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Destination Weddings have become increasingly popular. Couples can choose to explore a new place or share somewhere special with loved ones. They are the perfect opportunity for both the newlyweds and guests to spend extra time and take a vacation.

South Africa’s unique landscape makes it a prime spot for destination weddings. Whether you want to be surrounded by the sea or get married on top of a mountain, South Africa will have place for you. The multitude of venues available are sure to support your guest list and your style. The country’s many reserves, hiking trails and museums will give your guests many options of things to do before and after your big day.

Here are just a few of the many places you can get married in South Africa.

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve

Bushmans Kloof highlights the part of the world that is unspoiled. Here you’ll be able to wed in the heart of nature. The location can accommodate up to 60 guests. The outdoor gazebo serves as the ceremony location and can be dressed to suit your colors and style. Hold your reception in a natural sandstone amphitheater that overlooks massive valleys or in lounge surrounded by stone walls with views of the Boontjies River. Bushmans Kloof also has lodging accommodations for guests and the newlyweds. There will be a wedding coordinator on hand to offer recommendations and to assure everything goes smoothly on your big day.


Cathedral Peak Hotel

The chapel sits in beautiful well maintained gardens. The cozy stone and thatch chapel offers a magnificent view of the Drakensberg through its massive window. The chapel has been rated one of the 10 most romantic chapels in the world. The chapel has a quaint rustic style with stone blocks and wooden beams form the original farmhouse and pews made from railway sleepers. The most unique feature is the on site helicopter can offer a new photography opportunity for your ceremony. Cathedral Peak hotel boasts many options for reception spaces as well as a wide variety of cuisine.


Riverside Country Estate

Tucked away not far from Johannesburg, Riverside Country Estate offers an ethereal outdoor setting. The estate reflects an old sophisticated country home. They accommodate weddings up to 150 guests. At the Estate, you can choose to wed in their onsite chapel or in the garden gazebo overlooking the Blesbok River. The staff is well versed and always available to answers questions and concerns. They can help you find unforgettable touches to make your wedding a treasured experience for you and all your guests.


Lavender Hill

Experience 25 hectacres of nature in Free State for your wedding. The area is a photographers dream, covered in roses, lavender, gardens, water features, and many different bird species. Lavender Hill can accommodate up to 250 guests. Choose to get married in the Hillsong Chapel or the open air gazebo. Each offers views of the Maluti Mountains. The staff is on hand to create the perfect experience for you and your guests with customized menus and cakes.


Destination Weddings in South Africa


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