Standing under an acacia tree instead of a chapel and being serenaded by birds instead of a band; a wedding in the African wilderness is guaranteed to not only be wildly romantic, but also magical and memorable.
For safari lovers, saying ‘I do’ while in some of Africa’s most remote and scenic spots, is about as special as it can get. Surrounded by some of your closest family and friends, with the possibility of some wildlife guests popping in, safari weddings in Africa are about as intimate as they come, and an excellent excuse to not have to invite all those distant relatives and high school friends that you’ve barely spoken to in years.
Deciding to get married while on safari is the easy part, the hard part is deciding where to get married. With so many incredible destinations on offer, picking just one perfect location can be a challenge.
Here are a couple points to consider:
• How many people will be attending the wedding? This will help you determine the size of the camp/lodge you wish you stay at. Some places allow you to book out the entire lodges, allowing for a completely private experience.
• When do you plan on getting married? Many destinations are better in specific seasons. For example, if you want to get married near the Okavango Delta, late Autumn – Winter would be the best time to see the delta in full flood.
Once you’ve decided on the above, the fun part begins – deciding where to go!
Here are a few dreamy destinations for a wilderness wedding in Africa:
Moremi Crossing, Botswana (Under One Botswana Sky)
With its whimsical waterways and lagoons, stunning sunsets to make you swoon, and incredible wildlife viewing opportunities, the Okavango Delta simply oozes romance and is one of the most scenic places in Africa to host a wedding.
Situated on the on the small, idyllic island of Ntswi, surrounded by the game-rich seasonal floodplains of the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango, Moremi Crossing is an eco-friendly safari camp that effortlessly combines luxury, simplicity and raw nature. Comprising 16 comfortable en-suite tents, including a Family Tent sleeping four (2 adults and 2 children) and a Honeymoon Tent with an outdoor bath, Moremi Crossing offers excellent accommodation options at affordable prices. Surrounded on all sides by the Okavango Delta and only accessible via chartered flight, Moremi Crossing offers a secluded and serene setting for a bush wedding.
Find more details and photos from Jake and Leah’s wedding at Moremi Crossing here.
Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill Bush Homes, South Africa
Pristine, rugged and ancient – these are three words that describe the under-explored northern nook of South Africa known as the Waterberg region.
Situated in a private reserve that is nestled into the folds of the Waterberg’s soaring mountain peaks and expansive savannah plains, Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill Bush Homes are two classic and spacious bush homes offering accommodation options to suit the needs of every traveler. While the lodge might be most well-known for its outstanding horseback safaris, it’s romantic offerings are in a class of their own. For the more traditional, there is a thatched church designed in 1914, not far from the reserve. Alternatively, couples can choose to be wed atop the mountain, with the unrivalled views of the Waterberg as their backdrop.
Pumulani Lodge, Malawi
Lake Malawi, also known as ‘The Lake of Stars’, is the crowned jewel of Malawi and the ultimate destination for those who can’t decide between having a bush wedding or a beach wedding.
Subtly snuggled into the lush hills and craggy outcrops on the west side of the Nankumba Peninsula on the Southern end of Lake Malawi, Pumulani Lodge comprises 10 spacious private villas that blend seamlessly into their environment and overlook this scenic wonderland. The white sandy, palm-fringed beaches, with the sparkly, turquoise waters of Lake Malawi as the backdrop, provides a picturesque scene for an intimate wedding setup.
Tongabezi Lodge, Zambia
One of the natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in Africa and one of the most magical wedding locations you could wish for.
Located on the banks of the Zambezi river, upstream of the majestic Victoria Falls, Tongabezi Lodge effortlessly combines romance and exclusivity with warm and attentive service. Each of the six houses were built with romance in mind and boast spectacular views. For the ultimate lavish and private experience, Tongabezi’s Honeymoon House, winner of Travel Africa’s ‘Best Room in Africa’, is literally unrivalled. In addition to providing a spectacular setting, and luxurious accommodation options, the attentive team at Tongabezi offers to organize every detail of your wedding from the legalities to the flower arrangements, ensuring a truly special occasion.
If a wilderness wedding is starting to sound like a good way to tie the knot, get it touch with us and let us help you plan it.