There is something so magical about the African Bush! The haunting sounds of a Burchell’s Coucal, a Hyena calling at night, the crackle of a fire place or the stomp of an Elephant all seem to bring me right into the present moment. A few days in the bush can often feel like a total reboot or a long holiday. It’s a place to get back in touch with nature and back in touch with ourselves! Spotting a lion or even just a dung beetle can make one feel like an adventurer and bring out our inner David Attenbourgh. Needless to say I love going on safari and have been lucky enough to visit game lodges like Ulusaba (owned by Richard Branson), Madikwe Lodge, Thanda, Phinda, Swala and Kuro Nomad but I also love the simplicity of South Africa’s Government parks like Mpila in Umfolozi where you can make your own braai at the end of a long game drive and look out at the stars.
Getting married in the bush sure is a romantic place to say your I do’s and South Africa offers so many incredible venues to get married safari style. If you decide to go for a bush wedding I would advise on getting a wedding planner and a photographer who understand the logistics of bush weddings. Often ceremonies are held outdoors and this means that special organisational skills and ground work will be needed as wild animals are dangerous! This means you can’t get out of your vehicle or leave the camp without a trained guide which makes organising decor, transporting guests, providing drinks, snacks and sound without electricity etc can be tricksy to organise. It’s also important to remember that wild animals are very often scared of humans and will run away as soon as you open a car door so don’t have unrealistic expectations of having pictures of you and your babe patting a giraffe or worse a leopard – those pictures are usually taken in animal parks with tame animals!! On the flip side a safari style wedding will give you and your guests a wild experience that will remain in your heart forever.
Here are a few of my favourite photos of safari style bush weddings I have photographed in South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania over the years. I have added a list of suppliers I recommend near the end.
If you are getting married in the bush let’s start a conversation by sending me an email! I would love to make your safari style wedding dreams come true! Click here to get in touch
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