Starting in one of the top holiday destinations on the planet, our list of top romantic destinations kicks off in the Mother City, Cape Town. For the couple who wants to be pampered and surrounded by luxury, nothing beats the amazing One & Only Hotel on the edge of the V & A Waterfront. Six-star luxury awaits you in the heart of the city of Cape Town, with a backdrop of Table Mountain on one side and the gentle bustle of the waterfront and harbour on the other, there is no more perfect location than this superb hotel. Enjoy the spa, relax by the pool or even bump into a celebrity or two! For those who want an unforgettable experience, do not forget to book at the One & Only Cape Town.
Inland from the coastline of the Western Cape, the Cape Winelands is one of the most romantic places in South Africa. Mountains and valleys covered in vines that produce some of the best wines in the world, is the town of Stellenbosch, a popular holiday destination. For a wine and food loving couple, Clouds Estate on the outskirts of Stellenbosch provides one of the most exclusive romantic destinations anyone could imagine. Settled among the vineyards and mountains, Clouds Estate offers premium accommodation and dining for the discerning romantic looking for the perfect escape to watch the sunset with your partner and a glass of fine wine.
For many couples, the ideal romantic getaway is amongst the Big 5 of South Africa. To find the Big 5, the lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo, there is nowhere better than the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga. With an extensive variety of options for couples and families, the Kruger National park will deliver a romantic escape that is the epitome of Africa. Bookings for the Kruger National Park are often limited so it is worthwhile booking early.
The city of Johannesburg may not sound like the most romantic destination but tucked away in the economic hub of South Africa you will find some of the most amazing boutique hotels. One of the most romantic boutique hotels is The Munro. This elegant hotel offers a one of a kind romantic experience in the confines of the world’s largest man-made urban forest. Less than half an hour from OR Tambo International Airport, the Munro offers spectacular views of the Magaliesburg Mountains and will surprise even the most discerning romantic with its unique touches of luxury in the heart of a busy city.
The oceans around Cape Town are heavily polluted with a variety of chemicals and pharmaceuticals that are now being found in the flesh of fish being caught. Fish found in waters off Kalk Bay have been found to contain everything from antibiotics and pain killers to cleaning chemicals and other toxic substances with at least 15 different chemical compounds being found in alarming numbers.
It is always good news to hear about declining levels of poaching of any kind. For decades the Niassa Reserve in Mozambique was one of the top spots for illegal elephant ivory poaching. We are elated to report the good news that this once “ivory factory” has not seen a single elephant killed since 2018.
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