February 28, 2013

Man visits 201 countries without using a plane



This is just incredible! Graham Hughes, from Liverpool England, has set the Guinness World Record™ for 'The Most Countries Visited in One Year by Scheduled Ground Transport' and in November 2012, became the first person to visit all 201 sovereign nations of the world without flying. 

February 25, 2013

Competition: Win a R200 Woolworths voucher


Where in the world are we? Tell us what country this gorgeous beach is in and if you answer correctly, you get entered into the lucky draw to win a R200 Woolworths voucher. 

February 20, 2013

Why you should visit the Maldives



The tagline of the Maldives is the “sunny side of life”. And what could be more apt to describe the 1190 coral islands scattered in the Indian Ocean that enjoy sunshine day in and day out?  If you haven’t fallen for the Maldives yet, here are 10 reasons why you should …

February 15, 2013

10 different activities to do in Mauritius



The island of Mauritius is well known for its gorgeous, picture-perfect beaches. But what many don’t realise is that this tiny island packs a punch – there is so much more to see and do than simply relaxing on the beach or enjoying the various water sports on offer.

February 13, 2013

Touring Singapore with Top Billing




Singapore is one of those cities that evolve at a staggering pace – no matter how many times you have visited, there will always be something new to experience and enjoy each time. This Singapore YouTube video from the Top Billing TV show showcases just some of the newest attractions (lots of adventure for the adrenalin junkies!) to check out next time you are visiting.

February 6, 2013

Romantic luxury hotels in South Africa


Looking for a luxury hotel to take your partner for a romantic getaway this Valentine’s Day? Here are 3 options for you, one in each major city…

February 5, 2013

Romantic Destinations in South Africa



While a romantic getaway abroad would always be fantastic, sometimes time and money constraints and last-minute decisions make a local getaway the best bet.  And sometimes you just want to explore all the gorgeous romantic spots we have in South Africa. So in the spirit of the upcoming Valentine’s Day, here are some local destinations to head to for a romantic break.

Paternoster

One of the last traditional fishing villages on the West Coast, Paternoster is peaceful, romantic and soothing to the soul.

Expect: Whitewashed houses, colourful fishing boats, walks along the beach, a quiet small town atmosphere, fresh seafood and plenty of time to cuddle up to your loved one in this isolated beach wilderness. 




Abalone Guest House, Paternoster

Dullstroom
Dullstroom, affectionately known as the Gem of Mpumalanga, is close to the Panorama Route area featuring magnificent views of landscapes such as the Blyde River Canyon, Echo Caves and Pilgrim's Rest.

Expect: Fresh air, still lakes, village/farm atmosphere, fine cuisine, fly-fishing and a choice of spas for some pampering. It’s known as one of the coldest towns in South Africa, so if cuddling up next to the fireplace isn’t your thing, plan to visit in summer.  

Stay: Dunkeld Country Estate is a luxury game-and-trout lodge, with a heritage dating back more than 100 years. If you’re heading there for your honeymoon this year, check out the special Dunkeld honeymoon offer on the Sure Travel website here



Dunkeld Country Estate

Dunkeld Country Estate

The Garden Route
What could be more romantic than the Garden Route? With Knysna, Tsitsikamma, Plettenberg Bay and the Cango Caves, the Garden Route offers activity and relaxation by the bucketful – whatever you want in your romantic getaway you can find it here.

Expect: Lush Tsitsikamma forest, canopy tours, lagoons, fish eagles, wild Storms River mouth beaches, Knysna’s arts and crafts, oysters, sunsets and the most amazing natural scenery – a true Garden of Eden.

Stay: Phantom Forest Eco Reserve is nestled in the Afromontane Forest, just 7km from Knysna. The elevated luxury tree suites are a celebration of romance and African style luxury, with endless views over the Knysna lagoon or forest. 



Phantom Forest Eco Reserve

Phantom Forest Eco Reserve

Zululand
Could anything be more romantic than a walk on pristine beaches, flanked by some of the world’s most beautiful dune forests on the one hand, and the deepest aquamarine ocean on the other? You’ll be enraptured by the tranquil loveliness of Zululand.

Expect: St Lucia Wetland Park with its gorgeous coastline, dunes and birdlife, lively action and adventure in the town of St Lucia, the Big Five in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park and Sodwana beach with its coral reefs and marine life. 

Stay: Treat your loved one with a stay at the ultra-luxurious Phinda Private Game Reserve near Hluhluwe.  



Private plunge pool at Phinda Private Game Reserve

Drakensberg
Reaching 3000 levels above sea level, the awe-inspiring Drakensberg Mountains are the perfect stop to indulge in some romance.

Expect: Soaring peaks (snow-capped during winter), sheer cliffs, deep gorges, crystal clear streams and green hills as far as the eye can see. 

Stay: Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse has earned an international reputation as a romantic gourmet getaway. With just 11 rooms, it is a haven for those looking to break away from their fast-paced life to enjoy mountain walks, 7 course dinners and time for relaxation and pampering



Gourmet cuisine at Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse

Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse

Eastern Cape Coastline
The Eastern Cape’s beaches are arguably the best unspoilt beaches in South Africa – what could be more ideal for a romantic getaway?

Expect: Soft sand beaches, warm water, unspoiled coastal towns.

Stay: If you’re looking to spoil yourself with some luxury, Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve, near Port Alfred, and African Pride The Sands @St Francis near St Francis Bay are two luxurious retreats, perfect for romance and right on the beach.


Ocean Beach and Wildlife Reserve

African Pride The Sands @ St Francis Bay

Cederberg Mountains
Wanting to reconnect with nature, your partner and yourself? Head to the Cederberg Mountains in the Western Cape.

Expect: Untamed wilderness, wide open plans, deep ravines, ancient sandstone, rock formations, waterfalls, peace and tranquillity.

Stay: Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat, nestled at the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains, is a sanctuary for wellbeing, relaxation and, you guessed it, romance.


Bushman's Kloof

Bushman's Kloof

Cape Town
Regularly voted as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, the fair Cape is an obvious choice for a little romance. 

Expect: Kirstenbosch botanical gardens, wine tasting, relaxing on Clifton’s beaches, chic dining in Camps Bay, sundowners and watching the sun set from Table Mountain or Signal Hill.

Stay: Treat yourself to some 5 star luxury at Tintswalo Atlantic, perched on the ocean’s shore in Hout Bay. Read about our experience at Tintswalo Atlantic here

Tintswalo Atlantic

Tintswalo Atlantic

The Blue Train
Now this obviously isn’t a destination, but we couldn’t have a list of romantic getaways in South Africa without including the legendary Blue Train.

Expect: Old world luxury, fine wines and cuisine, exquisite suites, personal butlers and South Africa’s magnificent scenery floating past while you are waited on hand and foot. 


The Blue Train

The Blue Train

Magaliesburg
Just an hour’s drive from Joburg and Pretoria, the Magaliesburg Mountains are ideal for a romantic weekend getaway.

Expect: Small village atmosphere, rugged mountains, hiking trails and the tranquility of a countryside retreat.

Stay: African Pride Mount Grace Country House and Spa will dissolve all the stress of everyday life. The award winning spa, lush gardens and flotation pool spell romance in any language.


The flotation pool at African Pride Mount Grace Country House and Spa

African Pride Mount Grace Country House and Spa

Want to book a Valentine’s Day treat, romantic getaway or even a honeymoon? Visit www.suretravel.co.za to find your nearest Sure Travel agent and let us help you make memories for life.

Where are your favourite local destinations to enjoy a romantic getaway? Comment and let us know.

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