There is no need to mourn the death of date night – it is alive and kicking! Luckily, we have eliminated much of the hard work by compiling a short list of cost-effective, local and convenient activities from across the nation to help keep the flames ablaze this summer…
For an unpretentious, intimate and authentic Italian meal, solely by candlelight, traditional osteria True Italic, found on Bree Street, in the centre of Cape Town is the ticket. Ideal for a date night dinner with your plus one, serving antipasti platters with imported meats and cheeses, homemade pasta fresca, traditional Campari cocktails and among the best short espresso coffees in the city.
A Date with Kirsten(bosch)
Cape Town is a splendid place to picnic, specifically, Kirstenbosch Gardens. Pack a hamper of goodies – but before you do, visit the Old Biscuit Mill market in Woodstock for a selection of incredible treats to add to your hamper (Saturday mornings only), and find a spot in the gardens surrounded by some of South Africa’s indigenous giants. If you couldn’t be bothered to pack your own picnic, contact The Picnic Company who do it all for you!
Star Spangled Movie Theatre
For a seriously old-school date night experience, treat your love to movies at the Pink Flamingo Rooftop Cinema, which is found atop the Grand Daddy Hotel on Long Street. Movies by starlight include old-school classics such as Dirty Dancing and Pretty Woman…
What’s cookin’ good lookin’?
For a fun twist on date night, a cooking class at Fusion Cooking School in Durban is a hands-on (ooh!), and interactive way to bond with your special someone. Try out Cuban, Mexican and Thai cuisine among a variety of different options – each lesson starts at 6.30pm and lasts about 3 hours.
Hello, twinkle toes
Get dolled up to the nines, cufflinks and bow ties welcome, and enjoy an evening of fine cuisine and a dinner dance. This evening soirée takes place every Saturday night in the Grill Room Restaurant at the marvellous Oyster Box Hotel. Don’t miss the classic 1920’s Hors d’ Oeuvres trolley with an extensive range of 18 appetizers.
Whether you prefer a lunch or dinner cruise in the harbour and sea front, La Vue can provide you with a memorable and unique Durban experience. La Vue operates a scheduled dining cruise around the harbour and along the Sea front all year round, offering fresh food, live entertainment and spectacular Durban city sights.
Hear the call of the wild
Take a guided half or full day tour of the iconic Kruger National Park and steal a kiss at sunset while the fiery African sunset and the calls of the bushveld pose as your backdrop. Get in touch with: Private Kruger Safaris to organise your tour.
‘Fall’ in love again
Enjoy the serenity of a quiet picnic for two at the foot of the majestic Mac Mac falls, located on the Panorama Route. Picnic tables and chairs as well as ablutions are available, while crystal clear mountain spring pools offer a refreshing reprieve from the Mpumalanga heat.
A ride to remember
Elephants Whispers, found in Hazyview, is a wonderful experience if both you and your partner are animal lovers. On an elephant back safari tour you will be able to interact with these majestic animals while enjoying sundowners overlooking the Mpumalanga lowveld.
Curb your cravings at Cube
At Cube Tasting Kitchen, situated in trendy Parktown North they “encourage you to break free from conventional eating and enjoy 10 courses of something different.” Spend an evening of delighting your taste buds with this unique experience.
Romance on a rooftop
Make your way to the quirky, creative district of Braamfontein and gorge yourself on the vast selection of delectable foods at the Neighbourgoods Market, found in a 15-storey modernist building overlooking the streets below and the iconic Mandela Bridge.
Sail into the sunset
Sip champagne as you sail the Vaal River in Vanderbijlpark, departing from Stonehaven Harbour – romance epitomised! Costs for each cruise are billed per person, per hour and start at just R50.
Go for a seaside saunter
Head to Sardinia Bay in Port Elizabeth and kick up some sand with Heavenly Stables, offering one -hour horse rides through the Sardinia Bay Nature Reserve. Bookings are essential at least two days prior.
Indulge your sweet tooth
For all Vovo Telo fans, the original artisan bakery / restaurant was founded in Richmond Hill, Port Elizabeth. Treat your special someone to a death by chocolate brownie and cappuccino or mix it up with a breakfast date and indulge on one of their delicious concoctions of egg and artisan bread.
Take a tumble
Board the Sundays River ferry and cruise the river up to the magnificent Alexandria / Colchester sand dune fields and try your hand at sand boarding.