Sam Branson and Isabella Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe Wedding
Sources say the couple — who have been dating for seven years — are marrying under a Marula tree at Nelson’s Koppie (a koppie is a rocky granite hill — why it is named ‘Nelson’s’ is unknown) which is on the nearby Inyati Private Game Reserve. It was a spot selected by Sam and Isabella.
The Inyati Private Game Reserve is set in 65,000 hectares of unspoiled bushveld within the Sabi Sand Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park. It is one of Africa’s richest wilderness areas.
The Marula is sacred in South Africa. Because of its shade-bearing foliage it is often the spiritual centre for village rituals. Legend says a woman can take bark from the male or female tree to determine the sex of her baby.