TOP 3 CAR DATES THAT WILL DAZZLE YOUR VALENTINE!
The upside of an affordable car rental is that you have more left to spend on that special someone. So, this Valentine's Day, if you're looking for something completely different, ditch the overcrowded restaurants and try one of these three car-related dates:
1. TAKE A SCENIC DRIVE WITH A FEW ROMANTIC STOPS ALONG THE WAY.
There's nothing better to get the mood going than a scenic, sunset drive. And because we are blessed with one of the most beautiful countries, there are loads of routes to choose from, no matter where you are.
The Garden Route
Rated as one of the most beautiful coastal drives in the country, The Garden Route meanders for 800km between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.
Chapman's Peak Drive
Between Noordhoek and Hout Bay is the winding road of Chapman's Peak, more fondly know as 'Chappies'. It overlooks the turquoise Atlantic Coast on the southwestern tip of South Africa.
Forming the Magalies Meander is the drive from Pretoria to Magaliesburg. Offering splendid viewpoints of the koppies and grasslands.
Midlands Meander Drive
Also known as the Arts and Crafts route, The Midlands Meander takes you through the most picturesque countryside, among lush forests, towering mountains, lakes and idyllic roadside cafés and villages.
2. HIT A DRIVE-THRU AND THEN HAVE A PICNIC.
Don't have enough cash for flowers or a restaurant dinner? Why not hit the drive-thru and head somewhere scenic for a picnic.
What to bring:
- • A spacious picnic blanket
- • Citronella candles to keep the bugs away, and some regular candles to set the mood.
- • An old-fashioned woven picnic basket.
- • An ice bucket to keep your drinks chilled.
- • Some hand-picked flowers which you can place in a CONSOL glass.
- • A blanket in case the weather turns cold.
- • And of course, your delicious take out.
3. STARGAZE IN NATURE.
Tired of the hustle and bustle of the city? Why not get out of town and spend the evening stargazing with the one you love most. There is really nothing more romantic!
Maropeng Visitor Centre, Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng
Escape the city light and pollution for an intro to astronomy with resident astronomer Vincent Nettman. Enjoy dinner and drinks before taking on the telescope.
Golden Gate Highlands National Park, Free State
The Golden Gate Highlands provides a sense of space unknown by city dwellers. Take a sneaky stargazing weekend trip and embrace the massive Free State night sky.
Kruger National Park, Limpopo
Head to South Africa's most iconic game-viewing destination and the second-largest park in all of Africa to see some of the most beautiful star-studded skies.
The Cederberg, Western Cape
About 240 kilometres from Cape Town are the Cederberg Mountains. Located high within this landscape is the Cederberg Astronomical Observatory —a perfect spot for gazing at the stars.