In a beautiful country like South Africa one of the best ways to experience everything it has to offer is by road. You don’t even need to drive too far from home before you arrive at a place away from the rat race. With Valentine’s Day coming up what better to spend some time away alone with your sweetheart?
We’ve put together our top three choices for Valentine’s 2017 getaways that will put some extra spark in your relationship.
3: Midlands Meander – KwaZulu-Natal
We’ve chosen the Midlands Meander because of the enchanting Drakensberg Mountains, which forms part of Lesotho’s east-side border. Situated halfway between Johannesburg and East London, this destination is worth the drive for a long and languishing romantic getaway or even long weekend if you’re pressed for time. After all, it’s not just the destination that matters, but the journey too.
For couples who need more than stunning landscapes, the collection of arranged routes in the heart of KZN offers much to keep you busy with activities. Visit local events, sample scrumptious cuisine, go hiking, or buy each other a memento to take home at one of the many arts and crafts shops on offer. The Midlands Meander is, after all, famous for its arts and crafts routes that include antiques, ceramics, pottery, paper, beadwork, leatherwork, tapestries, stained glass, wrought iron, clothing, herbs, and wind chimes.
2: Hogsback – Eastern Cape
Deep in the Eastern Cape of South Africa lies a magical world of mountains and forests. High up on the mountains known as the Amathole is a little place called Hogsback, surrounded by indigenous forests. If it’s silence and tranquility along with a little magic your romance requires, this place tops the list.
Make this a special adventure together and experience the truly amazing beauty of Hogsback on foot – the best way to enjoy all it has to offer. Scores of hiking trails lead you both through forests, up and down mountains, past waterfalls, and along gentle streams. It’s no wonder Tolkien took such inspiration from this magical, mystical place!
Situated about 145km from the nearest city of East London, Hogsback is just two hours away inland from the sea, and arguably the best romantic destination to veer off to when travelling along the Sunshine Coast.
Known as the valley of wine and roses, as well as the small town with a big heart, it’s no surprise that Robertson makes it to the top of our romantic getaway list. The town’s Victorian architecture, streets lined with purple jacaranda, and vineyards bordered with roses makes it the perfect backdrop for love and romance.
Situated at the heart of the longest wine routes in the world - Route 62, it is a leisurely 90 minutes away from Cape Town. The route stretches along with the wine-growing areas of Wellington, Tulbagh, Worcester, Robertson and the Klein Karoo, where there are a host of romantic activities to enjoy. And at the end of each day, round off the experience by simply sitting and sipping on some good wine together while watching the sunset.
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