No need to bring out the Kleenex and bawl your eyes out if you are single on Valentine’s Day – with a bit of imagination and daring to be different, you can observe the day as a reflection of who you are and a celebration of your life.
Tourism KwaZulu-Natal (TKZN) believes that the idea of love on Valentine’s Day is not to be shared by couples only. Singles can also love themselves and celebrate their uniqueness by spoiling and pampering themselves.
Phindile Makwakwa, the acting chief executive officer of TKZN, said, “Valentine’s Day has become a special day around the world to show appreciation for the people you love and adore.
“It’s the perfect opportunity spread love to all our loved ones including family, friends and self, and then to keep loving the rest of the year.
“While we recommend romantic experiences for young and old couples on 14 February, we are also aware there are many men and women out there who are not in a relationship.
“There is no need for them to feel left out of the festivities. If you are single, there are some unique ways you can celebrate and make the most out of Valentine’s Day.
“As KZN, we have plenty of establishments that can deliver a world-class tourism experience for those feel excluded from the love club.”
Why not Celebrate Valentine’s Day by getting other single buddies together and throwing a party indoor or outdoor?
Taking your best friend out on a date is also a great option for single friends who want to take advantage of couples’ deals on Valentine’s Day or share in the going-out experience.
Freedom Café in St Mary’s Avenue in Greyville, Durban has a special singles dinner from 6pm to 10pm on Valentine’s Day and promises good food, good vibes, speed dating, a fun date auction and much more. Get ready to meet new people who are ready to mingle.
You do not need to splurge on the day. All you need is friends who can get together to celebrate their relationship and love for each other. Whatever the sentiment, single friends can have fun at the movies, order in pizza or enjoy a fun-filled games night.
For those singles who want to explore in and around KwaZulu-Natal on Valentine’s Day, a list of to do activities has been prepared by TKZN.
- ZIP-LINING IN THE SOUTH COAST
This exhilarating experience will not only leave you speechless but it is an adrenaline rush that will make your heart race like love at first sight. The zip-lining journey begins with a breath-taking climb up a 21-meter spiral, wooden staircase, followed by a 175-meter cable slide to a tree top platform and 125-meter slide back to the centre!
- ROADTRIP TO THE DRAKENSBERG
Nothing beats getting an early start to your day and appreciating a scenic route to the Berg with your windows down and fresh air hitting your face. Enjoy some good food, quality time with family and friends at the Drakensberg Mountain Retreat with spectacular and comfortable, affordable country-style accommodation.
- A SPA DAY WITH THE FRIENDS IN THE MIDLANDS
After a stressful week of work, enjoy some quality time with your girlfriends or as part of a single moms’ group – way it is a great time to spoil yourself at the serene and tranquil sanctuary of the Brahman Hills Spa situated in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal. This is an opportunity to kick off your heels and unwind.
- SCUBA DIVING ON KWAZULU-NATAL COASTLINE
An out-of-your-comfort zone experience to explore an underwater escape popular for its rich bio-diversity and lively population of fish with reef and wreck scuba diving tours on the Kwa-Zulu Natal coastline.
- HUMOR YOURSELF WITH A COMEDY SHOW AT THE DURBAN ICC
Do not be sad single this Valentine’s Day. Laugh until your belly aches at the ECR Kings & Queens of Comedy Durban show. There will not be any heartbreak on this night, as the show will leave you in stitches.
- MEET AND MINGLE WITH OTHER SINGLES ON FLORIDA ROAD
Enjoy a welcome drink and a delicious three-course meal at the Butcher Block, Florida Road in Durban on Valentine’s Day available from 13 to 16 February. You can pick your favourite items from the a la carte menu – and an interesting guy or gal from the crowd.