Many couples dream of a beautiful proposal that celebrates the romance and excitement of their futures together. As such, planning a proposal is one of the most important and stressful events of your life, and popping the question in just the right way can make all the difference on this momentous day.
Luckily, the spectacular Mpumalanga province of South Africa provides a fantastic backdrop to any romantic event, with this powerful scenic region providing unforgettable magic to the singular romance of the occasion.
To take the guesswork out of planning your proposal, we explore 7 of the best places to get engaged in the gorgeous Mpumalanga region, which will set the tone for many happy years to come.
1. Wolwekrans Eco Lodge
Wolwekrans, also known as the Jewel of Mpumalanga, is located in the beautiful Schoemanskloof escarpment, and it offers breath-taking 240-degree panoramic views of the Lowveld valley and the Schoemans Mountains as your backdrop. Wolwekrans was rated by Getaway Magazine as one of the top 10 mountain break-aways.
Every Chalet comes equipped with its very own private braai, deck, and boma area. The best part is that each cabin is completely eco-friendly, with solar panels and gas heaters serving as the primary sources of electricity.
The concept of privacy is central to Wolwekrans, providing a rustic yet luxurious setting that speaks to the heart of true romance.
The Wolwekrans reserve features a wealth of spectacular trails that wind through forests and summit mountains, with a rich diversity of wildlife that sets the tone for a truly immersive natural experience that will ensure an unforgettably romantic proposal.
2. Pinnacle Rock
At The Pinnacle Rock, a metamorphic rock that is bordered with vegetation that arises from a forest, you may admire a naturally cut rock buttress that is free-standing on its own.
You may snap some nice panoramic shots of this quartzite tower that is 30 meters (98 feet) tall, which is placed against the backdrop of a big fracture in the rock behind it. An observation platform with metal fence gives you access to the deck, creating a romantic setting for a marriage proposal.
When you reach the viewpoint, you’ll be able to see this fascinating rock formation that is bordered with flora from a somewhat elevated vantage point. You’ll see a little waterfall leading into the Ngwaritsane Stream if you look to the right of the column.
3. Berlin Falls
At Berlin Falls, water plunges from a height of 260 feet (80 meters) into a circular basin that is flanked on all sides by cliffs made of red sandstone. From a protected observation deck, visitors can get a good look at the dark-green chasm that runs through the middle of the forest.
The falls are famous for the shapes that the water makes as it cascades down the rocks; one of these shapes is that of a candle, with the first brief cascade acting as the wick and the rest of the falls forming the body of the candle – a breathtakingly romantic spectacle.
The falls were given their name by German settlers who were homesick for their homeland when they gave it the name. Put on some shoes that are comfortable for walking and ready yourself for the biggest day of your life.
4. Timamoon Lodge
Timamoon Lodge in Mpumalanga, South Africa, provides guests with exceptional luxury accommodations on wonderful four-poster beds, making it an ideal location for a romantic break.
You and your significant other have the option of relaxing in a candle-lit bath in the style of Morocco, or you may watch the sunset from the infinity pool. Indulge in some delicious international food while taking in the breath-taking scenery of the Sabie River.
The experiences that Gaylyn and Maurice Hammond had in Morocco, the Sahara, Zanzibar, and Malawi have been brought together under one roof to create a world that is nothing short of enchanted.
Each individual thatched hut comes complete with a private pool and stunning vistas of the Sabie River.
The four-poster bedrooms in these lodges are wrapped with mosquito nets and feature canopied ceilings. The Timamoon Lodge is the perfect place for a weekend getaway or romantic rendezvous.
In the candlelight restaurant by the little pond that overlooks the tropical garden, a team of renowned chefs prepares exotic and flavourful meals, which guests can enjoy while taking in the view of the garden.
The cigar lounge, which features its own unique enchanted atmosphere, is the perfect place to cap off an incredible meal.
5. Elandskloof Trout Farm
The oldest trout farm in Mpumalanga, Elandskloof can be found close to Dullstroom, in an area with plenty of clean air and complete tranquillity.
A wide variety of lodging options, including luxury chalets with six beds, chalets with six beds, rondavels with three beds, a farmhouse with 11 beds, a wooden cottage with six beds, and a romantic cottage with two beds, are available to meet the requirements of any traveller.
6. Oliver’s Country Lodge
Oliver’s is an owner-managed boutique hotel that can be found on the protected White River Country Estate just outside of White River in the province of Mpumalanga.
The atmosphere at Oliver’s, which is designed to make guests feel as though they are in their own homes and overlooks the first green of the 18-hole championship White River Golf Course, allows guests to experience the union of the Austrian style with gentle African themes.
Massages, facial and body treatments, manicures, pedicures, and waxing services are some of the services that can be found at the on-site Wellness and Beauty Centre, creating the perfect pampered romance for a beautiful proposal.
7. Panorama Route
As you wind your way through the mountains, Panorama Route displays an increasing number of magnificent natural sights. Discover a wild African landscape full of falling waterfalls, eagles’ nests, limestone caverns, and the ruins of Gold Rush villages, all while standing in one of the world’s largest canyons.
Bring your camera with you so you may take pictures of the local plants, birds, and creatures that can be found tucked away in the thickets of the forest. There are occasions when clouds might move down to lower elevations, creating an ethereal and foggy atmosphere that will surround your proposal in a special mystique.