Date night

The best things don’t always happen spontaneously – most events need planning, reservations, parking and access. But that doesn’t rule out a date night!

I asked newly married Nonhlanhla Bakasa to tell me what she and her husband Clinton do for “togetherness fun”. Nonhlanhla is an adrenaline junkie and nothing holds her back. Here are a few places with wheelchair access that they have explored:

Ziplining at Sun City

Opened in 2004, Zip 2000 at Sun City is the world’s original extreme Zip Slide. For over six years it held the title of the world’s longest, highest and fastest zip slide. With an average speed of 120 km/h and reaching speeds up to 160 km/h, it’s one of the world’s longest zip slides (2 km). There are now higher and longer zip slides in Alaska and in South America.

A private meal in a beautiful garden

Gia’s on Montrose, run by Wayne and Michelle Groenewald, is a relaxed coffee shop that also serves light meals and snacks, open daily in the scenic grounds of the Montrose Nursery in Sandton, Johannesburg. It’s the ideal spot for a romantic brunch or lunch. The restaurant is wheelchair friendly. In winter there is a cosy fireplace in the main restaurant, but there are also blankets that you can wrap yourself in if you want to sit outside. For more information, contact Michelle on 011 326 5074.

Movie night

You can stay at home and watch some romcoms – Boxoffice on DStv has a variety of new releases. Nonhlanhla and Clinton prefer going to the cinema, though, and Greenstone Mall has a wheelchair-friendly option with great bathroom facilities. However, the same can’t be said about the wheelchair bathrooms of all movie theatres – often they also double as a storeroom.

Play DJ

Nonhlanhla compiled a list of songs for Clinton – her “rock”. There are countless songs with the word “rock” in the title, but these are her favourites: Rock With You – Michael Jackson; You Make me Rock Hard – Kiss; Rock Me Gently – Andy Kim; Rock Your Body – Justin Timberlake; Roc Ya Body Mic Check – MVP; and Feel like a RockStar – Tim McGraw.

Massage experience for 2

Set in the tranquil bushveld gardens of the Indaba Hotel in Fourways, Sandton, the Mowana Spa is a wellness sanctuary that offers a rejuvenating experience. Enquire about the couples options. For more information, visit

Open-air concerts

Fans of Joburg Day can diarise Saturday September 3 at Crocodile Creek Polo Club for the 2016 music festival, featuring Mi Casa, Matthew Mole, Kwesta, Timo ODV, GoodLuck, DJ Kent, Kyle and Shekhinah, AKA and Black Coffee.

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One important note: just being somewhere with your spouse isn’t the same as being there with them. Remember, time together is just the start; if you are not 100 percent present in the activity, it’s just time.

Elna McIntosh is a sexologist and has for the past 30 years helped couples and individuals to explore their sexuality “outside of the box”. Her greatest claim to fame – surviving breast cancer … twice.

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