Our little black book is bursting with enchanting holiday resorts that are suitable for any special occasion that you are planning – maybe a milestone birthday, special anniversary, honeymoon or any other ultra-special red letter day in your personal calendar.

Here are some of the best holiday resorts in South Africa and also Africa, to celebrate any special event in style. These holiday destinations are sure to warm your heart and leave you with the wow factor.

MONATENG SAFARI LODGE, GAUTENG

The Scene: Situated on a lush and tranquil bushveld property, Monateng Safari Lodge offers a satisfying African experience. This bushveld gem is an idyllic destination to experience nature in style.

The Sleep: Guests can enjoy superior and comfortable accommodation that is well appointed and air-conditioned, with large windows and warm and inviting décor.

The Stay: With an abundance of activities on offer – from plenty of birdlife and game, guided game drives, mini golf, tennis and volleyball, to fun-in-the-sun at the pool, or a sundowner on the deck, which overlooks the reserve – Monateng Safari Lodge offers guests something extraordinary to add to an already relaxing and peaceful atmosphere.

Occasion: The Monateng Boma boasts a proudly South African atmosphere, which was created with the specific intent of providing guests with an area to celebrate any special event. Whether you are planning a milestone event, a conference or a wedding, this is the ideal spot to commemorate the occasion. Nothing can truly outshine or even compare to the authentic bushveld setting that Monateng has to offer.

Sunsets

KRIDZIL, KWAZULU NATAL

The Scene: Set in blissful, subtropical surroundings on the South Coast of Natal (200m from Margate main beach), Kridzil offers the perfect coastal holiday.

The Sleep: The resort’s apartments are fully equipped with all the essentials that you need to make the most of your holiday. All apartments have spacious balconies, many with partial sea views, to enjoy the sea air over a quiet early morning coffee, or a family braai in the evening.

The Stay: Relaxing holidays, whether in the summer or winter, don’t get much better than those at Kridzil, with stunning weather for most of the year, your location just 200m from Margate’s main beach, superb food, a swimming pool, communal braais, and entertainment for the kids.

Occasion: Kridzil is a great destination for couples, families and friends celebrating a birthday or a romantic occasion as it is set in close proximity to many popular after-sunset venues and gorgeous eateries; not to mention a host of activities that include everything from deep-sea fishing, dolphin and whale watching, water-sports, snorkelling, scuba diving and sundowner cruises. The main beach, which is only a short distance from the resort, provides the perfect location for couples to enjoy a romantic picnic to celebrate a memorable occasion such as a honeymoon, anniversary or an engagement.

Picnic on the beach

SUDWALA LODGE, MPUMALANGA

The Scene: Situated in the heart of the Lowveld, Sudwala Lodge offers the perfect gateway to the Lowveld’s scenic Panorama Route.

The Sleep: Sudwala Lodge offers a variety of accommodation options which are all about basking in natures goodness, with the sound of the Houtbosloop River as it flows past the resort, and waking up to the magnificent sight of the Mankelekele Mountain.

The Stay: Sudwala Lodge provides guests with plenty to see and do which promises to make your stay worthwhile. These include hiking, mini golf, volleyball, trampolines and a games room for both adults and children. The Lodge also has a number of attractions nearby that will have you venturing out to the nearby scenic landmarks such as God’s Window, Blyde River Canyon, and the Bourke’s Luck Potholes. This is a great place to experience the natural magnificence of nature, and its power to awaken our senses.

Occasion: The South African bushveld – on its own, it is pure magic, and if you add a location like Sudwala Lodge, you will be in utopia – wedding utopia! Sudwala Lodge offers a spectacular natural setting for your most important day. It is the ultimate bushveld wedding venue for the wedding of your dreams with breath-taking surroundings, well-appointed amenities, and attentive service.

Wedding destination

MABALINGWE NATURE RESERVE, LIMPOPO

The Scene: Mabalingwe Nature Reserve is a beautiful nature reserve that is all about getting in touch with nature and immersing yourself in the untouched bushveld ambience. Situated near the town of Bela-Bela, Mabalingwe offers a spectacular landscape, abundant birdlife, stunning indigenous trees and shrubs and a wide variety of wildlife.

The Sleep: Mabalingwe Nature Reserve has the option of four camps, which are located throughout the Reserve: Ingwe Camp which is situated on top of a rugged rock formation overlooking the Waterberg Valley, Kwalata Camp is set in the picturesque mountains (the units all have outstanding views of the bush), Kubu Camp has a spectacular view of the Mabalingwe Nature Reserve (this camp has an unheated pool and a lapa), and Phiri camp has a relaxing atmosphere and glorious views.

The Stay: The resort offers a host of fun activities, such as game drives to explore the rich fauna and flora of the region. Whether you decide to fill your days with fun activities or get away from it all and relax, you can do either in the knowledge that these pursuits will add to an unforgettable holiday experience. No doubt you’ll be enticed to try out some of the activities, whether it’s playing a game of mini-golf, swimming in a choice of hot or cold pools, or going on bird watching or horseback game rides, you’ll have the time of your life. This unforgettably special holiday destination will forever leave its imprint on your heart.

Occasion: The romance of the African bush is incomparable to anything on earth… Mabalingwe has the ideal setting to celebrate your special day with your soul mate. A choice of two breath-taking ceremony venues are on offer. Exchange vows in the special Kalahari Oasis Venue which offers a truly unique and South African setting, or overlooking the exquisite Waterberg scenery that the setting at our Le Fera restaurant has to offer. Mabalingwe provides the most unique and exceptional wedding venue to ensure all your wedding dreams come true.

Bush Wedding

Holidays, are good for the soul, it refreshes the spirit and rekindles our love for life. It’s also a great way to bring family and friends together for memorable and once-in-a-lifetime occasions – to share the past, celebrate the present and look forward to the future.

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