A Kalahari Oasis destination wedding is the perfect way for bridal couples to experience the incredible bushveld surroundings, and enjoy the company of loved ones as part of a mini-getaway. There’s a slight obsession with the way evenings at Mabalingwe sing with the sounds of chirping crickets and crackling fires, warm breezes caressing the skin, and a starry sky dazzling from above. We count down our favourite reasons for choosing Kalahari Oasis Bush Pub as the place to say your “I do’s”…
Wide Open Space
There is something absolutely liberating about having an outdoor wedding. Imagine a casual setting of guests seated on hay bales with warm sand below their feet, bright blue skies above, and Acacia thicket all around. You meet your significant other under an arch garlanded with eucalyptus leaves and baby’s breath at the head of the bridal party. As you recite your vows with the sun on your skin, and happiness in your heart, you can’t help but feel enveloped in natural warmth from the great outdoors. Not only will the ceremony be unique, but having an outdoor reception makes for an incredible setting too; set the mood with soft lighting that will complement the starry skies above, as the evening rolls in; use the landscape to create the flow you want, and enjoy the canvas nature provides.
A large portion of your special day is spent around tables, chatting and indulging in the delicious fare. Le Fera Restaurant is the caterer of choice for a Kalahari Oasis destination wedding and they are equipped to make the food an absolute delight. While the bridal party utilises the “golden hour” for breath-taking photos, guests can gather in clusters for refreshments and light nibbles while remarking about the incredible ceremony. The reception will most certainly be unique: the newlyweds trade formal shoes for funky lace-up trainers and open the dance floor while great fires crackle and spit all around; sparkling wine pours into crystal-like glasses for loved ones to celebrate; and guests indulge in Le Fera’s famous venison, rich beef, and succulent chicken potjies. Cap the evening with traditional, sticky malva pudding and steaming cups of coffee, laughter rising into the night sky.
Kalahari Oasis Bush Pub rose to fame with the famous South African “Castrol Oil” advertisement series which was filmed at the location many moons ago. The establishment lends itself to the bushveld surrounds with rusty metal, weathered wood and a number of old cars and other interesting items that have come to rest here. Kalahari Oasis is full of character and offers guests a matchless experience after spending the day under the African sun. This location makes for incredible photo opportunities; after all, the snapshots you take on your wedding day are the memories which will last forever. Picture moments which are frozen in time against a backdrop of painted wood and metal structures, sitting on the remnant hood of a car, and countless more in the heart of the bushveld.
Bush holiday with loved ones
You said, “Yes!” and the wedding planning is coming along nicely; excitement has started bubbling up for the big event, why stop at one day? A Mabalingwe destination wedding is all about the memories made, incredible surrounds and great company. Kalahari Bush Camp lies snug at the foot of the Waterberg Mountain and offers 10 individuals a secluded tented camp, a stone’s throw away from the famous Kalahari Bush Pub; not to mention the larger camps dotted throughout Mabalingwe Nature Reserve. This offers wedding parties the wonderful option of a mini-getaway to extend the celebration! Arrive early and get family and friends acquainted with: guided game drives, lazy pool days (for that all-important pre-wedding tan), and scrumptious shared brunches.
Our number one reason for bridal couples to tie the knot at Mabalingwe goes deeper than any of the above reasons. At the end of the day, when all has been said and done, and you ride off to begin your happily ever after, the memories you cherish the most will be those that you and your partner share together. It’s all about that feeling that takes flight when you and your soulmate first make eye contact during the walk down the aisle. It’s about the beautiful photo the photographer captures of a heartfelt moment shared between newlyweds. It’s about the funny memories shared in speeches by the best man and maid of honour. It’s about that special song you choose for your first dance together. It’s about feeling the love and support of family and friends as you sit, holding hands, enjoying your very special day. All of these unique moments add up to create a lifetime of happy memories and you wouldn’t want anything less.