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Tanzania Wedding Safari

Legal Tanzania wedding safari can be arranged in the Serengeti, at Ngorongoro Crater or anywhere you choose (or mock weddings/blessings).

Tanzania offers countless exotic, romantic and fascinating locations for you to have your wedding. Experience a unique wedding beyond your wildest dreams in the heart of Africa.

The friendly people of Tanzania, together with the country’s breathtaking scenery, make Tanzania a magical destination in which to get married. You can even have your wedding blessed in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest mountain.

Most popular Tanzania safari wedding choice is 5 day wedding integrated safari itinerary aimed to provide the best of safari adventure in 5 full days and 4 nights in rustic African luxury lodges or tented camps. 

Experienced safari driver takes couple to safari with private safari roof top vehicle, which is also their guide during the exciting safari tour.

Tanzania wedding safari

Tanzania Wedding Venues

Ideal romantic places for the couples looking for something both unique and special unforgettable location!

  • Tanzania Wedding safari with Hot Air Balloon ride over Serengeti
  • Maasai Style Wedding with traditional Maasai ceremony
  • Beach & Coastal Wedding (Zanzibar, Pemba, Mafia Island)
  • Private Beach Wedding
  • Historic Ruins in Zanzibar
  • On board a Traditional Sailing Dhow

The upmarket, Luxury properties cost between $600-$1,300 per person per night during peak season, with the most exclusive properties reaching $2,700 per person per night.

Tanzania Honeymoon Safari

Included in Tanzania Wedding Safari

Of course lodge will take care of all wishes and additional requests, see below which services are usually included in typical Tanzania safari wedding

  • Professional wedding planner, who will arrange all the details of the service.
  • Meet and greet at the lodge, or at the airstrip with chilled ‘bubbly’ ready to serve.
  • Beautiful luxury tent, with fruit, flowers and wine welcome.
  • Manicure, pedicure and hair-styling for her, hair-care for him.
  • Wedding bouquet, button-hole, and flowers for her hair.
  • A magical ceremony in the bush, by the pool or in the grounds.
  • Bubbly toast and cutting of your tailor-made cake.
  • Wedding photographs (72 presented in a special album)
  • Candle-lit dinner for two.
  • Honeymoon breakfast for two – served to five-star standard with ‘bubbly’.

Additional services not included in the Tanzania wedding cost

  • The wedding banque
  • Pre-wedding cocktails
  • A themed wedding cake of  choice
  • Champagnes, wines and soft drinks
  • Pre-wedding beauty for the bride
  • Pre-wedding massage for bride and groom
  • Honeymoon suite
  • Honeymoon choices
  • Authentic Swahili wedding
  • Registrar and all official paperwork

To get married in Tanzania (Civil or Religious Wedding) you require the following important documents:

Step 1 – you need to get a letter of no impediment from your home country.

This legal document (translated into English) must state that there is no impediment to your marriage because:

  • You were never married before, or
  • You are divorced (relevant divorce certificate(s) attached), or
  • You were widowed (relevant death certificate(s) attached.
  • A Certificate of No Impediment must be completed and notarized by a notary public. In Tanzania, the Consular Section at the Embassy can serve as the notary. You should also have your Birth certificate. If you will marry in a church, you will probably need a letter from your home Pastor/Priest.

 

Step 2 – Apply for notice of your marriage or a ‘special marriage license’

You must first contact the Office of the District Commissioner nearest to your wedding location to notify the government of your intention to get married. We will provide this information when you book your wedding through Africa KIAfrica Adventure 

At the Registrar of Marriages you must complete the necessary forms, pay the fee and submit the following documents: 

  • Notarized copy of passports,
  • The Certificate of No Impediment, and
  • Two passport photos each. 

Once your have notified the Registrar you must wait twenty-one days so that persons with adverse information may register their complaints. While this old tradition that has pretty much died out in Western countries, it is part of Tanzanian law. 

To avoid the twenty-one day waiting period, you may get a waiver by applying for a “Special Marriage License” from the local Registrar of Marriages. After completing the application form for “Special Marriage License” and paying the fee, the Registrar can issue the license and you can be married at any point.

Step 3 – The Wedding

After twenty-one days or the granting of the “Special Marriage License,” you need to schedule a time for your wedding with the Registrar of Marriages. The civil ceremony can be done at the Registrar’s office during working hours or you can arrange a time for the Registrar to come to your location (this will require an extra fee and transportation costs for the government officials). At the actual ceremony, the couple must have two witnesses of their choosing (resident or non-resident). A Tanzanian Marriage Certificate (in duplicate) will be issued upon completion of the ceremony. 

Religious services must be arranged with the religious organization of your choice. The requirements for religious weddings vary from one organization to the next, so you must contact the selected faith to discuss the process prior to the wedding. 

Step 4 – Apply for an international certificate of Marriage

This legal document is more readily accepted outside of Tanzania as proof of your marriage. This certificate can be obtained from the Registrar of Marriages. There is a fee of approximately 22,000 Tanzania Shillings for entry into the Register of Foreign Marriages and an additional 7,000 Tanzania Shillings 7,000 for the International Marriage Certificate. The Tanzanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs can endorse the International Marriage Certificate. While both the certificate and the endorsement are optional for US citizens & UK citizens, you should clarify with your spouse’s home country to verify if it needed in that country or for immigration purposes.

The above is just a guideline and as laws/procedures may change at any time, it is best to check this with your consultant at the time of booking your wedding. 

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Tanzania wedding safari

The Full Tanzania Wedding safari Package Cost:- from about US$5200

  • Marriage certificate fees/government fees
  • Registrar fees
  • Transport charges for the Registrar
  • Hire of church ministers     
  • Accommodation for a registrar   
  • Wedding cake   
  • Bottle of Sparkling wine   
  • Fruits and flowers in the room   
  • Valet service and assistants   
  • Maasai Boma/view point charges   
  • Sundowner cocktail for the bride/groom and best maid/man   
  • Basic Decorations   
  •  Incidentals/Logistics

Please note the above does not include the following:- services can be offed at an extra cost:

(You are requested to notify in time if the above service may be required)

  • Accommodation for bride, groom and other guests.
  • Park fees for bridal couple and their party.
  • Crater service fees.
  • Entertainment(MaasaiDances) usd1,700.
  • Game-drive.
  • Transportation to and from the lodge(airticket).
  • Park fees for guest and their party.
  • All other beverages

Wedding Note

Please note that we do not book Tanzania wedding safari unless we are booking the accommodation too. 

Wedding quotes take longer than normal as they are usually custom-made to your requirements. It is imperative you give us a budget to work off and how many guests you would like to include on your special day plus if there are any children and their ages (just remember, if your guests are paying for themselves, we need to consider their budget too).

We also need to know whether you are wanting a legal wedding or if you are going to arrange the legalities in your home country

Tanzania wedding safari

TANZANIA WEDDING SAFARI- NGORONGORO SERENA SAFARI LODGE WEDDING PACKAGE.

GET MARRIED AT THE WORLD-FAMOUS NGORONGORO CRATER IN TANZANIA.

Legal weddings are hard to find in this area (most are only blessings) but at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, we can make your dream of a romantic wedding at Ngorongoro Crater a reality.

Regularly voted one of the best hotels in the world, this unique lodge clings to the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, the largest and most perfect volcanic crater on Earth. Long and low, the lodge is built from local river stone and camouflaged with indigenous vines. Designed to blend completely into the landscape, it is entirely invisible from the floor of the Crater 600 metres below.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area boasts the finest blend of landscapes, wildlife, people and archaeological sites in Africa so your Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge wedding will be truly memorable for you and your guests.

Known as ‘the eighth wonder of the world’ the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s best-known wildlife arenas. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it offers a unique biosphere, which has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. Deep within the Crater, enclosed by towering walls, some 25,000 large mammals wander the plains, lakes and forests of ‘the land that time forgot’, dominated by enormous bull elephants, rhinos and lions.

Hugging the contours of the jagged Crater rim, the lodge takes its inspiration from the so-called ‘Cradle of Mankind’, the prehistoric site of Olduvai Gorge, which lies close by. Linked by arched stone passages and timbered decks, its walls are decorated with stylized prehistoric cave paintings and lit by flaring torches. At the stone heart of the lodge burns a glowing fire, which is kept constantly alight. Decorated with cave paintings, the rooms are strung around the Crater rim. Each has its own rock-enclosed balcony, and all enjoy completely uninterrupted views of the volcanic amphitheatre far below.

Getting there

The Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, lies immediately adjacent to the Serengeti National Park and 180 kilometres from Arusha.

By road: transfers by road from Arusha take approximately 4 hours.

By air: there is an adjacent airstrip and a ‘meet and greet’ and transfer service is offered.

Facilities

  • 75 rock-built rooms with panoramic private balconies
  • Rock built dining room and bar with central fire
  • Extensive viewing terraces
  • Game drives into the Crater daily
  • Wedding planning and honeymoon venue
  • Gift shop, business centre, WiFi
  • Tented conference centre
  • Extensive selection of sports and activities
  • Cultural dance and music
  • TV room with satellite TV.

Wedding Ceremony can be done in the evening at:

  • a private area within the Lodge with a nice Crater view
  • at Seneto Crater view point,
  • Lake Eyasi view point,
  • Maasai Village or Maasai Boma (Oloirobi Boma). 
  • The best and more popular site for wedding ceremonies is the Seneto site at the rim of the Crater. This has the best view over the Crater and Maasai Plains.

FORMALITIES

We will handle all formalities from the registrar, the wedding cake to the champagne.

Wedding Ceremony in the Maasai Boma:

Prior arrangement has to be done, so that the Maasai Boma to be identified and booking for the boma, which includes time for the Ceremony to start and duration.

  • On arrival to the Boma, the Bride and Groom welcomed by young Maasai girls (shangikis) and boys (Morans), singing romantic Maasai songs. They will be taken to a special place for dressing Maasai’s wedding attire.
  • The Maasai elders will lead a blessing ceremony followed by dance entertainment. 
  • Maasai dance entertain while other activities is taking place, (this includes Champagne and Cake presentation)
  • A normal wedding Ceremony can be done in the evening at Seneto Crater view point or Lake Eyasi view point.
  • Guests arrive in a stylish convoy
  • The entourage is welcomed by the Maasai Moran and escorted to the  venue
  • The Registrar and or the Pastor performs the logistics
  • A cake is presented and a bottle of Champagne to the Bride and groom while staff sing special romantic congratulations songs.
  • The Maasai dancers also entertain during the ceremony.

 

Tanzania Wedding Safari Location at Serengeti serena lodge Package: is usually held at the following sites:-

  • Lodge grounds by the swimming pool at a site with a sweeping view of the Serengeti Plain.
  • Mawe meupe site( in the park)
  • Makoma hill ( in the park)

The site inside the park will call for additional fee to the park authorities

A prior survey of the ground can be recommended but not a must, provided a full description of wedding requirements.

Documentation

Please note that the following documents must be the original and that copies will not be accepted.

  • Passports. 
  • Birth certificates. 
  • Letter from minister of a church, doctor or civil registrar, confirming that neither party has been married before or Original proof of the Decree of absolute if one or more parties is a divorcee. 
  • Original death certificate in the case of a widow/widower. 
  • Original proof if name changed by deed poll. 
  • If under 18 years, evidence of consent of parents is required in the form of an affidavit by a notary public.
  • Also required are the following details if not already shown in the documentation above:-
  • Full address of bride and groom, their occupations, religion, address and occupation of bride and groom’s parents.

How to book:

Please state your requirements in writing at the time of booking, and confirm availability of all the above documents. The documents will need to be submitted at least two month before the proposed wedding date.

When to Book?

Bookings for weddings in Tanzania should be made as early as possible (the hotel reserves the right to accept wedding reservations to a maximum of two per day). Most hotels will not accept reservations between December 24th and January 4th, or over Easter or on any other public holiday.