It seems winter has set in early this year, the summer days are behind us and the cosy cuddling season is officially here. As the temperatures drop, there’s nothing quite like snuggling up under a warm blanket and sipping hot chocolate with someone special on a dreamy beacation.
Whether you’re looking for a heart-pounding adventure of a lifetime or a chilled getaway filled with lazy love – Mzansi has numerous accessible, affordable, and safe destinations and activities that will guarantee you and bae have a sizzling time.
Pack your bags, grab your boo, and head to the below places for an enchanting baecation experience right here, in your own backyard:
- Hartbeespoort (North West)
With its breath-taking views of the Magaliesberg Mountains and the Hartbeespoort Dam, this town is a true gem. Couples can indulge in a variety of romantic activities, such as hot air balloon rides, sunset cruises, horseback riding, hiking, and more.
The area is also home to several vineyards and restaurants, making it the perfect place to enjoy a romantic dinner and a glass of wine while taking in the stunning scenery. For those looking for a more adventurous escape, there are plenty of outdoor activities, too, like ziplining, mountain climbing, quad biking, and paragliding.
- God’s window (Mpumalanga)
Located in the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve on the stunning Panorama Route, God’s Window boasts unmatched natural beauty. True to form, God’s window offers a breath-taking panoramic view of the Mpumalanga landscape, including the Drakensberg escarpment and the Lowveld. The lush subtropical vegetation, rolling hills, and deep valleys of the area create a stunning backdrop for anyone looking to reconnect with their significant other or perhaps pop a certain question.
- Clarens (Free State)
For a unique, intimate, and sensual Sho’t Left – Clarens should be your go-to. This small town is in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains and is famous for its picturesque scenery, relaxed atmosphere, and vibrant arts community. With the Golden Gate National Park right next door, Clarens also offers various outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and horseback riding in the surrounding mountains and countryside.
- Balito (Kwa-Zulu Natal)
Known for its sandy beaches, warm waters and vibrant atmosphere, this seaside town is a popular destination for both local and international tourists. There are also several nature reserves in the surrounding area, offering opportunities for birdwatching, wildlife spotting, and hiking.
Balito is also a water lover’s paradise, boasting various water-based activities, including surfing, kitesurfing, and swimming. Reconnect with bae while being surrounded by surf, sun, and sand.
- Tsitsikamma (Eastern Cape)
Rocky coastlines, numerous landscapes, and lush forests are just some of the outstanding features you can find on this famously beautiful and enchanting stretch of South African coastline.
The area is known for its natural beauty and is home to various species, including indigenous forests, bird species and marine life. Visitors can take part in guided walks and hikes, explore the local wildlife, or relax on the beautiful beaches. It is also home to one of South Africa’s most famous walks – the Otter Trail. Not to mention it is right by Bloukrans Bridge, the world’s highest bridge bungee jump, so what better place to get bae’s heart racing for you.
- Bela-Bela (Limpopo)
Take your mjolo to the next level in Bela-Bela. This area is known for its hot springs, vibrant atmosphere, and diverse activities. You can expect to find numerous spas and wellness centres with plenty of local culture, markets, traditional villages, and cultural festivals to indulge in. The town is also a popular destination for foodies, with various dining options, from local street food to gourmet restaurants. It’s the perfect spot for a couple to connect.
- Kimberly (Northern Cape)
Kimberly is known for its rich history, cultural heritage, and diverse activities. The city is a popular tourist destination in South Africa, attracting visitors, seeking history, culture, and outdoor adventures.
There are also several historic landmarks in Kimberly, including the Big Hole, a massive open-pit diamond mine that is now a museum and tourist attraction. Kimberly is the ideal place to make bae feel like a true gem. And in the home of diamonds, a ring wouldn’t go amiss in this part of the country.
- Knysna (Western Cape)
Stunning natural beauty, lush forests, pristine beaches, and tranquil lagoons – what more could you need for a little romantic rendezvous? Is bae a foodie? Ska wara because Knysna has a wide variety of dining options, from local street food to gourmet restaurants. One of the most popular attractions in Knysna is the Knysna Heads, two large sandstone cliffs that form a natural entrance to the Knysna Lagoon. The area is also home to a range of wildlife, including elephants, dolphins, and whales.
Everything you need to plan and execute a charming and intimate escape is right here, in Mzansi. No need to cross the border or break the bank. From beach to bush to berg, South Africa has it all! After all, it’s your country. Enjoy it!