Romantic getaways you can drive to, and should. Three in fact.
Because it’s February, the month of love. And love means time away with your bae. We’re not sure what necessitated the dropping of the second ‘b’, but anyway. It’s a millennial thing.
If you’re thinking of going on a short(ish) road trip with a loved one for the coming weekend, here are our suggestions for it. Or any weekend you’re free too – because romance isn’t just stuck at February.
Durban: Southern Drakensberg
Where’s there to go when you’re already in a beautiful sub-tropical city that is full of beautiful beaches, like those found in Umhlanga? Well, for a true getaway, get elevated. Go to the mountains. The Drakensberg Mountains to be exact.
There’s nothing quite as crisp as that cool mountain air, even during the hot months.
We recommend the Amazian Mountain River Lodge, which is perfectly situated within distance of the legendary Sani Pass, a mountain pass that has a trail all the way up to Lesotho – which you can do for half a day.
Numerous activities are included. Such as archery. See which one of you is the better shot, and make it sporting. A romantic activity to be decided upon by the winner. There’s also horseback riding. Going on a mountain trail by horse back? Nothing more romantic than that.
You can also go on a quad bike picnic into a nearby valley. The Lodge has an exquisite pool area which features a view of the mountain range, giving you and your significant other a sense of being in majesty.
It’s luxury service in a rustic setting, and clear air, where the nights will be a little chilly, allowing for you two to get closer under the blanket.
At about two hours’ drive from Durban’s city centre, it is a slight road trip, but one worth doing.
Cape Town: Tulbagh
If you’re looking for somewhere a bit off the beaten track, then you should consider Tulbagh. In fact, take a day off and make it a three-day weekend. It’s the fourth oldest town in South Africa, having been built in the 1700s. It has many heritage sites full of history to visit, so it makes for a slightly surreal sidestep through space and time.
Still, it offers the amenities of our modern world, so it won’t cramp your Instagram style to snap pics of you and your significant other and post them for your followers to see.
But there’s actually a lot to do there. Perhaps the most romantic adventure you can embark on is the horse trails. Saddle up with your partner and soak in the beautiful scenery as you ride on impeccably trained horses.
Perhaps bike riding is more your thing. If you’re the sporty sort, then you can pedal through the Matroosberg Private Nature Reserve, which covers more than 1000 hectares of mountain area. There’s also quad biking, 4 x 4 routes, abseiling, and other activities for the adventurous couple.
There are numerous places to stay but we recommend the Tulbagh Boutique Heritage Hotel, which is in the centre of town – making it ideal as your base for exploring Tulbagh. It’s in the historic Church Street, the town’s main street and is close to many attractions.
It was actually built in 1859, but still has a range of contemporary rooms best described as luxurious. There is the Honeymoon Suite if you really want to go all-out. It was crafted from old wagon shed and is as romantic as it gets. If the night gets a bit chilly, there are two fireplaces, and you can cuddle beside either one of them.
Of course, Tulbagh is also known for its wineries. Some of the country’s best wines are made here, so to set the mood, you can enjoy a bit of wine tasting before returning to your hotel for a cosy romantic dinner.
Johannesburg: Golden Pond, Magaliesberg Mountains
About an hour’s drive from Johannesburg is Golden Pond, within Hartbeesport, the Magaliesberg Mountains. We’ve sung praises for the range before. For obvious reasons. Like the fact you can fly high in the sky in a hot air balloon and take in the majesty around you.
Or the numerous hiking trails that go past rock pools.
You can even visit the humanity’s supposed birthplace.
But what makes this trip different? Golden Pond, a beautiful resort built by a gorgeous pond.
A big part of the attraction is the accommodation. What’s more romantic than a log cabin? You know, that classic abode made of long round timber? Giving it an earthy, country ambiance?
They actually have a chalet called the ‘Romantic Log Cabin’, so you kind of know what you’re getting. It features a king-sized bed, seclusion, and a private deck. Even two en-suite bathrooms… because of the eternal war between the sexes regarding bathrooms (though if your relationship can’t survive that…)
The bath tub has an antique charm that will give your romantic adventure a timeless feel. And cool nights (or air-conditioned nights) will have you two love birds snuggling under the covers in a beautiful chalet – to the sounds of the night birds unique to this part of the country.
Whatever you do in the month of love, BuyCentre wishes you and your significant other a lovely, meaningful Valentine’s Day.