Romantic Ideas for Last-Minute Escapes this Valentine’s Day

Treat your loved one to a spontaneous last-minute romantic getaway with our guide to idyllic local destinations.

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As February paints our country’s landscape with the hues of love, now is the perfect time for an impromptu romantic escape. South Africa, with its diverse offerings, is filled with amazing destinations for a spontaneous Valentine's getaway. From bush breaks to beachfront bliss, city chic to countryside charm, here's your guide to igniting sparks of love this February.

Bush Breaks 

We recommend: Pilanesberg National Park, Graaff Reinet, and Kruger 

February brings a unique charm to the bushveld. Imagine yourself in the heart of scenic Pilanesberg National Park, where thrilling game drives offer encounters with the Big 5 and luxurious lodges provide a cosy haven for intimate moments beneath the stars. 

Alternatively, embrace the historic allure of Graaff Reinet. Its quaint streets and Victorian architecture set the stage for a romantic retreat. Explore the Valley of Desolation hand in hand, take in the incredible views and watch the summer sunset. 

For the ultimate safari adventure, visit the iconic Kruger National Park. In February, the lush landscapes offer unforgettable experiences, including sunset game drives and intimate dinners surrounded by the sounds of the wilderness. 

Exciting Activities: Sunset game drives, bush walks, stargazing, romantic bush dinners. 

Choose a bush break if you want: Intimate wildlife encounters, secluded luxury lodges, breathtaking natural beauty. 

Browse our bush getaways packages and offers.  

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Beach Breaks 

We recommend: Mossel Bay, KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, and Hermanus 

February transforms South Africa's coastline into a romantic haven. In Mossel Bay, stroll along sun-kissed shores, indulge in fresh seafood feasts, or embark on an exhilarating marine boat excursion for an added thrill. 

Further along the coast, the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast boasts secluded coves and palm-fringed beaches. Snorkel among vibrant marine life, explore charming coastal towns, or simply bask in each other's company beneath the warm February sun. 

And for those seeking an exciting alternative to whale watching, Hermanus offers captivating cliff-path walks, providing breathtaking views of the pristine white and blue ocean and the chance to spot dolphins dancing in the waves. 

Exciting Activities: Beach picnics, sunset cruises, snorkelling, cliff-path walks. 

Choose a beach break if you want: Serene coastal beauty, a variety of water sports, romantic seaside ambiance. 

Browse our beach holiday offers and start planning your trip.  

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City Breaks 

We recommend: Cape Town and Sandton 

With Cape Town recently voted Time Out’s second-best city in the world in 2024, the Mother City has been hailed for its “exhilarating display of life and grandeur” while Sandton is synonymous with world-class glamour and style, making both these destinations ideal for a spontaneous urban escape. In Cape Town, with its iconic Table Mountain backdrop, savour gourmet dining experiences, sip on world-class wines in the Cape Winelands, or embark on a cable car ride to the summit of Table Mountain for panoramic views. 

Alternatively, revel in the chic urban oasis of Sandton, where luxury hotels, upscale shopping, and vibrant nightlife await. Treat yourselves to spa indulgences, fine dining experiences, or simply unwind in the lap of luxury at one of the city's opulent accommodations. 

Exciting Activities: Wine tasting, city tours, fine dining, cultural experiences. 

Choose a beach break if you want: Vibrant city life, luxury accommodations, diverse culinary scene. 

Enquire about our city break offers and packages 

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Spa Breaks 

We recommend: Umhlanga, Stellenbosch, and Cape Town 

In February, South Africa's world-class spas provide the perfect haven for relaxation and rejuvenation. Along the Umhlanga coastline, The Oyster Box invites couples to unwind with pampering spa treatments overlooking the crisp blue and white ocean. 

Situated in the vineyards of Stellenbosch, Lanzerac Spa offers vinotherapy treatments and holistic wellness experiences, allowing couples to reconnect amidst the tranquil beauty of the Cape Winelands. 

In Cape Town, The Twelve Apostles provides an idyllic setting for a spa retreat, where outdoor hot tubs and romantic sunset cocktails set the stage for pure bliss. 

Exciting Activities: Couples' massages, spa rituals, relaxation lounges, outdoor hot tubs. 

Choose a spa break if you want: Luxurious spa facilities, serene natural surroundings, and holistic wellness experiences. 

Browse our spa break packages for a relaxing escape. 

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Countryside Breaks 

We recommend: Garden Route and Drakensberg 

For couples seeking solitude in nature, South Africa's countryside escapes offer the perfect romantic retreat. Drive along the Garden Route, where picturesque landscapes and charming coastal towns set the scene for a romantic road trip adventure. 

Or escape to the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, where secluded lodges and breathtaking vistas provide the ultimate backdrop for romance. From scenic hikes to cascading waterfalls to horseback rides through pristine wilderness, February in the countryside is a celebration of love and natural beauty. 

Exciting Activities: Scenic drives, hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching. 

Choose a countryside break if you want: Tranquil natural surroundings, secluded accommodations, and outdoor adventures. 

Browse our wide range of holiday packages and enquire now.  

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Planning Your Last-Minute Romantic Getaway 

Planning a last-minute holiday in February is easier than you think. Start by choosing a destination that speaks to your heart's desires, browse our many packages on offer and get in touch – we’ll help you create the romantic getaway you’ve been dreaming of – quickly and easily. Then comes the best part, packing your bags and taking a journey with your loved one that will leave you with cherished memories to last a lifetime.   

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