Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, South Africa



This private game reserve, owned by Sir Richard Branson, is the definition of dreamy. Perched on a koppie, you have the sky above you and nature's finery at our feet. 13500 hectares of pure bush land where the ''Big Five'' roam free. If you love safari's you'll fall in love more, if not, you'll be converted.

The entire reserve is available for weddings, so you can have your reception/ceremony anywhere you want. Exchange you vows under the Amarula tree, which is known locally (and quite romantically) as the marriage tree, or serve cocktails on a deck to enjoy glorious African sunsets and spectacular views of the vast land.



 The view of the wilderness here is priceless. It's the perfect backdrop for a late afternoon ceremony and a scattering of twinkling candles and glowing lanterns makes the ambiance magical.


For a reception, I love the boma. It's rustic but elegant and the fire pit is mesmerizing. When your guests are dancing around the flames, you can hand out s'mores as a bit of back home nostalgia and also because they are delicious.


These are the Amarula/Marriage trees. Ideal for an intimate dinner in the bush. You can't get closer to nature than this.


This room is great if you want more of a safari themed party. The african print chairs, wood carvings and fire place lend themselves really well and as you can see, they photograph beautifully.


If you prefer things simpler, choose the deck. It's at the top of the hill, so you get the most gorgeous views of the bush and river banks while you dine al fresco.


The loveliness doesn't have to end at the reception.  There are so many places on the reserve that will be great for an 'after-the-day' photo session.  




If you are that way inclined, you may want to 'trash the dress' at the watering hole or in the tree house. But watch out for the hippos, they may look cute but they are quite ferocious when disturbed.  Whichever you choose, you certainly can't take a bad picture here.


and if you don't have bridesmaids......



 After all is said and done, relax and sip some lemonade in your private pool. Wish I was there.
  -{Rachel and Maria} all images courtesy ulusaba.com



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