Romantic escape to the Waterberg

Romantic escape to the Waterberg

Escape with your loved one to the wonders of the African bush at Mabalingwe. ‘Mabalingwe’ was melded from the Tswana words “mabala a nkwe”, or “spots of the leopard” and the picturesque surrounds with sweeping views over the Waterberg create a tranquil setting for cosy couples to ‘meld’ together and reconnect. A romantic escape to the Waterberg reignites the spark…

Evening of Bliss

First night huddled together by a crackling fire

Arrive at a comfortable Ingwe chalet, set on a craggy rock outcrop which positions the unit to overlook the valley. The journey to a getaway can be tiring so relax on the private patio with a crackling fire, the stridulating of beetles and a decadent bottle of wine for the evening. The incredible Milky Way lights the night sky above as you and your partner enjoy the perfect start to your romantic escape.

A Spa Retreat

Blissful massage treatments as a couple

There is something special about the first morning you awake in the bush; the sound of buck near the chalet, snapping twigs; sweet birdsong to pull you out of deep, restful sleep and the smell of freshly brewed coffee which fills the unit and warms your soul. Enjoy a light breakfast together, as the sun chases away the shadows and cool of the evening, before making a visit to Mbali Day Spa. Indulge in a one-hour Theranaka™ African Fusion Body Massage side-by-side, or relax with a pampering foot ritual to soothe aching feet. The options at Mbali are endless and can be perfectly tailored to create the ultimate romantic treat.

Sipping on Love

Coffee and cake poolside

Once your spa treatment has come to an end, why not linger at the main entertainment area and enjoy the facilities? Walk, hand-in-hand, to Boeretroos Coffee Shop to tantalise your taste buds with freshly brewed coffee and scrumptious cakes. Lounge poolside, soaking up the warm rays and cooling off in crystal waters, before making the journey back to your unit to wash off the day and prepare for the evening’s activities.

Into the Night

Couples enjoy a lovely night game drive

Book for a Night Game Drive at main reception; experiencing the bushveld between the hours of 19:00 and 21:30 is a special occasion and creates a feeling different from that of a day drive. Share a delicious dinner and sundowners at Le Fera Restaurant or Vulture’s View Bar in anticipation for the game drive. Savour South African cuisine with incredible views over the Reserve before clambering into a game-viewing vehicle to spend the evening spotting wildlife and being in one another’s company. Our rangers are incredibly knowledgeable on the biome and will share interesting facts and information, as you two cosy up and immerse in the wonders of nature.

Hiking Together

Picnic and stroll hand-in-hand on a hiking trail

Wake early the next morning to enjoy traditional rusks and coffee, while watching the sunrise, dress comfortably for the weather and then head over to Wag ‘n Bietjie Hiking Trails. Spend the morning experiencing the Waterberg in a different light; surrounded by sweet breezes, a flutter of wings and a number of nature’s treasures. These trails trek through mountains, ravines and forest, offering superb views and a wonderful opportunity to connect and spend quality time together. Pack a picnic and find a secluded nook with a beautiful view to enjoy a selection of your favourite treats.

Feeling Butterflies

Zipline experience for two!

Do you and your partner prefer adrenaline rushes and exciting outings? Journey off-site to Waterberg Zipline Adventures who offer exactly that! Book an incredible two and a half hour experience, zip-lining in a zig-zag fashion over the Waterberg on slides of 70 to 250 metres long. The guides provide knowledge of the flora and fauna within the area and the views are spectacular. When the tour comes to an end, couples make their way back to Mabalingwe Nature Reserve and find a lovely spot for well-deserved refreshments {this is the perfect opportunity to work in a visit to Kalahari Oasis Pub}.

Your romantic escape to the Mabalingwe bushveld is a wonderful way to create new memories together, share in unique experiences, enjoy a few of your favourite things along the way and to hear, “I loved every second that I spent with you.”

Book your romantic getaway to Mabalingwe today, or chat to the Le Fera Team to arrange a special celebration your loved one will never forget.


  • chidera okobo

    January 21, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    This article has South Africa looking so romantic!
    From the casual spa treatment to the dinner at La Fera restaurant to the hiking and picnic!
    Definitely going to suggest this place to my partner for our anniversary.

  • chidera okobo

    February 2, 2020 at 12:22 am

    This really is a beauty. It has nature and the extra activities to help you relax.The Spa idea really crowns it all for a romantic spot