Leadwood Cottage Tala Game Reserve
A friend remarked that the perfect ingredients for romance are a sunset and a glass of wine. Indeed, but I would add Leadwood Cottages at Tala Game Reserve. The six gorgeous love nests are set far apart in a private section of the 3 000 hectare Tala wildlife sanctuary midway between Durban and Pietermaritzburg. Of them, Cottage 1 has to be the best. Its secluded bushveld setting at the edge of a reed-fringed lake, stylish decor, sumptuous comfort and fabulous views make for a sublime ‘Out of Africa’ experience.
In the romance stakes, little can beat enjoying sundowners with the love of your life on your own private deck, overlooking a glinting stretch of water where aquatic birds and sometimes hippos disport. Tear yourselves from paradise to go for dinner in the restaurant a five-minute drive away and return for a nightcap under a dazzling canopy of stars while, all around, night creatures serenade you. Romantic wild Africa at its best.