“He’s one of Britain’s best-loved TV wildlife presenters, so it’s not surprising that when Steve Backshall proposed to his girlfriend – Olympic champion rower Helen Glover – he chose as his backdrop one of the greatest natural wonders of the world.” –Hello! Magazine
When Steve Backshall whisked his girlfriend, Helen Glover away to Wolwedans Dune Camp in Namibia for two weeks, she had an inkling that he was up to something. Despite her suspicions, Helen had no idea how much planning had actually gone into creating that one special moment. For weeks Steve had been planning everything down to the tiniest detail, including measuring Helen’s finger while she was sleeping to make sure that he got the right size ring! The staff at Wolwedans were all involved in keeping the secret and on the second day of their stay their guide, Cecilia, took them out for a game drive that was sure to change their lives forever. Under the guise of wanting to watch the sunset from a special view point, Steve asked Cecilia to park the car and the couple walked off to a secluded dune. Timing it to perfection, as the African sun began to dip behind the huge sand dunes, Steve got down on one knee and popped the question. And she said yes! It could not have been any more romantic.
Cecilia, who had been eagerly watching from the car with binoculars, joined them shortly afterwards for a glass of celebratory champagne. The couple decided to keep the news to themselves for the night but the next day shared their happy news with the world via Twitter:
Steve: “Sunset in the Namib desert, I asked the most beautiful girl in the world to marry me & she said yes! @Helenglovergb”
Helen: “Happiest girl in the world!!! Most romantic moment ever as the sun was setting in Namibia @SteveBackshall”- https://twitter.com/Helenglovergb/status/644171916627083265
Steve, who has travelled there and back and there again to some of the most beautiful countries in the world, shared with Hello! Magazine why he chose Namibia as his ultimate destination for the proposal:
“This trip was very much about taking Hels to see my world. She has always been really into animals and wildlife but, with the job she does, she has never had the chance to go on a safari. So I wanted to take her to the most special place possible. I’d been searching for somewhere for the ultimate proposal, and Namibia seemed perfect. It’s a really special place for me.”
He also added that his attitude towards the danger of his work will have to change:
“There is no doubt about it that the level of risk I am prepared to take has changed. Now I’ve got so much more to lose. I’m still going to be filming wildlife and doing big adventurous expeditions but I am not going to be throwing myself into the jaws of death anymore because I want to think that I have a potential future with a family and kids and lots of happiness with Hels.”
Wolwedans in over the moon for them…or rather ‘over the dunes’ for them! It is always so rewarding to be a part of somebody’s special moment and we’re sure that Wolwedans will hold a special place in the hearts of Steve and Helen forever.
A little more about Wolwedans Dune Camp:
“Uniquely positioned between meandering red dunes and the Losberg mountains in the distance, it exudes a certain magical quality. The seemingly paradoxical contrast of vast open spaces juxtaposed to one of man’s finest architectural feats simply adds to the allure of Wolwedans.” – Classic Safari Africa blog
Perched on top of a dune plateau in the beautiful Namib Desert is Wolwedans Dune Camp. The combination of wooden structures and canvas blinds that open up to the desert provides the ambience of a tented camp but the comfort and convenience of a permanent building. Each of the nine luxurious chalets boasts its own private veranda overlooking panoramic vistas in all directions and connecting you to vast stretches of untouched sand.