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Eloping on a safari can be an amazing and intimate experience if you plan it right

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Devryn Panaino

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Author: Devryn Panaino - 13 October 2022

Last Update: 2 May 2024

As the cost of weddings continues to rise, more and more couples are choosing to elope on a safari rather than have a traditional wedding.

In fact, according to a recent survey, the average cost of a wedding in the United States is now $33,391 (not including the honeymoon)! For many couples, this is simply too expensive and they would rather use that money towards a once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Bride and groom walking in the African Bush at Sunset
Bride and groom enjoying the African Bush at Sunset


There are many reasons why couples are choosing to elope in Africa. First of all, it is an incredibly romantic setting. The vast savannahs and stunning sunsets create the perfect backdrop for your special day. Plus, there is something very unique and exciting about getting married in Africa – it will be sure to make your wedding day even more memorable.

Another reason why couples are eloping to Africa is that it can be much less expensive than having a traditional wedding. When you factor in the cost of venue rental, catering, flowers, decorations, etc., a safari wedding can end up being a fraction of the cost. Plus, there are often special deals and discounts available when you book a safari as your wedding destination.

If you’re considering eloping on a safari for your own nuptials, here are some things to keep in mind:

1. Choose Your Safari Carefully for your Elopement

Not all safaris are created equal. When you’re looking for the perfect place to tie the knot, be sure to research different lodges and camps carefully before making your decision.

You’ll want to find somewhere that has experience hosting weddings and can provide everything you need for your big day (including officiants).

Couple holding hands on wedding day in African Bush
Couple holding hands in African Bush

2. Consider Timing for your Elopement Safari

If you want to get married during peak season (June-September), be aware that prices will be higher than usual.

If possible, try planning your wedding for shoulder season (March-May or October-November) when rates are typically lower but weather conditions are still good. 

Keep in mind that some parts of Africa have rainy seasons during certain months of the year – so depending on where you want to go, this could impact timing as well.

3. Get Help from a Safari Travel Agent

Organizing a safari wedding on your own can be daunting. There are so many different lodges and camps to choose from, not to mention all of the logistics that need to be taken care of. 

To make things easier on yourself (and save some money), consider working with a travel agent who specializes in safaris. They can help you find the perfect place to elope and take care of all of the details for you.

4. Think about What You Want out of your Elopement Safari

When planning your safari wedding, it’s important to think about what kind of experience you want for yourselves and your guests. Do you want something intimate and low-key? Or are you looking for a more extravagant affair? 

Keep in mind that some lodges and camps are better equipped than others to handle larger weddings – so if you have your heart set on a specific destination, make sure they can accommodate your needs before booking anything.

Champagne glasses and bottle on a luxury sunset safari
Champagne on a luxury sunset safari

5. Don’t Forget the Paperwork

Getting married in Africa is not as simple as just showing up – there is paperwork involved! Make sure you check with the embassy or consulate of the country where you’ll be getting married for requirements well in advance so there are no surprises down the road.

Eloping on a safari is an increasingly popular trend among couples who want something unique and memorable for their wedding day. If you’re considering this option for your own nuptials, keep these tips in mind to help make sure everything goes smoothly.

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