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Wedding Packages 2021/22 ~South Africa

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Wedding Packages 2021/22 from around the country…

Love under lockdown, love, romance and weddings in the time of lockdown have been a tad tricky, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have your wedding! Here are some exceptional South African wedding venues at distinctive properties around the country that have great Wedding Packages that will turn your wedding dreams into a reality!

In Kwazulu Natal – the Garden Province – Thanda Safari in the northern reaches of KZN, for a wedding ceremony held in a sheltered bush location, under the spreading marula trees… ululating Zulu dancers ushering you down the aisle to take your vows…your wedding reception, done safari-style in a star-lit boma or on a deck overlooking the unspoiled African bush – whatever your personal style there is no better place than Thanda Safari for celebrating romance! Thanda Safari offers three accommodation options – each with their own style and appeal – its flagship Safari Lodge with nine bush suites, the exclusive five-suite Villa iZulu, and Thanda Tented Camp with 14 luxury tents and one deluxe honeymoon tent. Thanda (‘love’ in isiZulu) Safari’s Kanye (‘together’ in isiZulu) Wedding Package – a unique package that hones the qualities of ubuntu – compassion, humanity and community – is priced per group:  two to 10 guests – R15 000; 11 to 30 guests – R31 000; 31 to 58 guests – R42 500. Wedding parties need to book a minimum stay of two nights and to hire a property exclusively. Included are two game drives, delicious cuisine a dedicated wedding planner, an area for your bridal preparation, your choice of ceremony and reception venue, set-up of  venues; canapés for guests after ceremony, white Tiffany chairs, tables, linen and all required glassware, crockery and cutlery; unlimited tea, coffee, still and sparkling water; romantic turndown for the newly married couple, a selection of four-course wedding menus to choose from; transfers around the Thanda Safari property, and a special Thanda Safari wedding gift for the bridal couple (additional services are available at an extra cost).  The Kanye Wedding Package accommodation rates which start at R2 997 per person sharing, are inclusive of three meals per day; two game drives per day; guided bush walks (not included at Tents); selected local beverages (until midnight), in-room mini-bar, Wifi and laundry. Book now for the most romantic experience of a lifetime – your wedding at Thanda Safari! Contact details: reservations@thanda.co.za, +27 (0) 32 586 0149, Thanda Wedding Planner – weddings@thanda.co.za, www.thandasafari.com

In the Cape – one of South Africa’s most beautiful regions

De Hoop Collection a member of Cape Country Routes, opened in the De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Western Cape in 2007 as the first private/public partnership in the South African hospitality industry. Just a short three hour’s drive from Cape Town this world heritage site offers pristine land, wide open spaces, beaches, world-class whale-watching, coastal fynbos and teeming animal and birdlife – more than 260 species of birds (including the endangered Cape Vulture) – this together with De Hoop Collection’s wide range of accommodation options and the sheer beauty of it all – makes it a perfect place for a wedding of note – in particular, winter weddings!  Imagine… a ceremony under the magnificent fig tree or overlooking the beautiful vlei or in the old sheep shearing shed ‘The Cloete Room’ and the wedding reception in The Fig Tree Restaurant around a lovely warm fireplace. The minimum Winter 2022 venue fee of R75 500 for 70 guests is inclusive of the Friday welcome supper, chairs and hessian runner at ceremony, winter warmer eats after the ceremony, a hearty three course set Wedding Dinner menu and the Honeymoon Suite on the wedding night.  There is a 20% discount on standard accommodation rates for a minimum two-night stay. This Winter Wedding Special applies to weddings from mid-May to end July 2022. Ts & Cs apply.  De Hoop – a nature lover’s paradise of unparalleled peace and tranquillity – most likely one of the Cape’s last unspoiled gems! Phone 021-422 4522/ res@dehoopcollection.co.za, www.dehoopcollection.com

Centrally located in Stellenbosch, the elegant 4-star Eendracht Hotel & Apartments makes a perfect base for weddings with its elegant rooms, where family and friends can be comfortably accommodated; its spacious Honeymoon suite – perfect for the bride and her bridesmaids to use before the ceremony; its self-catering apartments – just a short 7 mins walk from the hotel, perfect for the groom and his friends; the Huddle Room for pre-wedding get-togethers and meals before and after the wedding day; Senobia’s Restaurant to take care of meals and catering needs, and best of all, its close proximity to the town’s beautiful and historic churches – the old Dutch Reformed Moederkerk (only a two-minute walk from the hotel), the Stellenbosch United Church, the old Lutheran Church and St Mary’s Anglican Church. Eendracht Hotel will customise your wedding package to your specific needs, taste and personality – tailormade to perfection – and your special day will be an experience you will cherish forever. Eendracht Hotel & Apartments is a member of Cape Country Routes. Tel: +27 21 883 8843, Email:reservations@eendracht-hotel.com, www.eendracht-hotel.com

The fun and funky 5-star Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa, situated on Thesen Islands, Knysna, has accommodation that comprises luxury and standard rooms, two self-contained suites and a Honeymoon Suite; the Island Café Restaurant and the Gastro Pub, which offers classic pub meals with a delicious twist and lagoon sunset views, the Turbine Spa, and its own adventure centre – the Turbine Water Club – with a variety of water and land-based activities. Just the spot for a fun funky wedding!  The Turbine is offering tailor-made (according to your needs) Wedding Reception breakfasts, lunches and dinners; a private wedding reception in one of its venues, or alternatively a non-exclusive reception in the Island Café Restaurant. Also the fabulous offer of a value added 50% discount on the bride’s honeymoon night accommodation (per person sharing rate) when booking the reception, and a three- course wedding lunch at R395 per person, from 10 – 50 guests including the venue hire but excluding drinks; or, alternatively a three-course dinner at R395 per person from 10 – 50 guests –with seating as per the restaurant lay out; basic restaurant set up; not exclusive; no live bands or DJ’s allowed; any additional décor can be arranged via the Turbine’s own  preferred JoyBella Weddings and Events  (for guests own account). If the entire restaurant needs to be booked exclusively then all the hotel rooms must be booked. This wedding offer is valid from 1 September 2021 – 31 August 2022, subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply. For bookings call reservations on 044 302 5746 or email to reservations@turbinehotel.co.za  www.turbinehotel.co.za

And from Cape Summer Villas Boutique Collection

With breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, Tsitsikamma Mountains, Keurbooms River and the Lagoon, a wedding at Cape Summer Villas’ 5-star Sky Villa Boutique Hotel a world-leading luxury destination becomes an experience never to be forgotten. Sky Villa can sleep up to 28 guests sharing (14 rooms) and its sister property, The Bungalow can accommodate an additional 14 (sharing) guests – a shuttle transports guests between both venues. It can host a reception of up to 120 guests and larger weddings can be accommodated in the garden (tent/marquee would be required). For the period 1 April to 30 September 2022 Sky Villa’s Exclusive Wedding Package at R45 000 includes the wedding accommodation – a one-night stay for the bridal couple in the Presidential Suite, and 26 guests sharing (12 rooms and a suite), with breakfast; the reception venue (exclusive use of Sky Villa for the reception only); includes glassware, crockery and cutlery for 80; catering can be arranged by Sky Villas, or outside caterers can be brought in; Sky Villa will provide bar/ bar staff. Additional items (at additional cost)Waiters can be hired at an additional cost; any additional guests wishing to overnight can be accommodated (at additional cost) at its sister property, The Bungalow. Not included in this package are wedding co-ordination and tents/marquees (and set up) should they be required. For December weddings (subject to a minimum three-night/two-day stay exclusive use fee) contact events@skyvilla.co.za directly. Ts & Cs apply Contact details: 087 550 2967, info@skyvilla.co.za, www.capesummervillas.co.za 

Cape Summer Villas’ The Bungalow Plett, a luxury 5-star Bed and Breakfast situated a stone’s throw from the water’s edge at Hobie Beach in Plettenberg Bay, is designed for the ultimate experience in beachside living and it is also the perfect venue for a brilliant Beach Wedding. It can accommodate 14 guests in its seven luxuriously furnished rooms, while its sister property, Sky Villa  can accommodate up to an additional 28 sharing guests (there is a shuttle that easily transports guests between the two venues) and host a reception of up to 60 guests. For the period 1 April to 30 September 2022  The Bungalow’s Exclusive Wedding Package at R25 000 includes the wedding accommodation: a one-night stay for the bridal couple in the Bridal Suite (The Spot) and 12 guests sharing six rooms (includes breakfast); the reception venue (exclusive use of The Bungalow for the reception only), includes glassware, crockery and cutlery for 60. Additional items(at additional cost), catering can be arranged by The Bungalow; The Bungalow will provide waiters, and bar/bar staff; any additional guests wishing to overnight can be accommodated (at additional cost) at sister property, Sky Villa Boutique Hotel. Not included in this package are Wedding co-ordination and Tents/Marquees (and set up) should they be required.  Ts & Cs apply. Contact: +27 (0) 44 533 1864, info@thebungalowplett.co.za, www.capesummervillas.co.za  

Spanish Farm Guest Lodge – a Cape Summer Villas flagship property, is a special piece of paradise in Somerset West offering a peaceful ambience, situated on a 4 hectare estate set in magnificent indigenous gardens with beautiful fynbos vegetation and abundant birdlife.  The Guest Lodge and Rose Cottage are situated slightly higher than the Villas, each offering magnificent views of False Bay and the surrounding Mountains, making Spanish Farm Guest Lodge the ideal venue to host a memorable Elopement Celebration. Spanish Farm Guest Lodge can host a celebration of up to 40 guests, and accommodate 24 of those guests at The Guesthouse, The Ground Floor Apartment, Rose Cottage and the three 2-Bedroom Villas.  Spanish Farm Guest Lodge’s exclusive Wedding Package includes accommodation (two-night stay for the Bridal couple in the Honeymoon Suite and 22 guests sharing rooms); the Celebration venue and the exclusive use of Spanish Farm Guest Lodge for the celebration only.  Low season package at R50 000 is valid 1 April to 30 September 2022 (excludes school holidays) and the high season package at R90 000 is valid until end of October 2022 (excludes 15 December to 7 January). Not included in the packages are the co-ordination, tents/marquees and the setup thereof, glassware, crockery and cutlery, catering and decor.  Ts & Cs apply. Contact: +27 21 852 7352, info@spanishfarm.co.za, www.capesummervillas.co.za  

And Cape Country Routes…

The perfect destination for brides wishing for a “far from the madding crowd’ country-style wedding is the charming 4-star Montagu Country Hotel in Montagu. This quaint little town is nestled between the Langeberg mountain ranges of the Western Cape and is a comfortable driving distance from Cape Town. With its claim of being the only original Art Deco hotel in the country (the original hotel was built in 1875) the re-modelled present day hotel transports you back to a bygone era of elegance. It offers eclectic, but comfortable accommodation – furnished en-suite rooms, excellent facilities, warm hospitality, imposing mountain views, and two fabulous Wedding Packages.  The One-Night Package at R49 500 and the Two-Night Package at R93 000 – valid from 1 September 2021 to 31 December 2021 – include 29 bedrooms on a B&B basis, the exclusive use of the whole hotel (subject to availability), gardens and public area; cutlery, crockery, glasses, tablecloths and the usual staff complement, while exclusions include any additional décor, glasses, lighting and sound equipment not part of the hotel’s usual offering, any additional flower arrangements, corkage fees and cost of additional staff. And if you want an added attraction to your wedding, the hotel has its own American Dream Cars fleet with a 1956 and a 1964 Cadillac Sedan De Ville for hire. Its 2022 Wedding Packages – One-Night at R52 500 / Two-Night at R99 500 are valid from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2022.  A wedding with a difference at this hallmark Cape Country Routes property is a guarantee! Ts & Cs apply. Enquiries:  bookings@capecountryroutes.com, www.capecountryroutes.com

The Cape Country Routes’ charming 3-star New Holme Nature Lodge (formerly New Holme Country House) – a working sheep and game farm in the Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve, Northern Cape, one of the two nature reserves of the Khoisan Karoo Conservancy – with sweeping landscapes and breathtaking vistas of the Karoo countryside ticks all the boxes for a wedding with a difference! Known for its traditional Karoo dinners, underground wine cellar, sunset and night drives it is a very popular Karoo wedding venue. Considered by most to be ‘far, far away’, New Holme is actually conveniently situated halfway between Cape Town and Johannesburg, Durban and the Garden Route, making it a good place for family and friends to meet up and celebrate and there is an air strip only 400m from the venue should you want to fly in. You have exclusive use of the lodge for the day of the wedding and the number of nights you are book the accommodation for. Small intimate receptions of up to 80 persons are catered for indoors while larger weddings are hosted outdoors. Its 2021/22 Winter Wedding Package rates are subject to the Guest House being booked for at least one night with a minimum of 26 guests. The Bride and Groom have complimentary use of the Honeymoon suite on the night of the wedding as well as for use on the wedding day. The venue hire cost (per person) – for winter season 16 May to 14 September 2021 – 180+ guests R100 pp; 121-179 R120 pp; 80-120 – R160 pp; less than 80 – R170 pp. Summer  season – 5 September ’21  to  15 May ‘22 – 180+ guests at R110 pp; 121 – 179 at R130 pp; 80 – 120 at R170 pp; less than 80 at R180 pp. Included in this cost (per person) is the: venue hire (indoors up to 80 guests, 80+ in the garden); professional planning and implementation of wedding; tables (cloths included) and chairs (plastic) without covers; waiters and bar facilities; co-ordinator on your wedding day; bridal suite -wedding night; table setting, crockery and cutlery etc, Sparkling wine/wine glasses and jugs for juice (1 jug / 10 guests).  Meal prices (per person) range from R300 – R400.  Guests are assured of friendly personal service, an easy and relaxed atmosphere and activities like the Karoo Shy 5 night drive and sundowners at the hippo pool to make your wedding even more unique and one of a kind.  Ts & Cs apply. Enquiries: bookings@capecountryroutes.com, www.capecountryroutes.com 

South Hill Vineyards, nestled in the eastern end of the picturesque Elgin Grabouw Valley is surrounded by views of the Kogelberg biosphere, neighbouring orchards and its own vineyards. Lush gardens, big skies and expansive lawns during summer and intimate, indoor spaces with fireplaces during winter and a short one-hour drive from Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Hermanus, make South Hill the perfect choice for a destination wedding. Its special Wedding Package at R43 867 (valid to 30 September 2021) and R61 098 (valid from 1 October 2021 to 30 April 2022) includes accommodation for two nights for up to 14 adults in the self- catering, six-bedroomed Guest House and for the bridal couple, the secluded Pumphouse Honeymoon Cottage, the venue hire, crockery, cutlery, glassware and bar-ware for up to 150 guests. Also included is the South Hill’s Wedding co-ordinator who takes care of everything to ensure you get your perfect day. And then – if you want to get married without telling anyone, or run away and forgo a large, traditional wedding for a more intimate ceremony with a few guests (or none at all) – in other words, if you rather want to elope …well, South Hill has put together some exclusive Elopement Packages, each based on a unique location on the farm. Included is a beautifully set table with florals and linen to match; twinkly fairy lights, candles and lanterns; bridal bouquets, grooms boutonnieres and confetti; canapés, harvest style celebratory feast, wedding cake and a selection of South Hill wines and bubbles. Rates range from R12 700 (two nights/two guests) to R65 500 (two nights/20 guests) valid until 30 September 2021; and from R14 600 (two nights/two guests) to R79 000 (two nights/20 guests) valid from 1 October 2021 to 30 April 2022. All rates include booking admin fee and VAT/prices subject to change. South Hill Vineyards – a Cape Country Routes member – takes every care in ensuring your wedding is an unforgettable experience. Ts & Cs apply. Enquiries: bookings@capecountryroutes.com, www.capecountryroutes.com

Making wonders true is what we love to do at Wildehondekloof Private Game Reserve! This Cape Country Routes property-of-note located only 50 km from Oudtshoorn and surrounded by the natural beauty of the Swartberg Mountains, is a kingdom of all the wonders of nature – the unparalleled beauty of the reserve, and the awe-inspiring sunsets create an almost mythical atmosphere where even the most unbelievable story becomes an unforgettable experience that you will remember forever and ever! If you are planning to write the next chapter of your life – your love story, then Wildehondekloof, with all its magic and the expertise and wedding organisational skills of its experienced professional staff guarantees you -the Princess and the Prince –  the most romantic of a fairy tale Wedding Day! For a unique winter wedding book the entire lodge exclusively:

  • only during the winter months
  • small groups of 50 guest maximum
  • rooms at a special rate (includes breakfast) – all rooms need to be booked when venue is used
  • venue hire includes tables, chairs, cutlery, crockery, bar setup, and staff – R10 000
  • set menus available –at R 360 per person
  • rooms prices separate

Discount on the honeymoon suite for the bridal couple; ready room for the bride and the use of the restaurant, reception, outside pool, boma and fireplace area and parking.  Wildehondekloof always goes the extra mile to ensure that your wedding will be a treasured memory. This hidden gem of the Klein Karoo is one of the treasures of the Cape Country Routes Collection. Ts & Cs apply. Enquiries: bookings@capecountryroutes.com, www.capecountryroutes.com

Zuurberg Mountain Village is a 160-year-old haven of historical delight situated high up on the Zuurberg Pass in malaria-free Addo, Eastern Cape.  Set in 160 hectares of indigenous vegetation with breathtaking views of the famous Addo Elephant National Park, it offers guests nature, wildlife and tranquility in the most majestic African setting , perfect for a wedding. Its special Wedding Package fee of R50 000 (net rate) is valid from 1 August to 30 September 2021, and R65 000 from 1 October 2021 to 30 April 2022. This includes the exclusive use of the hotel from 12 noon on the day of the wedding until 11am the following day, 30 hotel rooms on the night of the wedding, and breakfast the following morning.  The wedding meal is an additional cost per head depending on the menu selected. The banqueting staff set up and clear the venue, while experienced service staff ensure a smooth reception. For a full weekend experience there is a special rate per person inclusive of a braai dinner and breakfast if guests would like to stay the evening before the wedding – a great opportunity for families and friends to mingle.  Guests are accommodated in Edwardian style private cottages or in the old Zuurberg Manor. The cottages are arranged so that guests can enjoy both the spectacular mountain and valley views. Extensive manicured gardens surrounded by rolling hills make the perfect backdrop for an outdoor service with the reception on the veranda overlooking the sparkling pool.  Optional extras include a wellness spa (a wonderful treat for the bride and her entourage) and guided game drives into Addo Elephant Park. Zuurberg Mountain Village – the perfect venue for a memorable celebration of love and happiness. Ts & Cs apply. Enquiries: bookings@capecountryroutes.com, www.capecountryroutes.com 

Posted: August 2021