iNsingizi Lodge and Spa

Say your I do’s at our unique bush venue

If the bushveld runs in your blood, iNsingizi is the perfect backdrop for the most special day of your life.  The untamed beauty of every acacia tree, every aloe and rocky outcrop breathes romance and adventure.

Situated in a unique setting, nestling under kranzes amid rolling hills in the South Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, our thatched chalets, honeymoon suite on stilts and the tastefully ethnic boma and bar offer you total tranquillity under African skies.

Our bushveld wedding venue is nestled in a secluded valley surrounded by a small game reserve and farmlands in Mid-Illovo, KZN (between Durban and Pietermaritzburg). We accommodate bush weddings and outdoor weddings with up to 120 guests, but we can also set up an elopement wedding just for you and your closest loved ones, or even for just the two of you!

With resident antelope, picturesque vistas across the valley, majestic indigenous trees and continual bird song, the entire venue has a quintessential African feel about it.

“You cannot leave Africa, Africa said. It is always with you, there inside your head. Our rivers run in currents in the swirl of your thumbprints; our drumbeats counting out your pulse; our coastline the silhouette of your soul.” 

– Bridget Dore
, South African poet.

A piece of paradise that is all yours

At an iNsingizi wedding, the only creatures sharing our 350-hectare private estate with you will be our bird and animal life.

Our lodge sleeps 32 guests, perfect for your bridal party, close family and friends. You can also book Stirling House, a separate self-catering lodge that sleeps up to 20 guests.

Our accommodating staff can organise meals and activities during the week and over the weekends – brunches, braais, spa treatments, trips to a local market, mountain biking, trail running, sunrise yoga and more … all set against the beautiful backdrop of our secret valley.

Venue on the dam

Close your eyes, and picture holding your loved one’s hands as you seal your love for one another … there’s a gentle breeze tickling through the air, a warm African sun slowly sinking behind the hills, and you’re surrounded by the people you love.
Share your vows with each other, your family, friends, and invite the sounds and sights of the African bush right into your wedding ceremony.
Our chapel is situated overlooking a small dam, surrounded by indigenous trees and a large deck. With open sides and a tree growing through the thatch, you’ll invite the outside in for an authentic African bush experience.
The chapel seats up to 120 guests.

Umdoni venue

Our new open-air altar is presided over by an ancient Umdoni Tree. Guests are seated in a tiered amphitheatre, looking over the bridal couple underneath the tree.
We created our uniquely African altar from two large rocks, a feature you won’t find anywhere else!
You’ll be serenaded by the sounds of the bushveld as you say your vows against the setting African sun.
The Umdoni venue easily seats over 120 guests.

The Boma

Our open and airy reception venue is elegantly ethnic, with wooden beams, rocks, a thatched roof, touches of organic decor and raised wooden walkways above the valley.

The wooden pool deck is perfect for post-ceremony drinks overlooking the bushveld in the valley below.

There’s no mistaking our uniquely African ambience, especially when Ziggy, our friendly three-legged reedbuck, pops his head in for a visit! You can opt for a rustic look with minimal decor and our African touches, or use the venue as a canvas for your Pinterest plans.

When it’s time to dine, our menus are simple and reflect the seasons, using local ingredients where possible. From mini bunny chows to beef fillet and our famous chocolate brownies, we aim to provide the tastiest dishes that suit your style.

Wedding menu options

In line with our flexible approach, which allows each bride to reflect her personal style, our team has simplified menu-making with choices that enable you to build a menu that suits you and your budget.

To help you plan the perfect meal for your wedding, we’ve put together a number of menu choices, which we’re happy to customise to suit your needs, in consultation with you. However if there’s something that’s not on our list, we’ll do our best to accommodate any special requests.

View our menu options

Our affordable conveniently located wedding & elopement venue is the perfect bushveld canvas for your forever after.

An entire venue and lodge that is all yours 

A secret slice of the African bush is all yours. Being tucked away from the hustle and bustle means a relaxed atmosphere and more time with your nearest and dearest.

We build your dream wedding around you 

We specialise in intimate, personal weddings where your family and friends are more than just a number.

Your unique elopement escape

Celebrate your love in close company when you elope to iNsingizi. Depending on availability, we can organise weddings on a whim in case you’re getting hitched in a hurry.

Spend more time with your wedding guests in a beautiful setting

 We can tailor a weekend package especially for you and yours, with your choice of meals, spa treatments, sunrise yoga, active adventures, local tours and more.

Close enough for convenience, yet far enough to escape

Situated between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, iNsingizi is breathtakingly “away from it all”, yet perfectly located so that no-one has to drive too far.

Your photographer will be spoilt for choice 

From beautiful bushveld on top of a hill to verdant green sugarcane, farm dams and enchanting forests, there’s no shortage of backdrops for your most special memories.

We look forward to welcoming you at iNsingizi!

Elope and escape into the African bush

Many couples these days are choosing to escape the stress and pressure of planning a big wedding by eloping.

We welcome these unique “wedding celebrations” and we’ll go to every effort to make sure that the day is celebrated just as you two – and nobody else – wants it.

Surrounded by the bush and your love for one another, you’re free to seal your commitment in your own way.

View our elopment packages


Dreaming of a destination wedding

iNsingizi can turn your destination wedding into reality. Our rates are affordable, we’re just over an hour away from major cities, and we take care of all the major details for you, leaving you with less stress.

If the bushveld runs in your blood, you won’t need to do too much ‘dressing up’ of the venue – the natural surrounds are the main feature and will be one of the most unforgettable elements of your day.

Your dream destination wedding – with quality catering, rustic décor, comfortable accommodation, a relaxed atmosphere and the breathtaking beauty of the African bush – is within easy reach at iNsingizi Game Lodge & Spa.