Weddings & Honeymoons under an African sky at Selati Camp’s new Ivory Suite, Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, South Africa
South Africa is now the most popular destination for UK couples choosing to marry and honeymoon abroad. Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, situated in the Southern section of the Kruger National Park, has launched their ‘Weddings Under an African Sky’ package offering an addictive combination of wild Africa and luxurious opulence.
Couples can now marry at one of the most beautiful areas on the reserve, famous for its abundance of wildlife including giraffes and zebras, called "Fig Tree Crossing", a sandy river bank and a huge rock, behind which grows an enormous Sycamore Fig tree, spreading its dappled shade across the top of the rock.
By the shady riverbed, a simple wedding table is prepared, with a white linen cloth, champagne on ice, some driftwood, pods and wild flowers. Vows are exchanged against this magnificent setting and rings are blessed on a porcupine quill. Following the ceremony, photos are taken before returning to the luxurious Selati Camp, where festivities kick off with singing and dancing from the local Shangaan singers. Guests are seated around a fire to eat and drink in celebration.
When the evening winds down, the wedding couple can retire the newly redesigned Ivory Suite. Huge sliding glass doors lead to an outdoor shower, accompanied by an intimate patio and private plunge pool, all of which enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding bushveld.
Renowned South African designer Stephen Rich was recruited to recreate the beauty and sense of history for which the original suite was famous. Rich antiques, Persian rugs and decadent fabrics in the suite, complemented by authentic railway memorabilia, create old world ambiance. The heart of the suite is the carved-wood bed covered in fine linen and draped with sheer netting.
Guests staying in the Ivory Suite have their own ranger and private Land Rover for safaris. Intimate, exclusive and wildly romantic, Selati Camp is ideal for couples looking to escape to the era of colonial elegance in safari adventures. Named after the historical Selati Railway line that ran through the eastern section of the private reserve and a legendary female chief of the ancient Tebula tribe, the camp’s old world charm, design and spirit strike a contrast to modern game lodges.
Fashioned in a colonial "Out of Africa" style, this exclusive lodge comprises eight opulent thatched suites, each with a private alfresco shower nestled under majestic indigenous trees. Afro-fusion cuisine is served on wooden thatched decks built alongside the Msuthlu riverbed, in the open air boma or in the farmhouse kitchen.
Tracking Africa's big game including the Big Five in open vehicles by day and at night accompanied by qualified game rangers and Shangaan trackers, and going off road for exceptionally close wildlife encounters, add to the magical honeymoon experience at Sabi Sabi.
‘Weddings Under an African Sky’ at Seltati Camp, Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve start from £595.00 per person per night. Rates include a special candlelight dinner on private viewing deck for the wedding couple, open Land Rover safaris by day and at night to see Africa's big game accompanied by qualified rangers, environmental awareness walking safaris, breakfast, lunch and "boma" dinner, selected beverages and South African wines for the entire party throughout their stay.
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