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Do you imagine an ultra-romantic wedding where the Big Five roam freely with your close friends and family in a malaria-free game reserve in South Africa. Then Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve is going to be perfect luxury wedding destination for you.

Or just the two of you can tie the knot at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge. We can customize your wedding to suit you. Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge offers a rare opportunity for the two of you to exchange vows in one of the best wedding venues in South Africa.
Makanyane Safari Lodge wedding
When you choose Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge for your wedding, you’ll have a dedicated member of the team to liaise with every step of the way. What’s more, you’ll have instant access to our carefully vetted shortlist of trusted suppliers, from florists to photographers, who we have worked with successfully for years.
Same-sex weddings are also available in South Africa, and we welcome your inquiry.
So, whether you’re looking for a secluded ceremony for two or an extraordinary celebration which takes over the whole lodge, we’ll work closely with you to ensure every aspect of your wedding day is exactly as you would like it to be.
With just eight luxurious suites dotted along the riverbank, Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge is the epitome of romance.Stylishly furnished and discretely positioned, each glass-walled bedroom offers uninterrupted views across the Marico river and surrounding forest, ensuring you can fold back your windows and enjoy the area’s intoxicating natural beauty in total privacy. Where else offers game viewing so exclusive that you can watch the local wildlife wander past your door or wallow in the tranquil waters below whilst you luxuriate in a sumptuous freestanding bath?
Elephant passing bedroom
For a magical start to married life, why not enjoy an alfresco night under the African sky. Cosy up in our secure double storey hide, watch the sun set across the horizon and listen to the bush lullaby as you fall asleep beneath a canopy of stars. Then, as dawn breaks, gaze down on the Big Five as Madikwe’s abundant game approach the waterhole below for a morning drink.
Makanyane romantic Sleep Out Hide
Thanks to the in-house beauty experts, you can rest assured your partner’s heart will skip a beat as you walk down your African aisle. From hairdressing and make-up to clothes steaming and an ironing service, let our hands-on team take care of everything so that you can just focus on each other. For the ultimate pre-wedding pampering, why not take advantage of the indulgent treatments offered by our highly trained team of specialists at our secluded bush spa. With a bountiful menu brimming with manicures, massages, facials and body wraps, simply choose whether to soothe your body and mind from the luxury of your suite  deck or from another idyllic vantage point and enjoy dramatic views across one of South Africa’s most remote game parks. Whichever you opt for, simply lie back and let any worries ebb away in the Sanctuary of Makanyane Safari Lodge.
Makanyane Safari Lodge bride
Picture yourselves celebrating your union beneath an ancient Tamboti tree, on the banks of the Marico River or overlooking a waterhole. Imagine being serenaded by the uplifting performance of a local African choir or walking down the aisle to the evocative sounds of the reserve’s untamed residents.

To be wed in Africa is to answer the call of the wild. And, with 4,450 awe-inspiring acres of private African savannah, Sanctuary Makanyane offers a rare opportunity for the two of you to exchange vows wherever the mood takes you. Wherever and however you choose to say I do we’ll help you find the perfect spot that captures your hearts as well as your imagination.
After your VIP nuptials, it’s time to savour the moment with a gourmet reception that’s right for you. Trained by one of South Africa’s finest food alchemists, our passionate head chef and his talented team are on hand to conjure up culinary magic and transfix your tastebuds with a unique blend of local and international flavours. If you’re celebrating à deux, an intimate meal underneath the stars or a mouth-watering sunset feast in our open-air Boma could well be on the menu.  Alternatively, perhaps you’d prefer a poolside candlelit dinner for you and your guests or an authentic bush braai out in the reserve, letting the flickering flames from the open fire cast mesmerising shadows across the plains. For a sweet finale, a wedding cake of your choosing is included in all our wedding packages, whilst our sublime dishes are complemented by a tempting choice of award-winning fine wines from our exceptional wine cellar.
Fully personalised wedding packages start from ZAR 25,000 and include:
Wedding coordinator
A minister to perform the ceremony
Wedding cake
Hot Stone Massage for wedding couple
African song and dance troupe
Decorated wedding suite
Sleep-out under the stars experience
Private dinner & breakfast for wedding couple
Sparkling wine & fruit platter on arrival
Makanyane rates
(per night)
1 - 3 nights 4 - 6 nights 7+ nights
Per person
Single rate Child rate **
Per person
Single rate Child rate **
Per person
Single rate Child rate **
7th January - 30th April 2019 R9 900 R14 850 R4 950 R8 415 R12 623 R4 208 R7 425 R11 138 R3 713
1st May - 31st August 2019 R8 500 R12 750 R4 250 R5 950 R8 925 R2 975 R5 525 R8 288 R2 763
1st September 2019 - 5th January 2020 R11 900 R 17 850 R5 950 R10 710 R16 065 R5 355  R10 115 R15 173 R5 058
6th January - 30th April 2020 R 10 900 R 16 350 R 5 450 R 9 265 R 13 898 R 4 633 R 8 175 R 12 263 R 4 088
1st May - 31st August 2020 R 9 350 R 14 025 R 4 675 R 6 545 R 9 818 R 3 273 R 6 078 R 9 117 R 3 039
1st September 2020 - 3rd January 2021 R 13 100 R 19 650 R 6 550 R 11 790 R 17 685 R 5 895 R 11 135 R 16 703 R 5 568

**Children aged 12 and over are welcome at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge. A maximum of two children aged 12 – 15 inclusive are able to share a suite with two adults.
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Following your wedding, why not add on your honeymoon in Cape Town or Vic Falls or Mozambique or Mauritius - the possibilities are endless.