Wedding on the Garden Route
Wedding on the Garden Route
The Garden Route refers to a narrow strip of coast on the Western Cape coast line famous for its natural beauty. It is enclosed by high mountains on the land side, rivers tumbling down to the sea, indigenous forests which are home to the mythical Knysna elephants, beautiful beaches and many tourist attractions and activities for the adrenaline junkies and people who prefer something more sedate. Well known towns along this stretch include Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, Wilderness, George and Mossel Bay.
It is not surprising that the Garden Route is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Africa and a ‘must see’ on most visitors’ agenda. It has become a very popular wedding destination and we have some stunning venues for you to choose from, whether you are having a large wedding or a small intimate affair for just the two of you.
Directions from Cape Town…
From Cape Town, head out past the Airport, through Somerset West and over Sir Lowry’s Pass on the N2.
The alternative route is taking the R62 which is also known as the longest wine route in the world. There are many interesting villages along this route as it passes through vineyards, orchards, mountain passes and some famous landmarks like Ronnie’s Sex Shop!
The best time of year to get married on the Garden Route…
The summer months of November through to March/April are the most popular months for weddings on the Garden Route which enjoys a Mediterranean-type climate. But winter certainly has its own charm along this coast but it is much quieter with fewer tourists.
Finding the right venue…
The Garden Route offers such a diversity of wedding venues, from bush wedding venues to beach wedding venues. Buffelsdrift Game Reserve is situated in the Klein Karoo town of Oudtshoorn and have a wide variety of game including elephants, that you can include in your wedding pictures. Garden Route Game Lodge near Albertinia is another safari wedding venue that offers weddings with a wild touch. Gondwana Game Reserve near Mossel Bay is a luxurious venue and is perfect for a smaller more intimate wedding amongst magnificent surroundings.
For beach weddings you are spoilt for choice. The Garden Route is famous for its picturesque sheltered beaches. Herolds Bay Eco Resort is perfect for your wedding as it is near George, but on a small beach. House Hammond in Knysna itself is in the heart of the Garden Route and perfect for your beach wedding. Portland Manor, situated high up on a hill outside Knysna, is another option for your Cape Wedding. Villa Castollini Guest House is another gorgeous option in Knysna for your beach wedding. They will organise your entire wedding for you leaving you free to relax and enjoy your special day.
Whatever your choice of wedding venues in the Garden Route, you are sure to have the most memorable wedding photographs as the scenery is beautiful, whether you are overlooking the sea, up in the mountains or at a safari wedding venue.