In need of a budget-friendly, Covid-safe date idea? There's romance in hiking

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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

“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 adds. 

So without further ado, here's a list of trail types you can try out this Valentine’s weekend: 

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Basic hut trails  

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 hunter-gatherer prowess and carry your own equipment, food and treats for the day. 

Find your options here.

Slackpacking trails 

Put on your hiking shoes and grab your mate (soul or otherwise) for a slackpacking trail.

If you’re a slacker, then these are just for you – they consist of routes in which 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.  

Find your trail here

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Weekend trails 

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. 

Pick your spontaneous weekend getaway here.

Safari trails 

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. 

Pick your safari here.

All additional information supplied by Afritrails

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