Valentine’s Day is less than 24 hours away! We all know that making plans for this special day can be tricky. You want it to be special and memorable, but you don’t want to put too much pressure on one day.

Since this February 14 falls on a Friday – a workday for most – organising a special outing proves to be even more of a challenge.

Perhaps you haven’t had time to think of plans, or maybe the pressure got to you. Whatever the reason for your lack of arrangements, you’re probably scurrying to organise a fun evening out.

Here are some ideas for your last minute Valentine’s Day plans:

1. A full package of fun at Hazendal Wine Estate 

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Treat your loved one to a couple’s photoshoot (with a professional photographer) in Hazendal Wine Estates iconic Pavillion or next to a 1935′ Bently drop-head coupe to ensure it’s a Valentine’s Day you’ll remember for years to come.

After your shoot, you’ll be treated to a delicious 7-course dinner at the Avant-Garde Restaurant.

Book at [email protected] or call 021 205 5620

Price: R950 per person

2. Picturesque picnic at Kirstenbosch Gardens

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Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens announced that they would stay open for an extra hour this Friday. This will allow for some extra time to roam the garden, see the sights, and snack on a picnic with your significant other. Perfect for a last minute plan.

They are also offering picnic baskets for pre-order from Moyo and Kirstenbosch Tea room. Pre-order picnics prices range from R220 – R250.

Entrance into Kirstenbosch is R75 for adults and R40 for students (with a student card).

3. A special kind of movie night 

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The Galileo Open Air Cinema is having a special Valentine’s Day movie screening.

Picture this. As you enter the Nooitgedacht Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, you’re treated to a complimentary drink and some Frey chocolates. You sit on the beautiful lawns and notice the themed decor, while the talented Ezra Lingeveldt croons in the background.

After watching a stunning sunset in the Winelands with your special someone by your side, you’re treated to a screening of the romantic dramady, About Time.

If this sounds like something you’d enjoy, then book your tickets now at

Ticket prices:  R250 (includes a backrest, blanket, welcome drink, heart lollipop, Frey chocolate and themed décor)

4. Gourmet picnic from The Kitchen Collective 

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Order and collect a Gourmet picnic box to treat your loved one to a meal made with love. In the box, you’ll receive artichoke tapenade, beetroot and mint hummus, salmon and dill pate with melba toast, plump prawns and avo with a creamy pink mayo on a toasted brioche bun, orzo pasta salad and much more!

Order at [email protected] or whatsapp 072 041 1038

Price: R685 per picnic box for two

5. Speed dating for singles at The Cape Wheel 

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This one’s for the singles looking to mingle! If you don’t have somebody special to spend this Valentine’s Day with, worry not. This is your chance to put yourself out there and possibly even secure your plans for next year…no pressure.

Meet me at the Wheel‘ is a Valentine’s Day speed dating session. Take a ride on the Cape Wheel, see the city from a new perspective, and have some first date chats all at the same time.

In order to take part, you’ll have to send an application request to [email protected] and pay an application fee of R300. You’ll get a 20-minute speed dating session ride on the Cape Wheel and a complimentary drink.

You never know, this could be the ride of your life!

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