Although February is famously the month of love (and my birth month so I am particularly partial towards it) – I don’t believe romantic gestures and fun couple experiences should be reserved to a single day or month. So, to help you build lasting memories with your sweetheart, here are some special date ideas to enjoy around the Western Cape year-round!
Romantic and Special Date Ideas to Enjoy Around the Western Cape
With everything from fun, outdoorsy adventures to secret beach escapes and romantic meals for two, this list has something to suit every couple, love language and budget.
Without further ado, let’s look at some of the most special date ideas to enjoy with the one you love. 🙂
Competitive and Fun Outdoorsy Adventures for Two
If you are a couple who likes to hike, adventure or bike together, then this section is perfect for you.
Game Drive and Couples’ Archery at Thali Thali Game Lodge
If you are a couple with a competitive streak, then archery at Thali Thali Game Lodge near Langebaan, West Coast is the perfect outdoor activity for you.
Plus, let’s face it, we all look pretty cool standing, with a bow and arrow poised and ready to shoot… Cupid, take your shot!
If you prefer something a little less competitive but no less romantic – then why not factor in one of Thali Thali’s incredible game drives?
A wholesome meal at their restaurant with an optional overnight stay are also great ways to bond together at this unique nature farm and game lodge.
One of the most romantic and memorable experiences I have ever enjoyed with my partner was hiking and camping in the Cederberg Wilderness Area.
Aside from the fact that you scarcely see other humans – there is something really invigorating and special about disappearing to this wild, untamed place with your significant other.
If you love unique, memorable nature hikes and camping under the stars, this one is for you two.
Ziplining in the Hottentot Holland Mountains with Cape Canopy Tour
Another surprisingly fun and romance-inducing activity was our memorable ziplining adventure near Elgin.
Cape Canopy Tour’s family-friendly ziplining experience is great for all ages but is particularly lovely to enjoy as a couple.
Not only does it require a certain degree of courage, which builds trust between you both, but it also shows you another, more adventurous, adrenaline-loving side of your partner – perhaps one you never expected to find.
E-biking through Elgin Valley with Elgin Adventure Centre
Although I enjoyed this e-bike adventure with Elgin Adventure Centre as a solo travel trip, I have no doubt that it will be great fun for couples. Especially if you enjoy cycling or exploring new places together.
As a bonus, Elgin Adventure Centre offers a range of different outdoor-themed tours, so if e-biking isn’t for you, book one of their other experiences to enjoy together.
If Good Food and Drink is the Way to Their Heart…
They say food is the way to the heart… well, if that’s true of you and your lover, take a look at some of these foodie options:
An Elegant High Tea for Two at The Table Bay Hotel
Now, high teas might not be for everyone (especially for men) – but personally, I think they are an incredibly fun food experience for couples to enjoy together.
Not only are you feasting on the very best food – savoury and sweet alike – but it’s an excuse to dress up a bit and enjoy a more high-end date experience without breaking the bank.
If sophisticated food dates are your thing, book a high tea for two at The Table Bay Hotel.
Winelands Picnics Perfect for Two
Over the years, I have enjoyed several amazing picnics in the Cape Winelands and I have to say, this remains my favourite couples’ activity. (I also consider wine farm picnics a great way to pop the question!)
Not only is it romantic and fun but you get to spend quality time together at a slower pace, while feasting away on great food and (optional) wine.
Many of the estates around the Western Cape now offer picnics but some of the ones I can recommend from personal experience include:
Russian Tea Ceremony at Hazendal
This one might not be for every couple but again, if you love food and drink and a special, unique experience for two, I find Hazendal’s authentic Russian tea ceremony perfectly romantic and ideal for couples.
With a generous, fascinating array of treats (both savoury and sweet), a beautiful estate setting and excellent service, it’s hard to go wrong with this fun date idea.
Vergelegen Garden Stroll, with Lunch or a Picnic
Vergelegen, a historic gem tucked away in Somerset West, is one of my favourite wine farms around.
Not only is it perhaps one of the most beautiful, with a wide array of stunning garden spaces, elegant, well-maintained Cape Dutch buildings and family-friendly experiences but it’s a great estate for couples to explore together.
After a lengthy, magical self-guided tour of their gardens and buildings, why not stay for lunch at either Stables or Camphors – or enjoy one of their amazing, ‘white tablecloth’ picnics under the majestic, old Camphor trees?
MCC and Macaroon Tasting at Canto Wines
Another surprising pick but one that my partner and I both thoroughly enjoyed was Canto Wines’ popular MCC and Macaroon tasting.
There is something flirty, fun and relaxing about this unique pairing that makes it great for enjoying with close friends or your partner. Either way, this experience is sure to leaving you fizzing with warm, fuzzy feelings and sweetness!
Lindt Chocolate Studio’s Fun Chocolate Classes
This is something that has recently started growing in popularity as more and more Cape Town locals and visitors discover the hidden gem that is the Lindt Chocolate Studio in the trendy Silo District.
A few years ago, my partner and I had the fun, decadent experience of baking an indulgent chocolate cake with the Lindt master chocolatier and it was one of our stand-out dates of all-time.
We both loved the challenge of cooking in the kitchen with a group of strangers and leaving with a masterpiece that you can enjoy at home!
Best of all, if you both join in, you can each leave with your own baked goods… So if you each bake a cake, you really score!
Booking a guided class also often means you enjoy discounts at the Lindt store so it’s just another reason to enjoy this delicious offering!
Memorable Fine Dining at Gåte Restaurant
Another incredibly special date experience we enjoyed was a fine dining dinner at Gåte Restaurant at Quoin Rock.
Although this is by no means a cheap outing, I think sometimes in life, it’s worth splurging a bit on once-in-a-lifetime type experience that can be shared and savoured with the one you love.
Gåte has since changed head chefs a few times since we visited but the restaurant’s culinary mastery and elegant, sophisticated dining offering remain the same.
If dining at Gåte is a bit beyond your budget, don’t fret. The estate also offers lovely picnics now; these are equally ideal for a romantic winelands treat.
Soothing Weekend Lunches at The Kraal Restaurant
The Kraal Restaurant is one of the most special food experiences I have enjoyed to date – and in that same vein, it was also one of our best lunch dates
A weekend lunch at The Kraal is perfect for quality time with the one you love. Especially as it involves tucking into incredible, wholesome food and sublime wine at the same time!
Relaxed Beer Tasting and Lunch at The Franschhoek Beer Co
If you enjoy trying new craft beers as a couple, you are going to love The Franschhoek Beer Co! Even as a non-beer drinker, I was blown out of the water by their incredible craft beers, mindful approach and above all, beautiful eatery and brewery setup.
This is definitely one of Franschhoek’s understated local gems and a place I think more couples and families need to discover!
Aside from their impressive drinks menu – which includes everything from beer tastings to their very own G&T – The Franschhoek Beer Co also offers an excellent food menu. This makes it the perfect spot for a fun, yet relaxing lunch date.
Dreamy Picnic or Luncheon at The Table at De Meye
While the estate itself is like something straight out of the pages of Country Life, the restaurant offering is what really seals the deal for me.
The Table at De Meye has changed hands in recent times but I absolutely love what the new owners are doing with it. In addition to their famous, highly rated winelands lunches, they also recently launched the dreamiest picnic offering around.
I have enjoyed several incredible wine farm picnics and it’s always hard to choose a favourite – but De Meye’s picnic offering ranks pretty much top of my list at present.
Best of all, both their picnics and lunches are hugely romantic and ideal for couples, friends and families alike to enjoy.
Franschhoek Wine Tram: Wine Farm Hopping for a Day
This experience is ideal for locals and visitors alike because it allows you to explore several incredible Franschhoek wine farms in one fun, jam-packed day.
Depending on the line you choose and the estates, you can enjoy a unique array of offerings. All in addition to your fun hop-on, hop-off wine farm adventure.
The tram ticket is not inclusive of meals, wine tastings and picnics or cellar tours. However, at some estates, as a tram visitor, you can enjoy selected discounts.
I think this is a really fun, outdoorsy offering. It is great for both wine lovers and non-wine drinkers because you can to see and do so much in one memorable day trip!
Blissful Nature Experiences for You and Your Love
Few things are more romantic and grounding than a blissful escape to nature with the one you love.
Whether that’s a soothing sunset drive along the coastline; a lazy day at the beach or a fun day’s exploring, nature is where your love can really flourish.
A Day’s Adventuring at Cape Point Nature Reserve
Cape Point Nature Reserve is always top of my must-visit list when people ask me for local travel recommendations.
This uniquely beautiful, fiercely wild place offers so much for all ages to see, do and enjoy.
Whether you like to discover secret beaches; check out old lighthouses; stand atop impressive coastal cliff faces, with wild white horses crashing far below you; or simply enjoy viewing some of the Cape’s incredible fauna and flora in their natural habitat, this reserve is for you.
I find Cape Point Nature Reserve to be hugely fun and exciting for couples too. Because with a classy restaurant offering, gorgeous reserve beaches, braai and picnic spots and more, it is the perfect adventure for two.
A Visit to Boulders Beach or Stony Point Penguin Colonies
Boulders Beach and its famous, adorable resident penguin colony need very little introduction. But Stony Point is a lesser known but equally thrilling reserve, home to penguins.
Personally, I adore both for a variety of different reasons. But if you are after a uniquely lovely day out, then you can’t go wrong with either Boulders or Stony Point. Especially as it means seeing these amazing little tuxedoed dudes!
If you are heading to Stony Point Nature Reserve, another special, romantic highlight is Clarence Drive. With this coastal drive thrown in, it’s essentially a two-for-one date experience!
These are just some of the most special date ideas you can enjoy around the Western Cape with your love! 🙂
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Author: Tamlyn Ryan
Content writer by day and blogger by night, Tamlyn Ryan passionately runs her own travel blog, called Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust, from her home base of Cape Town, South Africa. And, despite a national diploma in Journalism, in her free time, Tamlyn’s preferred niche remains travel writing.
Tamlyn is a hopeless wanderer, equipped with an endless passion for road trips, carefully planned, holiday itineraries and, above all else, an innate love for the great outdoors.