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Antbear Guest House is rated as the TOP Drakensberg accommodation. Superb food, comfortable and artisticly styled this boutique hotel is perfectly positioned to experience all that the Drakensberg has to offer.


Northern Drakensberg
- Royal Natal
- Cathedral Peak
- Bergville
- Ladysmith
- Oliviershoek
- Van Reenen

Central Drakensberg
- Monks Cowl
- Champagne Valley
- Injasuti
- Giants Castle
- Highmoor
- Kamberg
- Winterton
- Estcourt
- Mooi River
- Weenen

Southern Drakensberg
- Lotheni
- Vergelegen
- Sani Pass
- Cobham
- Bushmans Nek
- Drakensberg Gardens
- Underberg
- Himeville

Natal Midlands
- Rosetta
- Nottingham Road
- Balgowan
- Howick
- Lidgetton
- Currys Post
- Karkloof
- Lions River
- Fort Nottingham
- Hilton
- Dargle

Drakensberg Attractions
- Bushman Rock Art
- Hiking Trails
- Hot air ballooning
- Horse trails
- Helicopter & Microlight flights
- Restaurants
- Arts & Crafts
- Drakensberg Boys Choir
- Canopy Tours
- Midlands Meander
- Fly Fishing
- Game Viewing
- Golf
- White Water rafting
- Birding
- Quad Biking
- 4x4 Offroad trails
- Battlefield Tours
- Wine Tasting
- Museums
- Bicycle tours
- Abseiling
- Wellness & Spas



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Weddings in the Drakensberg and Natal Midlands.

This page specializes in weddings, wedding arrangements and wedding venues in the Drakensberg and Natal Midlands in KwaZulu Natal South Africa. We intend informing brides & grooms needing wedding receptions and general wedding information about the charms of the Drakensberg and the Natal Midlands. The Drakensberg Mountains is the country's grandest mountain range with awesome scenery and the mountains would provide a magnificent backdrop to your wedding day.

Romanic country weddings, Holiday Resort weddings, Wedding receptions in game reserves, Modern weddings, Traditional Hotel weddings, Big wedding venues, Small wedding venues, Drakensberg Mountain weddings, The Drakensberg and Natal Midlands has something that is perfect for you.

Why we recommend the Drakensberg and Natal-Midlands in KwaZulu-Natal

We like to recommend Drakensberg and Natal Midlands wedding venues because of its huge range of wedding reception opportunities: majestic mountain scenery, the Midlands Meander, warm climate, golf courses, world heritage sites and excellent hotels.

There are just so many wedding venues to choose - from the vibrant and exciting to the romantic and secluded. KwaZulu Natal Drakensberg also boasts a premier cultural venue, which celebrates the rich heritage of the province.

For those who decide on a Berg Wedding there is a wide choice of wedding venue and conference centres to suit all budgets - from the lower budget wedding to the most exclusive upmarket venues. Weddings right in the mountains and wedding venues with private access to the beach. So whether your wedding is a small intimate and stylish occasion or a large formal celebration I think you will find that the Drakensberg and Natal Midlands offers the wedding opportunities to suite your expectaions perfectly

Wedding venue prices

Generally wedding venue prices are quite a lot lower than in Gauteng or the Western Cape. Some couples even travel all the way from the UK to take advantage of the great value for money that KZN offers.

Drakensberg tourism inspects all wedding venues. We feel that you should see see every venue that is available and you should select the level of service that you require and afford. We try to advise and recommend the best venues and greatest deals. 

After all your wedding is one of the biggest days of your life, and you want it to be perfect. Compare reception facilities and more with a simple click of your mouse. Search and research for a wedding and reception venue from our extensive list of fine Hotels and dedicated Function Venues.

Choice of wedding reception venues

The factors influencing your choice of venue will include the type of wedding you want, the number of guests you intend inviting, your budget, the season and the time of day. Popular venues include hotels, community and church halls, sport clubs, restaurants, country clubs and marquee weddings at private residences or farms. Theme weddings, set in a medieval environment, for example, are also becoming more popular.

Before you decide on the venue, decide what you would like served at the reception - breakfast, lunch, tea, cocktails or dinner. With this in mind, make a short-list of four to six venues and get sample menus from them. Also consider that vegetarian, halaal or kosher meals may be necessary.

Make sure the room had adequate ventilation or air conditioning if your wedding is in Summer, or that it has heating in Winter. If you are not having dancing, then make sure the venue has a pa system for speeches and background music. If they can't provide it themselves, they may be able to recommend someone who does. If the venue does not offer catering, you will need to get outside caterers, or even self-cater (which can be HARD work!).

Marquee Receptions: These are ideal for relaxed, beautiful and intimate weddings, although they can also be large without losing that special something. Ideally the garden must be flat and spacious. Make sure there are adequate toilet facilities, and that porta-loo's are discreetly placed. Always remember to have an adequate supply of toilet paper.

Provide good lighting for the caterers and parking areas. Consider hiring a security guard to keep an eye on vehicles parked in the street. Find out what power requirements the caterers require (especially if they are using urns and bain-marie's). Get a good electrician to calculate the current requirements and plan the lighting and power cables. Certain parts of the country are prone to power failures, so make sure you have access to a back-up generator, or know someone who has. Make sure pets are restrained and that the neighbors are aware of the coming party!!

Church and Community Halls is an ideal option for a formal reception with a large number of people, as the facilities are geared towards large numbers. Find out what rules and regulations will need to be met. For example, some halls may not allow the removal of (ugly) paintings or ornimation. Halls often require a great deal of work to make them look personal. Most have strict rules on closing times and alcohol consumption.

In terms of power and lighting, ensure the power points work and that the lighting is sufficient. Often halls only have fluorescent lighting which cannot be turned down; only on or off. Lastly, ensure the caterers are satisfied with the kitchen facilities.

Hotels , country clubs and restaurants: Get your written quotes well in advance, and keep liaising regularly with one functions coordinator if possible. Enquire about special lodging rates for guests. Consider how the colour scheme in the functions room will compliment or clash with your selected colours.

Decoration Ideas: The mood of a reception, party, or gathering is determined by the theme of decorations. Decorations create an atmosphere and add colour, beauty and festivity to the occasion! The initial reaction to the array of decorations sets the mood. Professional decorators and supply houses should be willing to listen to what you have in mind, give suggestions, and even demonstrate your theme for you.

Balloons can be used to decorate the dance floor, create arches over the head table and doorways, and can be formed into canopies, ceiling sculptures and clusters. Balloon and/or flower bouquets make wonderful centerpieces and are a fun way to complete a colour scheme.

Theme wedding receptions are more popular, especially for second marriages when the parties often take on a smaller, more festive tone. A Hawaiian Luau, Fifties Sock-Hop, or Mexican Fiesta are just a few ideas for a reception that can be carried through with decorations, food, paper products, and even costumes.

Disposable cameras placed throughout the reception hall will provide guests with loads of fun and you with a complete collection of candid guest shots and reception follies. Have your banquet and bridesmaids flowers placed on the cake table or throughout the reception area for an extra decorating touch.

Think about applying a theme to the decor - this not only ensures a unique, exciting approach but also streamlines the planning.  You could apply a theme idea by simply working with a particular colour and variants thereof. 

Drakensberg and Natal Midlands - popular venues for weddings and receptions