Beautiful places to pop the question

Beautiful places to pop the question

These idyllic locations are picture perfect for going down on one knee, or simply treating your loved one to a special date during the month of love.

Cape Point, Table Mountain National Park

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The visitors that stream to the lighthouse at the tip of the peninsula seem to have no idea they are bypassing one of Cape Town’s prettiest beaches. A stretch of silvery white sand embraced by imposing cliffs, Dias Beach is seldom marked by footprints. Access to the beach is by a set of stairs, but don’t worry, you’ll be walking on air when it comes to the return journey. Pack a blanket and something chilled that you can sip while you watch the Atlantic Ocean come rolling in. With such glorious surrounds you won’t need fancy words for your proposal. Afterwards make your way to the stylish Two Oceans Restaurant overlooking False Bay and order a sushi platter to celebrate.

Make It Happen

Entry to Cape Point section: R135 a person, free with a Wild Card
Two Oceans Restaurant 021 780 9200

Stone Camp, Mkhaya Game Reserve

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Tables set out under the protective branches of a large sausage tree, the dinnerware bathed in the warm glow of paraffin lamps… It’s hard to imagine a more romantic setting than Stone Camp’s open-air dining area. Guests at this reserve in the east of Swaziland gather here for a three-course meal after the day’s sunset game drive. It’s a leisurely affair so you’ll have plenty of time to work up the nerve to ask the big question. And if you want to promise your beloved the moon and the stars, you need only look up. Should you find it hard to go to sleep after all the excitement, the semi-open cottages bring the sights and sounds of the bush that much closer. Let nature’s soundtrack call up a night of sweet dreams.

Make It Happen

All-inclusive overnight packages start from R2 335 a person a night, and include accommodation, activities and meals
Big Game Parks Central Reservations +26 2528 3943

Augrabies Falls National Park

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Not everyone will see the charm of this dry and seemingly desolate park, but a proposal is as specific as the couple involved. For lovers of big skies, desert plants and deep quiet, Augrabies offers a dramatic backdrop to pop the question. If there’s still any doubt, remember that the fall on the northern wall is named the Bridal Veil for its cascading white spray. Plan your proposal for late afternoon when the falls glow luminously in the setting sun. Follow the boardwalk to one of the lookout decks, where you’ll be surrounded by natural grandeur, a location worthy of such a life-changing moment.

Make It Happen

Chalets from R910 a night for two people
Entry: R44 an adult, free with a Wild Card
SANParks Central Reservations 012 428 9111

Golden Gate Highlands National Park

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Was former President Nelson Mandela thinking of the Brandwag when he said, “The Free State landscape gladdens my heart”? If you declare your love in front of its honey-coloured sandstone, the sight of the Brandwag is sure to warm your heart in years to come too. If you want to enjoy breathtaking views of the buttress in comfort and style, make your way to the revamped Golden Gate Hotel. The cocktail lounge on the top floor has large picture windows that frame the mountain in all its beauty. With a discreet request, you could arrange for the delivery of two tall drinks to your table, one concealing an engagement ring.

Make It Happen

Rooms overlooking the Brandwag from R1 190 a night
Golden Gate Hotel 058 255 1000
SANParks Central Reservations 012 428 9111

 

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