Sources said that it was Cheryl's mom, who suggested they go to South Africa. “When he mentioned taking her away to Jamaica, Joan said it was a good idea. But she said he would be better off choosing somewhere like South Africa because she knows Cheryl loves the place. Joan appears to be warming to Ashley again - for the time being," The Daily Star quoted a source as saying.
However, Cheryl's ex-boyfriend Derek Hough is said to be upset with the couple's plan, as he took her to Africa twice during their brief romance. “It's a kick in the teeth. The poor man has been unceremoniously dumped by Cheryl and now she and Ashley are off to Africa which Derek used to call 'their place'," added the source.