Tanzania Weddings
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Tanzania wedding - Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge Wedding Package. Get married at the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania.

Wedding at Serena Ngorongoro Crater
Legal weddings are hard to find in this area (most are only blessings) but at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, we can make your dream of a romantic wedding at Ngorongoro Crater a reality.
Regularly voted one of the best hotels in the world, this unique lodge clings to the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, the largest and most perfect volcanic crater on Earth. Long and low, the lodge is built from local river stone and camouflaged with indigenous vines. Designed to blend completely into the landscape, it is entirely invisible from the floor of the Crater 600 metres below.

Ngorongoro Crater weddingThe Ngorongoro Conservation Area boasts the finest blend of landscapes, wildlife, people and archaeological sites in Africa so your Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge wedding will be truly memorable for you and your guests.

Known as ‘the eighth wonder of the world' the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa's best-known wildlife arenas. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it offers a unique biosphere, which has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. Deep within the Crater, enclosed by towering walls, some 25,000 large mammals wander the plains, lakes and forests of ‘the land that time forgot', dominated by enormous bull elephants, rhinos and lions.

Hugging the contours of the jagged Crater rim, the lodge takes its inspiration from the so-called ‘Cradle of Mankind', the prehistoric site of Olduvai Gorge, which lies close by. Linked by arched stone passages and timbered decks, its walls are decorated with stylized prehistoric cave paintings and lit by flaring torches. At the stone heart of the lodge burns a glowing fire, which is kept constantly alight. Decorated with cave paintings, the rooms are strung around the Crater rim. Each has its own rock-enclosed balcony, and all enjoy completely uninterrupted views of the volcanic amphitheatre far below.

Getting there
The Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, lies immediately adjacent to the Serengeti National Park and 180 kilometres from Arusha.
By road: transfers by road from Arusha take approximately 4 hours.
By air: there is an adjacent airstrip and a ‘meet and greet' and transfer service is offered.

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge exterior
75 rock-built rooms with panoramic private balconies
Rock built dining room and bar with central fire
Extensive viewing terraces
Game drives into the Crater daily
Wedding planning and honeymoon venue
Gift shop, business centre, WiFi
Tented conference centre
Extensive selection of sports and activities
Cultural dance and music
TV room with satellite TV.
Wedding Ceremony can be done in the evening at:
a)    a private area within the Lodge with a nice Crater view,
b)    at Seneto Crater view point,
c)    Lake Eyasi view point,
d)    Maasai Village or Maasai Boma (Oloirobi Boma).  
The best and more popular site for wedding ceremonies is the Seneto site at the rim of the Crater. This has the best view over the Crater and Maasai Plains.

We will handle all formalities from the registrar, the wedding cake to the champagne.
Wedding Ceremony in the Maasai Boma:
Prior arrangement has to be done, so that the Maasai Boma to be identified and booking for the boma, which includes time for the Ceremony to start and duration.
On arrival to the Boma, the Bride and Groom welcomed by young Maasai girls (shangikis) and boys (Morans), singing romantic Maasai songs. They will be taken to a special place for dressing Maasai’s wedding attire.
The Maasai elders will lead a blessing ceremony followed by dance entertainment.
Maasai dance entertain while other activities is taking place, (this includes Champagne and Cake presentation)
A normal wedding Ceremony can be done in the evening at Seneto Crater view point or Lake Eyasi view point.
Guests arrive in a stylish convoy
The entourage is welcomed by the Maasai Moran and escorted to the  venue
The Registrar and or the Pastor performs the logistics
A cake is presented and a bottle of Champagne to the Bride and groom while staff sing special romantic congratulations songs.
The Maasai dancers also entertain during the ceremony.
Wedding at Ngorongoro Crater
Please note that the following documents must be the original and that copies will not be accepted.
Birth certificates.
Letter from minister of a church, doctor or civil registrar, confirming that neither party has been married before or Original proof of the Decree of absolute if one or more parties is a divorcee.
Original death certificate in the case of a widow/widower.
Original proof if name changed by deed poll.
If under 18 years, evidence of consent of parents is required in the form of an affidavit by a notary public.
Also required are the following details if not already shown in the documentation above:-
Full address of bride and groom, their occupations, religion, address and occupation of bride and groom’s parents.
Standard wedding package can start from US$2100 (without charges for registrar to officiate) - this is ideal if you don't want to the legalities in Tanzania but is only for the very basics so this rate will be higher once you add a few extras..
The Full Wedding Package Cost:- from about US$5200
•    Marriage certificate fees/government fees
•    Registrar fees
•    Transport charges for the Registrar
•    Hire of church ministers     
•    Accommodation for a registrar    
•    Wedding cake    
•    Bottle of Sparkling wine    
•    Fruits and flowers in the room    
•    Valet service and assistants    
•    Maasai Boma/view point charges    
•    Sundowner cocktail for the bride/groom and best maid/man    
•    Basic Decorations    
•    Incidentals/Logistics
Please note the above does not include the following:-
Accommodation for bride, groom and other guests.
Park fees for bridal couple and their party.
Crater service fees.

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