Immerse yourself in nature during your Africa elopement wedding, by going for a safari elopement. But how does that work? Let me help you with some insider tips and tricks.
There are several things you should be taking into consideration when planning such an amazing adventure. I’ve put together this blog to give couples who want to plan a safari elopement wedding in Africa, a head start.
Which country to choose for your safari elopement?
There are many options when it comes to picking the best safari elopement wedding destination. Countries like Botswana, Tanzania, Kenya, Namibia and South Africa can all provide you with a unique experience. Answering the questions below, might help you narrow down your options.
When do you want to elope?
I always say that there’s no such thing as a shitty day in Africa, especially not when it comes to the weather. I love a rainy day in the bush, it makes for great images! However, if you are dead-set on not raining out during your Africa safari elopement then taking rainy seasons into account is a must do. This can filter out some destinations in certain times of the year.
What is your budget?
Safari elopements are not only for the very wealthy of this world. Not at all. There are many different levels of rugged vs. luxury and attached budgets to be found across the continent. For example, a bush camp in South Africa is more affordable than a luxury lodge in the middle of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. The costs you are saving by not opting for a highly overpriced wedding venue in the Western world, do give you some scope for being able to afford a safari elopement in Africa.
How remote do you want to be?
Off the grid? Or a bit closer to civilisation? If you are wanting to watch your budget for example, then having your safari elopement in a location that is fairly easy to get to, is key. Once your photographer or any other possible vendors have to charter in with a private Cessna airplane for instance, then this can become quite a costly exercise.
Can you get out of the safari vehicle?
Now this is an important one if you want to have photographs taken with wildlife in the background. In most National Parks it is forbidden and also dangerous to get outside of the safari vehicle while out on a safari drive. This means that you won’t be able to take photos in the landscape. There are a handful National Parks in Africa where you can, though. Private reserves however make their own rules, of course with safety precautions in mind. The likelihood of you being allowed out of the vehicle is larger in a reserve that does not inhabit lions.
Hire a photographer that understands the bush
Finding wildlife during a safari elopement is one thing, being able to navigate around it for the best photographic result is a whole different ballgame. Find yourself a photographer that knows the bush. That can understand and read animal behaviour. My qualification as a trained wildlife guide always comes in handy when taking photos with couples and wildlife.
The number one condition though, is always putting the safety of the wildlife and the safety of you as a couple above everything else.