The perfect Valentine’s getaways

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The season of love is here! And we’ve found a collection of enchanting and meticulously curated romantic getaways, promising couples an unforgettable escape into the world of love and luxury across Southern Africa…

Kruger Shalati – The train on the bridge

Couples are invited to step into a world where time stands still, and the allure of a bygone era comes to life.

Capturing the elegance and charm of yester-year, couples can enjoy a romantic luxurious train stay on the historic Selati Bridge that hosted the first tourists into Kruger National Park. There are private romantic dining options, in room spa treatments, as well as game drives with romantic drinks stops just for two. Book here.

 

Sanctuary Mandela

Designed to be more than a mere hotel, Sanctuary Mandela is a love letter to Mandela and a haven for emotional experiences.

Embark on this historical stay, as you journey back through a gentle man’s life on the iconic property in the leafy suburb of Houghton where you’ll find romantic music by some of South Africa’s best Jazz artists and thoughtfully curated experiences with some of Mandela’s favourite meals cooked by his favourite chef, Chef Xoliswa Ndoyiya (Madiba’s personal chef) who has recently released her second cookbook called Made With Love – with love to Mandela. For more info or to book, visit their website.

 

Sala Beach House

The ultimate romantic sea stay. Breathtaking uninterrupted barefoot luxury at its best. This peacefully decorated space induces, calmness, quietness and an opportunity to reconnect away from the noise of the world. Disconnect from your busy life and reconnect with your partner.

You will have private access to Blue Flag Thompsons Bay and a tranquil tidal pool. And what’s more you can enjoy sunrise yoga overlooking the sea, surf lessons for the more adventurous, sundowners by a bonfire with canapés and cocktails for two, as well as an intimate sauna and spa. Think dressing gowns and slippers as you sip on a beautiful Sauvignon blanc from their wine list curated with wines influenced by the sea air (Dawn Patrol, Seasalter). Heaven! Click here for bookings and information.

 

Ghost Mountain Inn

Celebrate your love at Ghost Mountain Inn under the magnificent Lebombo Mountains and a view of the famous Ghost Mountain. While seated at the end of the jetty, just the two of you.

You can look forward to picnics under the canopy of fever trees, a champagne safari sundowner cruise on the Jozini Dam, private candlelit dinners in the pergola, soothing Terres D’Áfrique spa treatments. romantic Manyoni Private Game Drive and sundowner set up, fig tree forest walks, private fishing vessels to take you out together on the Jozini Dam, as well as private guide birding tours in this infamous birding hotspot perfect for the more adventurous lovebirds. Book here.

 

JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge 

Immerse yourself in the magnificent rich orange, crimson, and yellow hues of an African sunset that becomes a never-ending love story to Kenya.

Here you’ll find romantic villas where private breakfasts/ lunches and dinners can be curated, jacuzzis filled up hot or cold according to your preferences, private game drives with champagne stops above the lookout point where the Migration begins, garden picnics, a poolside romantic set up, as well as an Out Of Africa drinks stop with bonfire, romantic style directors chairs, a myriad of champagne or gin options while your Masai Warrior keeps watch as the twilight falls and the night chorus begins. For more info or to book, click here.

 

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Instead of flowers this Valentines Day why not take your partner on a flower safari or tour of the first African Floriligium situated at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve deeply committed custodians of the magnificent Cape Floral Kingdom.

Get ready for helicopter flips over the bay, a private villa stay where guests can enjoy a private chef to create their newley launched botanicle menu just for two, spa treatments in the comfort of your villa and a private pool. Enjoy a curated wine tour through the Hemel En Aarde Valley with top sommilier, forest bathing to reconnect under a canape of ancient thousand year old milkwood trees, romantic horseback safaris, beach picnics, as well as sundowners set up on piano rock high up over the Walker Bay crashing waves and southern right whales. Book here

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