Here’s what to LOVE about Valentine’s Day in 2021

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Here’s what to LOVE about Valentine’s Day in 2021

In 2021 love is of the utmost importance! Did you know that self-love is defined as “regard for one’s own well-being and happiness.” We all need that now more than ever before. This year, Valentine’s Day falls on the weekend just before the end of South Africa’s current Level 3 restrictions are set to be reviewed. It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to celebrate with a bottle of bubbly unless you’ve had tremendous foresight! But, you’ll have to agree the timing is great to treat yourself or that special person in your life to a interesting outing or activity. Want some unique suggestions? Read more….

Forest Cottage Seclusion

Dargle Forest Lodge

Located in the pristine, open planes and woodland hills of the Dargle Valley, nestled between the Inhlosane Mountain range and natural pine forests lies the family-run Dargle Forest Lodge. A back to nature/back to simplicity, cabin-style retreat, just a short, scenic drive, it’s an idyllic place to connect with your loved one or to escape from it all surrounded by panoramic views.

For Valentine’s weekend all guests will receive a free breakfast on one of their mornings.

Contact or or Bridgette on 0832340436


Horse-Riding Escape

Khotso Horse Trails

Has it always been your dream go on an outride in the Southern Berg or Lesotho? Khotso is famous for their horse trails. The specialists in the area, they can take you out for a few hours, the whole day, at sundown, or even for a 3-day, cross-border horseback expedition into the untouched wilds of Lesotho.

1 hour: R250pp ; 2 hours: R450pp; 3 hours: R660pp (Includes a light picnic lunch); Full Day Ride (5.5 hours): R760pp (Includes a picnic lunch); Sunset ride (2.5 hours): R650pp (Includes wine, cheese and crackers)

Contact or or 082 412 5540

Take a Drive

Just the two of us in a Neostar Motorhome

Explore South Africa in your own way, in your own time! Rent a motorhome for a romantic getaway with a difference or go camping in a 4×4 camper with rooftop tents!

Contact or call/WhatsApp 065 821 2559

Picnic Time

Farmgirl Flowers’ Picnic Basket

Just outside Wartburg, on a working flower farm, Farmgirl Flowers welcomes you to a Valentine’s Day Brunch or lunch with stunning picnic box options. Picnics can also be enjoyed on the Fountain Hill Estate across the road from Farmgirl Flowers.

Contact Sandra on 082 804 7955 before the 8th February 2021.

Massage Chill Session

A place to unwind… Umzimkulu River Lodge

Revitalising massage therapy is just what 2021 ordered! In addition, Umzimkulu River Lodge in the Southern Drakensberg also offers a 6km trail walk, 2.5km of pristine and easily accessible trout fishing river frontage and a meditation sanctuary. Picnic baskets can be ordered. How about bringing your furbaby? They are pet friendly! Show yourself some love and let the beauty, peace and gentle pace of nature leave you rested & rejuvenated!


Always wanted to….

Sani Lodge Backpackers offers vinyasa yoga, pottery classes and mindfulness meditation! Their two secluded cottages located on the Sani Pass road, 19kms from Underberg, boast fantastic views of the surrounding Drakensberg mountains.

They have a romantic Valentine’s pampering special for the weekend nights of 12, 13 and 14 February at R920 per couple per cottage per night; a 45 % discount on accommodation for the cottages which normally sleep 4 to 6 people.

Picnic luncheon basket are available as well as an onsite restaurant serving all meals – candlelit for Valentines weekend! Make the most of the nature trail, swimming pool, mountain biking and trail running trails.

Contact or 033 7020330 or 083 9873071

Fly Fishing Fantasy

Solo Adventure – Trout fishing at Copperleigh in the Dargle

Fly fisherman will love the very popular Mavela Dam (stocked annually with trout by the NFFC or Natal Fly Fishers Club), which is accessible from your unit at Coppperleigh Trout Cottages 30km from Howick, in the Dargle. There are no additional rod or catch fees for their guests. Rods can be rented per day.

It is very private with no crowds so perfect for a romantic weekend and feel safe in the current Covid climate. They currently have a special offer of 15% off during midweek stays for pensioners 60+ and Stay 7+ Nights and Get 1 Additional Free Night.         

Contact +27 82 460 1815 or or

Quad Bike Fun

Unleash the inner child in you! Reconnect with Mother Nature and enjoy a unique out-of-town-in-town experience, with quad biking, go-carting, hiking trails, river rafting and braai facilities in Snaye Park, Ladysmith.

Contact Nkosinathi Mkhulise on (036) 635 4242 or 082 387 1128 or

Rondawel Romance

Khotso Self-catering Rondawel

Khotso’s self-catering rondawels are equipped with everything you could need for a romantic getaway. With a newly refurbished kitchen, lounge and dining area, a cosy fireplace, one double bedroom, 3 single beds on a mezzanine floor, a decked balcony overlooking the gorge and a separate braai area for cooking under the stars. These units are perfect for those wanting to explore the natural beauty of the Southern Drakensberg or simply just to relax and unwind. R1080 per night for 2 people sharing.

Contact or 082 412 5540

Whatever your choice is this Valentine’s Day, we hope that it is filled with love! Got any of your own favourite suggestions? Message us on social media @n3gateway

Rose Hall

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