As nerve-wracking as it is to choose a romantic partner, the task of deciding what to do on Valentine’s Day to win the loved one’s heart – or to show unceasing love – is equally worrying. Valentine’s Day has been known to ruin a relationship if the planned romantic experience goes pear shaped.
To help those who want to fire Cupid’s arrow to win love and affection, Tourism KwaZulu-Natal (TKZN) has put together a list of things to do this Valentine’s Day.
Explore the Midlands Meander
The Midlands Meander is without doubt the “Romeo & Juliet Route” of KZN, with an English countryside feel about it. For lovestruck couples, the route is packed with diverse dining options, offering everything from laid-back farm-style cuisine to fine dining in stunning, scenic locations. There is a wide selection of accommodation suited to couples, including Copperleigh Trout Cottages, Kerriston Country House, Tanglewood Country Hotel, Bosch Hoek Lodge, Fordoun Hotel and Spa, and Hartford House. There is also a variety of places to visit and see including Karkloof Falls, Beacon Hill, and a selection of nature reserves. You can also visit different studios or workshops of great craftspeople where you can purchase sentimental trinkets for the love of your life.
The Nelson Mandela capture site, Howick
We have all been impacted by Tata Madiba. This to-do is surrounded by gorgeous scenery and has a sense of legacy about it. It also has a very significant sculpture made up of 50 steel columns between 6 and 9.5 metres high and forms an image of Nelson Mandela from a certain vantage point. Profess your love before a figure of the man who helped ferment the groundswell of resistance, solidarity and uprising, bringing about political change and democracy.
Lake St Lucia
Intimate dinners, candles and petal strewn baths in the bush – these KwaZulu-Natal lodges know just what to do when it comes to making your romantic getaway dreams for Valentine’s Day come true. There are many hideaway retreats on the Elephant Coast. These KwaZulu-Natal lodges provide a romantic retreat combined with a range of features, facilities and activities. These lodges include Amakhosi Safari Lodge, Emdoneni Lodge, Makakatana Bay Lodge, Thanda Private Game Reserve, and White Elephant Lodge – to mention a few.
Lake St Lucia is one of the 10 jewels of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also Africa’s largest estuarine system and home to over 800 happy hippos, 1 200 crocodiles, pelicans, and flamingos. Activities include boat cruises, scuba diving and nature trails.
Giant’s Castle Game Reserve, Drakensberg
If you want to enjoy blissful peace and quiet with your partner, you can go for a game drive, go fishing or go on a self-guided walk, and spend some much-needed time in nature. For a small fee, you can also visit one of the biggest and best sandstone caves in southern Africa that contains San rock art. Good for day visitors or sleepovers.
Durban’s Beachfront Promenade
Stroll down the beach with your beloved, following the eight-km self-guided path. There are plenty of shops, restaurants and bars along the way to explore.
Moses Mabhida Stadium – the big swing
If you and your partner are feeling brave and are looking for an experience of a lifetime to remember Valentine’s Day 2020 by, this is just the thing for you. ‘The Big rush, big swing’ allows you to jump over the world cup football pitch, 106 meters above the ground, and swing out at 120 kph, in a massive 220-meter arc.
Chill at Shongweni Dam
Shongweni Dam and game reserve is the perfect spot for couples to relax and enjoy spectacular natural surroundings. You can take your own picnic, and sit and while away the time or go for a scenic walk. If you want to be a bit more active than that, there are game drives, rock climbing, abseiling, mountain bike rides or guided canoe journeys.
What better way to enjoy Valentine’s Day than to paddle tranquilly up the dam, while watching for all sorts of wildlife and birds?
While loved ones are special all-year round, and deserve flowers and chocolates regularly, Valentine’s Day is the time to pull out all the stops and do something different.