WEDDINGS AT ULUSABA


What could be more spectacular or evocative than a ceremony in the African Bush!
etting married on safari at Ulusaba is the kind of wedding your guests will be talking about for years to come.

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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 favourites:
 The Lower Deck at Rock Lodge: 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

The 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.

Numbers
Ulusaba has 21 rooms and suites spread over two lodges. Rock Lodge is perched high on the summit of a koppie with views over the South African bush below.

The 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.

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. 

Nearly 500 metres away is Safari Lodge. Built along the banks of a dry riverbed, Safari Lodge guests cross swing bridges between the exquisite tree house style rooms.
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.
Hired separately, the maximum number we can accommodate at Rock Lodge is 20, and the maximum number of guests at Safari Lodge is 22.

What Else?
We can host and arrange both religious and secular ceremonies, and included in our wedding rates, we will organise:

Weddings The Ulusaba Way
We know you have lots of choices on where to hold your wedding, but the key is stand 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 would be to keep some surprises up your sleeve for that extra ‘wow’ factor (All activities below are available for an additional charge – please contact us for more information).
• 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 gum boots 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.

Premium Exclusive
For those who want to celebrate with their nearest and dearest with all the trimmings. This package includes all standard options as well as:
• 3 nights’ hire of one lodge and private use of game vehicles, with extra nights available 

Romance
For those of you who’ve tied the knot elsewhere or just looking to win some extra brownie points we offer a romantic escape that will never be forgotten.
Who says romance is dead? At Ulusaba we see it every day, and not just from our human guests. The elephants who roam the Sabi Sand Reserve are often spotted cuddling each other, and when something the size of an elephant gets amorous, you’re advised to keep your distance!
A stay at Ulusaba can you give you the space you and your partner need to ignite (or re-ignite!) the magic, and we’ve got some great suggestions and ideas for an intimate and private escape in the African bush. Whether
you’re on honeymoon or just fancy a romantic break, there are
only 21 rooms and suites at Ulusaba split over two lodges, so finding
some time alone won’t be a problem.

Terms and conditions apply. For more information, call your Bucket List Buddy team.

 

 

 

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 The Mabrak Dry Riverbed at 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
 Rock Lodge Lounge: An all-round winner! Large windows make for stunning views without losing the cosy atmosphere of this intimate space
 Safari Lodge Wine Cellar Deck: Safari Lodge has its own wine cellar stocked with a full selection of outstanding South Africa.

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What are your options?

e've put together four wedding options, from the simple to the lavish, all designed with you in mind.
 If you need anything else just let us know.

The Romance
For the couple who want a private, romantic wedding without too much fuss. This package includes all standard options as well as a 30 minute Africology Aromatheraputics massage each for the bride and groom.
 A 1 hour Africology Devotional Journey Couples massage for the bride and groom the day prior
 A bridal bouquet
• A button hole for the groom and flowers for decoration
• Special wedding turn down service in the bride and groom’s room
• A 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.

Pure Indulgence
Designed for the couple who want a private and romantic wedding with a lot of pampering! This package includes all standard options as well as:

Simply Exclusive
For those who want to bring their friends and family along but don’t want all the frills and bows. This package includes all standard options as well as:
• 3 nights’ hire of one lodge for up to 22 guests and private use of
• Game vehicles, with extra nights available
• 30 minute Africology Aromatheraputics massage each for
the bride and groom
• Special wedding turn down service in the bride and groom’s room
•  1 hour Africology Devotional Journey Couples massage for
he bride and groom the day prior
•  Special wedding turn down service in the bride and groom’s room
•  A bridal bouquet, bridesmaid bouquet, button holes 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.

What's Included with all your Options
• 
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
• 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)
• Optional private dinner for two on the eve of the wedding
• Optional breakfast in bed on the morning after the ceremony
• Pressing of the bride and grooms’ outfits
• A wedding gift from us and plenty of other little extras and surprises!

Special Occasions
Whether a milestone birthday, anniversary, company retreat or just a time to get away with friends and family, Ulusaba is the perfect setting. With exclusive use of one or both of the Ulusaba lodges you have all the privacy, exclusivity and flexibility that you desire. Your stay will be uniquely tailored: perhaps cocktails at sunset followed by tribal dances around a bush campfire or a safari themed child’s birthday party…
hatever your preference, our team will ensure an unforgettable African safari experience.