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It’s already February, which means it’s the month of love. Do you have someone in your life that you’d like to treat?

This is the month to show them how you feel, but if you’re anything like us, you’ve probably had a financially straining January, after the spending of the festive season. Never fear though, because romance doesn’t have to equate to big bucks. Quite the opposite in fact. True romance is about being thoughtful and imaginative, and this doesn’t have to cost anything at all.

With this in mind, here are some Valentine’s activities under R200 that will delight and surprise your lover, but won’t shock your wallet:

1.       Share a pizza at the botanical gardens

Forego the over-priced restaurants with their tacky red rose table arrangements. It’s perfect weather in February for a picnic so grab your blanket, any snacks you can rustle up from the kitchen cupboard and head to your local botanical gardens.

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Maybe it’s in the shadow of Table Mountain at Kirstenbosch, or exquisite Harold Porter National Botanical Garden in Betty’s Bay, or maybe it’s Emmerentia Dam in Jo’burg. With most entrance fees being well under R100, you’ll even have enough to order a cheesy pizza to share. Perfect.

 

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2.       Walking tours

When last did you see your city not out of the car window? Most of South Africa’s larger cities now run safe, informative and fun walking tours, where you can learn all about the history of the town you call home.

Try Jozi Free Walking Tours and Cape Town Free Walking Tours – as the names suggest, tours are free but you’re welcome to leave a tip. Or do it all yourself and download a walking tour from Voicemap, a company who uses storytellers to impart fascinating histories of either Port Elizabeth, the Karoo, Hermanus or Cape Point (amongst others). Download the relevant tour, get to the specified starting point, plug your earphones in and off you go.

 

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3.       Go for coffee and cake

Dinners are expensive. You know what’s less expensive? A cup of delicious coffee and a slice of decadent cake.

Figure out what their favourite flavour is, maybe it’s nutty carrot or sublime lemon meringue pie, or dense flourless chocolate. Find the best cake in your hood, book a table and surprise them one afternoon. Also, many establishments have mid-week specials, so you should fit under the R200 budget.

Even better? Bake it yourself! And have a cake picnic in your own back yard.

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4.       Pick some flowers

Who doesn’t love fresh flowers? But on February the 14th, these blooms can cost a bomb. So why not pick your own? Places like Chart Farm in Cape Town let you pick your own roses for R6 a stem.

With names like Lady Like, Double Delight and Johannesburg Sun, plus colours and scents worth swooning over, this is an activity that oozes romance. Afterwards, have some tea and scones at their charming coffee shop. Sorted.

 

 

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5.       Impromptu dance party

Think your clubbing days are over? Think again. Once the kids are sleeping, open a bottle of wine, spread out some snacks on a blanket on the floor and have a good chat.

Most importantly, get your favourite tunes on and once you’re in the mood, close the curtains and clear the lounge of all furniture (especially that coffee table with the sharp corner). It’s time to dance! You may feel silly at first but once you get going, you’ll be reminded of what it feels like to dance with abandon, plus why you fell in love with them in the first place.

Saying “I love you” doesn’t have to mean reaching for your credit card. With just a bit of out-of-the-box thinking, you can have the most romantic February in a long while.

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