While Gauteng might be far from the ocean, who really needs the beach when you have the spectacular Hartbeespoort Dam? This awe-inspiring 56 km dam is one of the province's most magnificent natural attractions and destination of some of the country's top wedding venues. Surrounded by the majestic Magaliesberg and Witwatersrand mountain ranges, the banks of the dam boast spectacular views both of water and wooded mountain side, giving you the opportunity to tie the knot in the true presence of Mother Nature's two extremities.
Along the banks of the dam you'll find a number of world class venues, surrounded by perfectly manicured gardens, small enchanting forests or water, water and even more water. These little slices of heaven includes everything from water-view guest houses and retreats to mountain side conference venues and hotels, all fully equipped to host the most special day of your life. Many have even tied the knot in the right on the river bank in spring time, with the water lapping on the shore mere centimetres away from their feet. Then again, most of these venues boast large wooden decks from which you can see everything there is to see and say “I do” without fear of getting mud on your shoes.
The grassy banks also provides a number of excellent photographic backdrops, especially when twilight falls and the waterfront lights start twinkling on the water's surface. On the other hand you also have the towering peaks of the Magaliesberg mountain, which can be seen even more clearly from inside the pivoting cable car – the ideal way to capture your wedding memories in panoramic majesty, from a magical height.
Over the past couple of years Hartbeespoort Dam has quickly risen up the luxury scale to become one of the most popular holiday destinations in the area, offering all kinds of water sports such as water skiing, wind surfing, sailing and even cliff diving. With sail boats dotting the waterfront, it opens the door to having your wedding not only on the banks of the dam, but on the water itself aboard one of the many luxury yachts bobbing in the harbour.
Other noteworthy attractions along the waterfront include stunning golf estates and nature reserves, as well as a cheese farm where you can pick up a few tasters for the tables and mouthwatering wedding favours with which to spoil your guests. Couples that are into horseback riding might also consider traipsing along the shallow edges of the dam for their wedding photo session, or even making their grand entrance on horseback. One thing is certain: Come winter, rain or shine, a wedding at Hartbeespoort Dam is an unforgettable experience very few destinations can top. ...less