10 things to do as a couple in the Drakensberg

10 things to do as a couple in the Drakensberg

The Drakensberg is a perfect destination to travel to as a couple be it your honeymoon, a perfect location to propose,  that intimate anniversary getaway, just spending some valuable time together or getting away from the kids. The Drakensberg is an ideal destination for couples of all ages.

Top 10 things to do as a couple in the Drakensberg

#1 Romantic private dining on the deck of a luxury cave.

Antbear Lodge offers something special. A luxury cave with glass doors that open onto a wooden deck with hammock chairs and a spectacular view. The cave has a jacuzzi bath, fire place and huge bed. Ask that they setup a table on the deck of your cave and dine by candle light under the stars.

#2 Horse trails for two through the Zulu Waters Private Game Reserve

Going on an out ride together is a special couples experience everywhere. But going out on horse back safari through the Zulu Waters Game Reserve that provides both incredible scenery and wildlife safari experiences. Their guide will take you through the reserve on a 2 hour ride where you will get up close and personal with game including rhinos, buffalo, Zebras, Ostrich, Kudu, Eland, Warthogs and so much more. Whats really interesting is that the animals don’t see the horses as a threat so you can get uncomfortably close if you want to do that.

#3 Star Gazing and traditional African story telling while relaxing in a hammock.

Relax in a hammock and listen to the sounds of the night while a local villager tells you his African stories of the stars and more passed to him from his grandmother. There is nothing quite like laying in the dark in your comfortable hammock, holding hands, with the night sounds and the gentle voice of your story teller.

#4 Spend the day together driving around the Midlands Meander stopping here and there for some coffee and quirky things

Escape from busy city life and spend your weekend in one of the stunning romantic destinations in the Midlands with your partner. Spend some valuable alone time in this picturesque location, relaxing or enjoying the many activities available to keep you entertained. With the start of the Midlands Meander, there is no excuse why you and your partner shouldn’t treat yourself to a couple’s getaway.

#5 Pack a picnic basket and enjoy it at Worlds View where you have a 360 degree view of the Drakensberg Mountains

The Drakensberg offers some spectacular hiking trails. A particularly great choice is Worlds View at Giants Castle. Its a pretty easy hike and gets you you an incredibly stunning point with a 360 degree view and the perfect place to have a picnic. Ask the lodge you are staying at to prepare you a picnic basket or if you really want to push that romantic streak design your own picnic specially catering to your partners tastes.

#6 Go for an early morning hot air balloon flight

Antbear Lodge offers a hot air balloon take off site right in front of the lodge. Wake up and join us for a cup of coffee while you watch the inflation of a hot air balloon. Experience the awesome thrill and peaceful serenity of hot air ballooning on the edge of the Drakensberg mountains. You will meet at the hot air balloon launch site approximately 30 minutes before sunrise, your pilot will then give you a safety briefing. Once the hot air balloon is heated and you are in the balloons basket you will enjoy a flight of around an hour. After helping to pack up the hot air balloon you will return to Antbear Lodge for breakfast with champagne.

#7 Get your kicks on a helicopter flip

Departing from Dragons Peak resort, high flyers can enjoy seeing a different side to the Drakensberg. Sip a glass of champagne as you fly over the mountain peaks. You can even stop at the top for a high altitude picnic! The perfect day out to celebrate an anniversary or birthday!

#8 Splurge out on a fine dining experience

Cleopatra Mountain Farm House has earned global renown as a romantic gourmet getaway. This rustic, yet luxurious owner run mountain retreat is the ideal escape from the harried pace of life, to a serene and scenic location. Richard Poynton is the head executive chef at Cleopatra and so passionate about his craft, that he, along with Mouse and his daughters compiled and published a historical memoir-style cookbook about the farmhouse and the recipes he loves.

Or spoil your loved one the next valentines weekend or any weekend for that matter with an incredible meal at Hartford House. If I really want to sweep your partner off her feet, a trip to Hartford House in the Natal Midlands should be at the top of your list. The rooms are incredible and every meal, from breakfast to dinner, feels like a splurge. Gazing out at horses grazing on the stud property is really a special treat.

#9 A romantic couple spa experience

Fordoun Spa in the Midlands has recently won an award for ‘Best value for money’ and while this is undoubtedly true, it is so much more. Fordoun Spa is five star luxury in beautiful surroundings with cheerful staff, a top class spa and exquisite cuisine. Verandas overlook the beautiful trees, immaculate lawns and a herd of fat, contented cows, ducks, sheep and Hadedas. In all seasons, Fordoun charms and delights guests. Top suggesting is a couples massage.

#10 Relaxing

While it is great to remain active and its good for us all to keep our minds busy, it is imperative to relax too! Not making time to relax more often than not leaves you stressing. So take the time to just do nothing soaking up the view on a sun lounger or enthralled by a great book.

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10 things to do as a couple in the Drakensberg


Andrew has been living in the Drakensberg region for the last 20 years. These mountains are his passion together with his obsession for sustainable living

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