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The East Rand in Gauteng can sometimes be overshadowed by the vibrant buzz of the nearby hub of Johannesburg. However, it is a beautiful part of South Africa, offering brides- and grooms-to-be as well as event planners and wedding guests an abundance of things to do and see within gorgeous, romantic settings.

The East Rand is administered by the Ekurhuleni Municipality, and is made up of:

  • Alberton
  • Bedfordview
  • Benoni
  • Boksburg
  • Brakpan
  • Edenvale
  • Germiston
  • Springs
  • Kempton Park
  • Nigel

Being situated in Gauteng means that the East Rand is close to the OR Tambo International Airport; making it particularly accessible, even to guests that have to come from countries around the world to share in your special day.

The Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre in Boksburg is nestled within stunning manicured lawns, boasting no fewer than 40 different event rooms. It also has a private chapel and a dedicated reception venue that is guaranteed to make your special day just magical. Although this setting is sure to create an ambience of seclusion from the hustle and bustle of city life, Birchwood is only seven kilometres from the OR Tambo Airport. There are 450 rooms at the hotel, making it the ideal retreat for the guests and the couple after the wedding reception. Facilities and amenities include two swimming pools, a spa, gym, tennis court, squash court, and honeymoon suite.

Afrique Boutique Hotel OR Tambo, also located in Boksburg, is a stunning 4-star facility that combines all of the conveniences one would expect with ultimate luxury and added extras. The opulent atmosphere and exquisite cuisine will give your wedding that extra fairytale charm, ensuring stunning photographs and lasting memories. The Afrique Boutique Hotel OR Tambo’s venues can cater for between 20 and 80 wedding guests, and an on-site chapel is available for an all-round experience.

The African Tribes Guest Lodge is situated in Kempton Park and provides bridal couples with the ideal African experience on their big day. It is only minutes from the OR Tambo Airport, ensuring that it is convenient and accessible. The lodge can accommodate up to 120 wedding guests.

For the bridal couple honeymooning in the East Rand or for the wedding guests that are making a holiday out of their time here, the following sights and attractions are a must:

  • The Apartheid Museum
  • The beautiful Boksburg Lake
  • Bruma Lake Flea Market, one of the biggest flea markets in the country
  • The East Rand Flea Market in Boksburg
  • East Rand Mall, less than 10 kilometres from the OR Tambo Airport
  • WesBank Raceway
  • Sand boarding at Mount Mayhem
  • Action Cricket in Edenvale
  • Visit the lakes of Benoni, for which it is famous
  • The Rietvlei Zoo and Nature Reserve, just outside Alberton
  • The Rondebult Bird Sanctuary
  • Wild Waters at Bokkie Park in Boksburg

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