You’re head over heels in love with someone new and as much as you’d like to impress her and splash out, your credit card is maxed out so its cash or nothing  and one great advantage is she’s crazy about animals and nature.

Visit the Japanese or Botanical gardens, pack your own lunch

Perhaps you can manage to pack a decent picnic basket and spend a romantic morning strolling through the Japanese Gardens in Durban North comprising traditional ponds, home to the Japanese Koi Carp with a large variety of water lilies to keep them happy. Relax as you munch away in beautiful and peaceful surroundings and it’s absolutely free but then again right on your doorstep is ‘Durban’s Botanical Gardens’ that never fails to leave you in absolute awe of nature’s perfect beauty, always a wonderful, relaxing experience with much to offer visitors, adults and children. A true gem, located in Berea, it is Durban’s oldest establishment and Africa’s oldest existing botanical garden. There’s the Living Beehive, the Sunken Garden, the Orchid House, the Lily Pond, the Garden of Senses, a herbarium containing over 100,000 specimens and a collection of Cycads including a garden for blind people. Take a break and stop at the tea garden, renowned for its scrumptious treats, run by volunteers with all profits going towards the ‘Anti-Tuberculosis Association’.

You remember hearing someone rave about the ‘Heritage Theatre’ in Hillcrest which was Durban’s very first ‘supper theatre’, what could be better than to combine a great show with a superb meal, excellent service and a welcome drink in the foyer!

Enjoy a great show in the Heritage Theatre or the Playhouse Theatre

If you want remain within the city limits ‘The Playhouse Theatre’ in the centre of town in Smith Street and part of the Playhouse theatre complex always has excellent drama, music or dance productions on. And perhaps just for fun after the show, take a rickshaw ride along the beachfront where you’ll hopefully cuddle up and if there’s time, pop into ‘uShaka Marine World’ that you haven’t been to for yonks.

Enjoy a Shark Patrol Boat Adventure

For a bit more excitement during the day you can easily afford a ‘Shark Patrol Boat Adventure’ although you’ll have to be up at sunrise but you can already feel the cool spray of the ocean as you encounter the hopefully not too rough waters of the Indian Ocean along Durban’s ‘Golden Mile’. You’ll come away more enlightened as an expert informs you about sharks, dolphins, fish and sea bird life.

Visit the Groovy Balls Zorbing Adventure Park

You’re considering getting a bunch of friends together for a drive to Cliffdale to visit the ‘Groovy Balls Zorbing Adventure Park’ that you went to once on a team-building excursion. It was great fun where you’re inside an inner capsule of a large transparent ball and you get rolled down a hill or along the ground, quite an adrenalin rush. Besides other fun alternatives you have a choice between the Kamikaze and Twister runs, both 120m in length.

White Water Kayaking or go to Champagne Valley

Another exciting option with a few friends in summer is to go to ‘Champagne Valley’ and take an introductory course in ‘White Water Kayaking’ trying out the Eskimo roll, suitable for first-timers and experts or alternatively ‘White Water Tubing or Geckoing’, suitable for the entire family, where you tube down a stretch of class 1 rapids for 450 metres, twice! You have a guide and are provided with a helmet, life-jacket and a gecko, that’s a white water tube. Sounds like a lot of fun!

It’s always a good idea check on whether it is necessary to book, opening and closing times or if perhaps the tariff has increased.