TOP 5 IDEAS FOR HOW TO PROPOSE ON TABLE MOUNTAIN
Planning to propose to the love of your life? At over a thousand metres high, Table Mountain, the 7th wonder of the world, delivers views and romance for an unforgettable engagement experience. Discover 5 unique ideas for a beautiful proposal your significant other will never forget.
IDEA 1: LET US GUIDE YOU
If you’re considering getting engaged without any foot traffic or other hikers around you during the proposal, consider hiring a guide. The city is filled with Table Mountain experts that know how to summit the mountain using lesser known paths, safely.
You can also book a picnic with a guide where you will be able to enjoy a meal on the sandy shores of a dam. Soft ‘beach’ sand and incredible views sound like a special location to ask the question with your one-of-kind diamond engagement ring.
IDEA 2: GET ENGAGED MID-AIR!
The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway delivers a breath-taking vertical ride that takes you up 765 metres in four to five minutes. The cableway is no stranger to weddings on the mountain, hosting about one a week on the mountain. View more details on the Table Mountain Cableway Proposal Package here.
IDEA 3: ASK A PROFESSIONAL
If you don’t have the time to put together a Table Mountain proposal, consider calling in the experts. The Table Mountain team offers proposal co-ordination to take the sweat out of the experience for you. They’ll work with you to hire a professional photographer that will capture the special moment that truly reflects your love as well as hand pictures of your engagement ring.
Want to be even more romantic? You could add a musical proposal to the experience. They will again match you with a musician, who will then serenade your magical moment with melodies of your choice. You could even consider contacting the operators and see if you can get an on-board guide to get in on the action and ask the question on your behalf. Either way, taking this giant leap and proposing while you soar above the city will guarantee that your significant other will never forget the moment you presented your engagement ring.
IDEA 4: TAKE YOUR PROPOSAL TO THE NEXT LEVEL
Enjoying the full scale of Table Mountain is best done in a helicopter arranged by Cape Town Helicopters. Even if your partner is a regular hiker or visitor of Table Mountain, seeing it from above will be a bucket-list experience your significant other will never forget. And if you choose to ‘ask for their hand’ while you fly over the peninsula, they’ll have a proposal story to share for decades to come.
You can arrange for a banner to be placed on the mountain and speak to your pilot beforehand about flying close to the World Heritage Site. Arrange for the trip to just be the two of you living in the moment when you propose. The trip will take in the Atlantic Seaboard, flying all the way from Hout Bay to Chapman’s Peak, and then cross over to False Bay, along Noordhoek and Sun Valley. The grand finale takes a turn over Table Mountain before you land on the helipads at Cape Town V&A Waterfront.
Finish this exhilarating proposal off with a glass of sparkling wine to celebrate. Ask the team to have a bouquet of roses to be delivered as you land to end the experience off on a beautiful note. Tip: keep some of the roses and dry them, and then ask your bouquet designer to include a bud in your floral arrangement on your wedding day.
IDEA 5: GET AWAY FROM IT ALL
A romantic retreat to stage your proposal doesn’t mean you have to head off into the country for a weekend. The Overseers Mountain Cottage and the Table Mountain Hut both offer overnight accommodation on the iconic rock. In the case of the Table Mountain Hut, the lodging is a stone and corrugated iron cottage at a staggering 760m altitude. The historic building was built in 1904.
You can capture the magic of an overnight mountain stay too (without hitting high altitudes) at the Wash House on the slopes of Table Mountain. It can accommodate up to 24 people so you could make your wedding proposal a family affair. The Platteklip Wash House is part of the historical Wash House complex. This is where the city’s washerwomen worked in the mid to late 19th century. Beautifully restored today, it’s an inspiring gem to be found in the heart of the Mother City.
NEED TO KNOW
Table Mountain National Park offers regular specials that you might want to take advantage of. For example, all residents are entitled to a free Cableway trip on their birthday. Simply take along your identity document on the day. What a great way to commemorate your birthday and your wedding proposal anniversary for years to come!
The Table Mountain Sunset Special also runs annually, offering locals half price trips after 6pm. Your proposal selfie or photograph is guaranteed to be beautiful when it’s captured in the gentle summer light on Table Mountain National Park.
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