February 19

Marg and Dick’s Golden Wedding Anniversary in Africa

By Michelle Welvering on February 19, 2023

You should savour each year of matrimony, but a select few celebrations are just more meaningful. We're talking about milestone anniversaries like the fifth or whopping 50th! From wares of paper and wood to presents of pearls and gold – traditionally, symbolic gifts are shared to commemorate these success stories of commitment. But for some milestone couples, it's all about creating unique and lasting memories that stand the test of time. Enter Marg and Dick, the dynamic duo ringing in a whopping 50 years of wondrous wedlock! This golden couple wanted a wild adventure and chose Africa as the backdrop for creating epic memories to celebrate half a century of love. Here's their African love story – in Marg's own words…

Lions in the wilderness of Africa - wedding anniversary in Africa

Africa is the perfect place to celebrate wedding anniversaries

Marg & Dick's Love Affair with Africa

"Our love affair with Africa first began in 2013 when we made our first visit to this amazing continent. It captured our hearts and motivated us to complete several more wonderful safari journeys. So, what an inspirational and exciting way to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary by going on safari again!

Our travel consultant, Desiré, compiled our itinerary based on input from us about what we would like to experience. Our "anniversary itinerary" proved absolutely outstanding in every respect from start to finish! So many special memories were created again for us; fantastic wildlife viewings, superb accommodation at every location, food and beverages of the highest standard, together with lots of special surprises awaited us at every camp to acknowledge and celebrate our special milestone."

Magical moments in Africa captured by the couple, Image Credit: Marg Guit

andBeyond Tengile River Lodge

"At Tengile River Lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, the bar provided a gathering space at the conclusion of afternoon game drives, and the "mixologists" added a touch of fun behind the bar as they performed their magic to create cocktails with great flair!"

The lodge’s guest area offers a mixed selection of open, interactive and private places, Image Credit: andBeyond

"The other special memory from Tengile was the quaint boutique safari shop. As my travel bag had been left behind at Sydney airport, what had I to wear?! Emergency clothes were purchased at Woolworths at Johannesburg airport.

But the safari shop at Tengile saved the day, and I could refurbish my wardrobe! Bubbles and fruit were awaiting us in our villa upon arrival with a card offering good wishes for our anniversary milestone."

Tengile's signature shop features a wide range of items sourced from local artisans, Image Credit: andBeyond

Londolozi Tree Camp

"Londolozi Tree Camp did not disappoint. Most special memory is that we were allocated the Head Ranger as our guide. To be partnered with Shaun was a privilege. 
We would rate Shaun unquestionably as the most accomplished ranger we have ever had the pleasure of experiencing (and we have participated in many game drives during our several visits to Africa)!"

Londolozi Tree Camp is the height of sophistication and romance, Image Credit: Londolozi

Matetsi River Lodge

"Matetsi River Lodge in Zimbabwe was a special place. A "comical memory" for us on our transfer to Zimbabwe was a local porter claimed my hubby was Indiana Jones, and nothing would convince him otherwise. Too funny!
The warmth and friendliness of all staff at this lodge were outstanding. We are presented with bubbles and a chocolate platter one afternoon for our anniversary and an accompanying gift wrapped in GOLD paper with a happy anniversary greeting. What a wonderful gesture!
The specially prepared cake (baked to suit all my dietary needs) was offered to us on our final night. This gesture brought me to tears."

A space to indulge and discover the precious natural wonders of Zimbabwe, Image Credit: Matetsi River Lodge

Duba Plains Camp

"In our opinion, the best was reserved till last! What an exquisite and luxurious set-up. Our experience at Duba Plains Camp is etched in our memory forever! Luxury and simplicity combined!
Here we were made to feel special in SO MANY WAYS! We were treated to dinner with paired wines in the wine cellar, just the two of us, with silver service!"

An intimate setting in the famed Okavango Delta, Image Credit: Duba Plains

"The night prior to our departure, a magnificent surprise awaited us on return from game drive. Bubble bath, bubbles, candles, etc... all for a romantic setting in our bathroom!

After that, the dinner table was set, and dinner was served in an intimate environment. We were waited on by the Camp Manager, a privilege afforded to only a few guests, we understand. SO MANY SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY MEMORIES TO TAKE HOME FROM DUBA PLAINS."

Set in among open game-rich grasslands and seasonal floodplains, Image Credit: Duba Plains

A True Inspiration

So here's to Marg and Dick, a true inspiration to us all! May their love continue to thrive and their adventures never end. May they always look back on this trip to Africa with fondness and joy as a testament to the power of love and commitment. Cheers to 50 years and many more to come!

Embrace adventure and make your anniversary celebration in Africa an unforgettable journey! Connect with our Travel Experts to bring your dreams to life and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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About the author 

Michelle Welvering

Growing up, Michelle always wanted to become a world-renowned artist, a kickboxing-champion and an eccentric explorer – aka a Kickboxing Exploring Artist! After pursuing an education in Fine Arts and opening her own Kickboxing gym in Pretoria, an unexpected twist led her to a six-year stint as a travel consultant in South African tourism. She believes that all things happen for a reason and, driven by adventure, she was eager to find a more “wild” and cultural space to call home. This led her to wander the Western Cape coastline, fall in love with the city of Cape Town and, of course, her workplace, Rhino Africa.

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