Wedding Venue and Functions

Let Lethabo Estate provide the backdrop and services for your wedding day and function.

Your wedding reception and function at Lethabo is a magical, candlelit affair set on the banks of The Crocodile River in a beautiful valley, 35 minutes from Johannesburg and Pretoria.

The Venue

The Venue is embraced by the rolling blue Magaliesburg foothills in the Crocodile River Reserve, a 15 000 hectare reserve bordering The Cradle of Humankind. The elegantly rustic interior blends seamlessly onto wooden decks stretching over the river where you can relax with champagne after the ceremony and appreciate the abundant bird life and breathtaking mountain and bushveld views. It is a perfect venue for as few as 2 and as many as 120 guests, intimate, private and stunning. You can exchange your vows under the willows next to an open stretch of water on which cormorants and black duck vie for position, under our vaulted, thatched, cathedral like roof or on the spacious deck of our reception venue overlooking magnificent river and bushveld views. Here guests can relax with champagne after the wedding ceremony and appreciate the abundant bird life, while you are photographed against stunning river and bush veld vistas. Included in the venue hire are our beautiful table settings, French cut, red, white wine glasses and champagne flutes, damask linen, elegant tableware, vases and candles, in addition to the many candles, candle holders and candelabra types strategically placed to create a fairy tale like atmosphere.

At Lethabo we are flexible and able to suit your unique wedding venue requirements, from large, flamboyant celebrations to small intimate and private wedding receptions. We can accommodate 38 guests in our accommodation ranging from ultra-romantic to stylish and comfortable yet affordable. We partner with our neighbours to offer further accommodation if required.

For larger weddings, the venue is private and exclusively yours for your wedding reception with guests of more than fifty guests or more at the full venue hire rate of R 35 000. This means you can party till midnight at the full venue hire fee of R 35 000. We offer you the beautiful, romantic Otters Hide riverside  Suite for your first night together as a married couple.

We accommodate smaller weddings on the pool deck overlooking the river. or in The Beautiful Eyerie and Rock Pool Lodge, with ambient music, at the partial venue hire fee of R 5000 for the Pool Deck overlooking the river.  Your Ceremony can be set up next to the river from 9 am to 11 am or 4.30 to 6.30pm.  The cost is R 5000.

The Food

Our Wedding Venue Menus are custom-designed for you to suit your style. At our wedding venue, our food is a carefully chosen delight, masterfully prepared to suit your tastes. We can accommodate you with cocktail party menus, tapas, buffet or plated menus. These are customized to suit your style and tastes. We are flexible and are happy to custom design menus to suit you.

Wedding Venue Service Staff. Waiters are charged per hour. The cost is R 8 per hour per guest for an average of 7 hours from start of wedding to clearing of the last course. The waiters are outsourced from reputable suppliers. They are well trained and very well turned out.

We are flexible regarding bar arrangements. We allow corkage at R 65 per bottle. You can offer your guests anything from a full tab to full cash bar with corkage.

The Love

Don’t take our word for it, read what previous weddings client have said about having their wedding and reception at Lethabo Estate.

  • My name is Conrad Kruger and I did the wedding of Richard and Sandy there on Saturday the 11th of December 2010. I just wanted to compliment you on the professional manner your venue handled the wedding. I will highly recommend you to my clients and post positive comments on Facebook regarding you awesome venue. Just as a idea I have conducted around 25 weddings in the last month alone – therefore when I speak highly of your venue I am speaking from experience. Your facility is more more a 5 star experience – it was tranquil, magical and memorable.

    Conrad Kruger Marriage Officer
  • Hi Lise What a beautiful setting for our wedding. People are raving about our venue and wedding. It was spectacular and everything worked our perfectly from the chicken spring rolls to the bobotie and malva pudding. We had a great time and could not have asked for more. Thank you so much. Lots of love

    Bertus & Ingrid Wedding
  • Dearest Lise and James, I would like to thank you both and all of your staff who helped make this occasion such an simple yet, wonderful wedding. We are still raving about the way things where run with ease, or so it appeared, without fuss or bother. Only highly qualified people who know their jobs are able to achieve this ambiance. (So I believe). …we can now get on with our lives after the wonderful aftermath and afterglow of the wedding which to my mind was magnificent and a wonderful experience, thanks to your expertise at Lethabo.. With love and praise for all,

  • Hi Lise, Thank you for the wonderful service you extended to my team, they really enjoyed their stay at Lethabo. Craig Parker was really pleased with your venue(scenery) and both him and the team say that the food was the best that they’ve had at any venue that they have visited and they have been to many. Thanks again for being a wonderful host I know the team would definitely come back to your venue. Kind Regards

    Tarnya McCulloch
  • Hi Lise, Just wanted to drop you a little note to tell you what a gorgeous time Stuart and I had yesterday at Lethabo on our picnic. Not knowing what to expect, we were completely blown away with the professional and special service we got, and the food – well that was another story completely, absolutely wonderful. We left feeling completely relaxed and de-stressed, just having some adult time away from the hustle and bustle of normal home life and a little bit of time away from the kids was a very special break. When everything gets too busy again, Stu and I will definitely be back for another well deserved afternoon break. Thanks again, please pass my compliments to the chefs and your super friendly staff. Rgds

    Hazel Imrie
  • Hi Lise, We just want to say thank you very much for your warm welcome and lovely picnic on Sunday. We really enjoyed all the food and the nap next to the water. We will definitely come again. Regards

    Cornel Pretorius
  • Hi Lise, How are you doing? I just wanted to say thank you so much for Saturday. My boyfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed it. He is generally not one for picnics, but even he was completely surprised with the layout and as well as the venue. The food was also lovely. I think there was so much food that we couldn’t even finish it. I will definitely recommend Lethabo to friends and family. Keep well

  • Dear Michele / Lise, Trusting you both are well. A very Big THANK YOU for the fantastic service given to my guests from Standard Bank. I have received feedback and the delegates were raving about the venue, service and food. They had a fantastic time. Thanks to you for making this event a superb one!! Once again – thank you!! Warm Regards

    Magda Dekker AMD Events
  • Thank u so much for a fantastic venue and great service

    Danielle Smith
  • Hi Lise Thanks very much for your hospitality – it was great………Geert is still singing the praises of his steak……… Best regards

    Rachel Schuiling
  • Hi Lise, We really had an awesome time and the food was divine. Thank you, it was a great experience!!! Kind Regards,

  • Thanks a million again for a memorable wedding day. Much Love

    Candice and Shayle
  • Just to say thank you for yesterday. My family really enjoyed it!

    Jacqueline Smale
  • Hi Lise, Yes, thank you. We had a stunning afternoon but had to unfortunately leave early. Many thanks for the attention to detail and a truly lovely setting. Thanks again

  • Dear Lise and the Staff at Lethabo Estate, I would like to start by saying that the words ‘thank you, immensely’ are a complete understatement for the gratitude that is owed. This past weekend at the estate can by no means be expressed as a holiday or break away, but most definitely as a ‘new moving experience’. To see the gleaming expressions on my newly fiance’s face was worth every second of the preparation of which I am indebted to the hosts. A new spark of love was set into a blazing flame. What a perfect romantic fantasy experience, complimented with superb dinning and hosts that have no bounds in delivering fantastic service. I will most definitely be visiting soon! Thank you from the both of us

  • Hi Odette, Hope you are well. Just wanted to give you feedback on our evening, it was absolutely amazing! Everything was great and each course of our meal was better than the previous. The food was some of the best food I have had at a restaurant and the service was impeccable. I would give the experience, the venue and the evening 10/10. We will definitely be going there again. Thank you very much for everything and please convey my appreciation to Lise. Regards,

  • Hi, It was absolutely fantastic!!! the spa and accommodation and food perfect!!! will definitely be going back there again Regards,

    Silvio Ferreira
  • Hi Lise, I just wanted to thank you again for the lovely picnic that me and Michael shared at Lethabo Estate on Tuesday. He cannot stop talking about it, He told everyone how nice it was. And you know men they all wanted to know what he is doing right to deserve a picnic like that???!!!!!! The food was excellent and the picnic was worth every cent!!! At first I had my doubts and it sounded expensive but seeing it all on Tuesday changed my mind. I will definitely recommend it to all my friends!!!!!! Thank you again and we will definitely see you again in the summer!!!! Kind regards

    Doret Clappen
  • Hi, Sorry for the late reply, it was great!!!!! We loved every minute of it. We will definitely be going back there. Let me know if you ever have specials for there. Paul was a superb host! Thanks for everything

    Santhuri Moodley
  • Absolutely gorgeous (From food to accommodation) Thanks!

    Sanji Team
  • Thx Lise, We truly enjoyed the visit. In Mariaans words, “you shall see us regularly!” PS, name is Basie, short for Sebastiaan Thx

  • …Just a short note to say what a great time we had and your venue is superb (from what I can remember!) My brother-in-law, Alex was over the moon (just as well it wasn’t the river!) The accommodation was also superb. Thanks again,

    Derek Rowland
  • Hi Lise, Just a quick note to say thanks for a wonderful evening of Saturday, we enjoyed every second of it, the food were amazing and the fire dance was absolutely spectacular. Thanks for all your friendliness. Regards

    Michelle Vermeulen
  • Good evening Lise, How are you? Hope this mail finds you well. I just want to say thank you so much again for yesterday. My friends, family and I all enjoyed it so much. They loved the venue and especially what you did with it. You made it so warm and cosy yet classy as promised. Thank you also for accommodating me with regards to the deposit, it is much appreciated. Another thank you for my gifts. It is such a personal touch and they will always remind me of you and how special you made my birthday. I will download the photos and send you some pictures in due course. We will see you soon either for a romantic picnic or to stay over one weekend or both. Thank you again for everything. Warm regards

  • Lise, Thank you once again for all your help and assistance in making this week a success. I have spoken to a few ladies who attended and they had only praise. They really enjoyed the firedance, the spa facilities and the cuisine! I would love to meet you some day and see for myself!! Have a lovely weekend. Kind regards,

    Charmaine Wolmarans Group SHEQ Administrator, Samancor
  • Hi Lise, Just thank you again for yesterday – the food was absolutely delicious and my Mum was very impressed J (and that says a lot – she hardly ever pays compliments like she did yesterday J). Kind regards

    Sarah Nicholson
  • Hi Tomas & Lisa, We would like to thank you for a picture perfect day on Saturday ! The attention to detail was amazing and made everything extra special.  The food was delicious and so well presented ! We will definitely be back for another picnic. Thanks,

  • Hi Lise, …. thank you for the fabulous, relaxing weekend Mike and I spent at Lethabo....

    Colleen Edwards
  • Hi Lise, Thank you for an excellent lunch yesterday! Everybody thoroughly enjoyed their meals. Best regards,

  • Hi Lise, Thanks again for the wonderful treat yesterday-I appreciate the effort you and your team went to to accommodate us! Best regards

  • Hi Lise, Thank you so much for your hospitality on Saturday, the food and everything else was divine. We had a good time. Regards

    Jacobeth Kgasi
  • Dear Lise, We absolutely loved our Valentine picnic yesterday, it was really special and so beautifully done. Our “spot” was perfect – just what we needed for the soul to quieten for a while. love ‘n light

  • Hi Lise, Thank you for making our stay with you in Dec so memorable and special -you have a wonderful lodge but it’s definitely your personal warmth as acouple that makes all the difference for your guests. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind Regards,

    Bridgette Gogwe-Sibanda
  • Lise, Thank you for a wonderful Valentine experience at the Lethabo Estate. My wife and I really enjoyed it, we will definitely see you again and we have already referred a few of our friends. Seriously, I want to thank you for a wonderful time and my wife loved it, the food, service and experience were excellent! Thank you Regards

  • Hi Lise, Thank you so much for making the picnic so special on Saturday you really went out of your way to make it a day that will last in our memories forever. Thank you also to your friendy and professional staff for everything. The food the location and your facilities were outstanding. We will definitely come again. Regards

    Shayne Turley
  • Hi Lise and Paul, Thank you for a wonderful morning at Lethabo. The tables, flowers, food and friendly service made us all feel so welcome and at home! Brandon loved his birthday! In fact, I think that his surfing weekend party may fall a bit flat after such a perfect morning!!! We wish you much success with your new accommodation/spa and think you have a winning combination! Kindest regards

  • Hello Lise, Paul, Michele and Mandy, Thank you all for a wonderful-wonderful weekend. You all made such a special effort and Warren and I felt utterly special. I may write something about the weekend and of course your set-up for publishing at some point and so may mail you some questions later. Right now just too busy to begin this, but I have made a mental note and savour the best bits for when my break begins next week! Hope you got a better idea of some of my work after looking at my portfolio, Michele. Look forward to hearing from you. Thanks once again to you all and please thank your lovely staff for us. Kindest regards

    Trace and Warren
  • Hello Lise and the correct person at Hi Life, Thank you so very much for helping make my birthday so very special on the 13th September – last Sunday. It was absolutely amazing. The food was divine and I loved the old fashioned baskets. Thank you for your excellent service, we had everything we needed! Thank you once again, I really will never ever forget this day.

  • Lise, I just wanted to thank you for the lovely day we had, everybody went home really happy and it definitely boosted my team. The food and service was truly amazing and I thank you so very much!! Thank you again; I hope you have a super day!! Kind regards

    Nicola Caravotas (nee Human)
  • Morning Lise, I just want to thank you for a wonderful Saturday / Sunday at Lethabo. We thoroughly enjoyed our self – everything was just perfect – from our cosy room with its stunning view, the very romantic picnic to the scrumptious breakfast on our veranda! Thank you for truly making our Anniversary memorable. We will definitely recommend Lethabo to all our friends. Kind regards

    Claire Hugo
  • Thanks again Lise, I would highly recommend Lethabo to anyone.

    Adri Liebenberg
  • Hi Lise, Just a note to say thanks so much for last Sunday – Anthony is still talking about it! A very successful day and night. As I said, I don’t often enthuse about the food, but on this occasion I did. The artichoke with the sun dried tomato salsa was particularly good. I have given your name to a friend of ours called Peter Hallmanns. He said he would like to treat his wife! I have just sent him the details this afternoon. He is another foodie person (chef). Hopefully he will contact you soon. Regards to Mrs. Canine – don’t think we ever ascertained her name! Take care and thanks again

  • Hello Lise, I just want to thank you for the absolute superb day we had at Lethabo. The food was tasty & delicious. There are no words to describe all the meals that were prepared. I will definitely recommend Lethabo to all my friends and family. Thanks again for a wonderful experience.

    Annerie Must
  • Hallo James/Lisa, I thought it good to take the opportunity to thank you guys for an amazing experience. From the time of our arrival right through to our departure the experience and service was superb. Thanks again for the effort in making everything so special and definitely memorable, it really is much appreciated. Hope to see you soon! Kind regards,

    Lizette de Wit
  • Hi Lise and James, Thanks for the fab fab weekend We ate like pigs We slept like logs We $#(*%ed like rattlesnakes. We will be back for the food The intimacy The horsepitality Thanks again Warm regards Lynn and Herlo

    Lynn and Herlo
  • Dear James, Thank-you for a wonderful day – our team thoroughly enjoyed themselves and RAVED about the food! We look forward to meeting with you again on Monday. Have a great week-end! Regards

  • Dear Lise, I intended writing earlier, but had quite a hectic week. I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the picnic last Friday. Everything was fabulous – food, setting, hospitality! It is really unfortunate that one eventually has to leave such a special place – especially since we arrived a bit late and had to leave early again. When I started searching on the internet for something special for the day, I had something like that in mind, but didn’t think that it really existed. This is exactly (and even more) what I was looking for! Thanks very much. Regards

    Annemarie Loots
  • Hi Lise, Thank you for the wonderful picnic and stay you provided for us, it made our 18th anniversary very special we are convinced the memory will stay with us forever! The food and scenery was exquisite and we arrived home totally relaxed and chilled out, the effect of which carried on into Monday as work became a non event. We were very impressed with the new deck that is under construction with the spa bath etc and I was wondering if it would be possible to book it for Valentine’s Day next year? Karen and I were thinking it would make a nice midweek break as the 14th Feb falls on a Tuesday. Thank you once again for a lovely weekend. Kind regards

  • Hi Lisa and James, This a long overdue email. Beryl and I would love to thank you both for the lovely time we had at Lethabo. The venue is beautiful and accomodation superb. James’s cooking is to die for.. It was a very special weekend for us, and we will surely never forget it. We look forward to visiting Lethabo again, in the very near future.. Best Wishes

    Beryl and Parvez
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