designer drinks and dining on gourmet cuisine, while surrounded by the tranquillity of nature?
Find your happy place and indulge in a little ‘us’ time in Hazyview, where couples can enjoy great food and views, and maybe a few pampering sessions at a five-star spa.
We suggest indulging in ‘barefoot luxury’ at the Summerfields Rose Retreat near Sabie and a stone’s throw away from the Kruger National Park, for a serene hideaway holiday to help you relax and recharge.
Treat your sweetheart in Hartbeespoort: Take pampering to heart with an entire weekend dedicated to spa treatments, where it’s perfectly acceptable to walk around in a robe and fluffy slippers all day.
Harties is home to a range of spa retreats geared for romantic escapes and quiet couple time.
The Cradle Health Spa, a hydro and wellness retreat, is only a 45-minute drive from Johannesburg and promises a healing experience for mind, body and soul.
Take a private beach-stroll in Port Alfred – The Eastern Cape boasts some of South Africa’s most pristine beaches perfect for swim and surf in the warmer months.
Leave your cares behind and take a romantic stroll along Port Alfred’s blue flag beaches where couples can also dip into the warm Indian Ocean waters.
If there’s a chill in their air, head indoors and relax in front of the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa, while you watch the sun go down on the horizon.
Sounds like the perfect getaway, right? Check in at the Oceana Beach and Wildlife Reserve, where couples will be able to share a magical few days away enjoying one of South Africa’s very own natural wonders.
Explore the winelands in Franschhoek: A touch of sophistication awaits culture-seekers in the Cape Winelands, where couples can put their palates to the test with exquisite wine-tastings, or walk the picturesque vineyards lined with fruit trees and friendly faces.
Visit one of Franschhoek’s historical sites – like the La Motte Museum – or enjoy a round of golf on Franschhoek’s Pearl Valley Golf course with views of the Simonsberg and Drakenstein mountains.
Make your way to the La Petite Dauphine Guest Farm situated in Franschhoek, the ‘gourmet capital of the world’, and spend your days sharing in the experience of fine Western Cape Culture far from the urban jungle.