Top 10 romantic getaways in KwaZulu Natal

Posted on 12 April 2023 By Jordyn Johnson

With gorgeous blue skies and warm weather, mountains, oceans, and wildlife, what’s not to love about KwaZulu Natal?

If you’re looking for a romantic getaway in either the berg, the beach, or the bush, you’ll definitely want to have a look at these spots. All are perfect for a peaceful stay with your loved one.

1. Phinda Private Game Reserve

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The epitome of romantic getaways in KwaZulu Natal is Phinda Private Game Reserve. Watch the magical African sunset from your private balcony swimming pool, go on an evening game drive with your loved one, or just enjoy being together among South Africa’s beloved wildlife.

  • Rates: R14 000 p p p n (Suite)
  • Location: andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, 3936
  • Website:
  • Contact:  +27 11 809 4300

2. Beach Penthouse at Mtwalume

Sometimes all you want is a spot with beautiful views, where you and your significant other can lounge around, cook delicious meals together, and take walks along the beach. This beach penthouse offers beach access and ocean views where you can spot whales and dolphins from your couch. It is the ideal getaway for the couple wanting to get away.

3. Little Switzerland Resort

Little Switzerland Resort, Drakensberg.

If the budget doesn’t allow for a trip to the Alps, then Little Switzerland should be next on your list. Escape the busyness of life, and retreat into the mountains with views stretching for kilometres. Stroll along the manicured lawns, laze by the warm log fires, or enjoy a couples’ pamper at the spa at this beautiful getaway spot.

  • Rates: R3 410 p n (Delux room)
  • Location: R74 Oliviershoek Pass Northern Drakensberg, Bergville, 3350
  • Website:
  • Contact: [email protected] 

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4. Beverley Hills

Luxury is defined by the Beverley Hills Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks. Each suite is complemented by its own private balcony offering panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, Nespresso machines for those coffee cravings, and plushy beds that take your afternoon snooze to the next level. Take advantage of the onsite spa for some pampering, or the Sunday lunch buffet for a delicious meal.

  • Rates: R9 495 p p (Delux room, breakfast included)
  • Location: 1 Lighthouse Road uMhlanga Rocks, Durban, 4320
  • Website:
  • Contact: [email protected]

5. Thonga Beach Lodge

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Situated in a marine world heritage site, along the shores of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park, Thonga Beach Lodge is an excellent option if you’re looking for romantic getaways in KwaZulu Natal. Glistening ocean water is set before the earthy yet elegant rooms, designed for maximum comfort and privacy. You can choose between turtle tracking, scuba diving, whale watching, and more on the extensive list of beach activities on offer.

6. Lake Naverone Cottages

Along the bank of Lake Naverone are gorgeous cottages, ideal for a romantic getaway in the southern Drakensberg area. Soak up the silence that the mountains provide, go birding along the lakeside, or spend a peaceful afternoon fishing while enjoying the pure beauty of being in the berg.

7. Oyster Box

romantic getaways KwaZulu Natal

Ocean Terrace at the Oyster Box Hotel.

The only thing better than falling asleep to the sound of the ocean is waking up to the sound of the ocean. The salty sea air and iconic red lighthouse right outside your bedroom will give you the dream getaway you’ve always wanted. Take a dip in the pool, a dip in the sea, or tuck into an afternoon tea with a table full of enough delicious goods to put you into a sugar coma.

8. mFulaWozi Wilderness

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This five-star private game lodge has everything you need for a relaxing time away from your significant other. Book a spa treatment or two to feel completely relaxed or watch the wildlife visiting the iMfolozi River from the infinity pool. The private suites make you feel as though you’re immersed in nature, and if that’s not enough, book a game drive or walk to experience more of South Africa’s wildlife.

  • Rates: R7 500 pp pn (Mthembu Lodge, all meals included)
  • Location: Hluhluwe Game Reserve No 17439 At the Farm uMfolozi Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, 3901
  • Website:
  • Contact: [email protected]

9. Aloe House

romantic getaways KwaZulu Natal

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A hidden gem set between the mountains of the southern Drakensberg, Aloe House is the perfect place to sip a glass of wine while watching the mountains. The only sounds you’ll hear are the cows that live on the farm, and jackals on the hunt at night. Whether you feel like getting your heart pumping on one of the hiking trails in the area or taking a leisurely drive to Nottingham Junctions for lunch, Aloe House offers it all.

  • Rates: R850 p n
  • Location: Lower Lotheni, Nottingham Road
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10. Brahman Hills

romantic getaways KwaZulu Natal

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The Midlands is truly a place where you can catch your breath from the busy pace of life, and wind down for a few days. Enjoy the views, the delicious meals on offer, and the charming country accommodation on offer. Take a drive along the much-loved Midlands Meander, or soak up the peace and quiet with your loved one in the comfort of your private suite.

  • Rates: R7 515 (Nature’s Romance Package)
  • Location: N3 Exit 132, Upper Notties, Nottingham Road, KwaZulu-Natal, 3280
  • Website:
  • Contact: [email protected]

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