While Valentine’s Day makes the month of February the month of love, travel makes it easy to keep the spark alive throughout the year.
From weekend getaways in local reserves to sunset cruises and lantern-lit dinners under the stars, read on for our heart-melting selection of date night destinations to try throughout 2019.
A night under the stars
Where: Tala Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal
With accommodation starting from R1 090 per night until 14 March (including breakfast), Tala Game Reserve is just the place for a short, affordable getaway with a loved one. Located in Camperdown, the reserve is an easy drive from Pietermaritzburg and Durban.
For those planning a special Valentine’s Day, Tala is also hosting a movie night under the stars. The cost is R70 per person with picnic baskets available for pre-order.
A weekend in the wilderness
Where: Finfoot Lake Reserve, North West Province
Finfoot Lake Reserve is everything you could want in a romantic weekend, or week-long break. Close to Johannesburg (a 90-minutes’ drive), that much needed peace and quiet with your sweetheart is within easy reach.
Try something fun, like a canoe trip or a Segway safari, or relax on a sunset barge cruise. Currently, rates start from R2 640 per night, which includes breakfast, dinner and two activities.
Dinner for two
Where: Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa, Western Cape
Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa sits quiet and unassuming, surrounded by magnificent mountain vistas. Their on-site Le Verger restaurant will catch your eye, with its glass conservatory-style design immersing diners in the atmosphere of the Cape Winelands.
Open Monday to Sunday, from 12h00 until 22h00, its ideal any time of the week but if you want to visit on Valentine’s Day, they offer a four-course meal, glass of bubbly and a gift for R425 per person. Book via email@example.com or contact 021 876 8900.
Love out on the lake
Where: Jozini Tiger Lodge & Spa, KwaZulu-Natal
Why not spend a night or two together at the lake? The intimate setting at Jozini Tiger Lodge & Spa is ideal for couples.
For stays until 14 March 2019, book two nights in a Classic Room for R2 550, which includes dinner and breakfast daily, and a 60-minute hot stone massage at the lodge’s Mangwanani Spa. End each day with a sunset cruise on the lake, with pre-dinner cocktails near the outdoor boma fireplace.
Head for the mountains
Where: Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort, Western Cape
There isn’t a sunset in the world to compete with an African sunset, especially one from Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort. Watch the sizzling sun sink into the valley with a glass of something chilled.
To make the most of it, stay for dinner and book a room with a view from R1 120 per night with breakfast. Expect resort-type facilities, as well as hiking, mountain biking, target shooting, zip lining and volleyball available.
*All rates quoted are subject to terms and conditions.