You've found your ideal mate. Now you're looking for a dream place to propose, ignite love's flame, venture on a second honeymoon or just have an inspirational break with someone special? How about proposing cloud 9 style in a hot air balloon? Or reconnect with each other as you drift in a mokoro? We found 8 ultimate romantic breaks in Africa.
My dream proposal – Under the Sea
Who said marriage was a match made in heaven? Right there on the ocean floor, such wonderful things surround you – what more is it you’re looking for? If you’re looking for that someone special to fulfill your life, to become ONE with, if you’re looking for the missing piece in your life’s puzzle – do not read any further. Simply buy a diamond ring, slip it into the Champagne glass and be happy ever after. If you live by your own moon pounding waves against your shore, and have met that someone who like you is devoting full time to floating, then you know: the seaweed is never going to be greener.
Propose to your mermaid or Neptune under the sea. All you need is happiness, contentment, a snorkel and a mask. And a piece of paradise in Mozambique. Collect shells and stones, strip on your gear and do a swift Dolphin move into the water. Arrange your shells on the ocean floor until they read what you want to say: Do you want to marry me? Or: do you want to be eternally happy with me without marrying me? Ponder, linger in the moment, bless it with your happiness and snorkel back to your loved one on the shore.
Together, hand in hand, yet riding your own wave, swim out to your secret spot, salute the sun, kiss the water and look at the miracle beyond. Will he? Will she?
Slip away to the island paradise of Pestana Bazaruto Lodge in Mozambique's Bazaruto Archipelago.
True Love in a MokoroA childhood favourite of mine is the poem of the owl and the pussycat who went to sea in a beautiful pea green boat. Now that I am grown (somewhat), I've discovered that fantasies can and do become real! My ultimate experience is drifting through water lilies in an nut brown boat on the Chobe River, where the great herds of wild elephant roam. How will I propose? Simply. Where will we celebrate? In a room with a riverside view at Chobe Marina Lodge, Botswana.
Above a Wild, Wild River
This place is a knockout for romantics and adventurous souls! The Taita Falcon Lodge in the Batoka Gorge of the Zambezi River, Zambia, couldn't have better views. The eagles and falcons should know. Proposing a lifetime together? Choose your intrepid moment in the wild rapids of the Zambezi, dangling above in a tandem bridge swing or while gazing through the misty spray at the awesome spectacle of the cascading Vic Falls. For life is a great adventure or nothing.
On Cloud 9Get grounded and get high in Namibia's beautiful desertscape. Propose in the gondola of a hot air balloon as you sip champagne and soar above a colourful living tapestry formed by the undulating red dunes of Sossusvlei and the grassy plains of the Namib Naukluft.
Book the inspirational stay of a lifetime at Wolwedans Dunes Lodge in the heart of Namibia's Namib Rand Nature Reserve.
Offbeat Under Starry Skies
I plan on proposing to my man at one of the most unusual places in Southern Africa. A Ritz in Namibia in the middle of Solitaire, what a duality of desire. Just like I’d like our life to pan out: beauty in solitude, solitude in richness of life.
Over the last few months, I’ve been collecting memorabilia which conjure in us magic moments we shared in our life thus far. There is the torn concert ticket, the rose petals we bathed in, the note he left me on my pillow the one morning, the sling which healed his broken arm, the unique stone I found for him… and so many more. I will take them all with me and tie them one by one onto a rope. This rope I’ll wind around our bed post at Rostock Ritz Desert Lodge, from there around the thatch boma, along the border of the swimming pool, the desert boulders, the thorn bush, for him to follow in this very special starry night. The memories will guide him along the rope until he reaches the very end of it which will symbolise a new beginning: the ring.
Ultimate dirty weekend? A stylish & sexy hideaway in Crooks CornerLeaving the madding crowd far behind for a delicious fusion of Zen simplicity and luxury in the lost world of the Makuleke people. This piece of bushveld paradise in northern Kruger has 180º views all the way to Mozambique. The place? Very sexy. Minimalist. Africa undistilled. The Outpost is an Italian designed lodge of canvas, steel and glass overlooking 'that great green, greasy river' called Limpopo.
My Midsummer Night's Dream?Pure seduction. No love potion required! Listening to the trees whisper sweet nothings in the magical Phantom Forest where the faeries wouldn't dream of meddling! I would leave a trail of fern leaves to the outdoor jacuzzi of a 'tree suite' at Phantom Forest Eco Reserve in the Garden Route. We'll sip chilled champagne and dine on Knysna oysters for hors d'oeuvre and then trip over to continue feasting Morroccan style at the Chutzpah.
Tarzan and Jane in the Mist
What could be more fun than frolicking in the forest, dipping in streams and sleeping in the treetops? Peaceful, private and in harmony with nature, Teniqua Treetops is a perfect love nest. Chill out on the deck and watch Knysna loeries flit between yellowwood trees, sip Cape wine basking in silvery moonlight while owls hoot to each other. Say no more...
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling