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Weddings at Samara

Samara provides an idyllic setting for intimate weddings in the heart of the magical Karoo landscape.

Our team enjoys nothing more than helping our guests bring their dream safari wedding day to life. Whether you’re planning a large family gathering in the bush or thinking of a simple ceremony with only your nearest and dearest, your Samara wedding will provide memories to last a lifetime.

With the beauty of Karoo wilderness as your backdrop, our team will help you pin down all the details of your ceremony, reception and accommodation concerns. We pride ourselves in offering a warm, personal planning process with attention to the finer details that make all the difference on your big day.

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If you’re opting for a safari wedding, chances are that you want to say your vows outdoors. With 67,000 acres at your disposal, Samara has hundreds of potential sites for ceremonies large and small, depending on the weather. Here are some of the ones that work best:

Chat to our Reservations Team who will be happy to assist in recommending the best location for your wedding size and preferences.

Sample wedding itineraries

Celebrate your special day at Samara

A romantic escape

Just the two of you

Book into our Karoo Retreat Suite for 3 nights and enjoy your wedding night in our Star Bed.

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Celebrate your special day at Samara

Stylish, intimate gathering

Perfect for up to 8 guests

Book our elegant Manor House and enjoy the luxury of this oasis in the semi-desert landscape.

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Celebrate your special day at Samara

Authentic Karoo celebration

For up to 18 guests

Book our Karoo Lodge exclusively for a traditional wedding celebration with your nearest and dearest.

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Celebrate your special day at Samara

Book Samara exclusively

For up to 26 guests

Take over The Manor and Karoo Lodge exclusively for the freedom to have Samara all to yourself on your special day.

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Wedding package

Samara does not charge a location fee for weddings. You will simply need to book accommodation in one of our lodges for all guests. If the bridal party consists of just the two of you, we recommend booking the Karoo Retreat at Karoo Lodge and a private vehicle (at extra cost). If the bridal party consists of 2-26 guests, you will need to book either one or both of Samara’s lodges exclusively. Should you wish to have more than 26 guests in attendance, we can arrange extra accommodation at neighbouring properties or in Graaff-Reinet, a 45-minute drive away.

As well as the usual rate inclusions & exclusions, our wedding packages have the following terms and conditions:

Inclusions

  • Wedding ceremony in a magical indoors or outdoors location with standard celebration decor
  • Wedding feast for up to 26 guests (for more than 26 guests, an outside caterer will be required at extra cost)
  • Two game drives per day for all guests staying at Samara
  • Bush dinner the night before the wedding
  • Special wedding luxuries for the bridal couple, including a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine & 1 night in the star bed

Exclusions

  • Minister fee, travel & accommodation
  • Officiant fee, travel & accommodation
  • Photographer, hairdresser, makeup artist
  • Flowers & flower arrangement
  • Additional decor over and above standard celebration decor
  • All beverages
  • Wedding planner
  • Additional furniture e.g. dance floor
  • Transfers to and from Samara
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