Explore the best Garden Route wedding venues. Here is our selection of the top wedding venues along the Garden Route in the Western Cape, recommended by wedding professionals and real couples. Click on the Request a Quote button below to request a quote from all listed here, or contact them individually.
“If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.” Lin Yutang (1895 – 1976)
Situated 18km East of the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay, Hog Hollow Country Lodge, a private nature reserve, is set on the edge of indigenous forest with breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys and Tsitsikamma Mountains. We are well known for our delectable food, personalized accommodation, panoramic views and sincere hospitality.
The sixteen individual suites are situated in lush gardens surrounding the main house. Each room is decorated in a uniquely African-style using a combination of bright and earthy colours, naturally woven fabrics, artifacts from around Africa and local handcrafted woods. These comfortable, stylish suites offer private wooden decks, hammocks – perfect to while away those balmy sunny days – king sized beds, lounge area, en-suite bathrooms and most have cosy fireplaces for those chilly winter nights.
Superb breakfasts are served out on the boma deck in the warmth of the morning sunshine, or inside by the fire on chillier days, while our scrumptious communal dinners are served in the conviviality of the candle-lit main house.
Attractions nearby range from: lazing at our long blue pool, or taking a refreshing sauna, to a magnificent walk from the Lodge through the ancient indigenous forests to either to Monkeyland primate sanctuary, the Birds of Eden or the Elephant Sanctuary. Other attractions include over 50 charted walks, horse riding, golf, canoeing, abseiling, bungy jumping (the world’s highest -216m!!), boat-based whale and dolphin watching, a treetops canopy walk or a scenic glider flight around the bay. The list is endless …
To host a wedding at Hog Hollow, we require all 16 rooms to be booked out by the wedding party for a minimum period of two days, this is because the wedding party becomes our focal point and absorbs all the staff and facilities prior and post-wedding. It makes the wedding more intensely personal as the lodge then becomes the party’s private space.
Three years later… we are back for our marriage in Hog Hollow. Perfect preparation from the lodge, perfect location, perfect breakfast buffet, lovely service, perfect cook. It was a great time again. Thank you so much. It was 5 star+ again!!! – Lutz & Marion, Germany
Forest Hall estate is a 500 acres private nature reserve with direct access to the Indian Ocean. It is located on the Garden Route, 25Km east of Plettenberg Bay, on the border with the Tsitsikamma National Park. The property lies at the heart of The Crags – a spectacular part of the Garden Route on the eastern border of the Western Cape, nestled between the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountain range and the Indian Ocean. The old Manor was built in 1862 and was declared a National Monument by the South African Heritage authority in 1992.
With its dramatic and elegant architectural proportions and ample outdoor areas, the Manor is an ideal venue for events such as weddings. The kitchen can cater for a large number of guests, and the living and recreational areas of the Manor and the Estate can be set to accommodate specific seating requirements. We can also organize Forest and Beach weddings across many spectacular spots within the estate, please come to visit us and Piet, our farm manager will gladly take you around to see the property.
Breathtaking views, fine wine, delicious food and a magnificent space ready to be filled with your closest family and friends, await all those who choose Kay and Monty as their wedding venue, and for the duration of your time here you will have the sprawling estate and award-winning vineyards all to yourselves.
We have thoughtfully converted our glass orchid greenhouse into a beautiful, modern rustic event and wedding venue which can seat up to 200 guests, or alternatively be restructured to suit a more intimate gathering. The interior is light and bright with stunning views of the Tsitsikamma Mountains, and the deck looks across the rolling polo fields and tranquil dam. It really is the perfect stage for a wedding.
When hosting your wedding at Kay and Monty, you also receive a special discounted rate at our Country House, just up the road, which can accommodate groups of up to 10 people, and is the ideal place for you and your closest family and friends to get ready in comfort and style.
We’ll take care of your menu from start to finish, providing superb service and delicious food that is sure to leave an impression with guests. And of course, set in the heart of the Plettenberg Bay Wine Route, good wine is simply a given when celebrating at Kay and Monty. Our award-winning boutique wine farm produces a crisp Sauvignon Blanc and a deliciously dry Chardonnay MCC – both of which you will enjoy on your wedding day.
Apart from hosting a special wedding here at Kay and Monty, the next best thing is seeing the snaps! Surrounded by vineyards, polo ponies, rolling mountains and lush forests, your wedding photos will be nothing short of magical. There truly is a beautiful backdrop around every corner.
Our wedding day was more than we could have imagined. We were surrounded by our favourite people in the world in one of our favourite places. A highlight for us was our ceremony, we had the most beautiful setting on the lawn right by the dam. The weather was a bit overcast but the sun decided to shine through the clouds onto our congregation at a very specific moment during our ceremony. Our reception area was exactly what we wanted it to be and more, and it allowed for an incredible evening with all our friends and family. – Leanne and Kyle
Emily and Harry’s great African romance touches the hearts of all who visit our river lodge. Their love was forged in the heart and wildness of our great continent and continues today on the banks of the Bitou River over every glass of red wine shared under starry skies, and in every heartwarming toast and “I do”.
As a lodge, renowned restaurant and wedding venue, holding your wedding at Emily Moon means you have the luxury of getting ready, tying the knot and dining, all in the most romantic location. Picture a river winding through a beautiful valley, a romantic reception under the sun or the stars and a luxurious honeymoon suite waiting. Feast in style and remember your special day in Africa forever.
Set on the banks of the Bitou River in Plettenberg Bay, Emily Moon River Lodge is an exclusive boutique hotel with a quirky attitude and a distinctly African air. The hotel comprises of 16, exquisitely appointed suites set in an indigenous garden, with magnificent views of the river and the wetlands beyond.
Sheer indulgence greets you at the door and each lodge has a spacious living area, a well-appointed bathroom, a wooden viewing deck, a fireplace or aircon, wi-fi, plantation blinds, a ceiling fan, a minibar and satellite TV.
Each lodge suite features rare artifacts and found-items collected from the length and breadth of Africa.
Photo credit: Hugo Coelho Photography
Choosing a Wedding Venue in the Garden Route
We have explored the area and found the Top Garden Route Wedding Venues. Click on the REQUEST A QUOTE button to send an enquiry email to all the venues or contact them individually.
The Garden Route is a 300-kilometre stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa which extends from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the border of the Tsitsikamma Storms River in the Eastern Cape. It includes Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, Sedgefield, Wilderness, George and Mossel Bay and is one of South Africa’s top holiday destinations.
The opportunities for world class experiences and adventure are endless – from five star venues and dining to wild outdoor activities, the Garden Route offers a treat for all senses.
This area holds true to its name with its dense forests, lush vegetation and many rivers. It is sandwiched between the majestic Quteniqua Mountains and the warm Indian Ocean. You will find the perfect venue in Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, Wilderness or somewhere inbetween.
Here are some activities you can enjoy in the Garden Route:
There is so much to do and see – You will find more ideas here.