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Avid adventurers, daring thrill seekers, die-hard adrenalin junkies, and anyone & everyone eager to take a walk on the Mother City’s wild side this Valentine’s Day – This is for you!

The good ‘ol 14th of February – AKA VALENTINE’S DAY – is fast approaching! If you’re looking to swap out romance and chocolates for thrill and adventure, wonder slightly off the ‘typical’/ same-old been-there-done-that Valentine’s Day path, and get both your and your Valentine’s blood pumping, you’ve definitely come to the right place.

Beyond Cape Town’s obvious natural beauty, electrifying energy, and endless array of things to do, see, explore, and experience, the Mother City is every bit as bold, brazen, daring, and adventurous as they come – and oh how she loves showing off her wonderful wild side!

Boasting some of the most exhilarating experiences, adrenaline-inducing activities, and once-in-a-lifetime bucket-list worthy adventures in the world, Cape Town is any thrill-seeker and adventure enthusiast’s dream come true – Now you and your partner get to experience it ALL this Valentine’s Day in Cape Town – how lucky are you?

Here are some of the most thrilling and exciting Valentine’s Day experiences in Cape Town for adventurers and avid thrill seekers, all of which will get your Valentine’s heart racing in the very best way!

Have a look at our other Valentine’s Day in Cape Town blogs for some more GREAT & ROMANTIC Valentine’s Day ideas:


#Go paragliding with Cape Hope Paragliding

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Photo credit: Cape Hope Paragliding

Calling all adrenaline junkies – this one is for you! There are few things more exhilarating than an adrenaline-filled paragliding experience or an unforgettable paragliding sightseeing tour over the glorious city of Cape Town. This makes going on an adventure-filled tandem paragliding adventure with Cape Hope Paragliding a bucket-list worthy experience that both you and your partner will remember for many years to come.

Enjoying a beautiful, unforgettable, and exciting Tandem Paragliding Flight from either Signal Hill, Lion’s Head or the Cape Winelands with your significant other is not only one of the best things to do on Valentin’s Day in Cape Town but gives you the opportunity to tick a thrilling adventure off your bucket-list!

  • Location: 1, Signal Hill, Cape Town
  • Note: You will either fly from Lions Head or Signal Hill depending on the weather conditions on the day of your flight | You will always meet at the very end of Signal Hill road by the parking area, from there Cape Hope Paragliding’s skilled and highly experienced instructors will assess the weather conditions and wind direction and decide whether the flight will take place from Signal Hill or Lions Head | Once you arrive, ask for Cape Hope Paragliding.
  • Contact details: [email protected] | 076 286 5106 | For more information visit their website
  • Click here to book
  • Instagram@capehopeparagliding
  • Facebook: @capehopeparagliding

#Kayaking With African Penguins

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Photo credit: Atlantic Outlook

Why not celebrate Valentine’s Day with an unforgettable kayaking ocean adventure and the cool and charismatic African Penguins right by your side? While the beloved African Penguins may be the only ones wearing a tuxedo on this Valentine’s Day date, you won’t be mad about it one bit.

There are several ways to see these playful ocean beings loving life and thriving in their natural habitat, the most popular being the African Penguin viewing site at Boulders Beach and going kayaking with them in Simonstown.

This is one exciting Valentine’s Day experience neither you nor your loved one will ever forget.

#Lions Head Sunset Hike

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Lions Head summit sunset anyone? Standing tall at 669 meters above sea level, the roaring Lion of the Mother City skyline is not only one of the Mother City’s most beloved mountain gems and top hiking trails, but one of the most beautiful sunset spots in Cape Town too – Talk about a triple threat!

While you may need to put in some extra effort, and a bit of hard hiking graft to reach the Lions Head summit; It will ALL be worth it in the end. Boasting spectacular panoramic views of Table Mountain, the Atlantic ocean, Signal Hill, the glorious Mother City and beyond, the view alone is bound to render you speechless – Pair it with a sensational Lions Head summit sunset and a romantic picnic 669 meters above sea level, and you’ve got yourself an unbelievable Cape Town Valentine’s Day date experience you and your Valentine won’t soon forget.

Valentine’s Day In Cape Town - Best Sunset Spots in Cape Town
Sunset view from Lions Head
  • Important Note: Depending on what time you start your Valentines Lions Head sunset hiking adventure, chances are you will most likely need to make your way down the mountain in the dark. While the Mother City will provide some natural light, it is absolutely VITAL that you are fully prepared – and that means taking a torch, headlamp, or some source of portable light along to ensure you navigate your way down Lions Head safely.
  • Starting point: The Lion’s Head hiking trail starts at the car park on Signal Hill Road. Follow the trail which circles around the mountain to get to the top.
  • End point: The end point of the hike is the Lion’s Head Summit. Once you reach the summit, make your way down the same way until you reach the initial starting point.
  • Average time to the summit: It takes approximately 1,5 hours to reach the summit at a comfortable pace | The Lion’s Hike is a 3hour round trip.
  • As the sun sets at +/- 8pm in the summer, it is important to time your hike just right | During summer we recommend starting your Lions Head sunset hike between 6pm and 6:30 pm (depending on your hiking pace and overall fitness level).
  • On the opposite end of the spectrum, the sun sets at +/- 6pm – 7pm in autumn and winter. This means it’s essential to start your Lions Head sunset hike much earlier.

**Check out our ‘Hiking Lions Head Cape Town: Everything You Need To Know’ blog for everything there is to know regarding hiking Lions Head, including information, guidelines, and insights pertaining to the hiking routes as well as what you can expect, the things you will need, tips, tricks, and so much more.

#Al Fresco Picnic At Quoin Rock Wine Farm

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Photo credit: Quoin Rock
  • Where: Quoin Rock Wine Estate, Knorhoek Road, Knorhoek Valley, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
  • Contact details: 021 888 4750 | [email protected]
  • Website: Click here to visit the Quoin Rock Website
  • Book: Click here to book online

Why not celebrate Valentine’s Day with a lovely picnic in the Cape Winelands? Quoin Rock has put together the perfect romantic picnic experience just for the two of you. Let’s be honest, nothing beats an al fresco picnic in a beautiful natural environment, complimented by a stunning backdrop, sensational views, shared with the one you love.

Encompassing the very best of outdoor al fresco dining, elevated by a private custom-made picnic pergola, chic and comfortable seating, personally dedicated service, a delicious picnic feast, and a delectable selection of Quoin Rock wines, Quoin Rock is fully committed to ensuring that both you and your significant other enjoys every second of your experience together.

**Your wine farm picnic basket includes freshly-baked French baguette with roast tomato butter; rocket pesto, Dalewood cheese selection, Jewels meat selection, a variety of salads, beef fillet and a delicious dessert to end your meal. Unlimited still or sparkling water is included. Of course, their famous Quoin Rock wines make the ideal Valentine’s Day picnic accompaniment.

**Quoin Rock also offers a fully vegetarian picnic feast upon request, as well as an amazing children’s picnic menu.

Visit the Quoin Rock website to find out more as well as for the vital details regarding the Quoin Rock Picnic Booking Information.

Check out our ‘Quoin Rock’ blog for everything you need to know about one of the Western Cape’s most remarkable and renowned Wine Estates and everything they have to offer.  

#Go on An Aerial Cable Way ride up Table Mountain

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Going on an Aerial Cable Way ride up the world-renowned Table Mountain is not only one of the most sought-after experiences in Cape Town, but one of the top things to do on Valentine’s Day in Cape Town for all adventures and those looking to do something different with their loved ones.

There are few things that compare to the view from the top of one of the New7Wonders of Nature. Plus, you get to tick something truly exceptional off your Cape Town bucket-list. Whether you’re young or young at heart, going on a Valentine’s Aerial Cableway Ride up Table Mountain is one adventure you’ll undoubtedly remember for decades to come.

#Take a Valentine’s Trip to Cape Point

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Cape Point is undoubtedly one of Cape Town’s most magnificent natural wonders and sought-after attractions. Located approximately 60km south west of the city of Cape Town, at the very tip of the Cape Peninsula, Cape Point is the ultimate mecca for nature lovers and adventure seekers. And, in this case, love birds too!

Besides its unapologetic natural beauty, Cape Point boasts a rich diversity of fauna and flora, secret beaches, endless adventure experiences, and some of the most thrilling hiking trails in the Western Cape. This means your Valentine’s Day exploring, discovering, and experiencing everything the remarkable natural wonder that is Cape Point has to offer promises to be filled with tons of fun, excitement, beauty, adventure, hidden gem discoveries, and so much more.

With so much to do, see, and experience, taking a trip to Cape Point is definitely one of the top and most exciting things to do in Cape Town this Valentine’s Day.

Check out our blog to find out more about ‘The Top 5 Things To Do At Cape Point Anytime Of The Year’If you’re an avid hiker, we’ve put together everything you need to know about the ‘Best Cape Point Hiking Trails’.

#Watch The Sunset From The Chapman’s Peak Look-out Cave

**Secret Sunset Spot**

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Are you and your Valentine up for a sneaky sunset cave adventure? Beyond Chapmans Peak’s unapologetic sweep-you-off-your-feet natural beauty, sensational views and surroundings, this magnificent coastal road is also known for its incredible and exciting hidden gems and stunning secret spots scattered along the route – One of which being the Chapmans Peak secret Look-out Cave – Which is by far one of the best and most enchanting secret sunset spots in the Mother City!

Like all of the Mother City’s best kept secrets, you may need to wander a little bit off the beaten path to find this sunset hidden gem… But it’s all part of the adventure!

Make your way along Chapman’s Peak Drive until you reach the famous Chapmans Peak Lookout Point – This is where the real Valentine’s Day sunset adventure begins!

Positioned just below the pass, you’ll have to climb over the railing and carefully make your way down the mountainside to reach the Look-out Cave. Once you’ve discovered and safely made your way down to this cool secret cave hideaway and stunning secret sunset spot, it’s time to simply sit back, relax, and soak it all in. The sheltered sand-stone cave boasts the perfect view over Hout Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, stretching far beyond what the eye can see.

An extra bonus is that the Look-out Cave has enough space for you to enjoy a romantic picnic and a few sneaky sundowners (so make sure you pack everything you need) paired with one hell of a view. What more could you possibly ask for this Valentine’s Day in Cape Town?

  • Location: M6 | Chapmans Peak Drive, Atlantic Seaboard, Cape Town
  • Best time: Sunset

#Visit Crystal Pools

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Go on the ultimate adventure this Valentine’s Day in Cape Town with a thrilling and jam-packed visit to one of the most sought-after and stunning natural gems in the Western Cape – The Crystal Pools.

Crystal Pools is one of Gordon’s Bay and Cape Town’s best kept secrets and bucket-list destinations. Located approximately 90 minutes outside of Cape Town, Crystal Pools boasts incredible hiking trails which lead to a series of mountain pools situated within a beautiful Valley known as the Steenbras River Gorge. Both the Steenbras River Gorge and Crystal Pools forms part of the renowned Steenbras Nature Reserve, with the hiking trail following the Palmiet River up the gorge.

Crystal Pools, the Steenbras River Gorge, and Steenbras Nature Reserve offers hikers, adventurers, and anyone eager to explore the great outdoors the ultimate escape from the hustle and hype of the city.

Need to know information:

  • Location: Kogelberg Nature Reserve | Greater Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, Steenbras Nature Reserve (via N2 and R44), Helderberg Rural, Cape Town
  • Operating hours: Office hours: 7:30am – 4pm | Steenbras River Gorge and Crystal Pools hiking trail bookings: Monday – Friday (excluding public holidays): 9:00am – 2:00pm
  • Steenbras River Gorge & Crystal Pools operating hours: Hiking trails are only open from 1 November to 30 April each year (closed during winter months) | Hiking trail operating hours are from sunrise – sunset: 6am – 6pm | Steenbras River Gorge & Crystal Pools Hiking Trail operating times may differ slightly according to sunrise and sunset times throughout November – April
  • Entrance Fees / Cost: Entry fee for Steenbras River Gorge: R75 per person | Entry fee for the Steenbras hiking trails: R25 per person | For more information and a detailed list of costs please contact 021 444 6927 or [email protected]
  • Contact details: General enquiries: [email protected] | Booking queries: 021 856 9622 | 021 856 9623 | 021 856 9620 | [email protected] | Emergency number: 021 444 6927 | 021 957 4725
  • Distance from Cape Town: +/- 65km – 80km (depending on route)
  • Steenbras River Gorge & Crystal Pools Hiking Trail Carrying Capacity: To ensure that the hiking trails don’t get too crowded, a maximum of 50 people are allowed per day | It is essential to book as early as possible to avoid disappointment
  • Essential Crystal Pools Hiking Trail Requirements: You cannot gain access to the area / hike any of Steenbras River Gorge or Crystal Pools’ Hiking Trails without a valid pre-booked and paid permit containing a unique QR Code & proof of identification (driver’s license, ID card, or passport)
  • Hiking Trail Permits: To pre-book your Steenbras River Gorge & Crystal Pools permit email [email protected] with ALL relevant information, including the date of your visit and the size of your party / group (a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 10 people are allowed per group) | One permit per person is required | You can only acquire a permit via email, not at the gate | You must pre-book your hiking permit at least two to five working days before your visit |The hiking permit does not authorize abseiling activities

Check out our ‘Crystal Pools’ blog for everything you need to know about Crystal Pools and all its incredible hiking trails, rock pools, exhilarating experiences, hidden gems, fauna, flora, and biodiversity, and exciting secret spots to visit.  

#Go On An Exhilarating Valentine’s Hike

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Time to go on the ultimate Valentine’s Day hiking adventure! The Cape Town hiking scene is thriving, thrilling and like nothing you’ve experienced before. There is no better way to explore all the scenic beauty, landscapes, mountain ranges and natural gems the Mother City has to offer than by going on the ultimate hike. Cape Town boasts an extensive and exciting variety of hiking trails to choose from, catering to all fitness and experience levels.

Some of the top hiking trails in Cape Town include: The Pipe TrackLion’s HeadKasteelpoort Hiking Trail; Maclear’s Beacon; Platteklip GorgeKloof Corner; Devil’s Peak; Nursery Ravine Hiking TrailIndia Venster; Tygerberg Nature Reserve; Constantia Corner Hiking Trail; Constantia Nek to Kirstenbosch; Skeleton Gorge; Chapman’s Peak; Krom River Trail, Watrefall HikeCape Point Hiking Trails; Jonkershoek Nature Reserve; Little Lion’s Head and so much more! Cape Town truly is any hiker’s dream come true.

To add a bit more thrill to Cape Town’s already exhilarating hiking scene, here are a few overnight hiking trails avid hikers can look forward to – adding some extra excitement and romance to your Valentine’s Day Cape Town hiking adventure.

#Go on the Franschhoek Wine Tram | The Perfect Valentine’s Day Wine Experience

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Photo credit: Franschhoek Wine Tram

Known as one of the Western Cape’s most highly acclaimed Wine Routes, a visit to the renowned Franschhoek Wine Route undoubtedly deserves to be on every wine lover’s bucket-list. By far the best, and certainly the most exciting, way to experience everything Franschhoek has to offer is by going on the famous Franschhoek Wine Tram. It combines the breath-taking scenery of Franschhoek with the region’s exceptional range of world-class wines for a truly unique and unforgettable hop-on-hop-off Cape Town wine experience.

The Franschhoek Wine Tram is a combination of a double-decker bus and tram ride that allows you to hop on and off at the various wine farms on your chosen itinerary. All you have to do is pick your chosen wine route, sit back, and enjoy the sweeping vineyard and mountain vistas as you make your way to your destined wine farm. This exciting Cape Winelands experience offers approximately 8 different routes / lines to choose from with each route including anywhere from 6 – 10 Franschhoek wineries that you’ll get to visit. Click here to find out more about the various Franschhoek Wine Tram lines / routes.

You are free to hop on and off at the various wine estates on your chosen route. Once you hop off at one of your chosen wine estates, you have a 35 – 60-minute time window before the next bus or tram arrives. You are more than welcome to stay for an additional hour or two at any of the wineries, however, this means you’ll need to forfeit another winery along the way – it’s completely up to you!

One thing is for certain, the Franschhoek Wine Tram is one Cape Town bucket-list adventure everyone should get to experience at least once in their lives – why not on Valentine’s Day with your significant other loving and experiencing every second along with you?

#Go On A Valentine’s Roadtrip Along The Cape West Coast

Time for a Cape Town west coast roadtrip! Cape Town’s west coast is home to some of the most authentic and charming coastal towns, each offering something unique and exciting to explore and experience. Besides beautiful beaches, stunning nature reserves, and captivating fishing villages, the Cape west coast boasts some of the best local seafood in the entire Western Cape. And that’s merely scratching the Cape West Coast surface!

Considered somewhat of a Cape Town hidden gem, the Cape West Coast is jam-packed with unapologetic natural beauty, a treasure chest of secret spots and hidden treasures and some of the most picturesque beaches in the world. It will almost feel like you’ve escaped to a whole new world entirely all without really leaving the city at all.

Taking a trip up the Cape west coast should undoubtedly be on everyone’s Cape Town bucket-list. Not to mention it’s the perfect holiday adventure-filled Valentine’s Day experience.

**Bloubergstrand, Langebaan, Paternoster, Jacobsbaai, Saldanha Bay, Elands Bay, and Yzerfontein are just some of the west coast gems you should visit. Have a look at our ‘Top 5 Places to Visit on the Cape West Coast’ blog to find out more.

#Valentine’s Day Special Screening at The Galileo

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Photo credit: The Galileo Open Air Cinema

Known as the ultimate outdoor cinema and movie experience in the Mother City, enjoying a screening at the Galileo Open Air Cinema is by far one of the top things to do this Valentine’s Day in Cape Town, and certainly one of the most fun and romantic too – Making for the perfect Cape Town Valentine’s date night out.

There are few things quite as exciting as enjoying a screening of one of your all-time favourite movies under the Mother City moonlight and starry Cape Town night sky. But, getting to do it with your partner, crush, significant other, or special someone by your side just makes it extra special.

**Note: As this is one of the Mother City’s most sought-after experiences, tickets can sell out quite fast. So, make sure you book yours as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!

**Extra Note: Click here to book a romantic screening of the movie ‘The Proposal’ taking place this Valentine’s Day – 14 February 2024 – at Nooitgedacht Estate.

Check out our The Galileo Open Air Cinema’ blog for everything you need to know about this not-to-be-missed experience. You can also visit The Galileo Open Air Cinema website for more information, updates, along with their jam-packed movie line-up.

#See the African Penguins at Boulders Beach

Seeing the African Penguins in their natural habitat is by far one of the top things to do in Cape Town all-year round. The famous Boulders Beach is not only home to a thriving population of African Penguins, but it is one of the only places in the world where you can get up close and personal with these cool and charismatic ocean locals. This makes visiting the African Penguin colony at Boulders Beach a bucket-list worthy adventure in every way as well as one of the best Valentine’s Day experiences in Cape Town.

In addition to Boulders Beach, Stony Point Nature Reserve in Betty’s Bay is also home to an African Penguin viewing site and one of the largest successful breeding colonies of African Penguins in the world. 

**Note: Visitors will need to pay an entrance fee (which forms part of a conservation project) to gain access to the Penguin Viewing Site and Boulders Beach. Your ticket is valid for the entire day. You can choose to exit and re-enter as it suits you (this only applies to the day your ticket was purchased). 

#Picnic at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

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A romantic picnic in a beautiful location is one Valentine’s classic that will never lose its charm. If you’re looking to take your Valentine’s Day picnic to the next level, having the magnificent Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens as your setting and backdrop will undoubtedly make it one to remember.

Besides enjoying a lovely picnic on the lush lawns of Kirstenbosch, paired with a stunning view of Table Mountain and the garden’s surrounding greenery, Kirstenbosch Gardens offers so much more to do, see, and experience. Giving you the opportunity to add a bit of fun and adventure to your Valentine’s Day out.

Boasting endless stretches of lush greenery, lovely lawns, age-old trees, secret waterfalls and flowing streams, a glorious diversity of flora entirely indigenous to Cape Town, and spectacular views and surrounding scenery, this natural gem creates a breathtakingly beautiful and romantic setting for an unforgettable day spent in the Mother City.

To make this special occasion even more enthralling, Kirstenbosch boasts hidden rock pools, forest escapes under the trees, secret waterfalls, the infamous Treetop Canopy Walk (known as the ‘Boomslang’), and lovely pathways complimented by incredible views of Table Mountain.

**To find out more about Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, have a look at our ‘Top 5 Reasons To Visit Kirstenbosch Gardens’ blog

**Entrance tickets can be purchased online at Webtickets.

#Romantic sunset drive along Chapman’s Peak Drive

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Sunset, scenic views, and a sense of romance in the air – taking a sunset drive along Chapmans Peak is by far one of the top things to do in Cape Town this Valentine’s Day.

Named one of the most magnificent coastal drives in the world, Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of Cape Town’s most sought-after attractions. This captivating coastal road ribbons along the Atlantic coastline between Hout Bay and Noordhoek. Besides showcasing some of the most sensational views over the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll pass rugged mountains, picturesque white-sand beaches, and vibrant fishing harbors along the way.

If you’re looking to experience something extra special and romantic, nothing beats a sunset drive along the amazing Chapman’s Peak Drive. It isn’t known as one of the best sunset spots in the city for nothing.

** Important note: Chapman’s Peak Drive may be closed during severe weather, or because of road maintenance. Contact the customer service line (021 791 8220) or visit their Facebook page or website to check the current status.

  • Location: M6 | Chapmans Peak Drive, Atlantic Seaboard, Cape Town
  • Best time: Best during daylight hours | Particularly beautiful at sunset
  • Cost: Chapman’s Peak Drive is a toll road, and as such requires as toll tariff fee. Each category of vehicle pays a different tariff and the tariff is applicable in each direction.
  • Toll Details: Click here to find out more about the Chapman’s Peak Standard Toll Tariffs | Click here to find out more about Chapman’s Peak Day Passes | Click here to find out more about Chapman’s Peak Frequent User Benefits

#Go Cave Exploring

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Calling all adventurers and thrill seekers – This one is for you! Are you ready to go on the ultimate Cape Town cave adventure with your significant other this Valentine’s Day? Cape Town is home to several seriously cool, absolutely extraordinary, and down-right thrilling caves – All of which deserve a top spot on your Cape Town adventure bucket list.

Here are a few of Cape Town’s most incredible secret caves you absolutely must explore:

  • Boomslang Cave
  • Klipgat Cave, Gansbaai
  • Woodstock Cave
  • Lookout Cave, Chapman’s Peak
  • Stadsaal Caves, Cederberg
  • Waenhuiskrans Cave, Arniston
  • Peers Cave, Fishhoek
  • Tartarus Cave, Muizenberg
  • Elands Bay Cave, Elands Bay
  • Elephant’s Eye Cave, Constantiaberg

Check out our ‘Top 10 Secret Caves To Explore In Cape Town’ blog for everything you need to know about Cape Town’s coolest secret caves, including how to get there, hidden gems and must visit secret spots you’ll discover along the way, what you can expect from your thrilling cave adventure, and so much more!

#Snorkelling with Cape Fur Seals

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If you’re looking for something completely unique and filled with tons of adventure and excitement to do this Valentine’s Day in Cape Town – Going snorkelling with Cape Fur Seals is by far one of the most thrilling and incredible experiences.

The famous Duiker Island, also known as Seal Island, in Hout Bay is home to thousands of Cape Fur Seals and the perfect destination for your snorkelling adventure. These playful ocean beings are known to be very interactive with divers and only too eager to show off all their tricks and twirls, making snorkelling with Cape Fur Seals a bucket-list worthy adventure experience in every way.

Make this a Valentine’s Day to remember and celebrate it alongside Cape Town’s beautiful and beloved marine life.

#Go Adventuring, Exploring & Swimming In Cape Town’s Dams & Rivers

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There is nothing more exhilarating than exploring Cape Town’s coolest best kept secret spots and hidden gems. If you’re eager to wander slightly off the beaten tourist path and awaken your inner adventurer this Valentine’s Day, going adventuring, exploring, and swimming in some of Cape Town’s most incredible dams, rivers, and waterfalls is right up your Valentine’s Day alley!

Cape Town boasts a vast variety of dams and rivers, perfect for a cool and refreshing dip away from the large crowds, sand, and sea water.

Let’s be honest, what’s more thrilling than plunging into a crystal-clear rock pool in one of the most beautiful locations in the Western Cape?

Here are merely a few of the best dams and rivers in Cape Town for swimming:

  • Silvermine Reservoir
  • Klein River
  • Beaverlac
  • Jonkershoek Nature Reserve
  • Crystal Pools Waterfall
  • Groot Winterhoek Wilderness Area
  • Krom River Trail
  • Suicide Gorge
  • Palmiet River
  • Breede River
  • Maalgat
  • The Berg River
  • Witte & Wolwekloof River

Check out our ‘Best Dams and Rivers in Cape Town for swimming’ blog for everything you need to know about Cape Town’s best swimming spots, including how to get there, hidden gems and must visit secret spots you’ll discover along the way, what you can expect from your thrilling adventure, and so much more!

#Go Sunset Chasing

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Sunset over Table Mountain from Bloubergstrand

The unapologetic natural beauty of the magnificent Mother City is not only synonymous with romance and big romantic gestures, but with sunsets too – particularly Cape Town sunsets – because there truly is no sunset quite like a Cape Town sunset.

Known for her stunning sherbet-coloured sunsets that set the sky alight in a glorious celebration of colours, there is absolutely no denying that the Mother City is pure sunset bliss. What better time to admire and enjoy all of Cape Town’s sunset magic than on Valentine’s Day?

Why not add some sunset sparkle to your Cape Town Valentine’s day this year by watching the stunning Mother City sun go down from some of the best and most beautiful sunset spots in the entire city and beyond? It not only promises to be worth every single second, but sweep your Valentine, not to mention YOURSELF, right off your feet! Plus, the Mother City is home to some seriously cool secret sunset spots – which means sometimes you need to wander a little off the beaten path to find the real sunset hidden gems – That’s when the real sunset adventure begins.

Here are some of the best sunset spots and hidden sunset gems to celebrate Valentine’s day in Cape Town with your special someone by your side.

  • Look-out Cave on Chapman’s Peak Drive | *Secret Sunset Spot
  • The Clifton Ridge Rocks | *Secret Sunset Spot
  • Lions Head
  • Table Mountain summit
  • Signal Hill
  • Llandudno Beach
  • The secret ‘Sunset Rock’ | *Secret Sunset Spot
  • Diaz Beach | Cape Point | *Secret Sunset Spot
  • Kloof Corner
  • Bloubergstrand Beach

**Note: Check out our ‘Valentine’s Day in Cape Town 2024: Best Sunset Spots in Cape Town’ blog or our ‘Best sunset spots in Cape Town’ blog for everything you need to know about all of Cape Town’s magnificent and magical sunset spots.

#Go horseback riding on the beach

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Picture this: You’re on one of the most beautiful beaches in Cape Town, the sun is setting, the ocean waves are crashing at your feet, and you’re blissfully galloping along the shoreline on horseback with your date, partner, significant other or special someone – a pretty perfect picture isn’t it? Well, it doesn’t have to be just that!

While it may sound like a scene straight out of a romance novel, it can just as easily be your reality in the form of a special Cape Town Valentine’s Day date to remember! Going on a romantic and magical horseback ride on the breathtaking Noordhoek Beach at sunset is not only a great Valentine’s Day date idea in Cape Town, but an unforgettable experience too.

Besides the sheer unapologetic natural beauty that surrounds you, you’ll also trot past a shipwreck (among many other things) as you explore one of the longest (and most breathtaking) beaches on the Cape coastline.

Have a look at our Best Cape Town Beach Horse Riding Experiences blog for some great ideas.

#Watch the sunset from the ‘Secret Sunset Rock’

**The ULTIMATE Cape Town Secret Sunset Spot**

Watching the sunset from one of the Mother City’s most magnificent secret sunset spots and glorious sunset hidden gems – ‘The Secret Sunset Rock’ – is without a doubt one of the most romantic things to do in Cape Town on Valentine’s Day.

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Proudly crowned the ‘Sunset Rock’ by locals, this beautiful Cape Town secret sunset spot is worth every bit of extra effort it takes to get there. 

So, how exactly do you get to this magical spot? Once you’re on Ocean View Drive, follow the road through the neighbourhood of Fresnaye. Continue all the way to the end of the road until you reach what appears to be a dead-end. You will pass several stunning high-end houses along the way. In fact, it will almost feel like you’re not allowed to be there at all – Completely ignore this weary feeling and park your car in the dead-end space.

As the ‘Sunset Rock’ is by far one of Cape Town’s best kept local sunset secrets, there is no clear path laid out to get there. You will have to bundu-bash your way through several bushes and climb over a few rocks in order to reach this glorious sunset gem. Before you know it, you will find yourself on a giant flat granite boulder – Yay, you made it!

Find a spot anywhere on the giant flat granite boulder or any of the big boulders and rocks scattered about. Alternatively, feel free to scout out the area until you find the perfect spot and vantage point lower down. It’s completely up to you. Whichever spot you choose, the unobstructed views of the striking Twelve Apostles mountain range, Clifton beach, Camps Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, Lions Head, and beyond promises to be nothing short of spectacular.

**To top it off, the secret ‘Sunset Rock’ is also one of the best sundowner and picnic spots in the entire city. So, why not add an extra special touch to your Cape Town Valentine’s Day sunset date and pack the ultimate sundowner and snacks picnic basket?

#Take a stroll along the Sea Point Promenade | Play an exciting game of putt-putt | Enjoy a fun-filled day

Valentine's Day Experiences in Cape Town

The vibrant Sea Point Promenade stretches along the Atlantic Seaboard coastline for approximately 8 – 11km between Sea Point and Mouille Point, boasting spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean, Lions Head, the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, and several small beaches along the way. It has also become the ultimate mecca for anyone wanting to enjoy a stunning stroll, walk, run, bike ride, skateboard, or roller-blading session along the beachfront as the path follows the coastline curves. The best thing is, this cool and captivating Cape Town spot has a several exciting surprises lined-up for you along the way too!

In addition to enjoying a romantic walk along the famous Sea Point Promenade and glorious Atlantic coast, showcasing jaw-dropping scenic views all around you, why not add some fun, thrill, and a hefty dose of excitement to your Cape Town Valentine’s Day Sea Point Promenade date by enjoying an exhilarating and playful game of putt-putt / mini-golf? It’s the perfect activity for you and your Valentine to let loose, have some much-needed fun, reminisce, and let your inner-child free, as well as simply enjoy a lovely and laid-back day with your special someone. It’s the perfect combination of romance and playfulness!

Along the Promenade you will also find plenty of play parks on the lawns, perfectly positioned benches ideal for scenic ocean-gazing, a super cool maze, an Olympic-sized swimming pool at the Sea Point Pavillion, various thrilling ocean and land-based experiences and adventure companies offering a range of exhilarating tours and renting options, including bicycles and e-Bikes (Electronic Bikes), as well as the iconic and historic Green Point lighthouse located on the Mouille Point side.

That’s not all! The Promenade is home to several incredible restaurants, bars, eateries, and ice-cream shops scattered along the way for whenever hunger, thirst, or cravings strike. To top it off, the Sea Point Promenade is one of the best sunset spots in Cape Town as well as a great place to enjoy amazing sightings of Cape Town’s Marine Big 5 (dolphins, whales, mola mola sunfish, Cape Fur Seals, and African Penguins) along with other amazing marine life.

*With so many things to do, see, explore, and experience, you can easily turn your Sea Point Promenade Valentine’s Day date into a whole-day adventure!*

#Take a trip up Signal hill & pair it with a romantic sunset picnic

Valentine’s Day In Cape Town - Best Sunset Spots in Cape Town

Planning a romantic trip for two up Signal Hill will be an equally magnificent and memorable experience. Regarded as one of the most stunning and sought-after locations in Cape Town, the view from its 350m high summit is nothing short of spectacular. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Table Mountain, Lions Head, and the glorious city of Cape Town, you’ll be utterly mesmerized.

Did you know that In the evenings, Signal Hill is known as ‘lovers lane’ – popular among couples who are up there to enjoy the lights and the romance of the Table Mountain backdrop, particularly during summer when Table Mountain is lit at night. Making this one of the very best things to do this Valentine’s Day in Cape Town.

If you’re looking to make your Signal Hill Valentine’s date extra memorable, why not plan a romantic picnic at sunset? Signal Hill isn’t known as one of the best sunset spots in Cape Town for nothing. The golden sunlight will only add to the already magical atmosphere, making it a moment neither of you will ever forget.

#Spend the day on one of Cape Town’s secret beaches

Valentine’s Day In Cape Town - Best Sunset Spots in Cape Town

If you and you’re Valentine are head-over-heels beach lovers at heart, this is definitely a great date idea for celebrating Valentine’s Day in Cape Town. There is nothing like being sun-kissed, salty-haired, beached-out, and sandy-toed while spending the day on one of Cape Town’s beautiful beaches with your special someone. In fact, there’s only ONE thing that could potentially make your blissful Mother City Valentine’s beach day even better, and that is soaking up the glorious Cape sunshine on one of the best and most magnificent secret beaches in Cape Town.

Here are some of the best and most beautiful secret beaches in Cape Town – all of which deserve a prime spot on your Cape Town beach bucket-list and list of Cape Town date ideas too:

  • Beta Beach
  • Water’s Edge
  • Platboom Beach
  • Diaz Beach
  • The Preekstoel (West Coast National Park)
  • Windmill Beach
  • Scarborough beach
  • Sunset Beach
  • Olifantsbos Beach

#Admire an extraordinary Table Mountain summit sunset

Are you ready to experience Mother Nature at her finest sunset hour this Valentine’s Day in Cape Town?

Valentine’s Day In Cape Town - Best Sunset Spots in Cape Town

What would a compilation of the best sunset spots to marvel at and enjoy this Valentine’s Day be without the tall-standing giant of the Mother City skyline – Table Mountain? As one of the New7Wonders of Nature, Table Mountain is one of the most remarkable and iconic landmarks and natural wonders in the world, attracting visitors, keen explorers, and avid adventures from all corners of the globe – And it certainly isn’t hard to understand why!

Now it can be you and your significant other, partner, or special someone’s romantic sunset Valentine’s Day date destination – How unbelievable is that?

Valentine’s Day In Cape Town - Best Sunset Spots in Cape Town
Stunning view from the Table Mountain Summit

You and your valentine can choose to either hike up to the Table Mountain summit (this is without a doubt a thrilling adventure and bucket-list worthy experience all in one – if both you and your partner are avid hiker’s or looking to do something active and romantic this Valentine’s Day in Cape Town – this is perfect for you two) or opt to go on an exciting Aerial Cableway ride to the top.

Regardless of the option you choose – you and your partner will be thoroughly and utterly spoiled when you reach the summit as unbelievable panoramic views of the sensational Mother City skyline and everything she has to offer surrounds you. There is absolutely no view quite like the view you’ll get to experience, admire, and enjoy from the top of one of the grandest and greatest natural wonders in both Cape Town and the world – the one and only Table Mountain. In fact, there is only one thing that can possibly top it – A TABLE MOUNTAIN SUMMIT SUNSET VIEW OF COURSE!

While you’re up there, why not pair your sweep-you-off-your-feet Table Mountain sunset backdrop and magnificent view over the vast Atlantic, Lion’s Head, Signal Hill, Camps Bay, Clifton, glorious Mother City and beyond, with a lovely picnic and bottle of champagne?

What an unforgettable way to spend Valentine’s Day in Cape Town with your special someone!

**Note: Check out our‘Table Mountain: The Ultimate Guide To Table Mountain’ blog for everything you need to know about this iconic flat-topped Mountain.

**Extra Note: If you’re taking the cable car to the top of Table Mountain, book your Table Mountain Aerial Cableway ticket right now from WebTickets.

**Extra Extra Note / Bonus tip for avid hikers: If you’re eager to hike Table Mountain, here are some of its top hiking routes and trails + plus everything you need to know to reach the summit: Kasteelpoort Hiking Trail; ; Platteklip GorgeNursery Ravine Hiking TrailIndia VensterConstantia Corner Hiking TrailSkeleton Gorge; Maclear’s Beacon; Devil’s Peak.