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Road-mantic destinations to hit up this Valentine’s Day

Road-mantic destinations to hit up this Valentine’s Day

This loved-up month, make time to visit some of our beautiful country’s lesser-known destinations and make some extra special memories with your love.

Some of these spots, courtesy of Vespa, might be a little out of the way but they are more than worth the drive.

Kaapsehoop

Romance factor: 4/5

Wallet damage: 2/5

This undiscovered hamlet built during the gold rush of the 1800s is surrounded by lush forests, with a cooler climate than most of its Mpumalanga counterparts. It is right on the edge of the highveld escarpment, so it has amazing views of the De Kaap Valley below. Wild horses and blue swallows abound in this little-known spot, and its many quaint guesthouses and backpackers make it a stunning retreat to rekindle romance. For more information visit kaapsehoop.com.

Nature’s Valley

Romance factor: 2/5

Wallet damage: 2/5

Encircled by the Tsitsikamma Forest, the breath-taking beaches of Nature’s Valley are the perfect setting for an amorous getaway. The sleepy lagoon and untouched forests are magical in their own, quiet, peaceful way – and you can experience the best of the Garden Route by taking a leisurely road trip to get there. For more information visit naturesvalleyproperties.co.za.

Prince Albert

Romance factor: 4/5

Wallet damage: 3/5

Described as the culinary heart of the Karoo, Prince Albert sits at the foot of the Swartberg mountains and has become a mecca for gastronomy-loving locals and tourists. Its wide streets are flanked with aqueducts, distinctive Cape Dutch architecture – and a few romantic hideaways. You will drink local wine, snack on plump olives and figs grown in the area, and taste-test local artisanal cheese (in other words, it is heaven). This is the ultimate Karoo getaway – and the perfect spot for a little two-wheeled cruising. For more information visit princealbert.org.za.

Cintsa

Romance factor: 3/5

Wallet damage: 4/5

If you are looking for a low-cost, low-maintenance, sand-between-your-toes adventure for two, Cintsa might just be the enclave you have been looking for. With some of the most pristine beaches on the Wild Coast, it is hard to believe it is only 40km from East London. For more information visit cintsa.com.

Cape Vidal

Romance factor: 3/5

Wallet damage: 1/5

Balmy KZN is heaven in February – out of tourist season – when it is slightly cooler. Make Cape Vidal your resting place after exploring the tropical surrounds of KZN. You will stay in secluded log cabins set among the dunes, snorkel in crystal clear waters and just generally unwind with your better half. For more information visit kznwildlife.com/accomodation/resorts/capevidal

If you are feeling adventurous and want to charm your love like a real-life movie hero, why not escape the city for a romantic weekend away on a Vespa. Even if you are not au fait with two-wheeled riding, do not worry – you can learn to ride at any Vespa showroom in a safe, secluded environment under the watchful eye of a trained Vespa professional. To book a test ride, visit vespa.co.za/book-a-test-ride

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