20 incredibly romantic destinations in South Africa

Posted on 29 July 2022

From breathtaking views to spas and places that offer some of the most delicious food, we have the ideal list on how to spoil your partner and celebrate love.

Here’s our list of some of the best in South Africa. Although many of these are luxury spots, most are posting special rates so there’s no better time to book.

Not your scene? Try one of these affordable weekend breaks near Joburg, or 23 self-catering getaways near Cape Town.

Gauteng

1. Valverde Eco Hotel, Muldersdrift

20 incredibly romantic destinations in South Africa

With quick access to Johannesburg and Lanseria International Airport, the Valverde Eco Hotel is conveniently situated close to Muldersdrift. Your room will be a spacious country-style en suite with a double bed or a set of twin beds, a bathroom with a shower, and space for you and your partner. The rooms have free WiFi access points.

Cost: From R495 per person sharing 
Contact: 072 587 0362 or visit valverde.co.za

2. Kievits Kroon Gauteng Wine Estate, Pretoria

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Kievits Kroon is a 16-hectare upscale country estate in Pretoria with excellent recreational and conferencing facilities. The estate, which was built in 1997, previously had a dedicated chapel and was a popular wedding venue, but the chapel has been converted into a multipurpose meeting space. Each room features air conditioning, a minibar, and satellite TV, and visitors are provided with robes and slippers to use throughout their stay. Every private bathroom has a shower, and some of them also have bathtubs.

Cost: R1,699 for per night for two people. Breakfast included
Contact: Book this romantic getaway online at Daddy’s Deals

3. Magalies Mountain Lodge, Magaliesberg

Magalies Mountain Lodge

Leave the noise and bustle of the city behind and find peace and tranquillity at the foot of these iconic mountains. This package is ideal for anyone looking for peace and quiet, outdoor experiences, an overnight stay, and spa pampering, all set against the gorgeous Magalies Mountains!

Cost: Midweek stay for two people from R899 per night
Contact: Book this romantic getaway online at Daddy’s Deals

4. Hornbill Lodge, Magaliesberg

Enjoy Magaliesberg with a night’s stay for two people including breakfast. Hornbill Lodge and Legends, located in the scenic Magaliesberg region and only an hour’s drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria, provides a welcome escape from the city. You also get a R200 bonus voucher per person to use towards a spa treatment as well as a 10% discount on offsite activities.

Cost: From R1 099 per night for two people
Contact: Book online at Daddy’s Deals.

Limpopo

5. Nsele Safari Lodge, Hoedspruit

Nsele Safai Lodge

You’ll be staying in an en-suite thatched cabin with a view of a splash pool and the wandering African grasslands. At the onsite restaurant, you will not only enjoy and observe the diverse splendor of the African nature, with its indigenous game and vegetation, but your taste buds will be introduced to traditional bushveld food with its miscellany of different aromas and flavors. All meals are freshly prepared, hearty, and excellent!

Cost: From R2,499 for two people for two nights
Contact: Book online at Nsele Safari Lodge on Daddy’s Deals

6. PeZulu Tree House Lodge, Hoedspruit

Enjoy Hoedspruit’s wonders while staying in the Tree House for two. Go on a night drive to learn about the habits of fascinating nocturnal animals, or take a morning or evening bush walk with a ranger to experience the thrill of up-close encounters with some of South Africa’s amazing creatures.

Cost: From R3 499 for a two-night stay for two people.
Contact: Book this romantic getaway online at Daddy’s Deals

Western Cape

Also read: 22 lovely spots in Paternoster for a summer break and 12 lovely places to stay in Stanford

7. Cottage Pie Villa By The Robberg Beach Lodge, Plettenberg Bay

Robberg Beach

Stay at a posh beach romantic getaway haven along the Garden Route. In renowned Plettenberg Bay, this boutique hotel is in an outstanding location. Plettenberg Bay is a well-liked vacation spot because of its endless blue skies, immaculate blue flag beaches, and magnificent ocean views. You’ll find a wide variety of pubs, eateries, cafes, shops, and art galleries if you stroll down Plett’s busy Main Street.

Cost: From R1,199 per night for two people
Contact: Book this romantic getaway online at Daddy’s Deals

8. The Wild Mushroom, Stellenbosch

The Wild Mushroom is a celebrated country house in Stellenbosch that is perfectly positioned between well-known dining establishments and wine estates. This is regarded as a haven for healing, a place where you can regain your strength and face potential difficulties in a clear-headed manner. Only after consuming the most significant meal of the day, which is covered by the offer, is this possible. Every day a full gourmet breakfast is served in the courtyard’s pergola.

Cost: From R999 per night for two people
Contact: Book this romantic getaway online at Daddy’s Deals

9. Trogon House, Plettenberg Bay

Trogon House

The Tsitsikamma Forest’s Trogon House is a treetop lodge that is located 15 minutes’ drive from the beaches of Plettenberg Bay. It has a spa, a pool with a wooden sundeck, and a parlour with antique furniture and a stone fireplace. The Palazzo Dining Suite offers a daily continental or cooked breakfast, as well as 3-course meals upon request. Drinks are available at the bar and can be consumed on the poolside patio.

Cost: R2 999 for two people for two nights
Contact: Book this romantic getaway online at Daddy’s Deals

10. Cederkloof Botanical Cottages, Citrusdal

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This is an excellent choice for couples seeking a peaceful getaway in the countryside. You’ll be able to stargaze, go birdwatching, and enjoy all of nature’s wonders. The private jacuzzi on the veranda of the Cederkloof Botanical Cottages can be enjoyed while admiring the views.

Cost: From R899 per night for two people,t midweek, self-catering. (valid Sunday – Thursday only).
Contact: Book online at Daddy’s Deals.

11. Stillness Manor Estate & Spa, Tokai

Stillness Manor Estate

Early 1950s construction saw the construction of Stillness Manor Estate & Spa, which was later transformed into a boutique hotel and spa. The Constantia Valley neighborhood of Zwaanswyk, where the hotel is situated, is well-known for being a haven for those who enjoy the outdoors and who are looking for peace and quiet.

Cost: From R1 299 per night for two. Includes breakfast.
Contact: Book online at Daddy’s Deals

12. Oceana Palms Luxury Guest House, Gordon’s Bay


The beach is a 13-minute walk from the guest house. Oceana Palms Luxury Guest House is located in Gordon’s Bay, between False Bay and the Hottentots Holland Mountain Range, and has a large rooftop deck with sun loungers and umbrellas. It provides contemporary accommodations with complimentary Wi-Fi and panoramic views.

Cost: From R1 999 for two nights for two people. Breakfast included.
Contact: Book online at Daddy’s Deals

13. Rexford Manor, Knysna

Rexford Manor
Experience boutique lodging in a unique setting along the renowned Garden Route in the center of Knysna. This opulent and charming boutique guesthouse is located in the quiet, picturesque suburb of Rexford, a historic city with panoramic views of the surroundings.

Cost: From R799 per night for two people
Contact: Book this romantic getaway online at Daddy’s Deals

14. Belle Maroc Boutique Hotel, Blouberg

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Looking for a romantic one-night stay in Blouberg for two people? Try the brand-new Belle Maroc, a luxury boutique hotel with exquisite views of the ocean and Table Mountain and Moroccan design influences. a lot more.

Cost: From R1 299 per night for two people. Breakfast included.
Contact: Book this romantic getaway online at Daddy’s Deals

KwaZulu-Natal

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15. Venture Inn Hotel, Port Shepstone

It’s only 350 meters from the beach, making it ideal for long walks on the beach, surfing the waves, or simply getting a tan while lounging on the golden beach sand. The surrounding area has a plethora of places to visit, tourist attractions, or activities to add to your itinerary, such as yoga, golfing, fishing, and shopping centers, all of which are conveniently located near your lodging.

Cost: From R 359 per night for two people, including a bonus voucher of R50 per person towards a yoga class.
Contact: Book this romantic getaway online at Daddy’s Deals

16. Chantilly Resort, Mandini

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Chantilly provides a luxury self-catering experience designed to provide you with the best outdoor experience possible. The resort is only 80 kilometers from Durban and is close to a variety of amenities, making it a vacationer’s dream. Located on the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal near Zinkwazi Beach, was once an old homestead that was part of Victoria County. It was recently converted into a captivating resort, set among magnificent old trees and rolling hills of sugar cane.

Cost: From R899 per night for two people in a self-catering chalet.
Contact: Book this romantic getaway online at Daddy’s Deals

Mpumalanga

17. Tshukudu Game Lodge

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Take a walk on the wild side and enjoy a bush getaway for two! You and your partner can take a much-needed break at the Tshukudu Game Lodge and enjoy the natural beauty. Dare to get up close and personal with Africa’s Big 5 for an unforgettable experience.

Cost: From R6 299 for two nights for two people, including a two-course gourmet breakfast
Contact: Book Tshukudu Game Lodge online at Daddy’s Deals

North West

18. Mamagalie Mountain Lodge, Mooinooi

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Roughly 100 kilometres from Joburg the landscape transforms from highveld to bushveld near Buffelspoort Dam. Here, five lodges, cleverly nestled in a secluded valley, make up the Mamagalie self-catering collection. Expect to find hornbills floating from the trees and hartebeest, wildebeest, zebra and gemsbok roaming the slopes. Walk in the bush and explore the rock pools in the protected Magaliesberg green belt.

Cost: From R400 per person sharing for cottages that sleep up to four.
Contact: Tel 0845139480, mamagalie.co.za

Eastern Cape

Also read: 15 cherry-picked accommodation spots in Kenton-on-Sea

19. Sibuya River camp, Kenton on Sea

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The adventure starts when you board the boat moored outside the reception on Eastbourne Road, and slowly head down the Kariega, stopping to identify birds en route. It’s a magical stretch of water, a deep turquoise-green ribbon twisting and turning its way through steep banks, the blue-sky horizon sculpted by euphorbias and aloes. Skimming across the river while watching the play of light on the water, you feel a million miles from civilisation.

Cost: From R4 410 per person sharing for a luxury tent that sleeps two. Upon arrival, guests are transported on a relaxing 45-minute boat cruise up the Estuary to arrive at Sibuya River camp.
Contact: Sibuya.co.za

20. Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa, Port St Johns

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Umngazi River Bungalows punctuate the peaceful banks and give the best of river and sea views. Civilisation is miles away and the surrounding hills are only sparsely dotted with colourful Xhosa huts. The resort is geared for family vacations so while you get your far-from-it- all holiday, the children won’t be complaining of boredom as the area offers plenty of outdoor activities.

Cost: From R1 620 per person including all meals – in low season.
Contact: 0475641115, umngazi.co.za

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