Africa offers a wide range of places to stay to suit all tastes, and at all of our favourite spots you’ll receive that special personal touch, so that you and your soulmate can have the most romantic getaway or African honeymoon that you could wish for.
Romance In The Bush
A safari is an incredibly romantic affair. Luxury lodges that cater to romantic couples include hot baths, fireplaces, butler service, gourmet dining under the stars, daily game drives for thrilling close encounters with the wildlife, big red African sunsets, star filled skies, sounds of the bush at night – a nightjar calling, an owl hooting or even a lion roaring…All good excuses for needing to cuddle up close!
Where To Stay
Dulini Lodge: set in the Sabi Sands Game Reserves, this is perhaps the most sought after safari destination in the country. Dulini offers an intimate getaway (there are only six suites on the site) and stellar views of the Mabrak River. Head out on a private sunset game drive, feast on a five star meal or have a relaxing outdoor Jacuzzi – the choices for romance and relaxation are endless.
Nottens Bush Camp: is also located in the magical Sabi Sands, in the heart of the African wild. Owned by the Nottens family, the lodge has a cosier feel than most which is probably aided by the exclusively ambient lighting in all suites. Enjoy a traditional ‘braai’ or barbeque around a bonfire and get up close and personal with Africa’s animals at one of the Sabi Sands most affordable romantic getaways.
Romance In The Winelands
With its quaint little towns like Montagu, Riebeek Kasteel, Robertson and Franschhoek, the Cape Winelands have a host of romantic options in their arsenal. Imagine snaking drives though beautiful grape-filled valleys where some of the mountains may even have a dusting of snow. Or sneak off for an afternoon wine tasting with that special brand of Cape hospitality – there really is nothing quite as romantic as savouring big Cape reds with a meal (or not) in front of a crackling fireplace! Then fall into bed at one of the charming boutique hotels for one of our top rated romantic weekend getaways.
Where To Stay
Bartholomeus Klip: located near Wellington, this exclusive farmhouse brings with it a luxurious rural charm that is hard to beat. Only an hour’s drive from Cape Town, Bartholomeus Klip is easily reached, and one of the Cape’s most romantic weekend breaks. If you want to learn more about the activities on this active sheep and wheat farm, have a look at our last blog: Bartholomeus Klip Blog
Le Quartier Francais: situated in Franschhoek, the town famous for its gourmet cuisine, laid-back atmosphere and, of course, wine! Renowned for its restaurant and well-known chef Margot Janse, Le Quartier Francais is a slice of romance in the heart of the village. This boutique hotel even offers packages for lovers including large beds, lazy lunches and decadent massages.
Delaire Graaf: located near Stellenbosch, Delaire Graaf is fast becoming a must-stop on any wine tasting day out in the Winelands. Besides the jaw-dropping views, the Graaf family is best-known for their spectacular diamonds. Hence Delaire Graaf may just be the perfect place if you’re thinking of popping the question … and, therefore, the ultimate romantic weekend getaways for couples.
Romance In The Mountains
Heading into the mountains can be a romantic adventure too, perfect if you and your partner are the outdoorsy types and enjoy invigorating activities such as hiking, mountain biking or trout fishing before settling down in front of a roaring fire for one of the finest romantic mountain getaways.
Where To Stay
Cleopatra’s Mountain Farmhouse: located in the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, which are in themselves a marvellously romantic sight, Cleopatra’s Mountain Farmhouse is a five star lodge that lives up to its rating. Providing the perfect getaway from the bustling city, the lodge provides an intimate and luxurious Midlands experience, including 7-course dinners and romantic packages.
Bushmanskloof: easily reached by road from Cape Town, the Cedarberg Mountains are the ultimate getaway for those who want to get in touch with nature, but don’t want to venture too far into the wild. The Bushmanskloof Wilderness Retreat is a marvellous place to stay while here. An ecologically-friendly retreat focused on rejuvenation and conservation, the Bushmanskloof is the perfect option for environmentally conscious couples.
Romance In The Forests
Frolicking in one of the rain forests on South Africa’s Garden Route could be fun as well as romantic and is not likely to break the bank. There are lots of accommodation options tucked away near Knysna and Plettenberg Bay – a popular region for young honeymooners. If the soft dappled light of fairy forest glades does it for you then this is the perfect option!
Where To Stay
Phantom Forest: holding the title of “Leading Green Hotel” for three years running, the Phantom Forest Eco Resort is for couples who care both about romance and the environment. Situated near Knysna, and once home to reclusive herds of elephants the Knysna Forest is cloaked in legend and mystery.
Tsala Treetop Lodge: situated near Plettenberg Bay and one of South Africa’s premier summer beach holiday destinations with many wealthy South Africa families owning holiday houses on the hills. The Tsala Treetop Lodge is a bit different from the traditional beach villa as it is located in the treetops!
Romance On The Coast
Nothing is more mesmerizing, dramatic and romantic than being within earshot of crashing waves and the smell of the sea. During the day go for soul feeding walks on a deserted beach and then return to your lodge for beautiful cuisine and a roaring fire at the foot of your bed for one of the most utterly unforgettable romantic beach getaways.
Where To Stay
Plettenberg Park: one of the most romantic vacations would have to be at this boutique hotel set on the edge of a cliff in one of Pletternberg’s private nature reserves. Head out for early morning swims, play a round of golf, go horseriding, or simply enjoy one of the many treatments at the in-house spa.
Oceana Wildlife Reserve: set on South Africa’s most beloved Garden Route, this hotel offers visitors unparalleled beauty and top-notch hospitality. One of South Africa’s many romantic hotels, you’ll find breathtaking scenery of both beach and forest here, as well as an attentive staff and five star amenities.
Tintswalo Atlantic: located on Cape Town’s iconic Champan’s Peak Drive overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this hotel must surely be one of the most romantic destinations on the globe. Not only are the views spectacular at Tintswalo Atlantic, but so are the facilities. Luxury chalets almost kiss the rocky Atlantic shore while the gorgeous mountain provides a inspiring backdrop.
The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa: situated on the great ocean road roughly 10 minutes from cosmopolitan Cape Town. The award-winning 12 Apostles Hotel is perched right on the edge of the world with the majestic 12 Apostles mountain range behind you and the ocean in front. What could be more romantic?