Can you imagine saying your vows in the African savannah? That endless expanse of low lying shrubbery punctuated by trees provides the perfect place for an evocative safari wedding. Picture your entire tight-knit group of friends and close family, all together in a private game reserve teeming with wildlife. Say your “I Dos” in a memorable setting while guests watch on from the comfort of their safari chairs neatly set-up alongside a lantern-lined path. The only interruption between you and the tranquility of nature might be the mighty roar of a lion, a whoop from a hyena or the hoot of an owl.
More than a wedding, this could be the holiday of a lifetime for your guests, which is why we’ve sourced 3 safari wedding venues in Kruger that will appeal a variety of different couples.
Weddings at Grand Kruger Lodge and Spa in Marloth Park
The Grand Kruger Lodge is a four star establishment set within Marloth Park, which hovers on the boundary of the Kruger National Park. In terms of safari wedding destinations, it’s relatively affordable. The Grand Kruger specialises in catering for quite a large capacity, and will arrange your entire wedding from start to finish. A qualified wedding team is there on the day to oversee the smooth running of events. There’s even an on-site chapel which means you can organise the formalities and the reception under one roof.
A selection of standard rooms, luxury rooms and family rooms provide a variety of accommodation options for the wedding party.
Weddings at Sabi Sabi
Sabi Sabi is located in the exclusive Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, and is a sought after destination in the Greater Kruger for big five safaris. Imagine saying your vows in a world-renown game reserve? It certainly makes for one of the most bucket-list weddings to attend. In true five star style, Sabi Sabi ensures every single angle is covered ensuring that you dream safari wedding is nothing short of a unique fairytale. Couples are spoilt for choice when it comes to planning a wedding at Sabi Sabi!
There are a variety of wedding venue options available in the pristine bushveld. Selati Camp offers the option of having the reception on the pool deck or in a clearing in the heart of the bushveld. Bush Lodge offers space on a deck overlooking a waterhole with views that extend across the plains, and also the option to have it in an open space in the bushveld. Little Bush caters for large groups and sets up the perfect lantern-lined magical Out of Africa scene in the midst of the ‘veld. Earth Lodge – just like its sister lodges – offers up a clearing in the bush for a wedding venue or in the foyer area around the water feature.
From conceptualisation to execution, the wedding co-ordination team will help you set-up the perfect wedding. Exceptional cuisine coupled with a stereotypical African scene makes for the ideal safari wedding!
Weddings at Ulusaba
Ulusaba is serious about safari weddings and pulls out all the stops when it comes to your special day. There are so many added value extras that it’s near impossible to list all of them. Firstly, loved-up couples have the choice of a whopping 7 spots to say their “I dos”.
The Lower Deck at Rock Lodge is probably the most popular destination because of its sweeping bushveld views. The Mabrak Riverbed at Safari Lodge offers the perfect sandy savannah setting, and if you want to step it up a notch with the bushveld sandy scene, then we recommend two different spots at Xikwenga Dam near Safari Lodge. Both the Rock Lodge lounge and the wine cellar offer intimate destinations for smaller parties. The prime spot for grand larger-than-life weddings is the Grassland Spot tucked away in a pocket of bushveld.
Ulusaba likes to make an impression and will tailor-make your wedding according to your every whim. In sticking with the African theme, the efficient team at Ulusaba encourages couples to provide some kind of entertainment for their guests.
Entertainment on offer includes : Shangaan dancing, Gumboot dancing, African Marimba Band, Ulusaba’s own choir and a local choir from the community.
Ulusaba can arrange photography, romantic game drives and all the details needed for a romantic and successful wedding in the bushveld. The cherry on the top? Not only does the team have specific wedding packages on offer, but they can also arrange your bachelors and bachelorette !