Forest Wedding Venues

Is it your dream to get married in a forest setting? To exchange vows beneath a canopy of trees? Many forest wedding venues in South Africa lend themselves to an enchanted forest feel. You and your guests will be transported into a magical sphere, closed off from the outside world! Explore some of the top forest wedding venues here, recommended by real brides and wedding professionals.


Maximum Capacity: 200 Accommodation: Yes (36) Chapel: Yes

The Laughing Forest Wedding Venue is situated in Elysium on the KZN South Coast. (55 mins from Durban). Our venue is “in the bush” but also right on the beach in a beautiful 6 Acre garden. The perfect setting for your most important day.

There are three options for the ceremony:
(a) On the beach where you can feel the sand between your toes;
(b) The wedding chapel which is on a grassed terrace, that has stunning sea views; or (c) Indoor chapel where you are secure from the weather.

The Reception Hall caters for a maximum of 200 pax. All catering requirements are done in- house and we have a Buffet Menu from which you can choose your wedding menu. The menu can also be tailor made to your specific requirements. The Reception Hall comes fully draped with fairy lights or we can take the draping down for a more Rustic feel. All tables, white tablecloths, white napkins, chairs, cutlery, crockery & glassware are included in the venue hire. Click here to see more.

Having just returned home to the UK from my daughter’s wedding at this spectacular venue, it would be remiss of me not to write a positive review about The Laughing Forest. From Debbie and her husband, the owner/managers, to her amazing staff, to the venue, accommodation and lovely grounds, everything smacks perfection. Like myself, the wedding guests were blown away by the entire day. Thank you so much for making Jade and Jarrod’s day so memorable. – WayneCB

Maximum Capacity: 300 Accommodation: Yes (100) Chapel: Yes

At the end of a country road, set high in a fynbos valley surrounded by mountains on 3 sides, you will find the idyllic Pat Busch Mountain Reserve. This private nature reserve lies just beyond Robertson in the Cape Winelands, less than 2 hours scenic drive from Cape Town, and is the perfect blank canvas, a weekend destination wedding venue in the mountains.

There are numerous ceremony areas from which to choose ranging from the jetty overlooking the mountain dam, to a poplar forest with a stream, a poolside setting or a lush meadow with mountain views, or a firm favourite is beneath the ancient oak tree. Any venue or a combination can be used for the ceremony, pre-drinks and the reception. Couples have the freedom to not only arrange a pre-wedding informal ‘Meet & Greet’ the night before the wedding, (which is the perfect opportunity to catch up with family & friends), but also an informal Farewell breakfast the day after the wedding. Here the newlyweds have a chance to say final thank yous & goodbyes to their wedding guests, expressing gratefulness for making lifelong wedding memories together. Click here to see more.

Wow, what a venue! The surroundings are absolutely unreal with 10 stylish and comfortable Africamp Boutique glamping ‘tents’, lovely smaller cottages, and a big farmhouse all nestled in the heart of the mountains, so close it feels as if you can touch them. The Pat Busch team organised the set up/break down and accommodated all my (some unusual) requests perfectly. Other benefits of using Pat Busch as a wedding venue: No curfew (we partied into the very early hours), being able to bring in external suppliers to create exactly what you want and manage costs better, and a recommended list of tried-and-tested suppliers who are used to doing weddings there and can offer invaluable advice/guidance. We truly had the most magical weekend and were so proud to show our UK guests the best of SA. – Dianne Lesche

Maximum Capacity: 30 Accommodation: Yes (8) Chapel: Forest Arch

Are you looking for an intimate forest wedding full of magic? Do you need a Fairy Godmother to make your dreams come true? Escape reality to a place where magic and adventure await. Situated on the stunning coast of the Garden Route, Wilderness is an amazing space, as the name implies. Treedom is nestled deep in its own private 5-acre forest and offers guests an experience that is absolutely one of a kind. Maximum 30 guests. Click here to read more.

There will never be enough words to say how much we appreciate everything you did for us on our special day – especially me as the bride. You and Marc helped take an idea, a dream, and turn it into a reality that was even better. You both managed to perfectly portray our personalities, and make this chapter of our love story even more exciting! Marc and Debs, none of this would’ve been possible without you guys and the love and passion you have given into every inch of Treedom as a venue, and into every person who walks through your doors. You have found a way to bring endless magic to us muggles and for that, we are eternally grateful. We will never be able to say it enough but thank you for being you, for being the most incredible people we have ever met, and for being such a blessing on our special day. – Tam & Alex

Maximum Capacity: 150 Accommodation: 150 Chapel: Yes (Forest)

Cherry Glamping is in Elgin and is the ideal destination for a unique forest wedding weekend or any other group get-together. We offer luxury tented accommodation and various venue options in 2 different camps. This allows you to entertain your guests in different areas during your stay. Our beautiful and spacious Bell tents are permanently setup amongst the trees and can accommodate up to 80 people. More tents can be added if required. There is also a cabin, separate from the 2 camps. It overlooks the mountain and comes with a wood-fired hot tub and kitchenette, and is perfect for the wedding couple. Come and enjoy your weekend with friends and family amongst our free-roaming Zebra, Springbok, Nyala, Waterbuck, Bontebok, Duiker and Impala. Click here to see more.



Top 10 Forest Wedding Venues in South Africa

  • Treedom
  • The Laughing Forest
  • Pat Busch
  • Hakunamatata
  • Hog Hollow
  • Winery Road Forest
  • Everwood Country Weddings
  • De Uijlenes
  • Cherry Glamping
  • Elandskloof