February is known as the month of love. But chocolates and roses aside, February is also the perfect time of the year for a quiet and relaxing getaway somewhere along the coast, with a whole lot of budget options for out-of-season accommodation, reduced airfares to some of South Africa’s most romantic cities and towns and return flights to Johannesburg. And with over 2,500 kilometres of beautiful South African coastline, we are really spoiled for choice.

Cape Town

Wouldn’t this be just the most romantic option? The last time I visited Cape Town was actually far too long ago, way back in 2011. Even though it was initially for work, I decided to take a few extra days off and to extend my visit for a bit. Honestly, I just couldn’t leave so soon! Couldn’t get enough of the beautiful views, quiet strolls on the beach and the most amazing colours at sunset. I couldn’t stop snapping away with my camera either.

Cape Town 1

Cape Town 2

Enjoying a quiet meal in a quaint little restaurant in Simon’s Town before heading off to see the penguins, I remember thinking that I could just stay there – practically forever. I loved the drive down to and from Simon’s town, loved the sea views and the beautiful skies, such peace to nourish the soul.

Cape Town 3

Cape Town 4


Both my husband and I have always wanted to visit Knysna. This is somewhat of a nostalgic/romantic option for us, taking us all the way back to our school days and memories of reading Fiela’s Child. I can still vividly remember wishing at the time I could retrace Lukas Van Rooyen’s footsteps as a child in the forest.

Knysna 1

I’d always read about magnificent ferry cruises leaving the Knysna lagoon, sailing out to view the magnificent Knysna Heads, and to visit the lovely Featherbed Nature reserve for a 2 kilometre leisurely walk on the West Head. I can just imagine the most beautiful sunset views from such a vantage point.

Knysna 2


How I love the weather, the food and the beaches in Durban. In fact, I love everything about Durban, and it’s been too long since my last visit, back in 2012. It always seems like there’s so much to explore, and at a very affordable price too.

Durban 1

Durban 2

I’d love for us to hire a tandem bike and hit the golden mile. My husband loves cycling, and I enjoy tagging along. We could chill for a while at the Rooftop Musgrave Market, or take the Sky Car along the northern arch of the Moses Mabhida Stadium. The views of the city must be absolutely stunning.

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This would probably be the most luxuriously romantic option, with breathtakingly beautiful beaches, golden sands and the sounds of exhilarating waves crashing against the shore. What could be more romantic than a secluded beach, beautiful sun rise and sun sets, and long walks along the shore?

Ballito 1

Not to mention a leisurely stroll along the Ballito Boardwalk or a visit to the Sugar Rush Market in the area. I’ve heard that the views from Salt Rock are some of the most spectacular you could ever imagine. And of course, there are the dolphins…

Ballito 2

So, where will we go? Check back in a couple of days to find out. For now, I’m off to check out some flight bookings.

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