3 nights Volcanoes National Park | 1 night Kigali | 3 nights Serengeti | 2 nights Ngorongoro Crater | 2 nights Lake Manyara
- Volcanoes National Park Rwanda
- Gorilla & Golden Monkey Trekking
- Serengeti Under Canvas Luxury
- Serengeti Hot Air Balloon Trip
- Tanzanian Wildlife Spectacular
- Lake Manyara National Park
- Ngorongoro Crater Wedding Joy
- Big Five Game Drives
Thanks for the wishes! AndBeyond did a truly AMAZING job on the wedding and ceremony. Blair and I were sort of shocked and in awe the entire time – it was unbelievable. We absolutely love andBeyond and continue to be impressed by them in all aspects (service, conservation, etc). We are already planning our next safari while still on this one.
Tristan & Blair
Tour Consultant's Overview
This itinerary starts with gorilla trekking in Rwanda followed by a safari in Tanzania, visiting the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara. Tristan and Blair were repeat clients for whom I arranged a safari to the Timbavati and Sabi Sand in July 2015. I was absolutely thrilled when Tristan contacted me again in 2018 because he and Blair wanted to get married in Africa! As they had already been on safari in South Africa, I suggested going to East Africa this time. The jungles of Rwanda, the great plains of the Serengeti and the unique topography of the Ngorongoro Crater would provide a very different safari experience to their South African trip. Tristan and Blair prefer luxury lodges and were very happy with the level of service and hospitality at the &Beyond lodges they stayed in on their South African safari. &Beyond also operate lodges in Tanzania, so I incorporated these into their new itinerary. I arranged for a Maasai blessing by traditional leaders to be held on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater (my clients got legally married at home before their trip). The next day Tristan emailed me photographs – he was grinning from ear to ear – and it really does look like they got the dream wedding they were hoping for! Not long after they got home, the New York Times interviewed Tristan & Blair for an article entitled “A Destination Wedding with Cultural Significance”. It was published on 2 April 2019.
Tristan XXX and Blair XXX got married in January in a solo ceremony at &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, in Tanzania. A Maasai, William Ole Seki, who is regarded as a spiritual counselor and leader in his community, conducted the vows for the San Jose, Calif., couple, both 30. “We both love Africa and heard about how the lodge offered these weddings,” Mr. XXX said. “We have been to tons of weddings together, and they all seemed the same. The idea of this stood out. On the day of the ceremony, a group of 20 Maasai dressed in traditional shukas, or brightly colored wrapped cloths, and carrying fire-lit wooden sticks led Mr. XXX and Ms. XXX from their hotel room down a rose petal-covered walkway while singing Maasai wedding songs. The procession stopped at a spot on the side of a hill overlooking the Ngorongoro Crater where Mr. Ole Seki was waiting with a jug filled with water, honey and milk, all of which the Maasai consider to be essential to life.
“He married us in the Maasai language and blessed us by having us drink from the jug,” Mr. XXX said. “The experience was genuine and emotional.”
More singing followed, and afterward, in a nod to American tradition, the couple cut a small cake. They had a court marriage in December, but Mr. XXX said that he can’t remember the date. “To us, our Africa ceremony will always be our real wedding day,” he said.