Planning Your Destination Wedding in South Africa: A Guide to Lake Eland

Destination Wedding in South Africa at Lake Eland

As a South African native who lived there for 21 years, I can tell you that it’s an incredible place for a destination wedding. If you’re thinking about tying the knot in South Africa, Lake Eland Game Reserve might just be the perfect spot for you. This venue offers beautiful scenery, plenty of activities, and affordable all-inclusive wedding packages tailored for a memorable destination wedding in South Africa. Plus, I travel back to South Africa every year for weddings, safaris, and family visits, so I know firsthand how amazing this place is!

Bride and groom running in a field of grass during their destination wedding in South Africa

South Africa Wedding Venue Details: Lake Eland Game Reserve

Lake Eland Game Reserve provides a unique backdrop with its wildlife and natural beauty. As a photographer, I love capturing moments in such a stunning setting. The sunsets here are SO magical, and the wildlife adds a special touch to every photo. This venue truly embodies the essence of a destination wedding in South Africa.

Black and white photo of safari animals at a destination wedding in South Africa

All-Inclusive Micro-Wedding Package

Lake Eland’s all-inclusive micro-wedding package is perfect for a more intimate celebration. Priced at $1500 this package is designed for a maximum of 35 people and can be booked from Sunday to Friday. 

  • Venue: The glass deck overlooking the reception dam is one of my favorite spots. The view is breathtaking, and it’s perfect for those romantic sunset shots.
  • Meal: A delicious 3-course meal is included, ensuring your guests enjoy a memorable dining experience.
  • Setup: All tables, chairs, and basic table settings are provided, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.
  • Accommodation: One night’s accommodation for the bridal couple is included, making it a convenient and special experience.
Lake Eland wedding ceremony location in South Africa

Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venues

Choose from several stunning locations for your ceremony and reception:

  • The Chapel on the Hill: Perfect for a traditional ceremony with panoramic views. I adore this spot for its serene atmosphere and gorgeous backdrop.
  • Oribi Hall: Ideal for a grand reception with plenty of space for dancing and dining.
  • KUDU Conference Centre: A versatile space that can be customized for your wedding needs.
Bride and groom cheering with their family after they exchanged vows

Accommodation Options

Staying at Lake Eland is convenient with several lodging options:

  • Sleeper Chalets: Accommodate 2-6 people, perfect for small groups.
  • Family Home: Ideal for larger groups or families.
  • Park Home: A cozy option for couples or small families.
  • Pipe Dream & Deluxe: Unique and comfortable lodging experiences.
  • Kraal: Rustic and charming, great for an authentic experience.
  • Fisherman Cottages: Close to the lake, perfect for fishing enthusiasts.
  • Caravan Campsites and Camping: Great for an elopement feel with a touch of adventure.
Bride popping champagne with her bridesmaids
Groom and groomsmen posing for a photo in tuxes and overalls

Activities at Lake Eland

One of the best parts about Lake Eland is the variety of activities available for you and your guests. There’s something for everyone to enjoy before or after the wedding:

  • Zipline: Experience the thrill of zip-lining over the reserve. It’s an absolute blast!
  • Scooter Tour: Explore the reserve on scooters. A fun way to see the sights.
  • Self-Game Drive: Drive through the reserve at your own pace.
  • Suspension Bridge: Walk across the breathtaking suspension bridge. The views are incredible!
  • Guided Game Tours: Learn about the wildlife with a guided tour.
  • 4×4 Track: Test your driving skills on the 4×4 track.
  • Mountain Biking: Enjoy the scenic biking trails.
  • Paintball: Have some fun with a paintball game.
  • Horse Riding: Explore the reserve on horseback.
  • Spa: Relax and unwind at the on-site spa. Perfect for pre-wedding pampering.

Dining & Catering Options

Lake Eland also features an amazing restaurant where you can enjoy delicious meals made with local ingredients. It’s a great spot for a post-wedding brunch or a casual meal during your stay. I always recommend trying their local dishes, they’re seriously so good!

Lake Eland also offers catering services which designed to cater to every taste and dietary preference, ensuring a memorable feast for you and your guests. Choose from a variety of main courses, including options for vegetarians and vegans. Sides like savory rice, roasted vegetables, and creamy spinach complement the main dishes perfectly. Save room for a delightful dessert selection, featuring treats like chocolate mousse and mini cheesecakes. Classic home-baked shortbread biscuits and chocolate brownies complete your dessert table, accompanied by a coffee and tea station for a perfect ending to your celebration.

Getting to your Destination Wedding in South Africa

Flying into South Africa is easy, with King Shaka International Airport located near Lake Eland. Swift shuttle services can transport you and your guests directly to the reserve, making travel arrangements simple and convenient. This ease of access makes it a prime choice for a destination wedding in South Africa.

Bride and groom smiling as their bridal party runs around them during their destination wedding in South Africa
Bride and groom walking in a field of grass during their destination wedding in South Africa

Planning Your Destination Wedding in South Africa

Flights to King Shaka International Airport from the US, UK, and Canada are reasonably priced, averaging around $1,400 to $4000. This makes South Africa a practical and beautiful choice for your destination wedding.

Bride and groom running in a field of grass during their destination wedding in South Africa

Book Your South Africa Destination Wedding Photographer

My name is Heidi, and I specialize in capturing the magic of South Africa elopements. Based in South Africa for half the year, I have had the privilege of photographing couples in some of the most amazing locations! Whether you’re planning an epic destination wedding just for the two of you or with close friends and family, I’m here to make sure your day is beautifully documented. From hiking adventures to scenic helicopter rides, jeep drives, or even a serene boat ceremony, I’ll be there to capture every detail of your unforgettable elopement.  If you’re interested in working together you can fill out my contact form here! I can’t wait to hear from you!

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A South African Elopement and Destination wedding photographer standing in the bush with a giraffe walking behind her

Elopement Packages

This collection is designed for the adventurous couple seeking an epic destination wedding experience:

  • Full Day Coverage
  • Second Shooter
  • Engagement Session
  • Online Gallery
  • Print Release
  • All Travel Included
  • Wedding Planning Guide

What’s Included: $10,000

Looking for other all-inclusive elopement packages, check out my blog on All Inclusive Elopement Packages for South Africa for more information. 


Dress:  Bespoke by Maryke

Make Up: Charne Dreyer

Hair: Luna 2

 Flowers + decor: Muirheads Hiring

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