Africa is fast becoming the global destination of choice when it comes to exotic weddings – and for good reason. From the coast-to-coast and everything in between, African promises would-be bridal couples a multitude of resplendent natural settings that will make that magical day so memorable. Here are some of the best African wedding venues on offer.
8 of the best Wedding Venues in Africa
- Sea Cliff Resort and Spa (Zanzibar)
Overflowing with coastal beauty and historic character, Zanzibar has long been a hot tourist destination, and now it’s becoming a sought-after wedding destination as well. The Sea Cliff Resort and Spa is one of the top African wedding venues, nestled on the northwest coast of the island, overlooks the stunning Indian Ocean, located just 25 minutes from the historic Stone Town. The exquisite cream and gold furnishings, infinity pools and lush, tropical gardens have made this a top wedding venue – anything from an intimate gathering to grand reception can be accommodated.
- The Nutcracker Country Wedding Venue (South Africa)
South Africa has long been toted as a bridal couple’s dream with its stunning coastline, mountain regions, wild forests and game reserves. It is also home to numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, among them the Vredefort Dome, the world’s biggest meteorite impact site, located in the Free State. Within this lush region, on the banks of the gorgeous Vaal River, is The Nutcracker Country Wedding Venue. This iconic countryside venue, surrounded farmlands, mountains and forests, can accommodate up to 160 guests in a outdoor or indoor setting. A truly spectacular African wedding venue.
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- Ibo Island Lodge (Mozambique)
Another stunning African wedding venue island location is the Ibo Island Lodge on the continent’s east coast. This beautiful, remote Mozambican island is untouched by commercial developments and provides endless options of wedding styles that combine heritage sites with natural beauty. Choose from the old Stone Town Square and Cathedral on Ibo Island; a beach wedding; a rooftop terrace or lush, tropical gardens. The onsite staff will assist in all wedding co-ordination to ensure an effortless wedding in ideal surroundings.
- Banks of the Zambezi (Zimbabwe)
Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls is considered one of the world’s most breath-taking sites – and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – making it the ideal venue for an African wedding. Pure Africa Destination Weddings is a luxury wedding provider that offers specialised services for those seeking to say ‘I do’ on the banks of the Zambezi River. The company will co-ordinate ceremonies on the riverside, waterholes, or bush venues. There is also the option of river cruises, game viewing and microlight trips to add to the experience.
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- Okavango Delta (Botswana)
Consisting of expansive floodplains, dense woodlands and semi-deserts, Botswana’s iconic Okavango Delta is home to a wealth of beautiful wildlife that harkens to a time before mankind. Thamalakane River Lodge, located on the banks of the Thamalakane River near the Moremi Game Reserve, is an idyllic setting for an Africa wedding with 10 luxury stone and thatch chalets nestled in riverine trees. With all necessary amenities – private rooftop sundecks and delta-facing plunge pools – this offers guests a memorable African wedding experience with tour safaris, boat excursions and scenic flights also available.
- Constance Tsarabanjina (Madagascar)
The tropical African wedding venues continue in Madagascar, known for its sandy beaches, crystal clear ocean water, lush interior, national parks and inactive volcanoes. Constance Tsarabanjina is an intimate venue that offers oceanside weddings on this private islet teeming with colourful marine life. Swimming, snorkelling and whale watching are some of the relaxed honeymoon activities available, while those in search of the extreme can visit the rainforests, waterfalls and crater lakes.
- Emanya Lodge (Namibia)
Moving to the continent’s west coast, Namibia provides the ultimate wilderness experience at Emanya Lodge, a luxury safari venue just 20 minutes from Etosha National Park. Located in the heart of the African bush, with 20 luxury chalets accommodating 40 guests, bridal couples can marry among the African wildlife, overlooking the beautiful watering hole. Guests can enjoy safari drives, spa treatments and indulge in some of the best wine while relaxing in this beautiful setting.
- Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge (Tanzania)
Considered the Eighth Wonder of the World, Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater is earth’s largest inactive volcanic caldera, and is the ideal place for an authentic Maasai wedding. Couples can exchange vows on the crater floor or on the panoramic terrace of Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge – regularly voted one of the best hotels worldwide. This UNESCO Heritage Site has a unique biosphere almost unchanged since the world began, overrun by wildlife and breath-taking natural flora. The enchanting riverstone-built lodge is seemingly connected to the crater rim by vines, with expansive views in all directions. A spectacular African wedding destination.