When planning to propose the hope is that you are certain enough that your partner will be giving you the answer you want, but even if you are assured of a “yes” you still worry about organizing the right ring, saying the right thing and making sure your grand gesture of romance is enough to sweep your loved one off their feet.
Fortunately for you we’ve rounded up 7 perfect places to propose - making your job of popping the question that little bit easier…
1. Fly over the falls
Make this day as memorable as possible with an extravagant experience like hiring a helicopter to fly you and your beloved over the beautiful Victoria Falls – the widest waterfall in the world. The view of the “Smoke that thunders”, or Mosi-oa-Tunya, from above is not something everyone can claim to have seen making this a super special place to propose. You’re both bound to be left breathless.
2. Set sail on a sunset cruise
Being aboard a boat while listening to the waves lap around you and watching the sun set is the picture perfect proposal place and while you could opt for the traditional sunset cruise anywhere in the world, what better place to do this than in the exotic island of Zanzibar where your boat will be a traditional dhow fishing boat – the epitome of romance.
3. Say it amidst secluded sands
For ultimate romance there is nothing like feeling you are the only two people on the planet and what better place to feel that way than in the vast isolated dunes of Namibia. For a proposal with a difference why not pop the question at the pinnacle of these shifting sands, where you and your loved one can be all alone in the world - with each other.
4. Engage your inner adventurer
If you’re a pair of adrenaline junkies why not opt to incorporate your adventurous spirit into your special day and say it while scuba-diving, sky-diving or paragliding. Sharing an exciting activity together while making this momentous decision will make this a memorable story to tell your grandkids. Just be prepared to wait for both your feet to land safely on dry land before you get an answer!
5. Take it to the top
Feel on top of the world with a proposal on the highest peak you can summit…. With beautiful views and stunning scenery on the way up and back down again you’ll be sure to hit a high note with this choice! Fortunately South Africa offers an array of options from Lion’s Head, Chapman’s Peak and Table Mountain in Cape Town, to the wilderness of the Cedarberg and the majesty of the Drakensberg you won’t be found wanting… or waiting… for an answer with this proposal pick.
6. Hop in a hot-air balloon
African romance is almost defined by images of hot-air balloons wafting on warm winds above plains of wild animals while the slowly sun rises… so why not go all out and embrace the stereotype. Most hot-air balloon rides end with a champagne breakfast too so you’re bound to impress and get a yes!
7. Seaside sundowners at sunset
An oldie but a goodie – a sunset beach proposal is so popular for a reason. Beautiful beaches are in abundance in Southern Africa and you can’t go wrong with packing a picnic basket and heading to your favourite spot for sundowners with a surprise!
Now that we've helped you pick the perfect place to propose all you need to remember is the ring...And if you're the partner hoping to be proposed to why don't you leave this page open on your laptop or forward the link... just in case!
Good luck - which ever side of the ring you find yourself.
P.S. If you're looking for a lovely place to stay while you create your perfect proposal or even after you say "I do" why not visit our "50 shades of stay" portfolio or alternatively contact us in order to help you arrange your perfect proposal itinerary, anywhere in Africa.
Text: Kathryn Rossiter