Bush Weddings at Mongena
Let us host the bush wedding of your
dreams in true safari wedding style!
Need a memorable bush wedding venue with accommodation?
We’ll make your dream of a luxury safari wedding come true with breath-taking style with an array of bush wedding venues to choose from! Whether it is an extravagant reception or something intimate that you require, we go out of our way to make every bride’s dream wedding come true! We only host one wedding per weekend to ensure exclusivity for the wedding party. A standby generator at all venue options ensures smooth operations on the day. A minimum of 20 rooms need to be booked by wedding guests on the wedding night for us to be able to host a wedding function at the lodge.
A choice of three ceremony venues and two reception venues gives you the freedom to plan an extraordinary wedding celebration in the heart of the African bush.
Accommodation in Big Five game reserve 35 km from Pretoria
Mongena is an ideally situated bush wedding venue only 1.5 hrs from Johannesburg and 45 minutes from Pretoria by tar road in a malaria-free Big 5 game Reserve. The Lodge can sleep 61 wedding guests in shared accommodation, with additional accommodation options available for another 37 guests on Mongena Private Game Reserve. Neighbouring lodges within an 8km radius of Mongena provide ample additional accommodation ranging from self-catering to camping and fully catered. Our romantic honeymoon suite overlooking the watering hole at Mongena Main Lodge is a must for young and mature honeymooners alike. This suite is complimentary for the night of the wedding on a bed-and-breakfast basis.
Weddings with all the bells and whistles
Sunset at Mongena Dam among the free-roaming animals sets the stage for those awe-inspiring wedding photographs where magical, memorable moments are created. The fire lighting ceremony has become a trademark at Mongena, symbolising the beginning of a new life as husband and wife and signalling the start of the wedding celebrations. To top it all, a dedicated, professional wedding coordination service is included in the venue hire before and on the special day.
Bush wedding highlights
Our bush wedding venue highlights all with stand-by generators:
- Chapel at main lodge seating max 150 guests
- Acacia ceremony bush site seating max 150 guests
- Imvubu boma and lapa for ceremony/reception 120 guests/150 guests
- Tshukudu lapa at main lodge reception max 150 guests
The romantic, thatched chapel at main lodge with its wooden shutters and rustic benches adds memorable moments to your special day with a maximum capacity of 150 guests. Let the afternoon sun rays break through the stained glass for a spectacular setting.
Acacia Bush Venue
The unfenced Acacia bush site, on the banks of the Pienaarsriver, is the perfect setting for the adventurous, bush-loving bride seeking a tree-top canopy backdrop for her safari wedding ceremony.
Should the shores of the Mongena Dam entice you, the thatched Imvubu Lapa on the northern side of the Mongena dam will reward you with spectacular views over the river and dam during your wedding ceremony or reception.
The open-air Imvubu Boma next to the 28-hectare Mongena Dam can seat a maximum of 150 guests comfortably, around a central fireplace, for a stunning night-time wedding reception under a starry African sky.
Tshukudu Lapa at Main Lodge, with its adjourning bar and fireplace, is the most popular reception venue at Mongena. This venue can take up to 150 guests for an unforgettable reception under thatched roofing overlooking the manicured rolling lawns and indigenous trees of the main camp.