Since I made the great trek from the Cape up to the hustle and bustle of the City of Gold Jozi, I’ve been on the constant search for romantic date ideas and activities capable of wooing my lady. With a bit of help from the internet and personal experience I’ve managed to put together a couple of ideas for dates that would appeal to every woman from the extreme adrenaline junky who gets a kick out of freefalling at outrageous speeds to the romantic who likes the lovey dovey stuff like walks on the beach and picnics in the park.
So many different types of mooiness… so many different tastes. Here are a few awesome ideas on how to spoil a girl in Gauteng:
- Hot Air balloon rides
AirVentures offers a romantic hot air balloon ride over the Cradle of Humankind. Watching the spectacular views while drifting away through the clouds will make your lover feel as if she is floating away on a bubble. Couples can take along some bubbly and drift over beautiful Muldersdrift in one another’s arms for an entire hour. A bottle of bubbly and a few snacks accompanied by the amazing view of this heritage site below will make any girl’s feet just melt. These balloons leave from Kloofzicht Lodge, where couples are served coffee on arrival and finish off with a glass of champagne on landing.
R2000 per person for a classic flight or
R2300 per person for a safari flight
R6700 per couple on a classic private flight
R6900 per couple on a safari private flight
Contact: 083 3562435 or visit the website for bookings, www.airventures.co.za
- Parkers Comedy and Jive
It is said that girls love a guy with a sense of humor, and that laughter is the best medicine. So why not tickle your honey’s funny bones by taking her to a live comedy show at Monte Casino or Silverstar? This upmarket venue offers a great combination of music, comedy and fine cuisine that will guarantee your companion’s pleasure. Doors open at 6.30 pm and it is essential that you pre-book tickets.
Price: R120 per person.
Contact: 011 5110081
- Horse riding, quad biking and picnics in the mountains
For more of the adventurous companion, Saddle Creek Ranch farm offers a day full off horse riding, quad biking and romantic one-on-one picnics in the renowned Magaliesberg Mountains. Couples are treated to a bouquet of flowers, chocolates and sparkling wines after a fun-filled afternoon exploring the mountains by themselves. Bring along picnic baskets filled with goodies to get the mood going on this special day. There’s nothing more that will enhance the spirits than taking in the beautiful views and atmosphere of the fresh Magaliesberg Mountains.
Price: R700 to R850 per person
Contact: 079 467 9906
- Mangwanani Love and Romance package
Mangwanani day spa offers a range of pampering experience for you and your loved one. The day spa offers a range of complete head-to-toe satisfying experiences. Feel a deep sense of intimacy with the person that matters most on this special day. The Love and Romance Package will give this special day “richness and meaning “according to Mangwanani. They offer a spa-and-stay combination which is the perfect getaway for you and your loved one. With this comes the Moonlight Night spa package which consists of 3 luxurious spa treatments and delicious traditional African food followed by a romantic night at an upmarket hotel. Also expect a beautiful bunch of roses in the hotel room upon arrival.
Price: R4698 per couple with accommodation at the Palazzo Hotel.
- Orlando Towers
These towers in the heart of Soweto were originally used as coal-fired power stations. They have now become one of the biggest landmarks in Johannesburg and also offer a range of adventure sports. There’s nothing that builds trust more than taking a leap of fate holding someone’s hand and plunging down between the Orlando towers (extra game points if you drop that in before jumping). Bungee jumping, abseiling, power swings and internal swings are among some of the cool activities offered at Soweto. Once you’ve caught your breath after these adrenalin-pumping activities, treat yourself to a romantic lunch for two at the various restaurants around the towers.
Ranges between R60 – R480.00 pp
Bungee jump: R480
Power swing: R360
Internal swing: R360
Abseil: R260 (Saturday only)
viewing platform: R60
So those are my 5 suggestions that for dates in Gauteng that are a little bit different and enjoyable for both parties. Try and do something that appeals to your partner’s interests and you’ll be in the pound seats – remember Durex is there if you do need to learn more about enjoying romance, the safe way – you’re more than likely going to need their goodies after these.