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If you and your loved one find yourselves at a loss for what to do on Valentine’s Day in Durban and don’t fancy cramming into a red, loved-up restaurant alongside hundreds of other couples, then here are some ideas that are a tad more adventurous.

While dinner is always great, add some flavour to the evening by packing a picnic basket and blanket and setting yourselves down in a grassy area with some live background music for good measure.  Guys show your ladies that you love her enough to enjoy a spa treatment beside her , even if it means having your back exfoliated or temples massaged with oils.

Go for a walk in a beautiful area, take her to the theatre or if you want to really to really escape, go to a place where your cell phone doesn’t work and there are more wild animals than people.

In Durban many opportunties abound to get creative. Here are some ideas to make your Valentine’s day a spectacular one.

Music at the Lake

Enjoy a picnic beneath the stars whilst enjoying one of South Africa’s greatest bands, Mango Groove as part of Old Mutual’s ‘Music at the Lake’ concert series.

Venue: Durban Botanical Gardens

Date: 14 February 2011

Time: Concert starts at 19:00 pm with Thomas Krane performing.

Price: Early Bird Ticket Price is R100 or R120 on the day (www.ticketbreak.co.za)

Contact: Tel 031-309-1170

Valentine Couples Spa Getaway

Pamper yourself and your partner at Heaven on Earth Day Spa with this special which includes 1 Night accommodation, spa treatments (Hotstone body massage, Indian Head Massage, back exfoliation), candlelit jacuzzi soak along with champagne and chocolates.

Venue: Heaven on Earth Day Spa, Musgrave, KwaZulu Natal

Date: 14 February 2011

Time: Spa is open from 9:00 to 17:00 (Monday to Saturday)

Price: R2200 ( per couple)

Contact: 0861-771-772

Playhouse Company and KZN Philharmonic Valentine’s Concert

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, a top line-up of vocalists, dancers and musicians will be performing and wow you with their array of talents.

Venue: The Playhouse Opera Theatre, 231 Smith Street, Durban

Date: 12 February 2011

Time: 19:30 pm

Price: R120 and R135

Contact: Bookings at Computicket 083-915-8000, www.playhousecompany.com

Weekend Away at Tala Game Reserve

Escape the city and experience a valentine’s safari just outside Durban. Choose a two night stay in a luxury lodge or a Valentine’s Day lunch to mark the occasion.

Venue: Tala Game Reserve

Date: Offers valid for the first two weekends of February 2011

Contact: Tel 031-781-8000, Bookings Essential reservations@tala.co.za

Sunrise in a Hot Air Balloon

Experience a magical view of the Drakensberg Mountains and surrounds just as the sun is coming up only to return to an Alfresco Champagne Breakfast

Venue: Take-off from a site near Kamberg Valley on Angels Way Farm

Price: R2400 per person

Contact: Tel 073-334-7911, www.skyadventures.co.za/balloon.htm

A Canoe Trip up Beachwood Mangrove creek

Why not start with a lovely stroll along side the river before paddling along the canoe trail and perhaps end of with a picnic at Beachwood Mangroves

Venue: Umgeni River Bird Park, Riverside Road Durban

Contact: Tel 031-211-303

Lover’s Ball

Whisk your partner off to a dinner and dance hosted by the dance band The Dukes Combo.  Food can be pre-arranged or you can pack your own champers and dinner.

Venue: DLI Hall in Durban

Date: 13 February

Price: R 80

Contact: For tickets call 031-309-4280



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