weddings under an african sky

South Africa's rich cultural heritage (where else do you find 11 official languages?) makes it the ideal destination for couples from all over the world to get married. From a typical Western wedding with the dress, the bridesmaids, the flowers, the formalities; to the paying of lobola (bride price), there is something to appeal to all tastes.

At Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve in the Sabi Sand Wildtuin, unique wedding ceremonies are created that combines elements of Shangaan culture (the local communities are all Shangaan) with English, Afrikaans and other traditions.

Safari wedding

a safari styled wedding

One of the most beautiful areas on the Sabi Sabi property is called "Fig Tree Crossing" -a sandy river bank and a huge rock, behind which grows an enormous Sycamore Fig tree, which spreads its dappled shade across the top of the rock. In the shady riverbed, a simple wedding table is prepared, with a white linen cloth, champagne on ice, some driftwood, pods and wild flowers. Next to the table are safari chairs for the guests and priest.

Vows are exchanged against this magnificent setting, and rings are blessed on a porcupine quill. After the ceremony, the couple has photos taken around the rock, the tree and on the sandy river bed before celebrating with champagne. They then travel back to the lodge for the wedding banquet.

On returning to the safari lodge the wedding table is recreated and the festivities kick off with singing and dancing from the local community. It is customary to make a lot of joyous noise - singing and beating drums - before starting the wedding feast. Singers will sing ancient songs as well as improvising with a new song made up with the wedding couple's names. All guests are involved in the dancing and celebrating and then sit down around a fire to eat and drink in celebration. While local beer is an integral part of any wedding, fine local wines and champagne are included as well.

Safari wedding

When the evening winds down, the wedding couple will retire to a "honeymoon" suite prepared with rose petals, candles and champagne - the perfect ending to a perfect day.

Sabi Sabi, set in the Sabi Sands game reserve, is an exquisite South African wedding venue as well as a gorgeous honeymoon destination. Offering an addictive combination of wild Africa and luxurious opulence; guests at Sabi Sabi are treated like royalty. Sit back, relax and leave the wedding preparations up to their experts whilst you enjoy massages, sunset cocktails and game drives. Contact us to book your ultimate wedding under the African sky.

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