Are you looking to get married in one of the most beautiful, and unusual, countries in the world Why not look into South Africa. There’s a whole range of landscapes and locations to choose from. Whether it’s a cultural city wedding you’re looking for, or a honeymoon in the wilderness, encountering endangered species of all times, there’s something for you out there. Below you’ll find just a taste of the options open to you
Thaba Ya Batswana
Johannesburg is one of the absolute gems of South Africa, bursting with culture and history. But what if you want to experience the natural wonders of the area, not just the city Thaba Ya Batswana is the place for you. Located ten kilometres outside of Johannesburg, it’s easy to get in and enjoy the city’s delights. However, it’s based in the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve meaning you get to enjoy both the urban and the rustic. It’s also perfectly suited to have your wedding on site, having its on on-site church. There’s a beautiful, teak-floored banquet hall, and a glass marquee that overlooks the lawns, giving you a variety of options for the reception – as well as onsite spa to relax after the inevitable stresses of your big day. As an added bonus, it’s an eco hotel meaning that you know you can enjoy your stay guilt-free.
Cathedral Peak Hotel
Perhaps you’re looking for something more church focused The hotel is home to a stunning stone chapel, set in a wide garden in front of the Drakensburg mountain range – a world heritage site. With pews made of railway sleepers, and a thatched roof, it’s a truly unique location and rated one of the ten most romantic chapels in the whole world.
It’s not just the church, however. The hotel itself has a variety of options available. From its standard rooms, set in the gardens, to the superior rooms with their own private verandas, there’s something for every price budget. There’s also a beautiful honeymoon suite, set well apart from the rest of the complex. You can even make use of the venue’s helicopter to get some truly original shots of your special day.
Bush Willow Tented Camp
Maybe it’s not the buildings you’re concerned about, but the chance to set your wedding in nature itself. If that’s the case, take a look at the Bush Willow Tented Camp. As the name implies, the accommodation is entirely tents – each capable of holding up to six guests. This is no ordinary camp site though, as each of the ten tents comes with a kitchenette, toilet and hot water shower. There’s also a heated swimming pool! The happy couple can, of course, opt into having a hotel room or the Garden Suite – but where’s the fun in that The ‘chapel’ itself is a thatched gazebo. Whilst the camp itself is self-catered, they have links with catering services so you can opt into full service if you’re after nature without the work. The site itself is set in 107 hectares of wildland, but since its set near the Glenburn Lodge, guests could also opt in to heading to the spa rather than on safari. It’s the perfect blend.
iNsingizi Spa and Game Lodge
So the idea of the wild appeals to you, but maybe you’re not so sure about the whole staying in tents part. Head down to the KwaZulu-Natal south midlands to the iNsingizi Lodge, where you can stay in one of the gorgeous chalets or a self-catered guest house. There’s guided game walks, trail running and bird-watching for the more wilderness-inclined, and there’s the spa for those who’d rather relax.
With zebra, wildebeest, jackals, porcupine and the adorable duiker you’ll get a real taste of the wildlife of South Africa, without having to give up comfort to do so. Their team of wedding experts likes to consult with each individual couple to make sure they get something suited to them – both in style and budget, so why not check them out
The Dock House
Now for something completely different! The Dock House is set in Cape Town’s Victoria and Albert Waterfront.
Part of the working harbour, the V&A waterfront is set in a location with live music, a huge variety of places to eat and a beautiful coastline. Perfect for those of you wanting to experience city life, it hosts helicopter flights and city sightseeing tours. It’s not without the option to see the wild side though – with shark cage diving and day safaris available too. This is one of the most exclusive venues in South Africa, hosting just six weddings a year, so get in there early.
By Alfred Stallion and CapePortfolios.com!