How to Enjoy the Valentine’s Day Weekend on the Garden Route

The Garden Route is arguably one of the most romantic destinations in the world, so where better to go to spend the most romantic day of the year? Here are just six suggestions for savouring every second of this year’s Valentine’s Day weekend when visiting our picturesque corner of South Africa.


  1. Stay at Fancourt – of course!

We’re doing everything in our power to make sure that those in search of a romantic holiday for two get everything that they’ve hoped for and more. As such, we’ve got two exclusive Valentine’s specials just for you:

Our ‘Picnic for Two’: Take in the beauty of the estate, fill your lungs with fresh air while cuddling up on a soft blanket, and tuck into a truly mouth-watering spoil. We’ll supply you with a chilled glass of sparkling wine, a generous antipasti board filled with tempting nibbles and, as the grand finale, our heavenly tiramisu. Think decadent Italian cheesecake with layer upon layer of mascarpone cheese and sugary finger biscuits dipped in coffee and moreish amaretto!

To book, contact Sharon on 044 804 0437 or


  1. Float along Knysna Lagoon

The gentle lull of the waters beneath you, the breath-taking views of the Knysna Heads, and plenty of wine and oysters to tantalise those taste buds – that’s what you can expect from a boat trip across the beautiful Knysna Lagoon. It’s the perfect opportunity to soak up some special alone time with your partner and revel in the romance of the occasion.


  1. Enjoy a special wine pairing on our ‘secret’ wine route

The Garden Route has an award-winning wine route, with many estates (and cellars) to explore. Book a cellar tour with your love and look out for different pairings and experiences – including a unique Candy Floss and Wine pairing at Jakkalsvlei just outside Mossel Bay.

Pair five of Jakkalsvlei’s wines with deliciously-light candy floss, like their Sauvignon Blanc with passion fruit candy floss, Pinotage with coffee candy floss or their Muscadel with Turkish delight flavoured candy floss. Alternatively, indulge in their fudge and wine pairing. Yum!


  1. Hot air ballooning

Love lifts us up where we belong, right? Why not literally take to the skies hand-in-hand on a mesmerising hot air balloon ride that provides you with unforgettable views of the region’s most pristine, untouched nature? You’ll be awash with serenity and feel a closer bond to your partner as you both marvel at the beauty that surrounds you. Fancourt’s Leisure team is on hand to book the perfect hot air balloon safari with Nova Hot Air Balloons.


  1. Horse riding

Whether you’re an experienced horse rider or you’ve never tried it before, there’s no denying that horse riding in the Garden Route is one of the most magical ways in which to appreciate the region’s many wonders. Consider an out ride with Black Horse Trails – and wind your way through indigenous forest and along mountain trails in the spectacular Outeniqua mountain range. If you’re lucky, you may even spot bushbuck, honey badger, porcupine, rooikat/caracal, fish eagles and more!


  1. Observe the ‘Map of Africa’ at Wilderness Heights

If ever there was a romantic vantage point along the Garden Route, the ‘Map of Africa’ in Wilderness Heights is it. Pack a picnic basket full of treats and drive along the marked paths and gravel roads towards this lookout hotspot. What you’ll see are jaw-dropping panoramic views of the lush forest and craggy mountains below, all coming together to form a shape remarkably similar to that of the African continent. Sit down and enjoy your lunch with this view as the backdrop before venturing a few metres away to the paragliding launch spot to try your hand at this adrenalin-inducing adventure sport – if you dare!


Ultimately, no matter how you decide to spend it, you can rest assured that your romantic Valentine’s weekend getaway to the Garden Route will be one that neither one of you will be quick to forget.