South Africa is probably not on the top of many lists for romantic
getaways but it should be. Athena and I recently spent two weeks there and it certainly
was more amazing and romantic than we ever imagined.
We spent the first week of our vacation traveling throughout the
Kruger National Park which includes a 100 mile wide strip along the north eastern part of
the county. It is perhaps the foremost wildlife preserve in the world.
We rented a small car and took in the sights at our own pace.
Within the park are a dozen camp sites with very comfortable accommodations.
Seeing the animals in their natural habitat changes a person. No
matter how many zoos you have visited or nature films you have seen, it cant really
prepare you for when a two story giraffe gingerly walks right in front of your car or a
herd of elephants begin to encircle your tiny rental vehicle. The long drives through the
"countryside" were truly romantic for Athena and me. Between spotting wildlife
we had time for in-depth conversations. The sunrises and sunsets on the African plains
were right out of, well, Africa.
On the other side of South Africa is where we spent our second week.
We stayed in the small town of Stellenbosch, about a 30 minute drive from Cape Town. This
region is the wine making area of South Africa and rivals Californias Napa Valley
with its beauty and fine wines.
Perhaps best of all was that most everything in South Africa is about
one third the cost of the U.S. We would both have gourmet three course lunches and a glass
of wine at a different winery each day for less than $15. Our accommodations at a lovely
cottage on a horse farm was under $40 a night. We were able to spoil ourselves there like
we could never afford to at home.
It might be expensive to get to South Africa, but once you arrive,
your money will go far and so will your romance.
- Michael Webb is an internationally known expert on relationships and romance and an
avid traveler. He is editor of The RoMANtic Newsletter: Hundreds of Tips for Fun &
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