5 Valentines Gift Ideas for Car Enthusiasts and Adventurers

Aside from giving advertisers a great platform for advertising their cars for sale, Auto Mart also loves love and what better way to celebrate love than celebrating Valentines Day. Today we take a look at some epic Valentines gifts as well as ideas to help you make your significant other feel special.

From Quad Biking and romantic picnic ideas, to car accessories and a fun road trip, the guys at Auto Mart has you covered.


An Advanced Driving Course

Whether your loved one is into off-roading or more of a Mercedes Benz enthusiast, there is an advanced driving course for them. Most likely to be hosted at the bigger racetracks in South Africa – like Zwartkops in Centurion, Kyalami in Midrand and Killarney Race Track in Cape Town – there are quite a few courses to choose from.

One of your options is an advanced driver training course on the Skidpan in – wait for it – a Mercedes Benz E63 AMG. Another one of the courses available is in a VW Scirocco R entailing both skidpan and track driving aspects. There are really some great courses out there to choose from, so go check them out.


Some do however require a minimum amount of people, but why not get your friends together and organise a fun day on the track as a group. Remember, these aren’t just great Valentines gifts for him. If your girlfriend or wife enjoys taking the road by the horns, she will most definitely love this gift.

Another stunning option is the Arial Atom racing experience. All about giving you a racing experience, two supercharged Arial Atom race cars will be used, you and a friend strapped into the passenger seat, and a race simulated that will blow you socks off.

TIP: If you are looking for an advanced driving course as a gift idea this Valentines Day, check out Adventure Bookings or check out car brand websites like the Mercedes AMG site or Volkswagen’s Driving Academy site.


Hit the Road Jack

Plan a road trip. Whether it is a weekend away or just an hour’s drive from where you stay, there are tons of fun and fascinating places to visit by just hitting the road. We live in an extraordinarily diverse country, each province and region offering something unique and beautiful – don’t let that go to waste.

In Gauteng, the Magalies Mountains and surrounds is a great place to start. With estimations that the Magalies Mountains are older than Everest, why wouldn’t you want to check it out for yourself? A great plus of this beautiful region is all the cool stuff to do.



From Hot Air Ballooning and Hiking Trails, to visiting Lion and Rhino Park, there is more than enough adventures to keep you busy.

Gautengers can also plan a road trip to places like the Cradle of Humankind, the Dinokeng Conservancy or even the Suikerbos Nature Reserve.

For Capetonians, the Cape Peninsula is a great option. A day trip that includes everything from Camps Bay to Cape Point to Kirstenbosch is sure to add a stunning touch to your day. Don’t forget to stop by the Kirstenbosch Gardens as well.


Live in Durban? Why not take the half-hour drive to the Valley of a Thousand Hills? With breath-taking views, wildlife and a ton of fun activities in the area (including Groovy Balls and off road go-carts), you are sure to have a fun-filled road trip.

If you can spend a little more on your road trip, why not plan a romantic weekend? There are really tons of beautiful places you can take that special person in your life.


Get all Romantic with Picnic Ideas

Planning a romantic picnic is always a great idea for Valentines Day. Luckily for us, South Africa has a range of stunning places where your romantic picnic ideas can come to life. The Botanical Gardens are always a good start – and luckily for all of us, most of our big cities have one.

In KwaZulu-Natal, some of the popular picnic spots include the Durban Botanical Gardens, Beach at the Promenade and Jamieson Park, to name but a few examples. Gauteng offers the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmerentia Dam. The Western Cape offers the Kirstenbosch Gardens and Signal Hill.


Don’t be too worried if you don’t have any popular picnic spots in your area – all you need is a beautiful space, some great food and a comfy blanket.

No romantic picnic ideas are complete without the food – it is a picnic after all. Those of us with more talents in the kitchen than others (this writer forms part of the ‘others’) might find this part a little difficult, but like my mom taught me, ‘never fear when Woolies is near’.

Focus on easy finger foods like meatballs, mini burgers and cheese. Depending on what you and your loved one enjoys, add a bottle of wine (remember the glasses), a couple of craft beers or just your loved one’s favourite soda. Lastly, don’t forget the chocolate!

Not really good at being all romantic? No problem! Places like Dial-A-Picnic has got your back. Places like this literally takes care of everything – from delicious food and a beautiful location, to setting up your romantic picnic. Note that these aren’t just great Valentines gifts for her, but for him as well. Some packages include a manlier take on things with biltong and craft beer worked into the basket.


Gadgets and Car Accessories

If your better half loves his or her car, why not join in on that love and look at awesome car accessories and cool gadgets?

Start with the simplest car accessories your loved one could really use – or would just love to have. From a versatile cellphone mount – something that this writer could really use when Google Maps is the only useful voice in the car – to an auxiliary cable for playing music from a device through the car speakers.


Shop around for some of the best prices on a GPS or, if your loved one is into off-roading and 4×4 adventures, look at the amazing GPS maps like those available from Tracks 4 Africa.

If that special person in your life is still updating a logbook with a pen and paper, explore GPS Logbooks. There are various cool options available in South Africa from various stores like Dion Wired and The Gadget Shop, to name but a few examples.

Also remember, Valentines gifts don’t have to be the most expensive. Something that is both thoughtful and functional is always, always a great gift. A multi-tool keychain is a great idea. Places like the Gadget Shop has a number of these super functional keychains. If your loved one is more of a geek than a petrol head, opt for a Lego Star Wars keychain with an LED light instead.


Organise a Quad Biking Adventure

No one ever said that Valentines Day should be all roses and candles. A quad biking adventure is a great way to get out of the house, have some fun and maybe even get a little competitive.

Because South Africa is jam-packed with stunning sights and locations, quad biking is something you can find just about anywhere. Haven’t been on a quad yet? No problem! Most places cater for varied levels of experience.

You might think that these adventures only involve getting on a quad and spending a couple of hours out on a closed track. This is however not the case. Depending on where you go, you will have the option of choosing between different types of trips.


Interested in stargazing? Walker Bay Adventures in Hermanus offers a quad bike trip in the mountains surrounding Hermanus where the night sky and stargazing is the main focus.

Safari Quad Tours are also popular, offering riders a unique experience in which a little off-roading and wildlife beautifully comes together. If obstacles are more your thing, you can go on an adventure where your technical knowledge gets put to the test.

In the Eastern Cape you can have an adventure at the Sundays River Mouth and in the Stormberg and Amatola regions. Those of you in the Northern Cape might have the chance to play in the dry Karoo regions and even the beautiful Namaqualand. Mpumalanga offers stunning scenery while Northern Cape residents have the beautiful Garden Route and the Breede River Valley to discover.

KwaZulu-Natal offers the Drakensberg Mountains and surrounding areas, while Limpopo has the Valley of the Olifants and the Waterberg. Gauteng has the beautiful locations like the Cradle of Humankind.

These are just a few of the gorgeous places in South Africa, so explore, find new places and have a quad biking adventure with someone you love.

Remember that if you are looking for quad bikes for sale, Auto Mart features a range of stunning bikes and quads for sale online.


Two Bonus Ideas for Valentines Gifts

Some simple, yet thoughtful ideas that will work great for Valentines Day include taking his (or her) car in for a full wash, valet and polish – do the whole shebang.

Another awesome gift to get someone is a ‘take me home service’ subscription. Not only will this allow the two of you to enjoy a night out on the town, it will also give you peace of mind when your loved one is out for the night.

Good Fellas is only one of the many take me home service companies in South Africa and offers a number of packages to choose from. Your other options also include Uber and Scooter Angels to name but a few examples.

Remember that when it comes to Valentines Gifts, it is the thought and love you put into your gift that counts – be it an advanced driving course, a road trip or just a quiet day at home binge-watching your loved one’s favourite series.

Now that we have dealt with all things Valentines Day, it’s time to get back to what we are really good at – cars. Whether you are looking for cars for sale, or selling your own, www.AutoMart.co.za is the place to advertise, browse and compare prices.


Annabel Schoeman

SEO'er, blogger and lover all things weird, wacky and interesting.

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