There’s no need to reinvent the wheel this Valentine’s Day. If you’re spending the weekend in Cape Town, go with one of these ten, tried-and-trusted, date ideas.
1. TAKE A LOOK AT CAPE TOWN FROM ABOVE
A helicopter ride can be both romantic and adrenaline-inducing. It becomes a much more extraordinary experience in a city like Cape Town, with so many iconic structures and natural sights. City Helicopters is the most reliable company when it comes to helicopter rides. It comes with various options catering to every taste, from Winelands to Cape Point.
2. WATCH A MOVIE UNDER THE STARS
Cape Town’s lovely botanical garden Kirstenbosch hosts open-air movie nights every Wednesday and Thursday, especially in summer. You can find the same event at various places like the Waterfront, Steenberg Farm, and Cape Winelands. These events have a wide selection of movies, from the cult classics to the most recent releases and indie movies.
3. RIDE A HORSE ON NOORDHOEK
Noordhoek is one of the longest beaches on the Atlantic Coast of South Africa. Besides being home to several holiday houses, the place is famous for its horse riding tours under the Sleepy Hollow Horse Riding Company.
4. VISIT BABYLONSTOREN
As one of the oldest farms in South Africa, Babylonstoren is a must-see for everyone. However, it takes romance to another level to pick fresh and ripe fruits for a picnic against Paarl’s magnificent mountains. Babylonstoren also offers free guided tours, as well as wine tasting, and a fine-dining restaurant.
5. SPICE ROUTE
Another foodie-heaven in Paarl is Spice Route. With its range of venues such as a pizzeria, a fine dining restaurant, beer and gin breweries, and a chocolate factory, Spice Route is much more than just a wine farm.
6. SUNSET CRUISES
We can’t think of an idea more romantic than a sunset cruise for Valentine’s Day. Departing from Waterfront, these classic cape charters take you along the Atlantic Coast past the most scenic beaches of Cape Town, with the iconic Twelve Apostles in the background.
7. MERGE SAFARI AND SPA
A spa retreat is an irresistible opportunity for you and your loved one to relax and replenish while appreciating each other’s company. Did you know you can have such an experience together with an exciting big five safari on the same day, and at the same place? With only 100 km from Cape Town, Aquila Private Game Reserve offers the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation.
8. HAVE A LAUGHTER
Cape Town has a big comedy community scene, with stand up shows and improvised plays all over the city. The most famous venue is Cape Town Comedy Club at Pumphouse in Waterfront. Selected as one of the best comedy clubs in the world, the club hosts the most distinguished comedians of South Africa, as well as international ones occasionally.
9. FUGARD THEATRE
Dedicated to Athol Fugard- South Africa’s internationally-acclaimed playwright, Fugard Theatre has been showing the most original and thought-provoking plays in Cape Town’s District 6. The schedule is always unpredictable, and you can find newly-released plays covering both amusing and controversial topics from South Africa.
10. GO CHOCOLATE TASTING
We can’t think of Valentine’s Day without chocolate, and Cape Town is no exception. Cape Town’s Lindt Chocolate Studio is not only a massive chocolate shop but also an innovative place that teaches people chocolate-making. You and your partner can choose among plenty of options, such as cupcake-making or Chocolate-macaron making.
For bonus points, throw in a handwritten card for your partner, or a bottle of wine.