5 Spontaneous Romantic Retreats for Valentine’s Day 

09 February 2024
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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we can’t help but be inspired by the thought of a romantic getaway. From the majestic Drakensberg to the sun-kissed Umhlanga, the glitzy Sun City, the rugged Cederberg mountains, and the wildlife haven of Pilanesberg, we’ve put together a list of weekend escapes to help you celebrate your love. 

1. Drakensberg: Where Love Reaches New Heights 

Nestled in the eastern part of South Africa, the Drakensberg Mountains serve as a poetic backdrop for a romantic escape. Rolling hills, cascading waterfalls, and crisp mountain air set the stage for an enchanting retreat. The Drakensberg is filled with intimate lodges and cosy cabins, providing couples with the perfect ambiance for a romantic weekend getaway. 

What to See and Do: 

  • Explore the Royal Natal National Park and be mesmerised by the Amphitheatre, a colossal rock wall that stretches for kilometres. 
  • Take a scenic hike to the Tugela Falls, one of the world’s highest waterfalls. 
  • Indulge in a couple’s spa retreat, surrounded by the serenity of the mountains. 

Why You Should Go: Drakensberg offers the perfect blend of adventure and serenity, making it an ideal choice for couples wanting an escape into nature without sacrificing comfort. 

Excited? Browse our Drakensberg packages and plan your perfect escape.  

2. Umhlanga: Sun-Kissed Bliss by the Sea 

Umhlanga, a coastal gem on the northeast coast of South Africa, is hard to overlook with its golden beaches, warm waters, and vibrant energy. This resort town effortlessly combines luxury with relaxation, making it a prime destination for a romantic weekend getaway. 

What to See and Do: 

  • Take a leisurely stroll along the Umhlanga Rocks Promenade, hand in hand with your loved one. 
  • Enjoy a romantic beachfront dinner at one of the many seafood restaurants. 
  • Pamper yourselves with a couples’ massage at a beachfront spa. 

Why You Should Go: Umhlanga offers the quintessential beachside escape, making it an ideal destination for couples who crave the sun, sea, and a touch of luxury. 

Take a trip to KwaZulu-Natal with our many KZN holiday packages.  

3. Sun City: Glamour and Romance 

For couples wanting a mix of adventure, pampering and luxury, Sun City is the ultimate playground! Found in the heart of the North-West Province, this resort complex boasts world-class entertainment, luxurious accommodations, and a thrilling atmosphere. 

What to See and Do: 

  • Try your luck at the renowned Sun City Casino, where glamour and gaming collide. 
  • Soak up the sun at the Valley of Waves, an artificial beach and waterpark. 
  • Take a hot air balloon ride for a breathtaking view of the Pilanesberg National Park. 

Why You Should Go: Sun City offers something for everyone – gourmet dining, thrilling water sports, endless entertainment, and is only a short two-hour drive from Johannesburg.  

Whisk your loved one away with one of our many Sun City holiday packages.  

4. Cederberg Mountains: Rustic Romance in the Wilderness 

For couples who would like a more rugged and off-the-beaten-path experience, the Cederberg Mountains provide a haven of tranquility. Located in the Western Cape, this destination offers unique landscapes, ancient rock formations, and an escape into the heart of untamed nature. 

What to See and Do: 

  • Marvel at the peculiar rock formations of the Maltese Cross and the Wolfberg Arch. 
  • Go on a scenic drive through the Cederberg Wilderness Area. 
  • Camp under the stars and savour a romantic evening by the fire. 

Why You Should Go: The Cederberg Mountains offer a rustic and authentic romantic experience, ideal for couples wanting to disconnect and reconnect with each other in the beauty of nature. 

Browse our holiday packages for the Western Cape and start planning your escape.  

5. Garden Route: Nature’s Embrace 

Last but certainly not least, the Garden Route winds its way along South Africa’s southern coast, offering a tapestry of natural wonders and charming towns. This iconic route is perfect for couples wanting a romantic road trip filled with breathtaking scenery and unforgettable experiences. 

What to See and Do: 

  • Drive along the scenic coastal route, where every turn reveals a new vista of rugged cliffs, pristine beaches, and lush forests. 
  • Explore quaint seaside towns like Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, where you can stroll through bustling markets and cosy cafes. 
  • Hike in the ancient forests of Tsitsikamma National Park, where towering trees and cascading waterfalls create a magical ambiance. 

Why You Should Go: The Garden Route is a haven for nature lovers and romantics alike, promising endless opportunities for adventure and serenity amongst some of South Africa’s most stunning landscapes. 

Can’t wait? Start planning your Garden Route getaway now.  

Let’s Plan Your Romantic Escape  

Whether you prefer mountainous landscapes, sun-soaked beaches, rugged beauty, or glitz and glam, there’s an idyllic destination waiting to sweep you off your feet. Browse our many packages and let’s start planning your next romantic getaway

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