Pretoria Botanical Gardens
If you enjoy being outdoors, nothing quite beats the Botanical Gardens on a perfect day. For nature lovers, this is a great place to spend a romantic day – you can take a long stroll until you find the perfect spot to settle down for a picnic. Or you could go adventuring on one of the trails and settle down for a refreshing drink at the quaint Café in the Gardens. The Pretoria Botanical Gardens makes for a relaxing outing where you can spend some quality time getting to know your partner better in the midst of nature.
Where? 2 Cussonia Avenue, Brummeria, Pretoria
Hours: Monday to Sunday – 8 AM to 6 PM
The Union Buildings
Now, while the thought of the Union Buildings might not exactly scream ‘romance,’ it does have its charm. Whether you drop by to have a relaxing afternoon picnic, or to walk among the lights at night for a quick adventure, you could have quite a spectacular time. The buildings make for a beautiful backdrop to all the happy memories you might make here. Grab your guy or gal soon for an adventure to the Union Buildings.
Where? Government Avenue, Pretoria
More Info: 012 300 5200
So, you want romance, huh? Well, walking among a ton of roses could fall right into that category. A short drive down the N1 will take you the splendid flower paradise that is Ludwig’s Rose Farm. Go ahead and grab your favourite human for a stroll among hundreds upon hundreds (if not thousands) of roses. You can wander about these grounds for free, and maybe you will even find some roses or rose-related products that tickle your fancy. Why not settle down for a drink or a meal while you’re there? In the midst of all the roses, you will find The Rose Kitchen – a great place to sit back and take a breather. So, when the weekend rolls along, why not wake up and smell the roses with someone you love?
Where? 61 Haakdoornlaagte, Pretoria
Another historical sight in Pretoria that has a flair for providing couples with a romantic moment or two. We know what you’re thinking – ‘museums are all well and good, but not exactly romantic.’ Well, the romance can be found in the insanely beautiful panoramic view of Pretoria. Fort Klapperkop provides the ideal spot to catch a sunrise or a sunset – and from here, they seem magnificently beautiful. Stay for a beat after sunset and witness that magic of the city lights. Pack a picnic or just a few simple snacks and enjoy the breathtaking views with your partner beside you.
Where? Johann Rissik Drive, Groenkloof, Pretoria
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday – 10 AM to 5 PM
1000-Year-Old Fig Tree – Wonderboom Nature Reserve
The Wonderboom Nature Reserve is in of itself a wonderful place for an outing. But apart from its everyday charms, there is something special. Nestled in the Wonderboom Nature Reserve is a magnificent 1000-year-old fig tree – and it’s the stuff of legends. What better place to declare your undying love than with a kiss under a tree that has been alive for 1000 years. Pack a picnic basket and enjoy the surrounding nature with the one you love. If you feel particularly energetic, you can hike up to the Wonderboom fort for a spectacular view – it’s a great place to catch a sunset.
Where? Wonderboom, Pretoria, ±300m from the R101
More Info: www.tshwane.gov.za // 012 543 0918
It turns out there is more romance in the city than the usual dinner and a movie. Here’s hoping that you can find a romantic moment or two in one of these places. But don’t go limiting you’re your romantic outings to February – make it a year-round thing. If you have a favourite romantic spot in Pretoria, please feel free to let us (and others) know in the comments. Be sure to check our blog for Valentine’s Day meals in Pretoria.
By Tilana De Wachter