Looking for the perfect romantic getaway this winter? Look no further than our beautiful country, Mzansi. We’ve put together a list of the most enchanting destinations for couples looking to indulge in a little winter cuddling with a view.
From the beautiful Hartbeespoort in North West to the stunning Knysna in the Western Cape, we’ve got you covered. Discover breath-taking views, vibrant cultures, and unforgettable adventures that are accessible, affordable, and safe. Whether you’re into adrenaline-pumping outdoor activities or prefer a more laid-back and intimate experience, our list of destinations has got something for everyone.
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.
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 your loved one a sizzling time.
Pack your bags, grab your loved ones, and head to the below places for an enchanting 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 zip lining, 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 destination not too far from home, 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 offers various outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and horseback riding in the surrounding mountains and countryside.
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.
Ballito is also a water lover’s paradise, boasting various water-based activities such as surfing, kitesurfing and swimming. Reconnect with your loved one 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 your loved one’s heart racing for you?
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.
Kimberley (Northern Cape)
Kimberley 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 historical landmarks in Kimberley, including the Big Hole, a massive open-pit diamond mine that is now a museum and tourist attraction.
Knysna (Western Cape)
Stunning natural beauty, lush forests, pristine beaches, and tranquil lagoons – what more could you need for a little romantic rendezvous? 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!