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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.