From wildlife safaris to beachside romance (and the cocktails) on the fabulous beaches of Cape Town, bond with your partner over fun, new experiences in South Africa. No matter what kind of couple you are, South Africa has a getaway that will suit your tastes. Scroll ahead, to discover why this is the perfect, unexpected escape you need to go on asap.
Bond by the Ocean
Best for: Water babies
Nothing spells romance better than lazing on the beach with a few margaritas and your partner by your side. Head to Cape Peninsula that is famous for Cape Town’s fashionable beaches – particularly Camps Bay, Clifton and Llandudno. For an intimate rendezvous, you can also visit Noordhoek’s Long Beach which is set across the beautiful backdrop of splendid mountains.
Tick hot air-ballooning off your list
Best for: Couples who need some alone time
Make that dreamy hot-air balloon ride a reality and that too in the most idyllic surroundings. Imagine enjoying the serenity of drifting over the untouched wild and lazy rivers with your partner.
Give sandboarding a shot
Best for: Adventurous and daring couples
Move over surfing and sailing. If sandboarding isn’t on your list of things to do in vivacious country, it should be. Sandboarding is almost like snowboarding and requires the same skills set and offers the same adrenalin rush. The dunes in Atlantis, the Silver Sands in Betty’s Bay, Dragon Dune in Vleesbaai, Lagoon Dunes at Langebaan, Nautilus Bay Dunes, as well as the Fish Hoek sand dunes are popular destinations to try this sport.
Don’t miss their safaris
Best for: Wildlife enthusiasts
Experience an untouched world of perfect hushed silences and raw wildlife moments in the South African wilderness. Itching to experience the perfect safari? A South African safari is one that engages all your senses from the very first moment, sparked to life when you first hear the distant roar of a lion, the laugh of a hyena in the night, or the song of thousands of cicada beetles at midday. The experience then heightens when you first spot a rare leopard hidden in a tree, or feel the ground vibrate as a herd of giant elephants’ pass by right in front of you. When dusk falls, savor an idyllic bush dinner complete with lanterns and fairy lights and excellent South African wine and then retreat to luxury tents that promise a relaxing barefoot chic experience that promotes togetherness.
Take in the city life
Best for: Culture-vultures and party animals
Hip art galleries, boutiques, lip smacking cuisine and a choice stylish coffee bars are fuelling up the lifestyle of the cities of South Africa. If you’re in the mood for art hit MOAD (Museum of African Design), an urban museum space that showcases African contemporary art and design. If you like to burn up the dance floor together all night, Taboo in Sandton, Johannesburg is a must-visit, although the city is also home to many other world-class clubs and bars. In Cape Town enjoy the bliss of a stroll, hand-in-hand through the Bo Kaap neighborhood’s quaint streets lined by colourful houses.
Get dizzy together
Best for: Couples looking for the picture-postcard romantic moment
There are few things as romantic as a couple’s escapade in the clouds. Picture this: You and your bae cozying up side by side surrounded by picturesque mountains. Cape Town’s Table Mountain National Park is globally recognized for its biodiversity and contains unique fauna and flora you may have never seen before. You can opt to trek the beautiful hills or if you’re feeling less active, you can simply take a cable car ride and take in the beautiful sights. Or if your holiday is based in Kruger National Park, you can visit the Blyde River Canyon which is also located in Mpumalanga. It is part of the Drakensberg mountains and offers a dizzying yet breathtaking view. Great spot to pop the question too!
Visit their Winelands
Best for: Nature lovers and wine lovers
Nature enthusiasts, travel north from Cape Town and visit The Wild Flower Route in Northern Cape to be charmed by a breathtaking vision of flowers that you might never see anywhere else in the world. The vineyards are a feast of beauty and are worth a visit. Here, Namaqualand daisies and exotic floral species emerge in spring and are in full bloom in August. Don’t skip a visit to the vineyards that are truly a feast of beauty and sample the best wine in the country.