Valentine’s weekend is around the corner and romantic getaways are filling up quickly. We’ve put together an easy-on-the-pocket guide that will make this Valentine’s weekend a thoughtful, easy-going occasion. Get away from it all to firefly forest walks, little-known corners of the Western Cape and beachside hideaways- we’ve also included some truly unusual option. These spots were available for Valentine’s Day weekend at time of publishing so book quickly to avoid missing out.
1. Gecko Creek Wilderness Lodge, Clanwilliam
Visit this beautiful wilderness lodge for blissful hiking in the Cederberg. Book here.
2. Wolverfontein Farm D’Waenhuis, Barrydale
#karoo #aloe #southafrica A photo posted by @colourinse on
Go on a route 62 adventure and stop over in this secluded yet luxurious farmhouse (you’ll have it all to yourselves). Book here.
3. Protea Wilds Retreat, in between Knysna and Plett
A marvelous Monday #proteawildretreat A photo posted by Tanita (@a_friday_flower) on
Reconnect at romantic and affordable Protea Wilds Retreat on the Garden Route. Plunge pool and infinite views. Book here.
4. Guinea Fowl Cottage on Rhodene Farm, Breede River
Farm cottage prettiness near Ceres. Book here.
5. Stay in the Calitzdorp train ticket office
Steam train heading towards calitzdorp station 30 years ago #calitzdorpstaion #route62 #history #accommodation #kleinkaroo A photo posted by Cheryl de Villiers (@calitzdorp_station) on
And now for something completely different, stay in a converted train ticketing office. Book here.
Tick! Now how about some cheap flights to Cape Town and George and Port Elizabeth?
6. Chandani Moonlight in the Bay, Gordon’s Bay
Mis this beatiful home place…. A photo posted by Wayne Oosthuizen (@wayneoosthuizen) on
A crisp beach escape in serene Gordon’s Bay. Book here.
7. All-stone Corbelled house by candlelight in the Karoo
Had the privilege to finally stay in one of these historic houses outside #carnarvan #exploresouthafrica #northerncape #travel #southafrica #corbelledhouses #naturalhomes These antique stone corbelled houses appear only in the Karoo in an attractive small area. They were the first houses built by the Voortrekkers in the early 1800’s. Due to a shortage of building materials such as wood in the Karoo they built the houses entirely of stone, even the roof, which was well insulated, being warm in winter and deliciously cool in summer. A photo posted by Bertie Coetzee (@bioboertie) on
Admittedly a bit over the border into the Northern Cape, these unique, historical all-stone buildings couldn’t be left off the list! Surprise your partner by staying in a centuries old all-stone Karoo house. Book here.
8. Four poster romance in the Van Gogh Room at Pascale’s Napier
You can’t go wrong with an artistic Van Gogh-inspired room and one of the most popular restaurants in the Overberg on the premises. Book here.
9. A garden by the sea in Wilderness
#gopro #southafrica #wilderness #paraglider @myrigr86 A photo posted by Patrick (@paedeg) on
Quiet, cosy and close to one of the best beaches in the world. Book here.
10. Eagle’s Call Tree House near Sedgefield
So after a weeks worth of entries for some of our secret spots on the garden route, we have our TOP 3 winners. Full article link in bio. In 2nd place… @ellephotosa A photo posted by Garden Route (@gardenroute) on
If your partner is an avid birder then this will be your ideal escape. Stay in an affordable treehouse and wake up to bird song. Book here.
11. Surf’s up, charming flatlet in Muizenberg
Easy breezy #muizenberg #southafrica A photo posted by David Lim (@davidbradleylim) on
Fancy some surfing, or just good coffee and wave-watching? Muizenberg is the answer. You will be welcomed by Athini, your friendly host in a well-appointed separate flatlet. Free wifi is an added bonus.
12. Dog friendly cottage Pringle Bay
Last sunset walk for the holiday…back to reality tomorrow. We will miss you #PringleBay. A photo posted by Mariette Du Toit-Helmbold (@mariettedth) on
Sunset walks with your partner and your other best friend in radiant Pringle Bay. Book here.
13. Garden room rustic in jewel-like Kareedouw
The best time for a drive #dusk #sunsets at #kareedouw somewhere between #plet and #pe A photo posted by Peta Edwards (@heartypeta) on
Just near the border of the Western Cape and a short drive from P.E. airport, Kareedouw is your river treasure to discover. Book here.
14. Gorgeous Overberg views in the Napier conservancy
#flowers #nature #beautiful #purple #photography #southafrica #overberg #westerncape A photo posted by Linda (@woolfwoman) on
Fynbos, proteas, sprawling views and wildlife in the Napier Conservancy make this an ideal rustic hideaway. Book here.
15. Rainbow Glen, Guest Chalets, Montagu
Like why did he make that face? #BaeCation #Montagu #RainbowGlen A photo posted by Nesiphi Ndobeni (@queen_nezz) on
Views of Kanonkop from the cottages, rock climbing, Cogmanskloof hiking trail and hot springs await.
16. Carol’s Cottages, Swellendam
Swellendam Mountains #swellendam A photo posted by Jon Hallé (@jonhalle1) on
Welcoming country cottage with pets allowed on request. The myriad of little walks, cafes and mountain views make Swellendam a captivating week-end retreat. Book here.
17. Shower under the stars near Lambert’s Bay
Sunset @ Lambert’s Bay A photo posted by Hans (@heyanewsunset) on
Stars and romance in this Weskus Hokkie on a farm near Lambert’s Bay. Book here.
18. Vic Bay Surfari, George
Another beautiful day in paradise @babes_on_waves @willem_dirk #beach #travel #gardenroute A photo posted by Vic Bay Surfari (@vicbaysurfari) on
Perfect for a chilled-out surfing couple, reserve your room in this stylish well-spaced house with a convivial communal area.
19. Zandrivier Stone Cottage, near Ladismith
A Starry Stone Cottage #Getaway #zandrivier #seweweekspoort #southafrica A photo posted by Anelia (@anelia_loubser) on
Karoo romance with wood fires and clear stars at night. Book here.
20. Cute beach studio in Kommetjie, 200m from Long Beach
So moody A photo posted by Jolene (@love_light_jo) on
Stay in this airy, bright studio and walk on one of the longest and most beautiful beaches in SA. Book here.
21. Cosy cottage a stone’s throw from the edge of the West Coast Nature Reserve, 5 minute walk to the beach, Yzerfontein
Stunning 🙂 #yserfontein A photo posted by Cassandra Ann Kearley (@cassgracieann) on
Well-appointed, tidy private cottage ideal for visitors to the West Coast National Park. Extra amenities like DSTV included. Book here.
22. Watershed Pool Cottage, Paternoster
Yazın en keyifli günlerinden biriydi… #tbt #haziran2015 #goteborg #paternoster #lighthouse A photo posted by Hande Tokmak (@handetokmak) on
Affordable and central little West Coast gem with a pool. Visit the Panty Bar at the Paternoster Hotel for a drink to celebrate or eat at one of many quality seafood restaurants. Book here.
23. Montrose Guest Apartment near Knysna
Moody weather A photo posted by Michael (@k00lmike) on
Just 15 minutes from Kynsna central, near the Brenton Blue Butterfly reserve, this attractive, breezy apartment is just 500m from the Fisherman’s walk. Book here.
24. Mini-escape on Thesen’s Island, Knysna
If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door A photo posted by Matthew (@matthewgreatorex) on
Revel in out-of-this-world sunsets on this Venetian-feel island on the Garden Route. Book here.
25. The little stone cottage 30 minutes from Mossel Bay
Along a river in the countryside surrounded by the twittering of birdsong, what could be better? For ultimate tranquility book here.
26. Tanagra Winefarm
Indoor/outdoor bathing with a view of the oh-so-pretty Karoo flowers. Ultimate privacy, peace and quiet. Did I mention this two bedroom cottage is also completely off the grid? Gorgeous. @the_lost_society in the Cape Winelands for @greenwoodguides #travel #explore #discover #hidden #secretspot #southafrica #accommodation #hiddengems #travellikealocal #originaltripadvisor #selfcatering #winefarm #grappa #distillery #eco #solar #ecofriendly A photo posted by The Lost Society (@the_lost_society) on
Tanagra wine farm near the sleepy village of McGregor offers spectacular accommodation in the veld like no other in its price range. This is the ultimate romantic escape. If you book for three nights you will get a discounted rate which fits in with our R350pp budget. A very popular option, if you aren’t successful with a booking why not book for next year as it is worth the wait. Book here.
27. Get back to Nature at the Forest Hut in Nature’s Valley
Peace and quiet in Nature’s Valley Missing holiday already #gardenroute #naturesvalley #thisissouthafrica A photo posted by Sam (@sam_thegirl) on
SANparks are always a winning choice with their affordable, adventurous accommodation options. Book here.
28. Winterberg Mountain Inn, near Ceres
#nature #flowers #mountains #landscape #breedevalley #winterberginn A photo posted by MarleMac (@maclittlebear) on
Breede River tranquility, mountains, fresh air and wild flowers. Book here.
29. Slangkop Tent at Hoerikwaggo Trails, Cape Point Rest Camp
Once again SAN Parks accomo is this is the kind of camping I find completely acceptable!! #sanparks #slangkop #kommetjie #camping #tents #longweekend A photo posted by Thoko Malaba (@t_hk0) on
The trail is still closed following the peninsula fires of last year March, however these attractive, atmospheric tents make any stay a memorable one. Book here.
30. Enjo Nature Farm, from R250 pp per night, Cederberg, Wupperthal area
Up in the eaves #cederberg #microhouse #loft #nest #southafrica A photo posted by Anna (@annabellej90) on
Swim in the spring-water dam and allow yourselves to be overawed by the surrounding mountains while staying in self-catering splendour. Book here.
*Some images included above show the actual accommodation while others give a general idea of the landscape and atmosphere of the area and picnic/ dining inspiration.
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