Hiking is the new romantic

Published: Thursday, February 11, 2021

WellnessTourismRelationshipsOutdoor Equipment

Skip the flowers and chocolates this Valentine’s Day—hiking is the new romantic. As the most romantic day of the year fast approaches, this is the perfect time to brainstorm nature-filled trip ideas with your significant other, says Evan Sparks, Co-Founder and Managing Director at Afritrails.

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“This Valentine’s Day might be a good opportunity to consider something different, instead of the normal gifts, seek out romantic nature escapes and experiences,” he says.

Here is a list of trail types couples can try out this Valentine’s Day: 


Celebrate love in all its forms. Singles and friends are also welcome! 

Camping can help form a stronger bond and understand each other’s fears. It also creates long lasting memories of shared experiences of being together in nature.


Can you start a fire? Spend quality time with your loved one and celebrate Valentine’s Day in the basic hut trails.

They consist of routes which provide only basic accommodation, requiring you to show off your machismo and carry your own equipment, food and treats for the day.

So come on, score yourself some points with your plus one.  


Put on your hiking shoes and grab your soulmate for a romantic slackpacking trail.  If you’re a slacker, then these are just for you – they consist of routes in which lovers and couples are not required to carry any equipment or food. 

Supplies are transported ahead or the trail returns to the same location daily, so all you will do is focus on your partner.


For something a little different, celebrate Valentine’s Day by spending the weekend with your loved one hiking on trails with routes that can be covered in a single weekend.

You can camp overnight, wake up to breakfast and a special “good morning” from nature!


There is a lot to love about the Safari this Valentine's Day. Couples, solo guests, and groups of all ages are welcome for trails through the big 5 and other game territory led by a qualified a guide/ranger.

“So then, what will your excuse be to not celebrate this Valentine’s Day immersed in nature?” concludes Sparks.

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