If you're stuck on a Mpumalanga wedding, the awe-inspiring Panorama Route is definitely one of Mpumalanga's natural highlights and worth considering. Characterised by its dramatic landscapes, the region is something that every South Africa should experience at least once in their life, and it might as well be on the most special day of your life.
Offering a vast array of panoramic views, all of which serve as exquisite backdrops for equally exquisite wedding pictures, it's no surprise where the route gets its name from. Some of the country's most spellbinding natural attractions can be found here, like the Blyde River Canyon, God's Window and the Three Rondavels. Boasting magnificent views of the winding rivers down below, the bushveld and the wetlands, you'll never be hard up for photo backdrops when hosting a Mpumalanga wedding in the Panorama Route. Along the banks of the winding Sabie and Graskop rivers you'll find many breathtaking waterfalls plus the historic Echo Caves – a magical backdrop for a magical picture session. In springtime the hills and valleys come alive with the colour of cosmos and other wild flora all, which is not only perfect for pictures but even more perfect for table decorations and bridal bouquets.
The mountain is dotted with numerous five star wedding venues like resorts, hotels and lodges that overlook the enchanting river down below, as well as quaint historical chapels. These venues are not only the ideal place to tie the knot in panoramic elegance, but also offers a honeymoon experience that trumps just about anything you'll find overseas. Along the riverside you'll find many tour operators to ferry you and your guests down the respective rivers while you sit back and take in the breathtaking sights with a cocktail in hand.
This unique mountain setting offers a range of adventure sports and entertainment like white water rafting, rock climbing, abseiling and even bungee jumping which puts the cherry on top of any Mpumalanga wedding celebration. Take to the skies in a hot air balloon for unrivalled wedding picture backdrops or kick off your wedding shoes and splash around in the rock pools together. Other activities with which guests can entertain themselves include trout fishing, mountain biking or hiking through the hills and valleys and exploring the splendour that is Panorama Route.
While one can ramble on about the natural splendour for pages and pages, the Route also has a colourful history, retold through ancient artistic footprints left behind by indigenous African inhabitants. Be sure to ask the tour guides to divulge the many tales that have played out between the hills and valleys over the centuries – some tragic, others almost as romantic as your special day.
The region's biggest disadvantage is the distance that lies between the venues and the nearest cities. However with most of these Mpumalanga wedding venues offering everything from catering to wedding coordinators, the hassle is halved and planning your wedding becomes a walk in the mountain paths. ...less