Ditch the kitsch and take advantage of a whole host of romantic date ideas perfect for any special occasion. Keep it fun and stylish with an intimate dinner in the Winelands, charm your loved one, old school-style, in a hot air balloon ride or get adventurous with some horseback riding on the beach.
Height of romance with hot air ballooning
Described as a somewhat magical experience, a hot air balloon trip will usually begin just before sunrise when you’ll gently lift off the ground and leisurely float along with the wind. At this height you have a glorious view of the sunrise as well as keep an eye on the lookout for animals on the ground below. It’s a magnificent experience and will leave you with a warm glow for weeks after.
Cuddle on the cableway
Visit the Harties Cableway for a fun day out. There’s nothing like a bit of aerial suspense to get the heart muscle pumping. Invite your belle (or beau) on a cableway ride to the top of the Harties Cableway in Hartbeespoort. Then calm her (or his) nerves by watching the sun set over the dam and sipping a delectable cocktail or two.
Into the sunset with horse riding on the beach
Take your cue from a classic movie and ride off into the sunset together on horseback along the idyllic Noordhoek Beach. The Imhoff Equestrian Centre in Noordhoek offers romantic horse tours along the beach. This picture-perfect stretch of sea and sand is the quintessential setting to celebrate a special occasion with someone special.
Get the heart racing with a Helicopter ride
Treat yourself or your loved one to the unforgettable experience of seeing Cape Town from the air. It’s not every day that you get to see Table Mountain, the Mother City and the Cape Peninsula from a scenic bird’s-eye view, and what better way to experience this premium scene than with a loved one by your side? This will get the heart racing and it provides the perfect opportunity to explore the scenic wonders of the Cape from breathtaking heights.
Hold on tight and hire a Harley
For placid types and adrenaline junkies alike, there’s nothing that can quite beat cruising along Chapman’s Peak Drive or off-roading through the towering Cederberg mountains on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Hiring one of these with a loved one for a day could provide you with the perfect excuse for a close encounter with your sweetheart. Cape Bike Travel has a range of these bad boys for rent, and if you haven’t got around to getting your motorbike license, don’t fret; chauffeured rides are also available.
Romantic stroll with a twist – bush walk
If you find yourself on safari this February, why not take the opportunity to do a bush walk. Experience the bush and quiet nature with someone you love while a guide identifies plants, animals and animal track. Being out in the wild will not only get the heart racing but it’s these types of experiences which make amazing memories with someone you love. This once in a lifetime experience is offered at most game reserves in South Africa.