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Intimate, Luxury and Exclusive Wedding Venues In East Africa.

Image Copyright to Jonas Peterson Photography for Masai Mara Wedding

East Africa has been playing a major role in world’s modern and most enduring romance of all time.

Do you know that in 2010 Prince William ,engaged his longtime girlfriend, Kate Middleton at  rustic Rutundu Log Cabins (which are accessible only by helicopter or on foot) on the remote slopes of Mount Kenya with Late Princess Diana’s iconic sapphire and diamond engagement ring?

This is because the unchanged wild places of East Africa, Clear Sandy Beaches,Blu skies and exclusivity of this regions awakens and rekindles the romance for any couple that visit this part of the world. That’s why East Africa has been chosen among the top destinations for engagement, weddings, and anniversary.

So if you imagine your big day set on the backdrop of most iconic rivers or great lakes of Africa, or see yourself and your spouse posing for photograph whilst the Elephants meanders across the Savannah behind you or picture you and your guests enjoying a morning breakfast as Giraffes and Zebra graze just  a few feet away from you, then East Africa has got it all.

If intimate, luxury and exclusive Safari Wedding is on top of the list as you describe your wedding concept, then East Africa is definitely your next wedding destination.

Here is a list of top Intimate, Luxury, and Exclusive wedding Venues in East Africa.

1. Loldia House, Kenya
Loldia House sits in a conservancy of 6500 acres that stretches from the shores of Lake Naivasha back to the edges of the lush and beautiful Eburru Forest. Set in flower filled gardens and soft lawns, the greenery surrounding Loldia House is perfect for outdoor wedding ceremony.

The house is grazed daily and nightly by the conservancy’s resident wildlife – hippos, impala, waterbuck, giraffe and warthog, not forgetting the Flamingos at Lake Naivasha which will give you the best backdrop for your wedding pictures
Loldia House has nine beautifully adorned ensuite cottages, which means it can accommodate up to 20 guests and have them enjoy lake views and provide a chic yet traditional style haven in which to relax.
For your wedding, you can book this property for Exclusive use, and have you and your guests enjoy an intimate celebration filled with love gestures. Loldia House is only a two hour drive from Nairobi and within easy reach of Nairobi’s International Airport so it is very easy to reach this property from Nairobi. That means even wedding officials, planner and suppliers can travel to and from Loldia house on the same day to Nairobi.

2. Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp Kenya
At AndBeyond, celebrating special occasions is their forte. And nothing is quite as magical as the testament of love between two people as they celebrate their wedding day. East Africa’s breathtaking landscapes offer the perfect backdrop for a destination wedding and andBeyond’s lodges, situated within the continent’s most iconic safari landscapes, are capable of delivering a wedding celebration unlike any other.

One of the best Intimate and exclusive safari wedding venue is AndBeyond Kichwa Tembo tented camp. The camp has been redesigned to better showcase its panoramic Masai Mara views. With timeless interiors that are simple yet contemporary and stylish, the new Kichwa Tembo enhances guests’ sense of privacy and enjoyment.

Kichwa Tembo has 12 Classic tents, 20 Superior tents and 8 Superior View tents which means can accommodate guests up to 60 on exclusive use.

You can opt for a hot  air balloon safari which takes place daily at Kichwa tembo to seal that first kiss or have your reception dinner over candlelight dinner around their infinity pool overlooking the wild Savannah.

3. Singita Serengeti Tanzania
When it comes to luxury and exclusivity Singita is the name to look for in the Savannah of East Africa.
They make sure their guest receive exclusive service,private butler so on,so you and your guests can relax that hear you will get the exclusivity and private moment you have been dying for.
If you want luxury and modern look for your wedding pictures then Singita Serengeti properties is your place to say I DO.
Luxury and modern architectures, infinity pools,modern and American style interior décor you name it.
When it comes to the outdoors expect the beautiful giraffes,antelopes ,zebras,elephants etc to give you a beautiful backdrop and celebrate your union with you.
Singita Serengeti has variety of luxury properties like Singita Sasakwa,Singita Faru Faru,Singita Sabora Tents and Singita Private house. Therefore depending on your number of guests and concept you can pick any of them.

4. And Beyond Ngorongoro Luxury Lodge,Tanzania
Intimate ,Romantic, Warm  is the only short form of describing And Beyond Ngorongoro Luxury Lodge.The property is majestically placed on the cliff of the Great Rift Valley overlooking the Ngorongoro crater ,which is named 8th wonder of the world.
The architecture and interior design of this magnificent property will only awaken your love flame, you definitely can’t wait to say I do here.
And Beyond Ngorongoro staff are the best when it comes to a romantic set up. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself walking on the petals from your bridal suite, to your aisle. The backdrop of this majestic lodge is blessed with the Crater Lake, filled with pink flamingos, like how dreamy is that?
Divided into three camps, 30 stilted suites with banana leaf ceilings and grass roofs provide an intimate and exclusive Crater experience. Each camp has its own sitting and dining areas, with private butlers who provide warm, personal service, so exclusivity is on top of the list here.

5. And Beyond Mnemba Island,Zanzibar Tanzania
Have ever harbored the secret wish of finding yourself the sole and private inhabitant of a beautiful tropical island, only you and your 22 guests without the effort of having to lift a finger to fend for yourself? Then AnBeyond Mnemba Island is just the place for you!
Say I DO on the sandy clean beach of Zanzibar, while the sky blue ocean waves to celebrate your union. Seal your union with a jump to the ocean and before settling for a cold coconut drink or cocktails from AndBeyond Mnemba.
You can add a Swahili dinner to your Menu, like you are in the Spice Island, your guests can’t leave without trying it.Party with your crew till late and wake up to a day of full relaxation and unwind in the exclusivity of your own stretch of beachfront, where simple yet luxurious banda  peep out to your beach front.

 6. Governors Camp,Masai Mara Kenya
Positioned right on the banks of Mara River,Governors camp    promises a wedding full of African thrills as it occupies the best wildlife location in Masai Mara National park.

You can choose between the Governors Camp, The Little Governors Camp ,Governors II Moran Camp or Governors Private camp which are all positioned on the middle action of Safari ,Depending on your concept or theme,budget,level of privacy and exclusivity you can choose any of these Governors camps for your wedding and we are sure your wedding planner and the Governors camp will give you and your guests a safari wedding and experience to remember.

7. Lemala Wild Waters Lodge, Jinja Uganda

You can’t talk about the giants of Africa without mentioning the biggest river in the world ,River Nile and how wonderful and magical it will be to have a wedding at the source of River Nile?

Nestled in a luxuriant rainforest on its own private island, mid-stream in the mighty Nile,Lemala Wildwaters Lodge is breathtaking.The  main  lodge  is  located  quite  unbelievably  on  a  solid  rock  peninsula, amidst the rapids of the River Nile.The island is tucked away in the rainy forest ,with 10 suitable villas which can accomodate up to 20 guests ,perfectly for an intimate and private ceremony.

The Island has a hellicopter pad or the nearest aiport is Jinja so you can fly in and out of the island without a problem

If you and your couple are one of those adventurous couple,you can hop to the canoe with  your wedding gown and seal your wedding vows with a kiss with the plunge of rushing waters of River Nile as your backdrop.

8. Lemala Kill golf  Villas, Tanzania
Tanzania is the home of the Tallest mountain in Africa,Mount Kilimanjaro and there in the midst of Kilimanjaro International Airport and Arusha lies Lemala Kili Golf Villas Tanzania. The Villas can be taken on private or exclusive use basis and can be booked on bed and breakfast, half board, full board or all inclusive basis.
You can get married at  the extensive garden of the villas and have Mt Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro as your backdrop.You can even walk down the Aisle on your wedding attire on horseback like how cool is that?
For those that are flying out to the bush we enjoy access to a private airstrip, Dollys just 7 mins drive away which both Auric Air and Coastal provide scheduled flights to the Northern Circuit.  It’s a great way to avoid the hustle and bustle of Arusha traffic to simply step out your villas and board your flight.
The staff in each villa offers a personal service to ensure you have a truly relaxed holiday and all can cater to dietary requirements if notified in advance.

9.Bahari Castle,Dar Es Salaam Tanzania
Just right on the shores of Indian Ocean lies the beautiful vintage castle, called Bahari castle.
This majestic property can be booked for exclusive use and for now can accommodate up to 12 guests for accommodation purposes.
If your wedding theme is outdoor,on the garden,with a sky water blue backdrop,this is the place to say I do right in the midst of busy and hectic lifestyle of Dar es Salaam.

10.Elsa Kopje Mount Meru Kenya
Unshamedly romantic and beautifully styled,Elsa’s Kopje is sculpted into Mughwano Hill,above the site of George Adamson’s original camp where each cottage is crafted around the rocks.The total numbers of guests that can be accommodated here on exclusive use is 20.

For small simple ceremonies involving merely a glass of champagne at the end of the game drive to an elaborate three day events, with over 20 guests taking over the whole property, Elsa Kopje’s Lodge is a place to be.

Are you know ready for your exclusive, private and luxury wedding in the middle of the Savannah?

Hold our hand and lets show start the journey to your I do stress free and professionally.

Doreen Nyamka,is a Tanzanian Business Woman, proud of her African Heritage. She is a serial entrepreneur, a wedding and destination planner,BNBer and runs an online Real Estate Digital Platform. She helps African Women on a journey to self discovery,establish businesses they love and earn income through her African Million Dollar Mum movement. She is a mom of 4, married and lives in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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