There’s an air of romance and adventure about the African bush, which makes it the perfect setting for your wedding. Venture off the beaten track and opt for a bush wedding, courtesy of Shamwari


Shamwari: An Idyllic Bush Wedding Venue near Port Elizabeth

Shamwari Private Game Reserve is a luxury safari destination, located in South Africa’s scenic Eastern Cape Province. This culturally and ecologically rich province is the perfect destination for your unique luxury wedding.

Africa has that unmistakable air of romance and adventure about it. In other words, a bush wedding will resonate deeply with you as you stand on the brink of marriage. Enjoy a bush wedding and wedding reception with all your nearest and dearest in attendance at Shamwari.

Shamwari is conveniently located only an hour’s drive away from the friendly city of Port Elizabeth. This friendly city is on the beautiful coast of South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province. Daily airline connections are available from all of the country’s major cities to Port Elizabeth. As a result, both local and international guests are able to access the venue.

Seven splendid five-star lodgings can accommodate up to 70 guests. Our lodges are ideal for those looking to have a luxurious, yet intimate wedding. Deciding to have your safari wedding at Shamwari gives you access to a variety of stunning, one of a kind venues. Ensuring both you and your guests have a truly memorable stay.

Why Choose a Safari Bush Wedding?

Nothing can compare to a safari wedding – especially not a safari wedding at Shamwari Private Game Reserve. Here you’ll experience luxury inspired by nature to the fullest. Saying your wedding vows surrounded by the region’s unique fauna and flora will make one of the most important moments of your life seem even more magical.

A wedding in the African bush will give your wedding party the chance to get up close and personal with the abundant wildlife of the Eastern Cape during your stay. Here, guests are given the opportunity to coexist in complete harmony with nature.

Shamwari Wedding Venue Options:

You are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing the setting of your Shamwari wedding, we have various impressive function venues to choose from, including:

  • Long Lee Manor Indoor Banqueting Venue (new, glamorous and sophisticated)
  • Long Lee Manor Boma
  • Old Elephant Boma (located in the midst of the bushveld)
  • Riverdene Boma

Depending on your wedding party’s size, any of our lodgings can be completely privatized for the occasion, ensuring your reception remains an intimate and special affair.


Bush weddings also allow you and your guests staying at the safari accommodation to take part in various new and exciting experiences. Shamwari offers our esteemed guests the opportunity to take part in several activities.

Activities For Your Wedding Getaway:

Guests can expect to not only enjoy top-class indulgence during their stay but learn a lot as well – thanks to the various activities on offer. Learn more about animal habitats, their dung and tracks, the area and its history, as well as the various wildlife that call Shamwari home. Our guests with a particular love of learning are sure to enjoy visiting the Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre or one of our Born Free Big Cat Sanctuaries.

In addition, Choosing Shamwari as your bush wedding venue also means that you are supporting us in ourconservation efforts. At Shamwari, the responsible management and long-term ecological sustainability of our natural environment are a top priority. We believe in conserving our environment so that future generations may also experience its majesty.


Our Luxury Safari Accommodation Options for Wedding Guests:

There’s a luxury Shamwari accommodation option available to suit every wedding party’s needs. Choose between one of our seven splendid lodgings – we guarantee a memorable stay, no matter which lodging(s) you choose for your wedding party. Each of our accommodation options has t-+heir own unique air about them, inspired by the animals and scenery surrounding them.

If you’re looking to have an intimate, private wedding, you’ll be happy to hear that all of our different accommodation offerings are located far away from each other.

Shamwari’s seven luxury lodgings are able to accommodate a number of guests:

  • Bayethe: 24 guests in 12 superior tents
  • Eagles Crag: 18 guests in 9 junior suites
  • Lobengula: 12 guests in 6 junior suites
  • Long Lee Manor: 40 guests (2 children and 38 adults) divided between 17 luxury rooms and suites and a single-family suite
  • Riverdene: 27 guests (9 children and 18 adults) divided between 9 luxury rooms
  • Sarili: 10 guests in 5 luxury rooms
  • Sindile: 18 guests in 9 premier tents


What is included in our Bush Wedding Package?

Having one of the best and biggest days of your life at Shamwari will get you numerous services, sure to make your special day just that – and stress-free.

If you’d like the full information regarding Shamwari’s Bush Wedding Package, click here, or download our Bush Wedding Package PDF here.


Enjoying a wedding in nature and luxury will surely be an unforgettable milestone. Get in touch – we eagerly await communicating with you and making your perfect day a reality.