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10 Best Places to get engaged in South Africa

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10 Best places to get engaged in South Africa

Table Mountain, Cape Town

Get down on your knee on one of the world’s Seven Wonders of Nature.  The flat-topped mountain is probably one of the most recognisable mountains in the world and is particularly impressive when shrouded by a spectacular ‘table cloth’. You can set off from the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and walk to the top of the mountain or take the aerial cableway.  Enjoy breath-taking views of the Atlantic Ocean, the historical Cape Town harbour and city centre.

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Cape Agulhas and Cape Point, Cape Peninsular

Cape Agulhas and Cape Point offer significant symbolism that makes either destination the ideal choice to propose.  Both lie within the Table Mountain National Park which is a Natural Heritage Site.  Cape Point lighthouse served as a navigational landmark that steered ships away from dangerous rocks and guided the sailors to safe waters during violent storms.  Cape Agulhas is close to the point where two oceans meet, the Atlantic and Indian oceans.  The warm Agulhas and the cold Benguela currents merge here.  Originally named the Cape of Storms, the peninsular was renamed the Cape of Good Hope in honour of promised riches offered by the Cape sea route to India.  The peninsular is an exotic blend of beautiful valleys, bays and beaches; with a diverse mix of unique fauna and flora.

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Any scenic South African beach

Take your pick of any one of the most spectacular beaches along both the western and eastern coastline of South Africa.  Beaches on the western side of the country are more wind-swept and stark but strikingly beautiful.  On the eastern side, the beaches and bays lie in the shadow of spectacular mountain crags.  You are never too far from a coastal restaurant where you can dine on langoustines and toast to your future with an excellent South African wine. The choice is endless; from the strikingly beautiful Llandudno beach on the Cape Peninsular to the wild and remote Sodwana Bay in the north.

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The Cederberg Wilderness, Western Cape

Make a weekend of it and travel three hours north-west of Cape Town to the beautiful Cederberg Wilderness.  The wilderness area is a vast range of rugged, mountainous terrain with towering cliffs that are burnt orange by iron oxide.  Jagged sandstone rock formations and ancient San and Khoi rock art make it extremely interesting to explore.  If you are an active couple that loves the great outdoors, the Cederberg wilderness is paradise for hiking and rock-climbing enthusiasts.  You’ll share the spectacular wilderness with a rich array of wildlife and a few small predators like the African wild cat and Cape fox.

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Route 62, Cape Province

Wind your way along the longest wine route in the Western Cape and take your pick of the perfect places to propose.  This popular tourist route is the scenic alternative to the national highway and meanders between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn, the Langkloof and Port Elizabeth. It takes you on a magical journey of spectacular landscapes, towering cliffs, crystal clear streams and an abundance of trees and indigenous flora.  Quaint towns lie nestled in scenic valleys and the choice of things to do is endless; everything from visiting wineries and game reserves to hiking, caving and riding ostriches.

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The Great Karoo,

Travel the back roads of the Great Karoo and discover a land of vast open spaces, indigo blue sky and warm, hospitable country folk.  The Karoo stretches across a vast swathe of South Africa and is divided into distinct districts, each with their own unique character.  Miles of rolling grasslands meet arid, mountainous terrain and the sun-scorched landscapes shimmer as the glorious light changes with the seasons. The Valley of Desolation in the Camdeboo National Park is a series of vertical cliffs and dolerite columns that took 100 million years to form.  Start your new journey in a land of extreme beauty and history.

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The Kruger National Park or Mpumalanga’s selection of fine game reserves

Gorgeous sunsets, unspoilt wilderness and the majestic roar of lions calling in the distance makes any one of South Africa’s premier game reserves an ideal place to propose.  Staff at the beautiful game lodges will always offer unique opportunities to experience a truly wild and romantic African experience.

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God’s Window, Panoramic Route, Mpumalanga

What better way to kick-start an exciting new life with your partner than from the ‘top of the world’? God’s Window offers a panoramic view of the Lowveld and, on a clear day, you can see all the way to Mozambique over the top of the lush forest-clad ravine below. Celebrate your future by stopping off at one of many popular local restaurants along the route.

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Wolwekrans Lodge, Schoemanskloof Valley, Mpumalanga

A windy, isolated road up the side of a spectacular mountain is a eco self-catering lodge that is a unique spot to kick-start the adventure of a lifetime.  Located in the Schoemanskloof Valley that winds its way along the Highlands Meander of Mpumalanga, Wolwekrans Lodge offers visitors a complete break away from the crowds and a weekend of tranquil bliss.  The lodge lies in a fertile valley with its expansive citrus and avo plantations; and offers panoramic views of the subtropical valley, cascading waterfalls and magnificent natural forests. Take a walk up the mountain and find the ideal spot to ask the most important question.

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The Richtersveld, North West Province

Situated on the border of Namibia, the Richtersveld is a land of extraordinary beauty; rugged mountains of volcanic rock contrast against endless sandy plains.  Marvel at the animals and plants that have survived for centuries in the extreme desert landscape.  Water is scarce and only the toughest life survives. There is nothing more spectacular than celebrating your special moment as the sun dips below the distant horizon, cloaking the evening in its brilliant hue.

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