Love, love and more love! February is fondly known as the month of love and is the perfect excuse to step out in love, take time out to spoil your loved ones and even travel to towns and cities you’ve been dreaming of.
But let’s be real – if you have to deal with the South African economy, a spontaneous trip to Venice or Mauritius isn’t always possible on the last minute. Thankfully, there’s always ways to keep that spark alive, even long after February has passed us by. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, or getting ready to take a giant leap into the next chapter of life with your better half, or even just wanting to show some appreciation to your closest girlfriends – a local getaway is always a great idea!
Growing up, it’s always been instilled to first travel local before venturing over the exciting seas and although the sentiment wasn’t appreciated back then, it sure is now. South Africa is literally a gold mine of cultural diversity, beautiful landmarks, hidden towns and thriving local businesses everyone should explore as often as they can.
From luxurious beaches and 5-star hotels to adventurous safari trips or wine estates, South Africa is a growing tourism destination where everyone can find something they love with the click of a button and within budget too.Now it’s time to start planning! Find out more about 4 of the top travel destinations, whether city or town, to start packing for today.
- CAPE TOWN
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Hello Mother City! As proud Cape Townians it may seem bias that the motherland ranks number 1 but make no mistake – we know we’ve got it good here despite a few bumps along the way.
The City itself will have you falling in love, not only with each other but with the surroundings and its people. If you’re a nature lover or looking for an escape from city life, then Kirstenbosch Gardens should be first on your list, if a secluded wine estate isn’t. Between a romantic picnic and a loving stroll admiring the scenery, sunset in the background and the sweet calmness we all long for, you cannot go wrong.
Still not convinced? Choose between a candlelit dinners at one of the top restaurants around, or book a boat ride or even a trip on the infamous Cape Town Red Sightseeing Bus that can take you right around the entire peninsula or up to the top of Table Mountain for the best view of the city.
It isn’t always in the big things that romance sparks, but in those intimate, fun moments that neither of you will forget. Wind down on a beautiful beach, or if you’re through exploring the glorious Cape Town, pack for a road trip along the West Coast instead. Just the two of you and the open road, singing along to feel good jams and finding undiscovered splendours along the way.
Cape Town is where the romance never stops. Find out first hand from a couple that fell in love with Cape Town what they got up to: https://theworldpursuit.com/romantic-things-cape-town/
- FISHERHAVEN (Hermanus)
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Only 2 hours away from Cape Town, it’s the kind of town you could see yourself moving to with your family. Pure serenity, but still close enough to the “city” life of Hermanus which is only 15 minutes away. It’s honestly the greatest escape without too much travel.
Lagoon Place situated in Fisherhaven, is a quant sanctuary that boasts spacious and luxurious accommodation. No need to find romantic activities to do! Lounge around by the pool, learn to enjoy each other’s company again or have some fun playing games. Fisherhaven is about keeping things young and fresh, and taking it back to the basics in style – just the way it should be.
If you still need a bit more holiday vibes, Caledon’s Spa and Wellness Centre is literally around the corner from Fisherhaven too, so make sure to arrange for a stop on the way back home. To see more of Lagoon Place in Fisherhaven, visit: http://www.lagoonplace.com
- SAN DECK (Sandton)
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We know the ladies are always looking for an excuse to dress up, and nothing is more romantic that sundowners in a classy setting to match your mood and fire up the romance. The San Deck Bar & Restaurant makes for a lovely spot for couples to have a romantic evening for two as they overlook the city.
“With three large fire pits, lounge seating, live music, and a DJ on weekends, its popularity is undisputed. Magical African sunsets, trendy cocktails, great company, and sophistication make the San Deck one of the most memorable and romantic destinations in Johannesburg.”
It’s known to be one of the most matchless African views and although it’s classy, maintains an element of relaxation and comfort that couples desire as a break away from everyday life.
With increasing popularity, this hot spot is sure to liven up your city stay.
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Are your bags packed yet? Remember, if your travelling requires flying, Travelstart has you covered! With their offering of affordable Return flights to Johannesburg, plan with the peace of mind that at least one thing is off your to-do list!
- HEKPOORT VALLEY (Magaliesberg, Gauteng)
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Still looking for more adventure? Nestled in the Hekpoort Valley is the popular Saddle Creek Adventures, resting at the foot of the Magaliesberg Mountains.
Saddle Creek Adventures activities on offer include horse-riding, quad biking, go-karting, action archery and of course hot air balloon safaris and even scenic helicopter tours. Talk about the perfect place to pop the question in a unique way you’ll both remember!
Saddle Creek is about skipping traditional and making lasting memories. It’s rarely been heard of for packages to include horse trails, quad biking, a spa treatment and a picnic all rolled into one but it’s actually a vibe! If you want to up the game a bit more, their unique anniversary package and stay combo includes extra activities and a lovely one night stay just outside the area to unwind and soak in all the happiness.
But wait, there’s actually more!
Saddle Creek has officially climbed the charts for recommendations because not only do they offer the coolest activities but their Diva Special is one like no other.
Imagine being followed around by a personal photographer for the day, plus still being able to do all of the above. Having someone capture those extra special moments is the gift that keeps on giving long after the laughter has settled and you’ve made your way back home.
If you feel like you’ve been missing out on the best of South Africa, there’s always time for a quick 2 day trip at least.And remember, with Travelstart, travel is made even simpler because convenient flight bookings are now a real thing!
Have any other favorites in mind? Let us know in the comments below.
Disclaimer: **This post is in collaboration with Travelstart, however the views expressed in this post are my own.