These national parks offer everything you need to make special memories. Stunning location? Check. Leisurely activities? Check. Being alone with the person who matters most to you? Check.
Agulhas National Park
What could be more romantic than wandering along a sugar white beach with that special someone by your side? Or getting a couple’s pic at the southernmost tip of Africa? Or climbing to the top of the lighthouse to shout your love to the world? There’s plenty to do in this part of the world with charming seaside villages, wine estates and hiking trails begging to be explored. But once you see the chalets at Agulhas National Park, you might be tempted to stay put. A large deck that looks out towards the ocean is perfect for al fresco meals and chilled drinks at sunset. Inside the gleaming wood, coastal decor and crisp white bedding create a welcoming effect. At night you can lie in bed and listen to the sound of the waves.
Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve
You’ll soon fall under the spell of this magical forest near Swellendam. Here indigenous trees like yellowwood and red alder reach way up into the sky, butterflies flit in their dappled shade and birds supply the sweet soundtrack. It’s an enchanting place to spend time with the person you love. Go for leisurely walks through the forest, explore on your mountain bike or cool off in the pristine waters of the Duivenhoks River. The Grootvadersbosch cabins are all about enjoying the spectacular surrounds with a shaded picnic table for cosy lunches and a firepit for heart-to-hearts until late into the night.
Golden Gate National Park
The secluded Highlands Mountain Retreat with its luxury log cottages guarantees ultimate privacy – perfect for quality time with your loved one. Perched on a hill with a magnificent view of the Maluti Mountains, these cottages will make you feel like you’ve escaped to a different world. Drink in the view from the wraparound deck or cosy up together on the comfy couch inside. If you can bear to leave, there’s plenty to do in the park: go hiking, learn about traditional life at the Basotho Cultural Village or explore on horseback. Nearby Clarens is a quaint artists’ haven with quirky shops, eateries and a craft brewery.
Nagle Dam and Game Reserve
This three-star tented camp near Pietermaritzburg offers a bush break with all the creature comforts you might desire. The stylishly furnished tents have a spacious en-suite bathroom, inviting armchairs and a kitchenette, so you don’t have to budge from the spot. The main attraction is, of course, the glittering dam. If you’re an active couple, bring your canoes – paddling together is the ultimate test to see if you’re in synch. If you don’t feel like working up a sweat, have a romantic picnic by the water’s edge or head out on a game drive to discover the reserve’s wild residents.
Romancing the wild
Dreamy views, gorgeous accommodation and blissful seclusion – the parks and reserves of the Wild Card Programme have several more destinations that are ideal for couples. From a tree-top cabin in the Knysna Forest to a honeymoon tent on a Kalahari dune, there’s a spot to suit your style. Explore the map of 80+ destinations to find your next getaway.