Africa for lovers The Bachelor style



LAST night on The Bachelor, Blake Garvey announced he’ll whisk his three potential wives to South Africa next week to decide who he’ll reward with an engagement ring.

South Africa may seem an odd choice for lovers, but the country’s breathtaking coastline and stunning sights make it the perfect place to pop the question, or just enjoy a romantic getaway.

Fancy taking a leaf out of The Bachelor’s book? Here are the country’s top spots for romantic getaways

A natural sanctuary of secluded luxury nestled at the foot of the Twelve Apostles Mountain range and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, The Twelve Apostles provides a romantic and restful getaway paired with a luxurious award-winning spa. Romantic activities on offer include dual spa treatments, picnics for two or “sundowner” cocktails in the Leopard Bar.

Nothing says romance like sharing wildlife spotting and you’ll be utterly spoiled for opportunities at Camp Jabulani, situated in the heart of the Big Five Reserve near Hoedspruit. The camp is the epitome of style, luxury and gastronomic excellence, and was initially establish to support an abandoned baby elephant, Jabulani, who has since been joined by 12 others rescued from Zimbabwe.

Cape Point has a longstanding reputation as one of the most romantic places in South Africa to visit (if not the world). The pristine beaches, cliff top walking trails and iconic black and white lighthouse could be pulled straight from the pages of a romance novel. It’s one of the most popular places for visitors to South Africa to pop the question.

This romantic road is the route from Eastern to Western Cape. Discover wild coastline-hugging bush, sleepy seaside towns and delicious wines to share with your loved one.

The family owned Lion Sands Private Game Reserve consists of 7000ha of pristine Big Five territory located in the Southern Sabi Sand Wildtuin. The coup for couples is the collection of tree houses and bush bedrooms where lovers can spend an evening under the African stars.

Standing majestically on Umhlanga’s prestigious seashore overlooking the iconic lighthouse and Indian Ocean, The Oyster Box oozes glamour and romance. It’s also legendary for its wide array of wining and dining experiences.

Nestled in the foothills of Cederberg Mountains and a three hours’ drive out of Cape Town, the five-star Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat is the ultimate destination for a romantic retreat. Wide plains, abundant flora and fauna and mystical rock formations will make couples feel like they’re worlds away from everyday life.

A hotspot for honeymooners, weddings and proposals, Victoria Falls is one of the most striking waterfalls in Africa. Known as the “Smoke that Thunders”, the intense curtain of water of Victoria Falls is twice as tall as Niagara Falls creating a truly incredible — and romantic — spectacle.

Asmaa Mubita is a Kenyan journalist of international repute with over fifteen years of experience in broadcast journalism. Asmaa Mubita began his journalism career at the Kenyan state broadcaster (KBC) and later worked at the KTN owned by the Standard Group and Citizen Television, the flagship brand of Royal Media Services. These exploits together with his reporting experience with the Voice of America, CNN and BBC have been rewarded with local and global recognition.