South Africa Safari wedding

We love planning a safari wedding at Ulusaba, and what could be more spectacular or evocative than a ceremony in the African Bush; at Richard Branson’s safari lodge in South Africa.

There are 2 lodges at Ulusaba Private Game Reserve in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, bordering the Kruger National Park; Ulusaba Rock Lodge is perched high on the summit of a koppie with views over the South African bush below; while nearly 500 meters away is Ulusaba Safari Lodge; which is built along the banks of a dry riverbed. Safari Lodge guests cross swing bridges between the exquisite treehouse style rooms.

SAY ‘I DO’ UNDER THE ROMANTIC CANOPY of an Amarula tree, surrounded by flaming bamboo torches, and announced by the beat of African drums. Getting married on safari at Ulusaba is the kind of wedding your guests will be talking about for several years to come. We can arrange everything from intimate ceremonies just for the two of you or larger celebrations for your nearest and dearest. Tell us what you’re dreaming of and we’ll tailor your special day.

This video is actually Richard Branson’s son, Sam’s wedding to Isabella and it gives you an idea of what is possible for your Ulusaba safari wedding – just about ANYTHING!!

Ulusaba Safari Wedding Packages

There are 4 x 3-night wedding options at Ulusaba to choose from, from simple to lavish, all designed to ensure the bride and groom get off to a fantastic start!

Pure Romance: For the couple who want a private, romantic wedding without too much fuss – from R 85,122 per couple
Pure Indulgence: Designed for the couple who want a private and romantic wedding with a lot of pampering! From R 91,140 per couple
Simply Exclusive: For those who want to bring their friends and family along but don’t want all the frills and bows – from R 930,495 for the bridal couple and up to 20 guests.
Premium Exclusive: For those who want to celebrate with their nearest and dearest with all the trimmings – from R 955,422 for the bridal couple and up to 20 guests.

Included in all 4 wedding packages:
3 nights’ accommodation for the bride and groom.
All your meals and beverages (including special wedding meals), fine wines, and unlimited French champagne.
The ceremony at any one of a variety of stunning locations either within the lodges or in the bush (transfers included).
A minister, preparation for the ceremony, processing of all legal documents.
A wedding cake.
Twice daily game drives in the bush.
Complimentary room upgrades (subject to availability).
Optional room for the bride on the eve and/or day of the wedding (subject to availability).
Pressing of the bride and grooms’ outfits.
Optional private dinner for two on the eve of the wedding and optional breakfast in bed on the morning after the ceremony.
A wedding gift from Ulusaba and plenty of other little extras and surprises!

Luxury Sabi Wedding
All wedding packages include a wedding cake

Ulusaba Safari Wedding Packages Prices and Extra Gifts

Ulusaba Pure Romance Wedding Package

Pure Romance Wedding option includes

All the above goodies as well as:
30 minute Africology Aromatheraputics massage each for the bride and groom

Ulusaba Pure Romance Wedding Package PER COUPLE for 3 Nights7th January until 30th June 2022
and
1st September until 21st December 2022
1st July until 31st August 2022
Safari RoomR 85,122R 88,122
Safari SuiteR 146,322R 152,922
Safari Suite exclusive use (2 bedrooms)R 257,322R 257,322
Elephant RoomR 85,122R 88,122
River RoomR 100,122R 104,322
River Room with plunge poolR 113,322R 118,122
Treehouse SuiteR 136,122R 142,122
Rock Cliff RoomR 85,122R 88,122
Rock Suite (2 bedrooms)R 113,322R 118,122
Master Suite with plunge poolR 113,322R 118,122
Makwela Suite with plunge poolR 136,122R 142,122
Cliff Lodge 1R 176,322R 184,122
Cliff Lodge 2R 146,322R 152,922
Cliff Lodge Exclusive (2 bedrooms)R 342,072R 358,122
Ulusaba Pure Indulgence Wedding Package

Ulusaba Pure Indulgence Wedding option includes

All the above goodies as well as:
A 1 hour Africology Devotional Journey Couples massage for the bride and groom the day before the ceremony.
A bridal bouquet, a buttonhole for the groom, and flowers for decoration.
Special wedding turndown service in the bride and groom’s room.
Manicure, pedicure, and make-up for the bride on the day.
Assistance from staff for the bride and groom for dressing, hair, etc.
30 minute Africology Repair Express facial for the bride the day after the ceremony.

Ulusaba Pure Indulgence Wedding Package PER COUPLE for 3 Nights7th January until 30th June 2022
and
1st September until 21st December 2022
1st July until 31st August 2022
Safari RoomR 91,140R 94,140
Safari SuiteR 152,340R 158,940
Safari Suite exclusive use (2 bedrooms)R 263,340R 263,340
Elephant RoomR 91,140R 94,140
River RoomR 106,140R 110,340
River Room with plunge poolR 119,340R 124,140
Treehouse SuiteR 136,122R 148,140
Rock Cliff RoomR 91,140R 94,140
Rock Suite (2 bedrooms)R 119,340R 124,140
Master Suite with plunge poolR 119,340R 124,140
Makwela Suite with plunge poolR 142,140R 148,140
Cliff Lodge 1R 182,340R 190,140
Cliff Lodge 2R 152,340R 158,940
Cliff Lodge Exclusive (2 bedrooms)R 348,090R 364,140
Ulusaba Simply Exclusive Wedding Package

Ulusaba Simply Exclusive Wedding option includes

All the above goodies as well as:
3 nights hire of one lodge for up to 20 guests and private use of game vehicles, with extra nights available.
A 30 minute Africology Aromatheraputics massage each for the bride and groom.
Special wedding turndown service in the bride and groom’s room.

Ulusaba Simply Exclusive Wedding Package for 3 Nights for up to 20 guests7th January until 30th June 2022
and
1st September until 21st December 2022
1st July until 31st August 2022
Safari LodgeR 930,495R 976,095
Rock LodgeR 1,040,295R 1,091,295
Ulusaba Premium Exclusive Wedding Package

Ulusaba Premium Exclusive Wedding option includes

All the standard goodies as well as:
3 nights’ hire of one lodge up to 20 guests and private use of game vehicles, with extra nights available.
A 1 hour Africology Devotional Journey Couples massage for the bride and groom the day prior.
Special wedding turndown service in the bride and groom’s room.
A bridal bouquet, bridesmaid bouquet, buttonholes for the groom and wedding party, flowers for decoration.
Manicure, pedicure, and make-up for the bride on the day.
Two manicures that the couple can give to the guests of their choice (e.g. bridesmaid, mother of the bride).
Assistance from staff for bridal party dressing, hair, etc.
Optional dinner party for the ‘boys’ and ‘girls’ to be arranged at two different locations at the lodge.
30 minute Africology Repair Express facial for the bride the day after the ceremony.

Ulusaba Premium Wedding Package for 3 Nights for the bridal couple and up to 20 guests7th January until 30th June 2022
and
1st September until 21st December 2022
1st July until 31st August 2022
Safari LodgeR 955,422R 1,001,022
Rock LodgeR 1,065,222R 1,116,222

How big a wedding can I have?

Ulusaba has 21 rooms and suites spread over two lodges. There are restrictions in place in the Sabi Sand Reserve on the number of guests and vehicles permitted at any one time and so the maximum number of guests we can accommodate when both Rock and Safari Lodges are booked exclusively is 42 adults. Hired separately, the maximum number we can accommodate at Rock Lodge is 20, and the maximum number of guests at Safari Lodge is 22.

The Wedding Ceremony

Say ‘I do’ in the heart of the South African bush, on the edge of the dam where the hippos come to play or from the deck at Rock Lodge – the possibilities are endless and it’s totally up to you. You may decide to wait until you arrive at Ulusaba to choose your preferred location, but here are just some of our favorites:

Ulusaba Rock Lodge Lower Deck: Our most popular location with a view to die for! You can time it just right so you can exchange vows with the setting sun as your backdrop.

Safari Destination Wedding Venue
Ulusaba wedding ceremony on Rock Lodge lower deck

The Mabrak Dry Riverbed at Ulusaba Safari Lodge: A picture postcard setting surrounded by African Jackalberry trees.

The Beach: A beach? In the middle of the African bush? Well yes… At the far side of Xikwenga Dam near Safari Lodge is an area we call ‘the beach’. We love this spot because it’s very exclusive – perfect for smaller weddings.

Xikwenga Dam: Another great spot at the dam is on the side banks; no one else can see you except maybe the hippos.

The Grassland Spot: A clearing tucked away in the bush close to Marula, our bush dinner site, and ideal for larger numbers.

Kruger wedding venue
The grassland spot wedding venue at Ulusaba

Ulusaba Rock Lodge Lounge: An all round winner! Large windows make for stunning views without losing the cozy atmosphere of this intimate space.

Ulusaba Safari Lodge Wine Cellar Deck: Safari Lodge has its own wine cellar stocked with a full selection of outstanding South African and international wines. It’s also very romantic and a lovely spot at dusk.

The Wedding Reception

There are almost as many choices of location for your reception as there are for your ceremony. The location will also be dependent on the size of your group.

For smaller, more intimate groups:
• Dine under the stars at our Stargazing Observatory in the heart of the bush – suitable for a maximum of six.
• Join us on the Treehouse Suite deck with great views over Xikwenga Dam where the hippos come to play.

For any sized group
• Dinner in the bush – a more informal setting lit by flame torches with the authentic sounds of wild Africa to set the mood. (can also be more formal)
• Dinners in Rock Lodge or Safari Lodge main lounges – an opportunity for those who like to get dressed up; but if you plan to be a bit more relaxed that’s fine too!

We know you have lots of choices on where to hold your wedding, but the key is standing out from the crowd. Ultimately; you want your guests to be talking about your wedding for years to come, and that’s where we come in. Our advice? Keep some surprises up your sleeve for that extra ‘wow’ factor.

Wedding Idea’s To Make Your Day Extra Special

The best safari wedding
Ulusaba Safari Wedding
The Extra Touches that mean so much

Available for an additional charge – please ask for our current rates.

Local Marimba Band: These groups consist of about eight members who play homemade xylophones – trust us – they’re phenomenal and excellent both for background dinner music but also great for parties. Previous guests have danced the night away to these sounds.

Performances from the Shangaan Dancers: The Shangaan are the area’s predominant tribe. They will entertain you with beautiful African inspired-tribal singing and dancing to kick off the celebrations and to get everyone up on the dance floor. This works exceptionally well for bush dinners, and guests are encouraged to get up and get involved.

Gumboot Dancers: A tradition born from the workforce in the South African mines: 12 traditional Shangaan dancers in mining overalls, hard hats, and gumboots perform a traditional mine dance which consists of a hand-clapping ritual along with slapping of the boots to create a fantastic sound and beat. These guys have some seriously impeccable timing!

Ulusaba Choir: The Shangaan are well known for their singing and dancing and talent abounds throughout their culture. The choir is made up of around 15 Ulusaba staff members who sing Shangaan songs and perform traditional dancing. It’s a vibrant and dramatic show guaranteed to warm the heart.

Justicia Best Boys: A boys’ choir that excels in creating beautiful harmonies. The boys interact with our guests and are an excellent accompaniment to more formal dinners in the lodges.

Ask us for a quote for a photographer/videographer to capture the special day.

Bachelor and Bachelorette parties can also be arranged at Ulusaba.

Ulusaba Safari Wedding formalities

It is easy to get married in South Africa as a non-resident.
There are however a few things that you need to know to further assist you with your planning. We will be able to help you with every stage of this process. We can host and arrange both religious and secular ceremonies, and included in our wedding rates, we will organize:
A minister who will process all the legal documents in preparation for the ceremony and prepare your marriage certificate.
Following the ceremony, you will receive an abridged Marriage Certificate. The minister must then apply for a full marriage certificate, which takes approximately two months to be processed by South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs. As soon as this is completed it will be mailed to your address.

Our regular ministers perform Christian or secular ceremonies for opposite and same-sex couples, but please do let us know what you need and we will further look into it for you.

South Africa gay safari wedding (LGBT)
We arrange ALL types of destination weddings including same-sex marriages

Let us create your special day; followed by a romantic honeymoon.