Lifestyle | 11 Nov 2014 | By Sun International
The Best Places to Propose in Romantic Cape Town
Now that you've found your perfect partner, you’ll need the perfect setting to pop the question. Propose in Cape Town, South Africa's most beautiful city. Whether you want to propose over dinner at one of the many romantic restaurants in Cape Town, or bend your knee on a beach or mountaintop, you'll find an intimate corner made for two on this list.
You can't go wrong with a stay at The Table Bay, one of the most romantic hotels in Cape Town and for an occasion with Cape Town flair, here are some ideas for your proposal in the Mother City:
1. Cape Point, where 2 oceans (and 2 lovers) meet
Cape Point is windswept, wild and a beautiful place to propose. Take a clifftop walk for views or bend your knee at Diaz Beach. Celebrate with a glass of bubbly afterwards at the Two Oceans Restaurant.
Lover's tip: Make getting there really fun. Travel to Cape Point on a Vintage World War II sidecar or opt for a helicopter trip and transfer.
2. Table Mountain
One of the most popular Cape Town activities, taking the cable car to the top of Table Mountain is an oldie but a goodie. Ask your lady-love the big question against a big view of Cape Town, Robben Island and the Cape Peninsula.
3. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
The most beautiful gardens in Africa are sure to inspire some romance. Put a ring on it among 7 000 different plant species, or pop the question from the treetops on the Boomslang Walkway. Pack a picnic basket or head to Moyo for the "she-said-yes" celebrations.
Lover's tip: Harold Porter National Botanical Garden in Betty's Bay is the quieter, less touristy version of Kirstenbosch, but equally beautiful.
4. Picnic in the sky
Ask for her hand on a Cape Wheel sky dining experience with an intimate picnic and views for miles. The Cape Wheel is doubling its normal ride to 30 minutes, so you've got half an hour to convince her "to have and to hold until death do you part."
Lover's tip: Book the cabin beforehand so that you don't have to share it with anyone but your future Mrs. Stock up on picnic essentials from the Market on The Wharf and don't forget the bubbly.
5. A wine farm in Constantia
The oldest wine farms in the Cape make for a nostalgic and romantic proposal. Go for a picnic among the vines at Buitenverwachting or make it a fine dining experience at The Courtyard.
Lover's tip: Impress your lady with some literary flair and serve her a glass of Klein Constantia Vin De Constance, the local wine featured in the book she's been pretending not to read, 50 Shades of Grey.
6. Couple’s carriage ride through the Company Gardens
You know how much she loves Carrie Bradshaw? Give her a New York style proposal on a carriage ride through Cape Town's version of Central Park, the Company's Garden.
7. On the beach
Cape Town's beaches are so beautiful, they'll always be a winner when it comes to a sunset proposal.
Lover's tip: If it's a windy day, you'll have some shelter at Clifton while Noordhoek is perfect for horse riding.
8. At the top of a lighthouse
Take a trip to the edge of the world and propose at the top of one of Cape Town's lighthouses, like Slangkop Punt near Kommetjie.
Lover's tip: Mine some metaphors out of this experience for your proposal, like: "You're the light of my life and my safe harbour." Make her laugh and she'll love you forever.
Tell us: What is your idea of a perfect proposal in Cape Town?