By Rashim Nabanja
Who doesn’t love a memorable proposal? Couples have done it all. Some get engaged at concerts, conferences, nice romantic dinners, everyone is basically looking for the perfect way to ask for their partner’s hand in marriage.
For Makoma Nation, a professional travel photographer, he decided to do it in the wild. Right in the middle of Lake Mburo National park, Makoma went down on one knee and asked for his girlfriend’s hand in marriage as the giraffes watched on. We bet somewhere in there, they were cheering for this young happy couple.
In a photo that went viral via twitter, Makoma is seen on an un-bended knee trying to fix a ring on his girlfriend’s finger as an armed wildlife ranger and two giraffes were watching.
The lucky girl is said to be Ronah Asiimwe, a proprietor of the first Urban Rolex Booth in the western Uganda regional centre Mbarara and alumna of Makerere University.
According to SoftPower news that had an interview with the couple, Asiimwe reveals she was really caught off guard but at the same time excited, “We had planned on taking photos but the ring part wasn’t part of it. It was just a photo-shoot, we had travelled just the two of us.”
The couple has always been taking vacations to different tourist destinations like Queen Elizabeth and Kibaale Forest. Asiimwe just didn’t know this one was going to come with something extra special compared to others.
For Makoma, he says it took him two weeks to plan the surprise. He says he had talked to the ranger and the photographer so they knew what was going to happen.
Makoma also reveals that at first they met a leopard during the trekking and he wondered if he should do it from there but decided to proceed until they ran into the giraffes.
Makoma hopes that following their proposal, people will start looking at national parks as a place you can do a proposal from but says he had to settle for Lake Mburo National Park because he was certain he would get Giraffes or zebras in big herds.