Did you know?
In Venda culture, ‘tshikona’ is a dance performed by men at weddings or religious ceremonies.
Weddings in Limpopo offer many tempting opportunities: this is the province that is home to ancient kingdoms, rain queens and sacred forests, and there are numerous venues that will appeal to couples in search of an event that is truly magical.
There aren't many wedding venues that can beat family-friendly lodges like Mabula, a large private game reserve two-hour drive north of Jo'burg; Mopani Bush Lodge, which borders Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site; and Pafuri River Camp, at the northern-most tip of the Kruger National Park.
Weddings often take place in the scenic Waterberg region of Limpopo, and venues like Marataba Safari Lodge in the Marakele National Park cater for high-end wedding celebrations (an overnight stay in a gorgeous tented camp is part of the attraction). The Welgevonden Private Game Reserve is home to a number of lodge-type wedding venues, including Makweti Safari Lodge, and Shibula Lodge and Bush Spa.
Small towns offer a range of venues for weddings in Limpopo, from Bela Bela’s Chateau Larize to the green lawns of Ya Mati in Hoedspruit. The Tzaneen Country Lodge is also an option, and offers a private chapel on the grounds.
One of the most beautiful gardens in the country can be found at Kings Walden Garden Manor in Agatha – a superb venue for a small, romantic gathering. And close to the town of Elim, you will find Shiluvari Lakeside Lodge, a beautiful location between mountains and forests on the fringes of Venda country.
A golf and spa package deal is popular, and the Euphoria Golf Estate & Hydro offers an all-inclusive wedding package, with the option of a ceremony on one of the fairways. Legends Lodges in the Entabeni Safari Conservancy is another option that will keep guests happy, and apart from hosting beautiful weddings, offers perhaps the most unusual golf hole in the world (you need the assistance of a helicopter, and the green is hundreds of metres below the tee-off area).
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Tel : +27 (0)15 293 3600
Mabula Game Lodge
Tel: +27 (0)14 734 7000
Fax: +27 (0)14 734 0001
Marataba Safari Company
Hunter Hotels Head Office
Tel: +27 (0)44 501 1111
Kings Walden Garden Manor
Tel: +27 (0)15 307 3262
How to get here
Most Limpopo venues are accessible by road. However, some venues may be hard to reach and transfers will need to be organised. Guests can fly into Polokwane International Airport from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.
Best time to visit
Limpopo gets very hot in the summer months (November to February), so it may be best to schedule your wedding during the winter months (May, June, July), or plan a wedding for early spring (September).
Around the area
There are many attractions worth seeing in Limpopo, including the Kruger National Park; the Mapungubwe World Heritage Site; the Modjadji Cycad Forest; Makapans Valley; Timbavati Private Game Reserve; and the city of Polokwane.
Tours to do
Take an art tour in the Venda region on the Ribolla Open Africa Route.
It’s a good idea to have your own vehicle. Limpopo's public transport system is limited.
What will it cost
Each venue has a different pricing strategy. However, it is a good idea to enquire about wedding packages for overseas guests.
Length of stay
Enjoy the wedding and then plan a two-week holiday in this incredible province.
Where to stay
Most of the wedding venues will be able to cater your wedding party. There are numerous B&Bs, guest houses and lodges in the province. It’s a good idea to make your wedding-party bookings long in advance.
The Magoebaskloof Spring Festival takes place ever year in September. You can also book your wedding around the time of the Marula Festival, held in April.
Original work by Venda artists – look out for pottery and wooden sculptures.