Africa: Top 5 Romantic Destinations to Propose

Africa: Top 5 Romantic Destinations to Propose


LONDON, England (01/2012)  If your significant other has been dragging his feet, making excuses or changing the subject, take charge and pop the question on February 29th, a date that comes only once every four years. (According to the time-honored tradition, both here and in Great Britain, this is the day when it’s legit for the woman to propose.)

Chris McIntyre of Expert Africa, one of the leading destination management companies in Southern Africa, offers these suggestions for the most romantic, original, personal and private places to go down on bended knee:


1. Since no little blue box has been proffered, get your own quality sparkler in Botswana. Then head with your honey to Okavango Delta and stay at Jao Camp, which McIntyre describes as “one of the lushest, greenest, most tropical and watery areas of the Delta.”  Each of its nine rooms has its own outdoor ‘sala’ (an open-air bed under a roof ), a great spot to spend a lazy afternoon and weasel an “I do” out of him.

2. Even in the middle of the wild, you’re seldom alone at safari camps.  However, on “bush night” you two sweethearts can be the only guests at Beho Beho, a tiny, super-luxurious fly-camp set up in the heart of Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve. After a private safari with your top-notch guide, a hot shower, sundowners and a first-class dinner, the good folks at Beho Beho will arrange for you to be totally alone together for betrothing.

3. Expert Africa can arrange for lovebirds to enjoy a private dinner on a dune of the Namib Desert.  One couple recently did so, and the proposal was made — once the geckos stopped barking. Stay at the charming and intimate Wolwedans Dune Camp, located on the edge of a 750-foot-high dune. Sleep out under the stars after your heavenly agreement to tie the knot.

4. Victoria Falls, one of the seven wonders of the natural world, is famous as a classically romantic spot. Nearby, is one of the dreamiest ever places to stay, Tongabezi Lodge, where you can savor a sumptuous candlelit dinner on a private sampan floating in the beautiful Zambezi River. Your waiter will ferry the courses to you via canoe. On the shimmery water, under a moonlit sky, after a satisfying spread, it’ll be a cinch to get your hold-out to take the plunge (not into the river).

5. A low-key place is the Pole Pole on Tanzania’s Mafia Island, where on “Sandbank Days,” you can sail in a traditional dhow to one of the sandbanks uncovered by the tide. A turquoise-blue Indian Ocean is wrapped 360° around you. After the boatman barbeques freshly-caught fish for lunch, snorkel to the coral reef or just wade into the shallows, kneel down and ask for his hand in marriage!


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