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In South Africa, many couples register a civil marriage, conduct a traditional marriage, and may have a church wedding too.
Few places in South Africa convey a sense of occasion like the wedding destinations of the Northern Cape.
Transected by the Orange River, the province is vast and varied. Farmers grow cotton, dates and grapes on sprawling farms, lions roam the red sands of the Kalahari, and the historic towns that dot the landscape embody the spirit of this uncompromising, yet hospitable land.
The province’s dramatic geography provides an ideal backdrop for your celebration. While many Northern Cape wedding venues are remote, you will experience exceptional hospitality and, with careful planning, a once-in-a-lifetime experience for you and your guests.
The province’s desert landscapes are among the most remote and romantic places to get married in South Africa.
These venues include luxury lodges in exclusive game reserves, like !Xaus Lodge in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, where members of your wedding party will feel like the only people in the world.
The Tswalu Kalahari Reserve is another venue characterised by vast skies and plentiful wildlife. Other remote and wild Northern Cape wedding venues include the Richtersveld National Park, Namaqualand and the immense plains of the Tankwa Karoo.
You could also celebrate your wedding in the lush heart of the Green Kalahari. Here, the Kuruman Valley, made famous by a bountiful natural spring that delivers fresh water to the town’s residents, offers a number of options. Apart from various farms and lodges, it is home to the famous Moffat Church, completed in 1838.
The Sun River Kalahari Lodge and the River Ridge Resort in Upington make the most of the dramatic potential of the Orange River. Some riverside venues, like Ou Skool Guesthouse, are situated on working wine, date or cotton farms, with plentiful local produce available for your reception.
The Vaal River also provides a number of scenic spots for a wedding, where venues like the Broadwater estate are within easy reach of the Kimberley's services and amenities.
You may want to say your wedding vows in a historic city like Kimberley, where a venue like the stately Kimberley Club, which opened in 1818, will lend your celebration a certain gravitas.
In its long history, the club has hosted royalty, diplomats as well as central figures from the city’s time as South Africa’s diamond mining capital. You can even arrange to say your vows on a platform with views over the Big Hole, famous for yielding more than 2 700kg of diamonds; or at one of the guest lodges close by.
Other small Northern Cape towns like Colesberg and Port Nolloth also make attractive venues for smaller weddings, but venue options may be more limited.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Northern Cape Tourism Authority
Tel: +27 (0)53 832 2657/2643
How to get here
There is a good road network through the Northern Cape, as well as airports in Kimberly and Upington that connect to larger centres in the country. Note that distances in this province are vast.
Best time to visit
Note that in December/January, afternoon temperatures in the Northern Cape are very hot − usually in the upper 30 degrees Celsius. Winter temperatures can drop below freezing, especially at night. In spring, areas of the province that fall into the winter rainfall area are especially beautiful as the arid landscapes come to life in a riot of flowers.
Around the area
The Northern Cape has a beautiful coastline and a number of national parks to visit. The area is also known for its fine examples of San rock art, abundant deposits of semi-precious stones and wildlife.
What will it cost
South Africa's favourable exchange rate means weddings offer good value for money.
Length of stay
Weddings and honeymoons in South Africa offer great opportunities to turn your special day into a holiday for you and your guests.
Where to stay
Even venues that aren’t marketed as wedding venues may be equipped to host your ceremony and reception, as well as provide or recommend accommodation for your guests.
Look out for annual bridal fairs and expos around the country.
As many of the wedding destinations in the Northern Cape are remote and relatively isolated, all-inclusive wedding deals are well worth considering.