These enchanting wedding venues are the perfect place for you and your beloved to tie the knot!
Bayala Private Safari Lodge & Camp
At Bayala Private Safari Lodge & Camp in Northern Zululand, KZN, an easy three hour drive from Durban, we offer the ideal destination-wedding venue where you are assured of the most memorable evening, weekend or week long affair imaginable. Share your dreams, wishes and specific needs and we will customise your special wedding celebration to suit your personal style.
Celebrate on the lush rolling lawns under Bayala’s Acacia trees, with the breathtaking Zululand landscape as your backdrop! Enjoy the intimacy of our traditional boma, or celebrate indoors in our beautiful and tastefully designed African safari lodge.
Accommodation for your guests: Bed & Breakfast (add-on). Bayala offers special rates to cover the stay for invited guests. Our gift to the bride and groom is complimentary accommodation on their wedding night, with a special Matrimonial Bush Surprise. Booking out the entire venue means that you get to celebrate with family and friends deep into the night, without any time constraints.
Gooderson’s beautiful wedding venues make for unforgettable lasting memories
At Gooderson Leisure, we have the perfect setting for one of the most important celebrations of your life. We have picturesque spaces for you to not only exchange your vows, but also to experience an unforgettable honeymoon.
To ensure that you can take in the wonder of your surroundings and enjoy your special day to the fullest, we have wedding coordinators to help plan your wedding down to the last detail. We’re here to tailor-make your wedding arrangements to suit your taste and budget, with special touches like stylish décor, delicious food and personal service.
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Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Spa Resort
Is ideal for a country-style celebration and, as one of the largest resorts in Southern Drakensberg, we are able to offer the bride and groom a variety of packages, for both intimate and large receptions, traditional and even contemporary weddings. You can expect beautiful backdrops for your photographs, a complimentary night in our honeymoon suite on your wedding night and discounted accommodation for friends and family coming from far and wide. Special attention is conferred upon the wedding party to ensure that every detail is taken into account. Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Spa has the experience, expertise and understanding to ensure that the day you’ve dreamt of is everything you desire.
Gooderson Monks Cowl
Located in central Drakensberg, this resort adds its own brand of magic to a wedding celebration. It’s the ideal wedding venue for an intimate wedding, and perfect for nature lovers, photographers, families and those who love to throw a little golf into the build up of the wedding celebration. It boasts spectacular scenic views of the magnificent Champagne Valley, Champagne Castle and Cathkin Mountains.
Contemporary Venue with a Country Feel
Close to home and easy to find were priorities when considering the location for this fabulous wedding venue and chapel, which is just 30 minutes from Durban in the 1000 Hills area of Botha’s Hill. Talloula has established itself as one of the top venues in KZN due to their commitment to deliver A-class events. The team runs a tight ship and you can expect everything to go exactly as planned with owners Glynnis and Louis at the helm. Best of all, Talloula is pretty much a one-stop-shop: creative food options, décor and flowers, a honeymoon suite and assistance with budgeting and wedding planning are all part of the services offered.
All bridal couples are given a full body treatment at the sought-after Talloula Garden Spa as part of the package. Food bars and sip stations are encouraged, and their commitment to first class service is backed-up by their standard of one waiter per 10 guests. The venue and chapel can seat over 150 guests comfortably, and they have an onsite restaurant.
The Place Venue
The Place is a beautiful venue for hire, situated within the Claremont Indigenous Nursery Farm in Salt Rock, just off Sheffield Drive. It is the North Coast’s secret gem. Our venue is uniquely diverse and can be used for a variety of functions ranging from small groups of five, up to large groups of 100 guests. Over the past five years we have hosted all kinds of events, such as engagement proposals, bridal showers, weddings, birthdays, pop up markets, creative workshops and various other events and celebrations.
All functions are tailor-made to suit our clients’ budgets and needs. You can have the backdrop of the natural foliage and greenery surrounding the greenhouse, or you can add your own touches to theme your event. The concept is simple and cost-effective as you can bring your own alcohol, or we offer a bar service on your behalf. We sell selected soft drinks, teas and cappuccinos. We can guide and assist with planning your special day regarding catering, flowers and décor, extra tables and chairs, crockery and cutlery, if it is required. Alternatively, you can do your own catering and décor, with a set-up and take-down time plan. It is a creative space waiting for you. If you would like to view the venue it is imperative to make a booking as we are only open for planned events.
The Hilton Bush Lodge
Just a heartbeat from Hilton Village and a stone’s throw from the renowned Midlands Meander, you will find The Hilton Bush Lodge: a venue inspired by its surroundings, waiting to make your dream wedding a reality.
The Hilton Bush Lodge, surrounded by paperbarks, open grasslands and overlooking the confluence of the Umgeni and Rietspreut rivers is a classy, boutique wedding venue, where your style is all that matters. We firmly believe that ‘unique style is the ultimate sophistication’, and we are here to ensure all your dreams become reality. No detail is too small and no whim too whimsical. The Hilton Bush Lodge has not one, but three ceremony areas. The gorgeous chapel is covered, and snuggles into the gardens of the venue with blinds that can be left open so you never lose that bush feeling. The incredible amphitheatre overlooks the Rietspruit waterfall, where the only music you need is the cry of the fish eagle and the sound of the falls. And finally, the kraal – nestled in the paperbarks with a back drop of an old, deserted dwelling – this truly unique venue oozes Africa. Who knows, one of the local antelope might drop by to witness the exchange of vows or the guineafowl, with their raucous call, may tell all who will listen that you are now a couple. If it’s the rain bird we hear, then there is always the garden chapel to save the day.
Weddings need guests and guests need somewhere to stay. The Hilton Bush Lodge’s accommodation is the epitome of simple style and elegance, balanced with the practicality needed when ensuring everyone is comfortable and relaxed. The bridal suite includes a spacious lounge, dining room and kitchen area – perfect for the entire bride tribe and a photographer’s dream – along with a fabulously spacious bedroom and bathroom. The view from the bath needs to be seen to be believed!
All of the rooms have amazing views of the valleys and are all self-catering or semi self-catering. There are lovely boma areas where family and friends can gather, get to know one another and catch up. What could be more South African, or romantic for that matter, than a braai under stars that seem to go on forever?
A walk to the waterfall is a must for the energetic, and a swim under its water is the prize for getting there. For the less adventurous or those looking to chill closer to the lodge, the swimming pool surrounded by bush and shaded by age-old trees couldn’t be more perfect. Yes, the sun does shine in Hilton – more often than not. In winter, when the temperatures drop, fireplaces, red wine and good conversation make a perfect foil to the fun and excitement of a wedding.
Words simply cannot describe what one can only truly feel. So please come and see for yourselves the elegant simplicity that is The Hilton Bush Lodge.