7 Valentine’s date ideas in Cape Town for under R200 per person

Posted by Anita Froneman on 7 February 2022

Valentine’s Day is a special occasion for couples who celebrate, and it’s always fun to do something exciting while spending quality time together. But, we’ve barely packed up our Christmas decorations and our wallets are still bearing the brunt of a December holiday well spent. That doesn’t mean you can’t plan a perfectly marvellous date with your loved one.

Here are seven romantic things to do in Cape Town, and they’re all under R200 per person.

1. Find your balance with stand up paddling

Stand up paddling is good exercise, improves your balance and of course, involves water and sunshine. The perfect combination for the perfect date. Race each other or just leisurely cruise the ocean, dam or canal, wherever you choose to paddle. SUP Cape town offers paddling on the sheltered canals around the V&A Waterfront, which is perfect for first-timers. Alternatively, rent some boards and take to the open ocean!

Try: SUP Cape Town 

Cost: R150 per person for 30 min

Contact: 071 603 8388

2. Rollerskate your heart out

When last did you lace up for some roller skating? Yes, it still exists, and it’s just as epic as it’s always been. If ice skating is not your forte, try this instead. Good laughs guaranteed.

Try: Rollercade

Cost: R150 per person for two hours

Contact: +27 72 064 3963

3. Flex your muscles at indoor rock climbing

Indoor rock climbing has become wildly popular in Cape Town because it’s not weather-dependent and is traditionally more novice-friendly than outdoor climbing. If it’s your first time, it’s a good idea to ask an instructor for some pointers.

Try: City Rock

Cost: From R110 per person per day, excludes equipment rental

Contact: 021 447 1326

4. Cheers to beer tasting

If you’re not super keen on an active date, and you’ve already tasted all the wine there is to taste, kick back and go beer tasting. South Africa produces excellent local beers, most of which are brewed in Cape Town. Learn more about the process of beer brewing and the different styles of beer, or just enjoy the experience and choose your favourite one.

Try: Cape Brewing Company at Paarl Spice Route

Cost: R55 per person for four beers

Contact: 021 863 2270

5. Love is… Volunteering at an animal shelter

If you and your partner are animal lovers, volunteering at a shelter for a day is a great opportunity to help take care of animals in need. Several charity organisations do wonderful work by rescuing abandoned or mistreated dogs and cats, and they’re always in need of people to help groom, walk or play with the furry friends in their care.

Try: Dead Animals Walking 

Cost: Free

Contact: 072 298 9086

6. I pick you!

Roses say romance, do they not? Flower picking is the new fruit picking, where some farms let you pick your own flowers for an exquisite personalised bouquet. You can stroll through rows and rows of brilliant colours and pick those that tickle your fancy. Chart Farm also has a charming farmstall and coffee shop.

Try: Chart Farm

Cost:  R7 per stem

Contact: +27 21 761 0434

7. Cycle around the city

Picture: Up Cycles

One way to see Cape Town in all its glory is from a bicycle saddle. Up Cycles has a great system that lets you pick up your bikes at any of three stations, and then lets you drop them off again at any of the three. You can find them in Camps Bay, Sea Point and at the V&A Waterfront. Stop along the way for coffee or ice cream, and most importantly, pictures!

Try: Up Cycles 

Cost: R90 per person per hour

Contact: 074 100 9161


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