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I recently (2 February 2021) had the privilege of visiting Entabeni Hospitality with my brother. This beautiful wildlife destination is located 90 minutes from Polokwane and 2 hours from Pretoria and offers guests the opportunity to relax and unwind in a truly tranquil space where COVID-19 measures are observed closely. The Big 5 Game Reserve features a resort, luxurious lodges, a championship golf course, and so much more. My brother and I stayed at Wildside Tented Camp and visited Hanglip Mountain Lodge for the day. 

We laughed, and reminisced over beautiful meals, and managed to get an eyeful of giraffe, zebra, lion, and elephant during our stay. The tents were impeccably clean, with lovely linen and we had such a lovely time catching up and unwinding. Entabeni Hospitality offers a bush breakfast, which is a great opportunity for a proposal, anniversary meal, or something a little more personal away from the crowds. There is also an optional White Lion cocktail experience, where you can enjoy your sundowner of choice at the white lion encampment. 

Now is the time to get out of the house, celebrate life, and make new memories. Entabeni Hospitality is very romantic, and would be great for couples. Take a loved one and go spend some quality time together in the lap of luxury - our South African tourism providers need us now more than ever! Visit their website for more information. 

Bona Bona Game Lodge is situated along the N12 Treasure Route between Klerksdorp and Wolmaranstad in the North-West, approximately 2.5 hours' drive from Johannesburg. If you've ever wanted to get out of the city but didn't want to spend up to 4 or 5 hours reaching your destination, this wonderful lodge should be at the top of your list. Getting there is simple, fun and scenic - the roads are in great condition and there are plenty of interesting attractions along the way. 

This makes for a wonderful little road trip - simply pack a cooler and make frequent stops to enjoy the local hospitality. Arriving at Bona Bona is like stepping into a zone of tranquillity - it's so quiet and serene that you immediately feel relaxed and content. This four-star lodge sleeps up to 118 guests at a time, so it's a great option for weddings and bigger get-togethers with family and friends. It's also tailormade for proposals, honeymoons and anniversaries. The on-site restaurant prepares wonderful food (the lamb shank comes highly recommended!) and there is a spa as well! Bona Bona also plays host to wine tastings, bridal fairs and other events, so keep an eye on their social pages to see what's cooking in their neck of the woods. All in all - a great experience and an excellent date night destination. Visit their website here

My husband and I like to push the boundaries a little when it comes to couple's outings. After all, dinner and a movie may be fun, but there is something wonderfully delicious about challenging yourself a little. The past week we went to the Acrobranch near our hometown and has an absolute blast! Acrobranch offers tree-top adventures and obstacle courses for young children and adults alike at locations in Centurion, Melrose, Constantia, Rosemary Hill & Huddle Park, as well as the Garden Route and Pretoria. They also recently opened a new branch in Stellenbosch - excellent news for active couples and families in the Boland and Winelands area.  

There are various difficulty levels to choose from - Roelie and I selected the second most challenging and it really pushed us to overcome our fears. After getting my hands dirty myself, I can now honestly say that an Acrobranch outing is a wonderful option for a couple's adventure. It's great for new couples who want to see how they work together in trying circumstances, for established couples who need to be reminded of the wonderful attributes of their little team, or simply those who are in it for a bit of fun. If you enjoy watching Amazing Race or Survivor, this is the couple's activity for you! 

It's also a great family activity, especially over the holidays when we can feel a little cooped up and need to blow off some steam. Get ready to push some boundaries - look out for the nearest Acrobranch in your area and go challenge yourself to leave that cushy comfort zone. Follow Acrobranch on Facebook

ATKV Klein-Kariba is a family-orientated resort situated in the beautiful Bela-Bela area, less than two hours from Pretoria. This is the ideal destination for families who want to break away without breaking the bank, as well as couples who enjoy an outing that brings them closer to nature. The resort features a wide variety of accommodation options that range from log cabins and duplex apartments to tented houses, caravan and camping sites, as well as the ultra-luxurious Diamanté honeymoon suite with a private jacuzzi and outdoor shower.  

There are also plenty of activities to enjoy - join in on everything from swimming competitions to talent shows, netball games, and cricket matches; or pay a little extra to go horseriding or rent a boat for the day. ATKV Klein-Kariba also caters for weddings, with a choice of two venues for the ceremony - a sweet little chapel or an outdoor location next to a waterfall. Our Date Night Destination rating for ATKV Klein-Kariba is a solid 7/10. Put it on your must-visit list. Visit them on Facebook. 

Ivory Manor Boutique Hotel recently earned a spot as one of my top ten accommodation destinations in this area. I'd booked a room to share with a long-time friend who was visiting from Dubai, and we were in the mood for some girl gossip and downtime. As such, we decided to stay in, order room service and have a fat chat while we relaxed in our fluffy robes and slippers. This was a very fun alternative to a restaurant dinner and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  

In fact, I enjoyed my stay so much that I decided to book another night. The service, food, and ambience were excellent from start to finish; Ivory Manor has clearly earned it's coveted 5-star rating. Their rooms boast a nice DSTV bouquet and a huge bath, which is ideal if you're visiting with your partner. The hotel is also well-situated in terms of traffic - you won't ever hear any passing cars, which makes for a calm and serene experience. If you're ever looking for a date night idea in and around Pretoria, have a look on the Ivory Manor Boutique Hotel Facebook page and related social media platforms - the hotel plays hosts to plenty of events that are tailor-made for romantic outings. Follow Ivory Manor on Facebook

As one of four hotels that form part of the Forever Resorts Group, this luxurious venue comes out tops in terms of location, service, accommodation offering, activity options and more. We enjoyed seamless service throughout our stay and would highly recommend the hotel for couples and families who insist on a well-maintained, courteous environment in which the customer's needs are always placed first. The hotel is ideally situated for guests from Pretoria, Centurion, and Irene who want to indulge in a short getaway to keep things fresh with their spouse or partner, but don't necessarily want to go to far away from home (e.g. parents with young children who arranged babysitters, but would prefer to stay close by). If there is one thing we love, it's a multi-faceted accommodation destination, and Forever Hotel @ Centurion certainly is one of those. 

It also happens to be quite close to Loftus, which is perfect for rugby-loving couples, who can simply Uber to the game, enjoy a beer or two and make their way back without paying through the nose for transport. Alternatively, use it as your base when you next visit Centurion to take part in a running or cycling race - it's nice and close to all major sporting routes and arenas. Forever Hotel @ Centurion is now the proud recipient of the Date Night Ideas seal of approval. Follow their Facebook page here

Tomjachu Bush Retreat near Nelspruit has received our seal of approval as a top-notch Mpumalanga date night destination. On a recent visit to this gem of a nature reserve, we could immediately tell why it has only grown in popularity over the years. 

First of all, the view is absolutely incredible. If you and your partner enjoy a scenic outing, this is the spot for you. Tomjachu offers everything from picnics to bush dinners and nature drives that all make for excellent date outings, proposal options and more. We also enjoyed truly wonderful service throughout our stay - we encountered one of the three brothers who run the lodge and his passion for their business is tangible, which also explains why their staff members are so happy and good at their jobs, spilling over into a lovely visitor experience from start to finish. 

As for the accommodation - it's 100% tailormade for quality time with your partner. From the double shower heads in the honeymoon suite to the self-catering cottage with a private pool for double-date getaways, romance is top of mind at Tomjachu. Book your spot now & get ready to enjoy a 10/10 date night destination. Follow Tomjachu on Facebook

Fusionista Super Spa, Beauty Salon & Restaurant is now the proud recipient of the Date Night Ideas seal of approval. We are always on the lookout for romantic venues that go above and beyond to exceed all expectations, and Fusionista ticks all of our boxes. Aside from its central location that makes it an exceptionally convenient destination for couples from all over Johannesburg, it's also a hidden gem. It is wholly apparent that the owner put a lot of care and attention into the design and conceptualisation of the spa, which features a variety of singular rooms, each decorated according to a different theme - Bamboo, Candle, Wind Chime, Crystal and Garden , as well as the totally unique, one-of-a-kind Koi Mist Room. 

The latter is something truly astounding - it really feels like you are enjoying a treatment in a forest atmosphere. The Chill Room takes relaxation to another level, with thoughtful touches like a couple's bed where you can relax and unwind together after your treatments, as well as a recliner with built-in music that allows you to feel the relaxing chords as well as hear it. The food at the restaurant is also remarkable (the crispy duck comes highly recommended!), and the ambiance is tailormade for romance from start to finish. A great spot for a date, anniversary, and even a proposal! Follow them on Facebook

Castello di Monte in Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria is the ultimate date night destination if you long to make your way to Italy to chase la dolce vita, but don't really have the time to do so. Having visited Italy myself fairly recently, I can attest that the likeness is truly uncanny! We'd let management know that we were visiting for a romantic evening, so they prepared a special, secluded dining space with a cracking fire - something that can be requested if you'd prefer to do so yourself. The venue often plays host to smaller weddings of up to 35 guests, so they really know how to turn on the charm. 

The food was wonderful and when we made our way to our room we were met with a lovely interior and an indescribably beautiful view, which we marveled over even further the next morning while enjoying our breakfast that was set up and presented on our private patio. Personal attention to detail is evident at every turn and we enjoyed excellent service throughout our stay. I would highly recommend Castello di Monte for couples living in Pretoria, Johannesburg, and Rustenburg who are pining for a getaway, but simply don't have the time to get on a plane or take a long road trip - all you need to do is book a room and take a breather with all the luxury of Italy right there at your fingertips. Follow them on Facebook

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