Weddings At Jembisa

Jembisa specialises in safari weddings. The two main lodges can sleep up to 24 people and additional accommodation (sleeping a further 24 guests) is available in our bush cottages that are scattered over the game reserve. The lodge is small and stylishly relaxed resulting in a wonderful atmosphere for a wedding.

We delight in tailoring each wedding to the wishes of the bridal couple and will liaise closely to ensure that their requests are met. We provide a full wedding planner service and can arrange everything so that the bridal couple can relax and enjoy their day and safari with their guests.

Your Wedding

Combining a wedding with a safari is a dream combination. A never–to–be–forgotten memory for the bridal couple and guests who enjoy a memorable holiday as well as sharing in the celebration.

There is a choice of where the ceremony can be held. We have a stunning deck overlooking the river, which is a popular choice, or for a more formal setting it can be held at the lodge or for true simplicity under a romantic canopy in the bush or under a shady tree.


On arrival at Jembisa you and your guests will be greeted by our team and served a welcome drink on the veranda before being shown your bedrooms. On the first evening you and your guests will enjoy your first game drive in open 4x4 land rovers and stop in the middle for sundowners at sunset rocks.

Plans for your wedding ceremony will be discussed with you and the lodge manageress the following morning and you will be able to choose the location and make any last minute preparations. Generally the plans will all have been decided by you ahead of your arrival.You may also wish to meet with the marriage officer who will be conducting the ceremony.

The Big Day

On the wedding day you may choose to have breakfast in bed. The bridal couple will be transported in a specially decorated safari vehicle to or from the location.

You will be able to choose your menu for the celebratory meal which can either be a lunch or dinner. This will be a special occasion with fabulous food and you may choose to have a local African choir or dancers.

There is a wide menu of activities for your guests to choose from to keep them entertained and at the end of your stay at Jembisa you are in a perfect location to honeymoon at some wonderful destinations.

Accommodation Capacity

With a potential wedding party of up to 48 people we may be able to accommodate everyone on the reserve. Will any of your guests be children? Read further for details on our capacity.

  • Jembisa Lodge: 14 Guests (bride, groom & close wedding party)
  • Magari: 10 Guests
  • Kingfisher Cottage: 10 - 12 Guests
  • Podica Bush Camp: 4, 4, 2 (Seperate cottages)
  • River Cottage: 2 Guests
  • Samia: 6 Guests

Wedding Packages

Every wedding is different and we will plan yours around your wishes. We have drawn up a package for the wedding day within which there are options eg type of decorations, celebratory meal menu, choice of venue for ceremony, etc. but which covers all key elements plus some extras at a fixed cost. We are able to quote on other bespoke wishes.

We are fortunate that in the nearest town, which is half an hour's drive away, there are some excellent services such as hairdressers, beauty therapists, florists, specialist cake designers and photographers and so whilst the wedding is held in the wilderness, we are able to provide these optional services at the lodge.


  • Coordination and planning of the ceremony
  • Choice of decorated location
  • Decorated safari vehicle
  • Marriage officer, or priest, to officiate
  • Legal paperwork and marriage certificate
  • Celebratory meal for wedding party
  • Simple wedding cake
  • Massage for bride and groom
  • Iced champagne in bridal room

Other Costs

Accommodation costs are not included and a minimum of 2 nights stay is required. For international guests airfare and road transfer costs should be considered.

Additional Optional Services

  • Photographer
  • Beauty therapist
  • Hairdresser
  • Specialist cake designer
  • Florist
  • Chior
  • Dance group
  • Momento gifts for guests

Legality Of Marriage

The marriage of UK and Irish citizens conducted in South Africa is legally binding under UK and Irish law. This is also the case for citizens from most other countries wishing to marry in South Africa.

Required Original Documents

You will be required to have at least 2 witnesses present at your marriage ceremony. After the solemnisation of your marriage, you and your two witnesses must sign the marriage register. You will then be issued with a marriage certificate.