Cupid in the Bush - Best Romantic Getaways in KwaZulu-Natal

Intimate dinners, candles and petal strewn baths in the bush - these KwaZulu-Natal lodges know just what to do when it comes to making your romantic getaway dreams come true. Whether you need a honeymoon hideaway or a beautiful retreat you'll find it on the Elephant Coast.

Romantic Getaways

Are you and your beloved fed up with busy work and social schedules? Is it time to escape the rat race and re-connect? Take a quality break and head for the Elephant Coast. From the minute you arrive you can take a great lungful of fresh air and leave your cares behind. Share many inspirational moments with your partner at this superb destination.Whether you are staying in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (a World Heritage Site) or based at a bush retreat, you'll be blown away by the sheer beauty of your surroundings. It's all here, pristine beaches, fantastic coral gardens, freshwater lakes, magnificent wetlands, rare sand forest and rolling grasslands. Safari activities include Big Game drives and guided bush walks or you can explore the coastline in many different ways. Discover real Zulu culture and marvel at the arts and crafts.


Ok, so you've popped the question and now the wedding plans are taking over your life. Have a breather and consider honeymoon options. Choosing the Elephant Coast for you honeymoon is a smart move. This is a beautiful bush and beach destination so you get the best of both worlds. You'll make wonderful memories here in northern KwaZulu-Natal.You can enjoy Big Five game drives and scuba diving or snorkelling in the same day if you want. You can also just let your romantic getaway unfold at a leisurely pace - soak up the peace and tranquillity of the bush or have a romantic picnic on the beach. This region is steeped in history and has many cultural attractions plus an amazing array of interesting activities - it's all up to you really and how you want to spend your time.

Where to go

These KwaZulu-Natal lodges provide a romantic retreat combined with a range of features, facilities and activities.

Amakhosi Safari Lodge offers the Umntwana Honeymoon Suite. Retreat to this royal dwelling in the bush which has a lovely deck, private bubble pool and hammock overlooking the river. The suite is spacious with a lounge, romantic four-poster bed and an en-suite bathroom for 2.

Emdoneni Lodge offers Windfall Cottage which is a secluded hideaway amongst a stand of Marula trees. Enjoy the outdoor shower for romantic moments under the stars and your private garden where Impala and Zebra graze in the tranquil surroundings.

Makakatana Bay Lodge is the perfect getaway at the edge of Lake St Lucia in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Stylish, romantic and personalised describe the Makakatana experience. The Honeymoon Suite offers stunning views over the wetlands from a very private setting.

Thanda Private Game Reserve combines wildlife, luxury and of course romance in a great setting. The Honeymoon Tent is quite frankly, to die for! This sumptuous and elegant suite features a big oval bath for 2 and a Jacuzzi on the deck which overlooks the beautiful reserve.

White Elephant Lodge offers an 'Out of Africa' experience in a delightful Honeymoon Chalet at the Bush Camp. Enjoy old world romance with a modern twist. A special feature is the private Victorian bath in a secluded bush setting with plenty of hot water on tap for lengthy soaks, day or night!

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