Weddings at Governors’ Camp, Masai Mara

Weddings from £2,050

Overview

The setting is magical. Governors’ Camp nestles in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River, making it a lovely place for a picturesque wedding ceremony.

Wedding Features

  • Transportation of marriage registrar to the camp
  • Marriage registrar to conduct the wedding
  • Professional bouquet and buttonhole for the bride and groom
  • Small wedding gift

More Information

Governors’ Camp is located right in the heart of the prime game viewing area of the world famous Maasai Mara National Park and is the perfect spot for a safari wedding.

Day 1

You will need to spend 2 nights in Nairobi as you will need to complete your wedding formalities and paperwork. Following this, you will fly from Wilson Airport straight into Maasai Mara (50 minutes). On arrival you will be transferred to Governors Camp. Evening game drive for a first view of the wildlife species for which the Mara is famous

Day 2

A full day in the Mara with morning game drive followed by lunch at your safari camp and then evening game drive

Day 3

Wedding day plus half day in Maasai Mara with a picnic lunch. Driving in our custom built 4x4 vehicles, on the lookout for the big cats which the Mara is famous for. Sundowner & night game drive. Return to camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 4

An early morning game drive followed by breakfast and then transfer to the airstrip for your Air Kenya flight to Wilson Airport, Nairobi

Please remember that you will be travelling to the Mara via light aircraft with limited luggage allowance. Please take this into consideration when packing your wedding outfits.

Whats included?
  • Flights & taxes
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Checked baggage
  • ATOL protection
  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
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Wedding Information

  • Organisation of necessary papers in Kenya
  • Official registration as well as transport of marriage registrars
  • Organisation of wedding ceremony with set up of tent by the river
  • Private wedding lunch with wine for up to 6 guests
  • Professional bouquet for the bride and decoration for wedding ceremony
  • Wedding cake for up to 6 pax and a bottle of sparkling wine
  • Private candlelit dinner on the veranda of the bride and grooms tent
  • Surprise bush breakfast during their stay in camp
  • Small wedding present
  • From £2050

  • Minimum residency period prior to marriage: 4 days
  • Minimum age : 21
  • Available : Monday – Friday (depending on availability)

Documents Required:

  • UK/Irish Passport (which expires more than 6 months after the date of your return
  • Birth Certificate (Both short and long certificate are acceptable)
  • Affidavit to confirm single status
  • A No Trace Letter (in replacement of the Certificate of No Impediment) letter issued by the General Register Office

If Required

  • If you have been divorced: Decree Absolute is required.
  • If you have been widowed: The former marriage certificate and original death certificate
  • If you have changed your name: Deed Poll certificate will be required. 
  • If you have been divorced and have reverted to using your maiden name then this counts as a name change and proof will be required.
  • If you have been adopted: Adoption papers need to be produced

Affidavit – This document is a signed statement made by both Bride& Groom in the presence of a solicitor in which they swear that information given is true.  The document must be drawn up on headed paper of the solicitor who must then stamp & sign it.

Letter Of No Trace - This is a document required in some destinations, which states that there is no impediment to the proposed marriage.  These certificates vary in the length of time they are valid so it is important to check which apply to your circumstances.  The certificate is prepared by the Superintendent Registrar at the Register Office in the area you live. This replaces the old advice for the Certificate of No Impediment. A no trace letter costs £50 and can be obtained from the General Register Office by calling +44 (0)300 123 1837 (8am to 8pm Monday to Friday).

Before you travel:

Guests marrying at hotels in Kenya will need to send original documents via DHL to the resort at least 12 weeks before the date of travel.  If marrying on safari, please remember that you will need to spend at least 2 working days in Nairobi to complete wedding formalities before travelling to your chosen safari.

Translation of documents

All legal documents must be in English or legally translated into English. All translated documents must be from a legal translator with letterhead, stamp and seal from the translator's office or notarised by a Notary Public.  Occasionally the documentation will have to be sent to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for their approval before being sent back to the notary to sign.

The Wedding Ceremony

In most destinations, your wedding ceremony will be conducted Monday to Friday (excluding local holidays).  In some destinations, local festivals and holidays will determine available wedding dates.  Generally, your wedding will take place in the grounds of the hotel unless otherwise specified.  Many hotels offer wedding gazebos for extra privacy.  Some hotels may offer more than one wedding per day with the first wedding taking place at around 10am with the last wedding at 4pm.  The majority of our weddings are conducted by a marriage officer whose title varies depending on the resort.  Where it is possible to be married by a Minister, the ceremony will be non-denominational unless otherwise stated and will be a Civil wedding.

Tropical Sky Weddings and the information given above only apply to couples that were born in the UK or Ireland and hold a valid UK/Irish passport (with at least 6 months validity on return home).  If couples do not fulfil these requirements they must advise us.  Couples should be referred to the embassy of the country of origin and the country where they wish to marry as they may require extra documentation to satisfy their own embassy requirements – Tropical Sky cannot advise on this and couples must investigate this on their own. As Tropical Sky weddings have no jurisdiction over hotels/resorts/venues/legal requirements and their charges, we cannot be responsible for any increases or changes to these wedding arrangements.  We will, however, endeavour to advise you of changes as soon as we are made aware of them.

Nicola Grey
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