Romantic outings in and around Joburg

Charming ways to spend quality time with your partner

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Vintage romance
A night on the town takes on an old-world charm when you’re in your own chauffeur-driven vintage automobile. At the Limo King, you can choose between classic vintage cars such as a Buick, Rolls-Royce, Bentley and a 1959 Mercedes-Benz convertible or a modern VW Beetle or Mini Cooper limo. Each car comes with a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine. Be driven around the winding roads of Houghton and Northcliff, with panoramic views of the city, to your favourite restaurant or cocktail bar knowing that your designated driver will get you home safely when the evening has wound down. Visit limo.co.za
 
Film fundis
Filmlovers can take in a film at the Bioscope in downtown Joburg. An independent cinema, the Bioscope is a unique exhibition space where couples can watch old art-house classics, discover small foreign films, or watch South African cinema. Talks, live performances and film festivals are also part of the line-up. The Bioscope Outdoor Cinema, situated on the rooftop of Main Street Life, offers another experience in which couples can indulge. Food and drinks are available. Visit thebioscope.co.za
 
Cooking for two
Bond with your loved one as you mix, chop, spice and learn to create new dishes to add to your repertoire. No more packet soups and takeaways; now you can learn cooking techniques for exotic Indian, Thai, Spanish or Japanese dishes. The theme of each class varies, so check what the school has scheduled to ensure you make the dishes that interest you. Classes are kept to a minimum of eight and a maximum of 12 people per class, so you receive personal attention and advice. Wicked Cooking School is situated at The Square Shopping Centre, Sunninghill. Visit wickedfood.co.za
 
Into the wild
Mosetlha Bush Camp & Eco Lodge is a rustic and intimate, unfenced bush camp nestling in the magnificent Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West Province. Raised wooden cabins with partly open sides are arranged around a central lapa. While there is no electricity, guests can expect hot water, meals prepared on the fire, tea, coffee and more. The unique wilderness experience is added to by the game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, where you could see the big five, wild dogs, and many more game and bird species. As Mosetlha is an eco lodge, you can also be sure that your visit will have a minimal ecological impact on the surroundings. Visit thebushcamp.com 
 
Peace of Bali
Spend quality time with your significant other as you both recharge in the exclusive award-winning Balinese-style spa at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel in Sandton. Rejuvenate, relax and restore in the exquisite bamboo forest gardens while you treat yourselves to a relaxing soak, a variety of facials, massage therapies, grooming and body treatments. Then finish off your date at the hotel with a delicious meal in Amuse-Bouche Food & Wine, the hotel’s award-winning flagship restaurant, or enjoy a refreshing signature cocktail and snacks at the Muse Champagne Room while watching the sun go down. Visit fairlawns.co.za
 
Gorge-ous getaway
Two-and-a-half hours away from Joburg, nestled in the gorge of the Steenkampsburg Mountains in Mpumalanga, you’ll find Forest Creek Lodge. Sip champagne while bathing under the stars in the bush bath, or enjoy an outdoor stone shower. Indulge in some pampering at the Forest Spa overlooking the gorge and enjoy a romantic private dinner under the gazebo. Feeling revitalised, take advantage of the fresh air and vast expanse of the gorge with a picnic at a waterfall, trout fishing, horse riding, clay-pigeon shooting, game drives and jet skiing. Visit forestcreek.co.za
 
Order in
You really need a date night! But you can’t find a babysitter, or maybe you just can’t face driving through traffic to get to a restaurant. Date Factory has the solution. This is an online shop specialising in date boxes – a box filled with all you need to have date night at home. Order a once-off date night box, or get a monthly subscription. You can choose a themed box, like the Mafia theme, or speciality boxes, such as the one for new parents. So whether it’s a special occasion, or that rare event when you both have the night off, open up your box and enjoy finding out what your date will entail. Visit datefactory.co.za
 
River meander
Navigate the Vaal River at a leisurely pace onboard a fully-equipped, self-catering Leisureliner 260 houseboat. As you meander through the river’s twists and turns you can fish, birdwatch, suntan and participate in watersports, or pay a visit to some of the attractions located around the Vaal: Emerald Resort and Casino, Riverside Lifestyle Resort and Stonehaven on Vaal among others. There is a minimum stay of two nights over weekends and three nights over long weekends. Visit cruise-n-snooze.co.za
 
City life
See the city at your own pace. Hop on and off City Sightseeing’s open-top red bus and explore Joburg’s sights, sounds and top attractions. There are various ticket options, from guided tours to one- or two-day hop-on hop-off tours. Explore the city centre and the suburbs, with stops at places like Gold Reef City, The Apartheid Museum, or The Grove in Braamfontein. Visit citysightseeing.co.za
 
Up at the lake
Early mornings and lazy afternoons can be spent rowing on Zoo Lake where you can observe a multitude of birds going about their daily routines. The park is a popular picnicking venue on weekends and public holidays. To avoid the crowds, make your way to the lake early in the morning and spend lunchtime at the nearby Moyo, or the many bistro-style restaurants that line the sidewalks of 4th Ave, Parkhurst. Rowing on the lake is available from May to August 9:30am–4:30pm and from September to April from 9:30am–5pm (closed on Mondays). Contact: 011 646 5803
 
Up, up and away
Rolling out of bed before the sun has risen might not sound like the ideal date, but it’s made worthwhile when you arrive at the launch site at Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris and hear the bellowing sounds of the multi-coloured hot air balloons being inflated. Once you’ve been briefed on what to expect from the hot-air balloon ride, you are escorted into the basket and whisked over the Magaliesberg mountain range, the Waterberg, or Mabula Game Reserve. The unforgettable experience is enhanced by the crisp morning light and the breakfast served at the Clubhouse Pavilion Restaurant after the flight. The ride takes place in the Magalies River Valley and is sure to leave you with cherished memories. Visit balloon.co.za

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