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January was literally the longest month. Dunno about you, but Feb’s already got us fantasising about our next holiday. If you’re looking for an excuse to pack your bags and clear your head, these epic Valentine’s specials on accommodation for the month of lurrrrrve are the ticket. Treat yourself and your partner (or bestie or mom!).
We’ve rounded up some of the best bush, seaside and country stays – both luxe and budget options, obvs. Simply pick your fave way to unwind. Because Valentine’s is all about self-love, right, and what better way to lay it on thick than with a well-deserved vacay (at an amazing discount nogal)?
THE BUSH: Thanda Safari, Zululand, KZN
Bushbaby? Then you’ll love this. Thanda Safari game reserve is hosting a special Valentine’s event in Big Five territory! Valentine’s Weekend of Romance Package: From R6 500 per person sharing (only valid for the Valentine’s weekend), the package includes two nights’ accommodation (Friday 11 and Saturday 12 February) at the luxurious Thanda Tented Camp, four game drives with an expert guide and tracker, all meals and selected local beverages. A conservation levy (R220 per person per stay), gratuities and all items of a personal nature are not included. For deets: [email protected], +27 (0) 32 586 0149, www.thandasafari.co.za
Also try: Wildehondekloof Private Game Reserve, Western Cape
Forty minutes from Oudtshoorn, with the Swartberg Mountains as your dramatic backdrop and sweeping views of the Karoo fields, this 4 000-hectare reserve offers a uniquely South African safari “experience”. Valentine’s Day weekend special: Rates for a Single Night Package (dinner, bed and breakfast) start from R1 800 per person per night and include a free picnic basket for each couple. This offer is valid for all bookings during February. For deets: [email protected], www.capecountryroutes.com
THE COUNTRY: Walkersons Hotel & Spa, near Dullstroom, Mpumalanga
This 27-room boutique hotel in the country is the ultimate exclusive weekend break. Think pristine scenery, fly-fishing in Dullstroom’s famous trout dams, and tantalising dining experiences at The Flying Scotsman and The Terrace restaurants. Romantic Valentine’s weekend special: 35% discount for a two-night stay (Friday 11 and Saturday 12 February 2022). Enjoy a special Valentine’s menu, a complimentary glass of champagne at dinner and a small gift. The 35% discount for a two-night booking is valid for the month of February (but without all the “romantic trimmings”). For deets: [email protected], 013 253 7000, www.walkersons.co.za
Also try: Spanish Farm Guest House, Somerset West, Western Cape
Like the idea of a peaceful villa with lashings of Spanish/South African flavour? This distinctive Spanish Farm Guest Lodge is exactly that. Spanish Farm’s Romantic Escape Package (valid for Feb 2022 only): Two nights at the Spanish Farm Guest Lodge (R6 800 for the Honeymoon Villa), includes breakfast, a complimentary bottle of (non-alcoholic) wine/bubbly and a 60-minute Thai massage for two. For deets: +27 21 852 7352, [email protected], www.capesummervillas.co.za
THE SEA: The Agulhas Country Lodge, southernmost tip of Africa
Mystique? Romance? Views for days? You’ll discover paradise in L’Agulhas at the southernmost tip of Africa. All eight en-suite rooms have sea-view balconies, plus a bar with an enclosed balcony, also with views of the ocean. Décor is all charm, with antique wood fittings and fireplaces. Valentine’s special: 40% discount (R660 per person, including full breakfast) for a honeymoon suite for two people for two nights for bookings on 11, 12, 13 and 14 February only (minimum two nights’ stay). For deets: [email protected], www.capecountryroutes.com
Also try: De Hoop Nature Reserve, Western Cape
Whale-watching your idea of outdoorsy bliss? Then De Hoop is worth a visit. This beautiful nature reserve offers accommodation options to suit all budgets, with a long list of outdoor activities to keep you active. “Valentine’s Day” weekend Special: A suite for two nights, romantic dinners at The Fig Tree Restaurant and breakfasts on the verandah watching the birds on the vlei at only R4 450 per couple per night (R2 275 per person per night) on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. Bonus: complimentary bird walk included. Valid for the month of February 2022. For deets: 021 422 4522, [email protected], www.dehoopcollection.com
BONUS: Go anywhere your heart desires… in a Jimny!
Tread Lite 4×4 hire Valentine’s Special: Rent a new Gen 4 1.5 or the Gen 3 1.3 Jimny and pay the long-stay rate (11+ days) for any booking of four or more days; book for 11 or more days and receive an additional 10% discount. Plus: Receive a complimentary bottle of champagne! Tread Lite’s Suzuki Jimnys sport cruise and climate control, Bluetooth connectivity and Apple Carplay/Android Auto. Basically the coolest wheels for any road trip from Jozi or Cape Town. For deets: [email protected], www.capecountryroutes.com