South Africa might be best known as a destination for adventure, yet the country also has plenty to offer anyone in search of their next romantic getaway. If you’re over 40 and either in a new relationship and looking to book a holiday together or single and hoping to find love, South Africa can deliver. With this in mind, here’s a look at three romantic trip ideas for anyone hoping to experience the majestic sights and sounds of this beautiful country.
South Africa is, without a doubt, a destination for lovers of amazing scenery. The country boasts some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, from the barren Kalahari Desert to the stunning coastlines and windswept prairies.
One of the truly breathtaking spots, which is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway, is Cape Point. Located only a stone’s throw from the bustling city of Cape Town, it is part of the sprawling National Park that now covers 75% of the peninsula.
The region’s Khoisan name is Hoerikwaggo, which means ‘mountain in the sea’ and is an apt description of this beautifully scenic location. One of the most southerly points in Africa, Cape Point offers stunning windswept views. The area also features a choice of fine dining restaurants, with the opportunity to share some bubbly and delicious food.
Alternatively, if you prefer your holidays to be a bit more rugged, the National Park is widely regarded as the adventure playground for the city and there are some excellent hiking paths between Cape Point and the City Bowl.
If you’re still searching for someone who shares your passion for adventure travel, or perhaps your preference for luxury getaways, online dating is a great way to meet like-minded people. Sites like eHarmony.co.uk specialise in bringing together compatible singles who share the same core values and interests in life.
Phantom Forest has to be one of the most romantic destinations in Africa. Only 6 km west of the city of Knysna and located on 137 hectares of private eco-reserve, it features 14 beautiful and private tree houses. These elegantly decorated buildings are complemented by spa facilities, nature walks and stunning lagoon views.
There are excellent dining facilities on offer, with an award-winning six-course African dinner available to guests. The facilities are also built and decorated using green-friendly materials, meaning you can enjoy your time in the lap of luxury without worrying about your impact on the environment.
Rocktail Beach, situated on the far north of the Kwazulu-Natal coast, offers a romantic blend of tropical beaches and majestic rainforests. There’s a fascinating range of wildlife on show, with turtles, whales and dolphins all commonly visiting the shores. There’s also no shortage of activities to choose from, with the pristine Marine Reserve offering fabulous snorkelling and diving within the coral reef environment.
Rocktail Beach might feel a world away from civilisation, but there are plenty of accommodation options to choose from. For anyone in the over 40s dating scene, the choices are the perfect blend of adventure and comfort.
The Rocktail Beach Camp offers 12 safari tents with pine floors and wooden bathrooms. There’s also a choice between forest canopy or sea views. And, for anyone hoping to meet new people, the excellent communal area is perfect for starting up a conversation.
Tracey Chandler writes for travel blogs and a number of female-interest publications on a freelance basis.