BEFORE ENTERING THE VILLA
ISLANDERS keen to get in shape should don their trainers and take a hike up Lion’s Head, for incredible views across Cape Town.
The trail winds around the mountain, giving views in all directions and night owls should join the monthly full moon hikes. See hikelionshead.co.za/ full-moon-hike.
Finding love under the South African sun will mean a long stint in the Love Island villa. So it’s vital to get a good dose of the great outdoors before “coupling up”.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, nestled at the foot of Table Mountain is the perfect place.
The Gardens cover 528 hectares and are home to 7,000 species of plants. A superb spot for a glass of the local Chenin blanc and a picnic while soaking up the sights and scents. See sanbi.org/ gardens/kirstenbosch.
DATE SPOTS FOR NEW COUPLES
ALL true Love Island fans know the real drama happens around the fire pit. But any new couples can forget the fear of being dumped and cuddle up around an open fire pit in one of Table Mountain National Park’s camps.
Each has a large fire pit, perfect for cooking up a Braai (BBQ) or keeping warm while gazing up into the night sky. With access to the park’s best hiking trails, the permanent tents are a fantastic option for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts and cost around £40 per night.
Or the loved-up couples can enjoy a sunset picnic at Spier Wine Farm in nearby Stellenbosch.
There they can tuck into one of the locally sourced Summer Picnic hampers.
Guests can pick up their hamper from the farm and lie on their picnic rug overlooking the dam or under the oak trees to enjoy their al fresco dinner as the sun sets. Picnics cost from just £15. See spier.co.za/food.
If you’re looking to really impress your new love interest then a helicopter tour exploring Cape Town’s dramatic coastline and Table Mountain from the skies is a great choice.
NAC helicopters offer an array of flights. The Hopper Tour features incredible vistas of the rugged coastline, Robben Island, Table Mountain, City Bowl and the famous Twelve Apostles mountain range. Prices from £226 (nachelicopterscapetown.com).
AFTER THE SHOW
THE ideal place to unwind and keep that tan topped up is Clifton Beaches. The white sand and the crystal-clear waters are secluded from the wind and coastal road, and close to the city.
The four beaches are popular with visitors and locals, who enjoy a sundowner at the end of the day (capetown.travel). Instead of the ones being watched, the Love Island contestants may want to do some watching of their own — spotting African wildlife.
Although the game reserves around Cape Town are not best known for the Big Five — lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino they can deliver a real wildlife experience.
Inverdoorn Game Reserve is home to giraffe, cheetah, hippo, zebra, kudu, impala, springbok, wildebeest and more, and is open to two-legged day visitors. It costs around £88 for a game drive including lunch. See inverdoorn.com.
LOVE Island returns to ITV2 tomorrow, with another addictive dose of sun, love and heartbreaks . . . this time in South Africa.
The villa at Eagle’s Nest in Cape Town is on the doorstep of incredible natural landscapes, the safari “Big 5” and a whole host of remote, romantic date spots.
LISA MINOT shows why winter Love Islanders (and fans) will fall in love with South Africa.
The Neighbourgoods Market is a great spot for the islanders to catch up with their nearest and dearest.
Housed in the historic sky-lit warehouse of The Old Biscuit Mill in Cape Town’s Woodstock District, The Market takes place each Saturday.
It offers an array of eclectic mico-merchants, local artists, designers and “food-alchemists” — perfect for a pressie for your new loved one. Find out more at neighbourgoodsmarket.co.za.
- Love Island begins tomorrow on ITV2 at 9pm.
GO: CAPE TOWN
GETTING/STAYING THERE: Premier Holidays has a ten-night Cape Town, Winelands & Garden Route tour from £1,479 per person including car hire, ten nights’ B&B accommodation in 3H and 4H hotels, flights and arrival transfers.
Call 08444 937 531, or premierholidays.co.uk/holidays/africa/south-africa/tours.
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