The Northern Cape’s unspoilt nature and breathtaking scenery: desert, rivers, beaches,mountains and forests provide the perfect backdrop for the wedding of your wildest dreams; and is fast becoming one of the world’s most desirable sought after wedding and honeymoon destination.
Combined with this spectacular setting is a range of superb facilities, an extensive choice of accommodation, excellent cuisine and professional wedding planner services will ensure a truly unforgettable day for any newlyweds or that special anniversary or occasion.
Honeymoons in the Northern Cape
The Northern Cape offers much to honeymooners. There’s the beauty and vastness of the Karoo, the intriguing arid landscape of the Richtersveld and the riveting eco-destination, the Augrabies Falls National Park, to explore, among many other options
A honeymoon in the Northern Cape should be considered by those who love wide open spaces and the sense of freedom they offer. In this vast province of unexpected geographic and natural features, the night skies are more densely populated with stars than the land is with people.
The Northern Cape honeymoon menu includes the Karoo. Don’t let its reputation for miles of emptiness fool you – breaking into that terrain of semi-desert, fat-tailed sheep and windmills are charming towns and villages with missionary pasts, corbelled homes and churches. You could also opt for a farm stay, where you could share in the Karoo lifestyle of farming families and sample succulent Karoo lamb.
You could also choose to spend time in two fascinating transfrontier parks in the Northern Cape bordering Namibia. The |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park spans a land of ancient lava peaks and sandy plains, cradled by the Orange River. Here, you'll meet the Nama people who have lived in this area for centuries, you'll see the strange-looking halfmens ('half-person) succulent which dots the landscape and you'll marvel at the rock formations.
Best explored in a 4x4 or paddle boat on the Orange River, the park also offers access to Namibian tourist highlights such as the Fish River Canyon.
The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, traversing South Africa's border with both Namibia and Botswana, is a vast area of sand dunes, dry river beds, thorn trees, antelope and birds. Accommodation is available in fenced rest camps as well as more intimate, unfenced facilities which allow closer contact with nature.
The Orange River is the main attraction of yet another conservation area, the Augrabies Falls National Park, where the impressive Augrabies Falls plunge into a granite-encased pool with a thunderous roar. Eco-adventure is the ‘thing’ here, with hiking trails, canoeing and mountain biking just some of the options.
The remote Witsand Nature Reserve between Kimberley and Upington has its own roar, heard as the wind blows through its magnificent white dunes, which reach heights of 60m. Dune boarding is a popular activity here.
Couples honeymooning in the spring (August and September) would do well to catch the annual outbreak of wild flowers in Namaqualand. And if a touch of the old diamond-digging frontier days sounds enticing, Kimberley with its Big Hole, historical walks, museums, Old Town and ghost trail, is well worth a stop.
Destination Weddings in the Northern Cape
Destination weddings are becoming increasingly popular. They are more enjoyable and intimate. As a result, couples are increasingly opting to getting married in unique destinations with their family and friends in attendance.
Your Northern Cape wedding venue could be an exclusive lodge in the vast Kalahari Desert; a farm on the banks of the Orange River; or a historic hotel in a celebrated city. Whatever you choose, few places in South Africa offer as many remote, unique and scenic wedding venues as this diverse province.
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 Northern Cape offers it all! From scenic mountaintops and charming vineyards to picture perfect white sand beaches, here is a list of the most amazing places in the Northern Cape to host your wedding.
The region is the most diverse of the Northern Cape, one end hugging the mighty Orange River and towards the Northern endless dramatic red dune scapes. Wedding venues are amongst the green vineyards or along the Orange River, on working wine and date farms. Honeymoon options and experiences range from wine tasting and wine tours, kayacking and hikes and walks or lazy afternoons on a river barge or house boat.
The province’s desert landscapes are among the most remote and romantic places to get married in South Africa. Towards the Northern side the small towns of Ashkam, Van Zylsrust, Rietfontein and off course the Kgalagadi Transfontier park offers memorable experiences with the San Khomani Bushmen and other locals. Wedding venues include guest farms and guest lodges and honeymoon options are endless in this iconic region.
The vast landscape of the Karoo, star studded night skies and impressive guest farms offer great wedding scapes for two to two hundred guests. A selection of authentic activities will ensure that you and your guests have endless opportunities to extend your wedding day to a multi-day exploration of the area. From hikes and walks, fly fishing, kayaking and off course stargazing: the choice is endless.
Authentic old diamond town, the impressive big hole, vast range of guest farms and private and national game reserves offers endless opportunity for making great wedding memories.
Spring in the Namaqualand offers vast kaleidoscopes of color, unique lodges and guest houses offers not only excellent accommodation choices but will ensure that your wedding is a memorable experience. If the sea is the perfect backdrop for your dream wedding then the quant Northern Cape fishing towns along the Atlantic coastline, is just perfect for you.
The rugged Richtersveld landscape offers the perfect backdrop if you want a wedding with a difference. Why not invite the local Nama choir and musicians to bring their special blessings to your ceremony and enjoy your wedding reception on the back of the mighty Orange River. Great Honeymoon escape is a five day four night river safari or exploring the AiAis Richtersveld Transfrontier Park and a visit to Southern Namibia.
The vast red and white sand dunes of the Kalahari present an incredible /stunning/ visual backdrop to any wedding. If a safari backdrop is more to your liking there are a great many game reserves that will give you romantic nights under the stars, great antelope herds as the back drop and the roar of a Kalahari Lion giving his blessings to your vows.
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.
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 1 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.