Giba Gorge National Park the ‘perfect spot’ for South Africa weddings
This is according to IOL’s Simone Samuels, who wrote that the park, which is surrounded by Westmead’s picturesque rolling hills, is the ideal location for a “culturally-infused” wedding, particularly for couples with a passion for the great outdoors.
While acknowledging that its 30km of bike trails, arts and craft gallery and campsite doesn’t make for a typical wedding venue, Ms Samuels acknowledged, it does make for a wedding venue that goes beyond a simple location for a ceremony.
During her visit, the journalist attended the wedding of Bonnie and Nathan McMiles; a couple who met in 2006 and wanted to infuse their respective backgrounds during their wedding. Nathan hails from Australia and but has spent the last 15 years in South Africa, while Bonnie comes from a Zulu family.
“[Giba Gorge] has become a lifestyle venue where families can enjoy a day out, but it’s very versatile and the venue can be utilised in different ways which we’ve found with other weddings we’ve had here,” Mr McMiles told the publication.
The couple said their vows in front of 110 guests underneath a gazebo, while a day later the newlyweds swapped their formal attire for traditional Zulu costume.
“Having my sisters dancing and supporting me in that way was incredible,” the groom added.
Giba Gorge National Park is located near Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal’s second-largest city and capital.