With the excitement of a Royal wedding next year, any
romantics like myself will delight in the details so I set out to learn a little bit more about the dreamy destination
where Prince William made the perfect romantic proposal to Kate Middleton.
The magical moment is said to have taken place at Cheli and Peacock’s Lewa Safari Camp on the Lewa Conservancy in Kenya.
The reserve is made up of a vast sixty-five thousand acre conservation area which
sits in the shadow of the snow-covered Mount Kenya with views over the wild Northern
Frontier district. Prince William knows the area well – the Lewa Downs are
owned by the family of his friend, Jecca Craig. The Royal family has long loved
to holiday in Kenya and the young price even spent a few months of his gap year
working (and learning Swahili) in Lewa Downs with the Craig family.
The romance factor at the complex is very high
indeed. The little luxury resort, which lodges just twenty-six guests, comes in
the shape of twelve luxury open-air “tents” arranged in the manner of a classic
safari camp. Each little jungle bungalow comes with a thatched roof, stone
veranda and full en suite bathroom. In the middle of the camp there is also a country-house
style lounge and alfresco dining area. During the day, guests can take a dip in
the pool and by night, lounge by a roaring log fire. The sunsets over the
savannah, real log fires and a Disney-like animal kingdom on your doorstep would
be enough to make any girl’s heart beat a little bit faster!
As well as romance, fun should also be a big part of any
couple’s life and Prince William had that covered too. Lewa’s guests are in the
heart of the African action and are almost guaranteed to see some, if not all,
of the Big Five. Typical days in the safari camp include 4X4 Jeep Safaris, horse and camel trekking, lion tracking and taking sundowners by the pool
whilst catching glimpses of the black rhinos, elephants, and zebras that come
to drink in the nearby lake.
The element of surprise is the best bit about popping the
question, and the romantic royal prince is said to have taken his new fiancé, Kate Middleton, suitably
by surprise. The resort has its own private airstrip and the pilot prince is
thought to have borrowed a helicopter (as you do) and whisked his lovely bride-to-be
to a nearby lake on the slopes of Mount Kenya. At more than 12,500 feet above
sea-level, he proposed, against the perfect panorama of the Rift Valley.
Well done Wills, we have always loved you but now that
you have shown you’re a true Byronic Man we love you a little bit more.
If you have had a perfect proposal let the Passport readers know all about it in the comments section!