Whether your clients are looking for a secluded ceremony for two or to take over the whole lodge to celebrate their special day with close friends and family, it’s hard to picture a more idyllic location to say ‘I do’ than Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge. Set in one of South Africa’s most pristine conservation areas, Madikwe Game Reserve, the lodge offers a breath-taking backdrop where lions, elephants, rhinos, zebras, leopards, giraffes and the rare African wild dog that gives Makanyane its name come together to create a unique and truly memorable celebration.

The union can take place under an ancient Tamboti tree, on the banks of the Marico River or overlooking a waterhole. A local African choir can serenade the wedding party or they can simply walk down the aisle to the sounds of the reserve’s untamed residents.


Dedicated staff work to deliver a whole host of personal touches that ensure a wedding that exceeds all expectations in this most extraordinary of locations. And, once the ceremony in the African bush is complete, a honeymoon adventure can instantly begin with incredible wildlife viewing to enjoy on game drives as well as a spa, it’s the perfect location to truly unwind in.

The lodge comprises of eight glass-fronted suites, each with its own private sun deck and outside lounge. Sociable areas include an infinity pool, lounge, spa and fitness centre.

Fully personalised wedding packages start from £1,450 and include a minister to perform the ceremony, photographer, wedding cake, African choir, complimentary spa treatments and a private dinner and breakfast for wedding couple.


For further information visit

To celebrate the launch of the wedding services at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, Sanctuary Retreats is giving away 10 crates of champagne.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply fill in the below form.


Hint: Read your 25 May Travel Weekly for some valuable clues!


  1. Entry is open to Travel agents based in the UK.
  2. By entering you agree to be added to the Sanctuary Retreats database.
  3. Only one entry will be accepted per person.
  4. Closing date for entry will be June 30th. After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  5. The prizes are as stated, are not transferable to another individual and no cash or other alternatives will be offered.
  6. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email after June 30th
  7. Prizes will be sent via mail after winners have been notified.