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What could be more spectacular than a wedding ceremony in the African Bush? This is the kind of wedding your guests will be talking about for years to come – a wedding at Richard Branson's safari lodge in South Africa.


Ulusaba Private Game Reserve is Sir Richard Branson's safari lodge located in the Western sector of the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park. The privately managed/run Sabi Sand Game Reserve is the prime game viewing area of the Kruger National Park and is renowned for its phenomenal leopard sightings.
 
Guests can taste the spoils of Africa in peace and tranquility providing the perfect place for all age groups and for any occasion to experience a safari.

There are two lodges at Ulusaba Private Game Reserve: Rock Lodge (including Cliff Lodge) & Safari Lodge.
 
Ulusaba Safari Lodge is built along the banks of the dry Mabrak riverbed, where guests will love the sense of adventure as they cross the swing bridges between exquisite tree house rooms while elephants, bushbuck, lion and other local wildlife pass by. There are 11 rooms at Ulusaba Safari Lodge (accommodating 22 people in double rooms) including  Elephant Rooms, River Rooms and the private Treehouse Suite.
 
Ulusaba River Room with plunge pool
 
Nearly 500 metres away is Ulusaba Rock Lodge which is perched high on the summit of a koppie and provides panoramic views over miles of bush, the wildlife roaming within and the beauty of the lowveld below. There are 8 rooms at Rock Lodge, including our Master Suite, Makwela Suites, Rock Cliff rooms and the two bedroom Rock Suite, some of which have private plunge pools.

Just a short walk from the main lodge is Ulusaba Cliff Lodge (at Rock Lodge) has two one-bedroom suites. Cliff Lodge 1 can sleep up to three adults and two children, Cliff Lodge 2 can sleep up to two adults and two children. When hired exclusively enjoy your own dedicated game vehicle and a chef to prepare all your meals.

Children of any age are welcome at Rock Lodge and Cliff Lodge but must be 12 or above to stay at the Safari Lodge. Younger pride members of the family can visit the Cub’s Club, which runs a fun daily program of activities aiming to both entertain and educate cubs about their surroundings.

With unique sights, sounds and smells of Africa on your doorstep in the kind of style and luxury you'd expect from a five star boutique hotel, Ulusaba is perfect place for all age groups and for is ideal for your safari wedding party.
 
Ulusaba Rock Lodge bathroom
 
How big a wedding can I have?
Ulusaba has 21 rooms and suites spread over the 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 25, and the maximum number of guests at Safari Lodge is 22.
 
The Wedding Ceremony
Ulusaba wedding setup
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:
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 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 African and international wines. It’s also very romantic and a lovely spot at dusk.
 
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.
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.

Those little (and big) touches that mean so much… (All activities are 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 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.
 
Bachelor and Bachelorette parties can also be arranged at Ulusaba.
 
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. 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.

Ulusaba Safari Wedding Ceremony
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There are four 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!
  1. Pure Romance: For the couple who want a private, romantic wedding without too much fuss
  2. Pure Indulgence: Designed for the couple who want a private and romantic wedding with a lot of pampering!
  3. Simply Exclusive: For those who want to bring their friends and family along but don’t want all the frills and bows
  4. Premium Exclusive: For those who want to celebrate with their nearest and dearest with all the trimmings
 
Included in the 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.
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 Ulusaba and plenty of other little extras and surprises!

Plus:

Ulusaba 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 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 button hole for the groom and flowers for decoration.
Special wedding turn down 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 Simply Exclusive Wedding option includes all the above goodies as well as:
3 nights hire of one lodge for bridal couple and 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.

Ulusaba Premium Exclusive Wedding option includes all the standard goodies as well as:
3 nights’ hire of one lodge for up to 22 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 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.
 
Safari Wedding at Ulusaba

Safari Wedding Package Rates (All prices are per couple):

Ulusaba Pure Romance Wedding Package: 2018 2019
3 Nights per couple Extra night 3 Nights per couple Extra night
Safari Room R 71 670 R 20 200 R 75 444 R 21 200
Safari Suite R 120 570 R 36 500 R 126 444 R 38 200
Safari Suite (Exclusive Use) R 217 470 R 68 800 R 218 244 R 68 800
Elephant or Rock Cliff Room R 79 770 R 22 900 R 83 844 R 24 000
River Room R 90 270 R 26 400 R 94 644 R 27 600
River Room with plunge pool R 100 470 R 29 800 R 105 444 R 31 200
Treehouse Suite R 120 570 R 36 500 R 126 444 R 38 200
Rock Suite (2 bedroom) R 100 470 R 29 800 R 105 444 R 31 200
Master Suite with plunge pool R 100 470 R 29 800 R 105 444 R 31 200
Makwela Suite with plunge pool R 120 570 R 36 500 R 126 444 R 38 200
Cliff Lodge 1* R 159 270 R 49 400 R 167 244 R 51 800
Cliff Lodge 2* R 138 180 R 42 370 R 145 044 R 44 400
Cliff Lodge Exclusive Use * R 307 170 R 98 700 R 307 944 R 98 700
 
Ulusaba Pure Indulgence Wedding Package: 2018 2019
3 Nights per couple Extra night 3 Nights per couple Extra night
Safari Room R 76 890 R 20 200 R 80 919 R 21 200
Safari Suite R 125 790 R 36 500 R 131 919 R 38 200
Safari Suite (Exclusive Use) R 222 690 R 68 800 R 223 719 R 68 800
Elephant or Rock Cliff Room R 84 990 R 22 900 R 89 319 R 24 000
River Room R 95 490 R 26 400 R 100 119 R 27 600
River Room with plunge pool R 105 690 R 29 800 R 110 919 R 31 200
Treehouse Suite R 125 790 R 36 500 R 131 919 R 38 200
Rock Suite (2 bedrooms) R 105 690 R 29 800 R 110 919 R 31 200
Master Suite with plunge pool R 105 690 R 29 800 R 110 919 R 31 200
Makwela Suite with plunge pool R 125 790 R 36 500 R 131 919 R 38 200
Cliff Lodge 1* R 164 490 R 49 400 R 172 719 R 51 800
Cliff Lodge 2* R 143 400 R 42 370 R 150 519 R 44 400
Cliff Lodge Exclusive Use * R 312 390 R 98,700 R 313 419 R 98 700
 
*Cliff Lodge 1 and 2 can be booked individually within 4 months prior to guest arrival.

Ulusaba Simply Exclusive & Premium Exclusive Wedding Packages
Below prices are for up to 22 guests sharing Safari Lodge or 25 guests sharing Rock Lodge
Simply Exclusive
3 Night Wedding Package
2018 2019
3 Nights  Extra night 3 Nights  Extra night
Safari Lodge R 762 720 R 250 200 R 801 048 R 262 700
Rock Lodge R 897 120 R 295 000 R 942 048 R 309 700
 
Premium Exclusive
3 Night Wedding Package
2018 2019
3 Nights  Extra night 3 Nights  Extra night
Safari Lodge R 784 860 R 250 200 R 824 319 R 262 700
Rock Lodge R 919 260 R 295 000 R 965 319 R 309 700
 
All above rates exclude the Christmas and New Year period when there is a set minimum stay. Please contact us for rates over these periods.

Available on request (not included in the rates)
We have lots of exciting extras available on request including a spectacular helicopter flight through the Blyde River Canyon to take in God’s Window, followed by a romantic picnic with views of The Pinnacle, a place of breathtaking beauty high above the world! We can also arrange extra flowers, hairdressing, flights, table gifts – in fact pretty much anything!

African Entertainment
We can arrange traditional African entertainment on your special day. Please contact us for more information and costs.

Photography Packages are available
 
All rates are subject to change.
 
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