Romantic Getaways | Gauteng’s Hidden Gems

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Planning a romantic getaway with your significant other is something you should try to do at least a few times a year. And with so many inexpensive flights to Johannesburg up for grabs, you won’t even have to break the bank. 

When planning weekend getaways for couples, cheap options are available. But don’t be shy to spend a little extra on your better half every once in a while. Get cosy and light up the candles, because these romantic getaways will have you pinning for a little alone time with your partner.

Secluded Romantic Getaways Gauteng

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A little seclusion could mean taking a safari trip near Johannesburg with your partner, taking a glamping trip, or renting a lodge all to yourselves. Here are a few of the best secluded romantic getaways in Gauteng. 

Mongena Game Lodge

What’s more romantic than heading to a private 4-star game lodge in the bush for some quiet time as well as some adventure with your loved one? Located just a 1.5-hour drive from OR Tambo International Airport, the Mongena Game Lodge offers bush safaris, games drives, as well a laid back experience in nature.

Book a chalet all to yourselves, with views of rolling lawns and wild African bush. The chalets offer ample seclusion while still being within close proximity to the restaurant, pool, and bar area.

Thirsty Falls Guest Farm

Thirsty Falls Guest Farm offers 5 self-catering cottages in the heart of the Magaliesberg Mountains. This is surely seclusion at its finest. Crack open a bottle of wine to enjoy sun-downers on the porch. And then watch a fiery African sunset before stargazing well into the evening.

When it starts to get a little chilly, cosy up by the fire with your partner for a romantic evening away from the hustle and bustle of city life. 

Farm New Horizons

Possibly seclusion at its finest, this private farm offers two self-catering stays, one of which is a cottage for couples looking for a romantic getaway. Enjoy the stunning scenery of the farm by taking a romantic evening stroll around the premises. 

In the evenings, cosy up by the fire or enjoy stargazing on warmer nights. If you’re looking to get far away from the city and enjoy the beauty of an indigenous area, Farm New Horizons is a great couples getaway.

Romantic Weekend Getaways in Gauteng

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Spend a weekend stargazing under South African skies with your other half. Here are a few of the best weekend getaways for couples in Gauteng.  

De Hoek Country Hotel

This 5-star boutique hotel will have you and your loved one feeling particularly refreshed after just a weekend away. The tranquil yet luxurious setting provides the perfect backdrop for romantic activities. Consider walking hand in hand around the luscious estate and indulging in luxurious spa treatments. 

If you’re looking for activities to make the weekend even more memorable, then taking a hot air balloon ride and going horseback riding are all on the cards. Depending on just how much you want to spoil your loved one, consider staying in the presidential or deluxe suites for a weekend like no other. 

Brookwood Estate and Trout Farm

Located just an hour from both Pretoria and Johannesburg, Brookwood Estate and Trout Farm is the perfect place to spend a weekend with your partner. Throw a line in the water in one of their five well-stocked dams while enjoying the tranquil surrounds. 

Stay in a luxurious and fully equipped self-catering cabin for a weekend, and stand a chance of catching some of the biggest Rainbow Trout in Gauteng. Enjoying the thrill of a catch is even more exciting with your better half by your side. 

La Provence D’Afrique

If you’re looking for a weekend getaway with your partner that’ll leave you with unique memories, then head to La Provence D’Afrique. Located in the Magaliesberg region, this hotel offers French suites which have been built inside an old stone sculpting studio.

The hotel is built in traditional French style with a cafe courtyard perfect for romantic candle-lit dinners. An outdoor pool makes cooling off in the summer a fantastic experience, while the indoor fireplace will keep you cosy and warm in the wintertime. 

Hollybrooke Adventure Farm

If you and your other half are thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies, then the truth is, a relaxing weekend away isn’t going to cut it. Rather head to Hollybrooke Adventure Farm for a weekend of exciting and heart-pumping adventures. 

The secluded self-catering chalets offer breathtaking views of the surrounding area while still being close enough to the Hollybrooke Coffee Shoppe. There you can order a romantic picnic basket to enjoy on the chalet balcony or on the beautiful lawns.

When you’re ready to get the heart racing, take on a horse riding adventure, go swimming with horses, take on an eco quad biking trail, or challenge your loved one to a game of paintball. Canoeing, mountain biking, hiking, and ziplining are a few other great activities to take part in at Hollybrooke Adventure Farm.

Tussen-i-Bome Guest Farm

Tussen-i-Bome Guest Farm is an incredibly unique weekend getaway option for couples who’ve tried it all. It’s an ox-wagon resort, which means couples can spend a romantic night or weekend staying in an ox-wagon amongst the trees. 

These ox-wagons are self-catering but there is limited electricity. So you’ll be spending your evenings with your partner lit by lamplight. This creates a truly authentic atmosphere, unlike that of any other places on this list. 

Villa Paradiso

Ready for a romantic getaway in a beautiful country manor? Villa Paradiso provides just that. Your room has coffee making facilities, so coffee in hand, you can step out onto your balcony every morning and enjoy majestic views of either the Hartbeespoort Dam or the Magaliesberg Mountains. 

A full English breakfast is served every morning. In the afternoons head to Pecanwood Golf Course for a round before making your way back to the villa for dinner. Enjoy fine dining before going to the cigar and whiskey lounge for the evening. 

Villa Paradiso is a great place to spend a weekend with your loved one. Great views are accompanied by fantastic service at this stunning location.

Romantic Spa Weekend Getaways in Gauteng

Romantic Spa Weekend Getaways in Gauteng

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Nothing like a little pampering with your partner. Take the weekend off and head to some of the best spa destinations in Gauteng. Combine your pamper sesh with a safari in South Africa and you’re in for a great weekend. 

Valley Lodge & Spa

Located a mere hour away from Pretoria and Johannesburg, the Valley Lodge & Spa is the perfect romantic getaway for a weekend of pampering. The stunning garden setting provides plenty of wonderful outdoor activities such as playing tennis and lounging by the swimming pool.

If you’re looking for an intensely relaxing getaway, make the most of their 4-star on-site spa and luxury treatments that will melt away any built-up stress. If you want to do some sightseeing while you’re there, the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is just a short drive away.  

The Valley Lodge & Spa proves that a romantic getaway can be equally relaxing and adventurous with numerous activities on offer.

Askari Game Lodge & Spa

Located on a game reserve in the Magaliesberg Mountains, the Askari Game Lodge & Spa gives visitors the opportunity to see the Big 5

Have you always dreamed of seeing these incredible African animals in their natural environment? With two game drives being offered every day, you’re sure to see them while staying at this game lodge with your significant other. 

There are four different spa treatment rooms on the premises, but for a romantic treat, why not opt for couples treatment options? There’s nothing more relaxing than enjoying a couples massage before heading out for a complimentary picnic on the spa lawns.  

Glenburn Lodge & Spa

Located in the Zwartkops Mountains, the Glenburn Lodge & Spa provides a tranquil getaway on the edge of Crocodile River. The lodge is only a 30-minute drive from Johannesburg, making it an easy retreat from the madness of the city.

Accommodation options range from hotel suites, garden suites, and standard hotel rooms to beautiful secluded chalets. The spa offers incredible treatments to ensure you and your partner leave entirely relaxed and rejuvenated. 

On beautiful summer days, enjoy picturesque views of the surrounding area from the outdoor pool. If you’re in a mood for things to get steamy, book the jacuzzi room and private garden to add a little extra spice to your trip. 

Wrapping Up Your Romantic Getaway in Gauteng

Romantic weekend getaways are a must for couples looking to keep the romance alive. It’s time to sit back, relax and take some time off from work. The world can wait, but your significant other shouldn’t have to.

It’s time to book that romantic holiday you’ve been chatting about for so long. With so many great romantic getaway options available in Gauteng, why hesitate?


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