Already loved by honeymooners, South Africa’s enticing beaches, exotic safaris, innovative dining and five-star hotels exude romance, and with a growing trend of O.T.T proposals, it’s no surprise that this beautiful country has fast become a favourite with those planning to pop the question.

Looking for a few tips to help you plan the perfect proposal in South Africa? Check out our guide, all supported by Cash Passport by Mastercard® (Cash Passport) – the smarter way to travel.

Image credit: Lion Sands River Lodge

Step 1: Book the perfect hotel

Set the scene for a memorable occasion by booking a hotel with plenty of wow-factor. For Cape Town visitors, the One&Only Cape Town offers jaw-dropping views of Table Mountain while the dining options include Nobu and poolside pizzas. Meanwhile, for travellers heading to Johannesburg, the Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, is one of those hotels that you’d never forget with its exclusive hillside location, glass elevator leading to a high-end bar, and heavenly spa offering treatments inspired by an African nomadic tribe.

Or, if you want to go all out the ultimate experience, Lion Sands River Lodge features one-of-a-kind accommodation within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Kruger National Park. Voted one of the Top 20 Lodges in Africa by Condé Nast, expect nothing less than million-star luxury at this property that features unique treehouses that allow you to sleep under the stars surrounded by nature.

Step 2: Arrange a Priceless Experience for the proposal

Cash Passport users can unlock a whole world of Priceless Experiences that money simply can’t buy. Whether you dream of getting down on one knee while on a private yacht cruise, in a hot air balloon over the spectacular Magalies Mountains or while gazing up at the starry sky from the iconic South African Large Telescope, romance abounds in this stunning country.

Step 3. Pop the question

This is the big moment. Your palms are sweating and you can’t remember what you were going to say, but the moment is perfect. Whether you’re sky-high in a hot air balloon, gazing up at stars or just chilling on the beach, this will be one of the most memorable experiences of your life.

Plus, if you’re planning on buying the ring while in South Africa, don’t forget you can load your MasterCard Cash Passport with up to AU$100k – or just enough for that perfect piece of bling.

Step 4. Share the news with loved ones back home

Connect to the internet to start bombarding your loved ones back home with photos and video messages or your big moment. Over 100 countries in six continents offer Boingo hotspots which you can easily connect to as part of the Cash Passport offering, simply load your card with AU$100 to enjoy three months of global Wi-Fi – perfect for those times when you’ve got some pretty big news to share.

Step 5. Splurge on a fancy dinner

You just got engaged, champagne is in order! Use your Cash Passport to treat your loved one to the best restaurant in the world. That’s right, South Africa’s Wolfgat restaurant was recently crowned the best in the world at the inaugural World Restaurant Awards. And in a move that will make your proposal budget happy, the seven-course tasting menu only costs the equivalent of €53 euros per person.

Romantically located in an isolated fishing village of Paternoster, chef Kobus van der Merwe’s sustainable back-to-basics cooking approach sees him foraging for ingredients on the Atlantic shore of the Western Cape each day. Everything right down to the bread and butter are made from scratch in the restaurant and with a menu that involves elements that can take weeks of preparation and a strict limit of 20 diners per sitting, bookings are essential.

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