The South African tourism industry is booming with a total of 10 million international tourists visiting the country in 2016. There are countless reasons to visit the sunny country in the south ranging from the mild winters and glorious summers to the abundance of wildlife, the diverse food and drinks culture and the breathtaking natural scenery. Fast becoming a sought-after honeymoon destination, South Africa is rapidly distinguishing itself as far more than just a top-class safari destination.
Regardless of whether you are in the honeymoon phase of your relationship or looking to rekindle the romance of yesteryear, South Africa’s most romantic destinations will have you feeling lucky-in-love for years to come. Whether you are an outdoorsy couple who enjoys nature hikes and sleeping under the stars or a Cabernet-drinking luxury-loving pair, the southernmost country in Africa has an adoring location just waiting for you to indulge in. South Africa is renowned for its superb levels of service: all you need to concern yourself with is protecting your skin against the sun and to cease staring in your loved one’s eyes long enough to take in the natural beauty around you.
Paternoster – Western Cape
The picturesque fisherman’s village is one of the oldest settlements on the West Coast and is the perfect for a romantic getaway. Situated just 145km north of Cape Town, the tiny community is marked by white-washed cottages, intimate restaurants and quaint tourist attractions such as a micro-brewery, an artisan brewery and an idyllic art gallery.
God’s Window – Mpumalanga
God’s window is situated about the Blyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga and gets its name from the breath-taking panoramic view of the Lowveld. The lavish region is home to beautiful waterfalls, striking rock formations and a stunning display of fauna and flora. At an altitude of 2000m above sea level, God’s Window is said to afford visitors views of the Mozambican coastline and even the boats in the Maputo Harbour. Accommodation options range from luxury chalets to elegant camping sits under the glorious African skies: you do not get more romantic than this.
Midlands Meander – Kwa-Zulu Natal
The charming route at the foot of the Drakensberg mountain range takes you through the heart of the KZN midlands right past almost all the attractions that make this part of South Africa so popular. You will be awed by the natural beauty of rolling green hills, regal waterfalls, opulent accommodations and historical monuments in the area. A romantic trip into the midlands will not be complete without a visit to the Cleopatra Mountain Guesthouse, a luxury lodge nestled in the heart of the Drakensberg offering the utmost of privacy amidst rustic lavishness.
Not hailed as one of the top tourist destinations in the world for nothing, a romantic vacation in South Africa is bound to have you and your loved one falling in love all over again. The possibilities are endless with over 122 million hectares to explore. A couple of moments in this vast paradise is all that is needed to make a lifetime of memories.