PICS: Top 10 date ideas to spoil that special someone on KZN’s South Coast

With its incredible natural landscape, quality restaurants and magnificent views, the south coast of KZN is the perfect place to plan a memorable date. And for romantics looking to spoil their partner with something incredibly unique, there are a number of top-notch date spots available in the paradise of the Zulu Kingdom.

“Whether you’re looking for a truly memorable place for a first date or just want to show your partner how much you care, then KZN South Coast is the place to visit. We have the most incredible venues for a laid-back occasion, as well as outdoor activities for the more adventurous couple. There really is something for everyone,” said Phhelisa Mangcu, CEO of Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT).

Picnic areas

What could be more romantic than enjoying a delicious picnic in a beautiful setting with a loved one? The south coast of KZN is home to 10 nature reserves that offer delightful picnic spots along the banks, near waterfalls, under the canopy of native trees. The botanical garden at Bellevue Guest Lodge and Eco Park in Ramsgate is also the perfect picnic spot, with some 200 native tree species, overlooking the Imbezane River. There are also beautiful accommodations for those wishing to extend their stay.

Helicopters, light aircraft and ULM flips

For couples who like a bit of adventure, admire the south coast of KZN from the sky with a flight in a helicopter, light aircraft or microlight. Experienced pilots from World of Wings, Airtrack Aviation and more are ready to make this date unforgettable by taking guests over oceans, forests, waterfalls and cities. And, with the annual Sardine Run show during the winter months, there’s a chance to spot whales, sharks and a host of other sea creatures in action!

Airtrack Aviation.

Eland Lake Game Reserve

Combine adventure and nature with a trip to the exquisite Lake Eland Game Reserve in the Oribi Gorge. Set the mood with a picnic lunch while admiring local wildlife, enjoying a couple’s fishing trip or going on a memorable game drive. Otherwise, get your heart pumping with a 4×4 excursion or a game of paintball!

Lake Eland Game Reserve – suspension bridge.

KwaXolo Cave Adventures

It is a date that will not be forgotten! Couples will take part in a guided hike up the mountain using a system of ropes and rungs attached to a rock face in the KwaXolo Caves, home to centuries-old San artwork. The views of the gorge and waterfall provide a romantic backdrop while a picnic is enjoyed after the excursion.

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Adventures in the KwaXolo Caves.

ANEW Resort Ingeli Forest Lodge

How about a romantic farmland retreat? Located in the farming town of Harding, beneath the captivating Ingeli Mountain and surrounded by native forests, is this beautiful lodge. There are spacious country rooms with great views for an overnight stay, as well as mountain trails for a romantic hike or bike ride. For those who want something a little different, there is also quad mini golf. Finish with a drink at Forester’s Bar and a romantic dinner.

ANEW Resort Ingeli Forest Lodge.

Boat cruise on the river

Nothing says a romantic date like a riverside boat cruise! There are plenty of such options along the southern KZN coast, such as from Umtamvuna River Lodge in Port Edward. Enjoy a scenic journey sipping cocktails and admiring breathtaking views while cruising on a luxury pontoon boat.

River cruise by boat.

Horseback riding on the beach

And now for something really different: a horseback ride on the beach for two! Selsdon Park Estate in Trafalgar offers couples this unique experience, catering to riders of all abilities, from beginners to equestrian experts. Discover the south coast of KZN on horseback, following trails that pass through farmland, coastal forests and beautiful sandy beaches.

Riding from Selsdon Park Estate.

Snorkeling Safari

Local tour operators are ready to take couples on a boat for an underwater date! The south coast of KZN is home to two marine protected areas – Protea Banks and Aliwal Shoal – both of which are teeming with colorful fish, rays and other exciting marine life. It’s especially exciting during the winter months when Sardine Run kicks off! Fortunately, the subtropical climate allows swimming all year round! For those who prefer to stay close to shore, there are plenty of rock pools and great snorkeling opportunities along the many beaches, five of which have Blue Flag status.

Dive. (Image credit: Aliwal Dive Center)

Appetizers

Whether you’re looking to end the day on a high or get the date started, then a sunset at one of KZN’s many popular spots on the south coast is on the cards. There are some fantastic local restaurants with great views to share a cocktail as a couple.

Appetizers. (Image credit: The Cellar Restaurant)

Spas

Finally, for a date that promises relaxation and rejuvenation, the south coast of KZN has a number of beautiful nature-based spas. Enjoy a couples massage or other relaxing treatment at one of the many ecological refuges and sanctuaries found in this beautiful location.

Spas. (Image credit: ANEW Resort Ingeli Forest Lodge)

For more information, visit www.visitkznsouthcoast.co.za

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