Description of your Safari Elopement in South Africa
Are you thinking about a Safari Elopement in South Africa? If you dream about getting married somewhere unique and special and have always wanted to go on safari, we have something very special for you: Combine these two amazing experiences into one unforgettable, incredible elopement day in South Africa!
Enjoy an overnight stay for two at a classy South African game lodge, in our biggest Big 5 reserve – the Greater Kruger National Park. Say your I Do’s surrounded by the South African bushveld, while on a game drive.
Program location: Nelspruit, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Program length: 5 hours
Meeting point: The chosen game lodge
Participants: 8 guests can join apart from the couple
Experience: Getting ready, first look, ceremony, late afternoon game drive in Park, sunset photo shoot
Sightseeing: Greater Kruger National Park, animals in the park
Climate: Hot summer days and warm evenings. Warm to cool days in winter and cool evenings. Rainfall in summer
Available: All year round
Recommended months: March, April, May, October, November, December
Activity level: Light – Suitable for anyone
About the Host of your Safari Elopement in South Africa
My name is Louise and specialize in elopements and destination weddings to South Africa.
I love travelling to the Kruger National Park area. It is such a beautiful area and there is always something interesting to see in terms of wildlife. As a setting for an elopement, it’s breathtaking and unique.
My philosophy is that a wedding is about the marriage and you sharing your love and commitment and making promises to each other. It should be a fun, stress-free day that you will remember for years to come. All you need to do is arrive and have a good tie, I take care of the planning and management for you. I also work with the best people who share my philosophy and who are fun to work with.
Itinerary of your Safari Elopement in South Africa
Fly to the nearest airport and transfer to lodge the day before your Safari elopement in South Africa. Depending on time of arrival, you can enjoy an afternoon game drive. The day of your elopement wedding, enjoy an early morning game drive and relaxed day at the pool or under the trees watching the world go by.
The exact times of your elopement itinerary depend on the time of the sunset. These are rough time estimates for your Safari elopement in South Africa.
2:00 pm – Start getting dressed and ready for your wedding ceremony later in the afternoon. This will include hair and makeup for the bride(s) as well as quick solo photo shoots for the couple while getting ready and before the ceremony. Allow 1,5 hours for this.
3:30 pm – We’ll start with a first look so that you can see each other looking amazing and ready to get married.
We will then move to the ceremony area. The ceremony area depends on the chosen lodge and game reserve rules. The marriage officer will perform your ceremony. Once done, you will toast each other with a cold glass of bubbly.
4:00 pm – We then go on a late afternoon game drive to do a newly-wed couple shoot and see what animals we can see.
5:30 pm- Once the sun has gone down, we will return to the lodge, where you will freshen up in your room and sit down to a romantic South African style dinner for two.
Comments about your Safari Elopement in South Africa
The experience is carried out under all weather conditions, even if it rains
We can adapt the timing of the program – we can make it longer, shorter or split over two days, to increase the amount of time to take couple’s photos.
You are welcome to extend your stay on either side of your wedding, at your own cost. You are also welcome to invite guests, at your own cost.
The package is subject to all-inclusive rules of the chosen lodge.
Non – South Africans can get legally married here and this package does include this possibility. The paperwork they need depends on where they’re from. The time it takes is dependent on the country and our Home Affairs.
What is included in your Safari Elopement in South Africa
Full elopement planning and management, including sourcing and managing suppliers.
Planner travel & accommodation
Helping to choose and book a suitable lodge – there are many options for different needs
Photographic documentation of the couple getting ready, the ceremony and a newly-wed couple shoot after the ceremony, on safari. This will be maximum 5 hours, and you will get a minimum of 250 digital, edited images within 8 weeks of your elopement (photographer dependent)
Marriage celebrant to conduct the ceremony
Bridal bouquet of local, seasonal flowers
Hair & makeup for the bride
Bottle of South African bubbly
What is not included in your Safari Elopement in South Africa
Travel to and from the game lodge
Accommodation – there are many lodges to chose from and I help you find the best – they usually have breakfast and dinner included
Other supplier travel and accommodation, if needed
Food and drinks – The game lodge will provide all meals and charge clients separately.
Extra flowers, décor and furniture
What to bring to your Safari Elopement in South Africa
Your wedding outfits
Flat shoes are recommended for your wedding, but you can alternate with heels if that works for you.
Your wedding rings
We can discuss other needs such as music and special touches
Comfortable clothes suitable for very hot, cooler and rainy weather on days besides your wedding day
How to prepare for your Safari Elopement in South Africa
You will need to fly into the airport nearest the chosen game lodge (from an international South African airport). The game lodge will be able to arrange transfers from the airport to the lodge and back.
Ensure you have clothing for very hot, cooler and rainy weather. A hat, comfortable walking shoes and a jacket are needed. Most lodges have swimming pools, so a swimsuit is recommended. You will need to bring sunscreen and insect repellant. Please check whether you will need to take anti-malaria medication – recommended in summer months, further north.
For game viewing, binoculars and a camera are helpful.
Add-ons to your Safari Elopement in South Africa
Guests (up until 8 persons) can join your elopement at 175 USD extra charge (accommodation & meals not included)
Guest Hair & Make-up 200 USD
Videography 5 hour coverage 1500 USD
Flower Crown 70 USD
Additional Photography per hour 300 USD
Legal marriage paperwork – official marriage license 210 USD