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Fun things to do in South Africa this Valentine’s Day

From a dream date with SA's most elegible bachelor to a romantic getaway at Africa's favourite holiday resort, not to mention foodies utimate dining at an internationally renowned hotel, couples will be spoilt for choice this Valentine's Day

1. Set the date with SA’s most eligible bachelor this Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day (Thursday), television viewers will have their first date with South Africa’s very first Bachelor, Lee Thompson. The dashing entrepreneur, international model, philanthropist and former Sharks rugby player will be laying his heart on the line in the hope of finding true love on M-Net’s new reality dating show, The Bachelor SA. 

To those who fancy a romantic day in the sun this Thursday, M-Net is giving viewers a chance to win tickets to The Bachelor SA premiere picnic at a yet to be disclosed venue in Johannesburg. To stand a chance to be part of this romantic adenture, enter an online – can visit -competition which includes a romantic dinner for two, live performances, a special viewing of The Bachelor SA premiere episode. In this episode, viewers will be taking email into an exciting journey as the former Springbok star unleashes his charm to 24 beautiful local lasses from diverse backgrounds.

The Bachelor SA is produced by Rapid Blue and proudly sponsored by , a product of Oakhurst Insurance Company Limited. Jack Friedman is the official ring sponsor of the show, and it is tasked with helping finding the perfect sparkler for his bride-to-be – that’s if Thompson gets to pop the question in the end and both couple gets the fairytale ending they have hoped for.  Only time will tell! 

2. Romantic activities galore at SA’s preferred resort

Although we are almost in the second half of the month of love already, there’s still hope for those who haven’t manage to plan any surprise for their better halve. Why not make your to South Africa’s favourite holiday resort, Sun City, known for dishing out romantic activities at every turn, making it the perfect destination for a couple’s getaway! There’s plenty of eye popping activities to choose from; the romantic sunrise hot-air balloon safari over the African bush and the scintillating royal bath escapades for adults only.

The Palace of the Lost City

Nothing can get more romantic than a private, candlelit dinner at The Palace Gazebo. Set in the gardens of The Palace of the Lost City and available on special request only, The Palace Gazebo is the perfect for live music enthusiasts looking to create unforgettable memories together.

What with the classic Big Give safari for wild life enthusiastics and those who would love to witness the thrill of a hunt as a lioness takes down her prey, or marvelling at the majesty of an elephant matriarch as she leads her herd to a watering hole. As far as Valentine’s ideas go, this one should be among your to-dos this weekend. Make your booking here;

3. Foodies ultimate Valentine’s dining in the heart of Durban 

With a little inspiration from cupid, Endless Horizons restaurant chef has lovingly created two special menus for you to enjoy with that special someone on Valentine’s night in one of the most unforgettable dining spots in Durban.

The Restaurant can be found in the Endless Horizons Boutique Hotel, winner of the 2014 Best Luxury Boutique Hotel in the World at the World Luxury Hotel Awards. The state of the art eatery is situated in the heart of Durban’s chic suburb of Durban North, a picture of understated luxury. Elegant and modern, it offers spectacular 180-degree views of the Indian Ocean.

On arrival, be welcomed with freshly shucked Oysters and Shallot Marinade  or Study of Duck (smoked Duck Breast, Confited Leg, Duck Liver Parfait, Apple Crisp, Herb Salad, Port Glaze) paired with Wildekrans MCC Brut/Rose.

Mains include Grilled Beef Fillet (with Bacon and Rocket Mash, Sautéed Vegetables, Wild Mushroom and Truffle Cream), Pan Fried Line Fish of the Day (Cauliflower Puree, Cape Malay Curry Cream, Broccoli, Tomato Caper Salad) or for our vegetarian guests there is Goats Cheese and Roasted Vegetable Strudel (with Rosa Tomato Beurre Blanc and Basil Pesto).

Couple Paradise: Dine in style at Endless Horizons Boutique Hotel, Durban

The sweetest way to end a romantic Valentine dinner is with dessert. These include a Summer Berry Bowl (Strawberry Cheesecake, Rasberry Sorbet, Berry Essence, Pistachio Praline or Dark Chocolate Tart (Ginger Biscuit Crumb, Espresso Ice Cream and Orange Glaze.

The above menu will be served with a range of Wildekrans Estate wine and cost of menu is R420 per person. Booking are essential so call 031 564 0360. Dinner served from 6pm to 9pm.

4. Party in style at Silent Valentine’s Beach Party

For those not in romantic relationships, Valentine’s Day can be something that many dread but not for this generation. So it doesn’t really matter if you want to paint the town red with your better-half in tow, your BFF or simply flying solo, you can be sure that the Silent Valentine’s Day Beach Party will be as much fun.

Silent Events SA

Just come as you are and join in the celebrations where sexy loud tunes, sandy sands and sultry sunsets is the order of the evening. Better still, it looks like there won’t be any unnecessary ordering of partygoers to leave the beach (Clifton Third Beach). It is a silent disco / dance event after all, where you hear music through headphones, instead of loudspeakers.

The concept was started by Silent Events SA so that parties could go on and party even after noise curfews. Doors open at 5pm with the programme expected to kick off immediately with a super dope set from DJ SuperSuz. Joining her is none other than DJ Nick Matthews and DJ Lurve with songs bound to make ladies swoon and gents croon.

Online ticket sales close on the Saturday at 1pm, but you can be bought on the beach from 5pm onwards: Adults R120 / Kids R60. See you there!

Tankiso Komane
Tankiso Komane
A Tshwane University of Technology journalism graduate, Tankiso Komane has a vast experience in print & broadcast media business and has worked for some of the country’s biggest daily newspapers, including The Sowetan, The Citizen, The Times, and The New Age. Through her varied work as a journalist, notably as a copywriter for SABC1 (On-Air promotions) and as a publicist for Onyx Communications, she has developed an in-depth understanding of the nature of the media business and how to use it for the purpose of exposure. Her expertise in journalism across various disciplines, coupled with a good reputation, has laid the foundation of a new kind "trust in Journalism" as the media ecosystem continues to digitally evolve.
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