An Olifants River wedding can be described as the meeting ground of five-star luxury and Mother Nature's rugged alter ego. While the land is lush and green in summer time, winter brings icy cold conditions with heavy snowfall. Paired with modern comfort in the form of luxury lodges, both these extremities provide the perfect setting for an unforgettable wedding.
With views and surroundings this breathtaking, the need for extra décor is minimal. Most venues offer outdoor receptions on patios overlooking the winding river and landscape, and in many cases you might even consider a barefoot ceremony out in the bushveld or perhaps on a small river ferry. The fact is, Mother Nature handles most of the décor and scenery, all you need to add is good food and quality conversation.
Olifants River wedding venues mostly range from five-star guest farms and lodges to nature reserves, giving couples and guests the opportunity to get as close to nature as humanly possible, without compromising on style, comfort or sophistication. Many of these spectacular venues are located on the slopes of the Cederberg mountain, offering panoramic views of the surrounding citrus farms as well as the meandering Olifants River.
In summer, photo backdrops include cascading waterfalls, enchanting forest settings, sun-drenched mountain peaks and riverbed sunsets, while winter brings with it magical snow-capped mountains and icy peaks – like a winter wonderland fairy tale. The area also boasts mind-boggling rock formations and secluded mountain paths which opens the door to even more photo opportunities. It's also important to mention the orange orchards for which the area is known, as one can only imagine the spectacular wedding pictures you can snap among the heavily laden branches of an orange tree.
The area surrounding the river is home to an array of small hidden towns, settlements and native villages waiting to be stumbled upon by an exploring wedding guest or a newlywed couple on their honeymoon. While some guests might prefer to simply recline in a hammock with a cocktail to watch the sun set over the river banks, more adventurous souls can hop in a canoe or kayak and explore the many curves and crevices of the Olifants River, or go hiking through the Cederberg Mountains. Be sure to also sample some of the region's honey and rooibos tea as this is just two of their many specialities, or even add it to your menu to really make it a proper Olifants River wedding celebration!
Accommodation-wise, these adventure turtles might also prefer a stay at one of the area's many camping sites around the foot of the Cederberg Mountains. As most wedding venues in the area are lodges and guest houses to begin with, accommodation for the rest is sorted, so all you have to worry about is relaxing and enjoying your authentic Olifants River wedding in pure luxury. ...less