Five romantic SA getaways nestled in nature

One of the many reasons visitors come from afar, fall in love with Mzansi and build homes away from home here is the beauty of the people and landscape. It’s no wonder that there’s no shortage of romantic destinations here, because as the old adage says: “Love lives here”.

Here are five romantic destinations that will leave you in awe of both this beautiful country and your special someone.

God’s Window

Along Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route is a view of what could easily be heaven’s garden. God’s Window boasts green mountain peaks and cascading waterfalls, one of the world’s largest “green canyons” – Blyde River Canyon and grazing antelope which are as graceful as they are majestic. Take your pick of B&Bs and luxury resorts and see Pilgrim’s Rest – a famous town that dates back to the 1800s. It’s kept its charm of days of old and is dotted with museums and historical sites. Mount Sheba Nature Reserve flourishes with over 100 species of flora and fauna.

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The Garden Route

Take the scenic route down the south-eastern coast of South Africa through the Garden Route, where endless fields of vineyards and indigenous vegetation show off their splendour for the greater part of the year. Enjoy fine dining paired with wines of the region, walks on Plettenberg Bay’s beaches, or enjoy a 4×4 trip to the top of the Knysna Lagoon. The Garden Route offers a wealth of accommodation options, ranging from wine estates to luxury cottages and B&Bs.

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iSimangaliso Wetland Park

iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa’s first heritage site is located 275km north of Durban. From coral reefs to game viewing, activities are centred around this natural wonderland, forcing you to stop and enjoy the beauty of the area. The more adventurous can enjoy guided horse-riding trails or easy and slow kayaking with St Lucia Kayak Safaris.

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Limpopo National Parks

Limpopo has quite a number of exceptional national parks and reserves for you and your number one to see the Big Five and enjoy the bush. Find your little piece of heaven at one of the luxury, countryside forest lodges, relax, view game and enjoy incredible views of the night sky. See the largest baobab tree in the world, or take a walk through Mashovhela in Mokhado, a sacred site to the Vhavenda people.

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Midlands Meander

Between the city of Pietermaritzburg and the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site, lies the picturesque Midlands Meander. It’s the perfect countryside retreat if you want to enjoy long lazy days or explore, while staying at a cottage or luxury guest house. You can make new memories with quad biking and fishing, horse-riding and hiking among many other activities. See the arts and crafts of the region and eat and play at over 160 establishments. There’s something to explore around each corner to peak your interests, which offers you and your partner the perfect opportunity to learn more about each other.

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