OUDTSHOORN | SOUTH AFRICA

So this is the second blog from my South Africa travel series and the adventure has only just begun. We left Cape Town and spent the night in Wilderness before team bride ventured off to Oudshtoorn for the wedding. Amy & Ryan had one little legal wedding thing to do before meeting us all but were off to set up the wedding. Amy had one night left of being a Miss so we had to make it special and to de-stress her as much as possible before the big day. 

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Before we set off to Oudtshoorn (this name is so difficult for someone with Dyslexia to spell correctly!) we had some time to kill. I’m not going to lie, i used this opportunity to catch up on some sleep as I had minimal sleep over the past 3 days so a little lie in was due. While I was sleeping the girls went down to the beach and when they got back they wrested me out of bed to have a quick shower as we all went to lunch. We went to Cocomo Restaurant which became a favourite spot for our group over the week. Somehow during this holiday whenever we ordered food, my food would come last. I don’t know why! It was ridiculous. I think out of all the meals we ordered over the 10 days my food came last except maybe 2 times. We also noticed with South Africa dining you have to be really really REALLY patient! When it arrives the food is amazing but sometimes and especially when your hungry it feels like a lifetime waiting for it to get there! We were running a little late as it was so by the time my ribs came I only had 5 minutes to eat it quickly before we needed to leave. After chomping down our meals we headed back to the hostel to pick up our bags and waited at this abandoned train station waiting for a trailer to pick up all our bags. We made use of our time at the train station. It was a lovely spot to take some photos so we all had a bit of an instagram mission here.

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Once all our stuff was loaded into the trailer, we were back on the road. It was only just over an hour to get to Oudtshoorn. We passed a lot of Ostrich farms on the way there and it turned out this town was well known for having Ostriches, selling there feathers and even putting them on the menu. You could even ride them in some places! The wedding venue was beautiful! We were staying with the bride in a massive room with a double bed and 3 single beds upstairs. Lots of room to get ready and basically cause a mess!

No messing around, we all got our bikinis on and went to the pool. I took some time to photograph the property too. Honestly, this was one of the most beautiful wedding venues I have ever seen. The mountains, the pond, the views, it was just ridiculous!

After we had spent a few hours by the pool it was time to do some work. The wedding reception was just across from our room, like literally 30 steps. It was great having everything all in one place. Most of the weddings I’ve been to in England had the wedding in one place then we go to eat in another etc. The dining hall was amazing, so so beautiful. Amy had picked a winner! We had 7 tables to prepare for the wedding the next day plus some other bits and bobs. All the little things were so well thought out and Amy had one such a lovely job. Now it was just down to all of us to make sure everything was in place for her. All the tables were in the South Africa theme. The tables had different animals on them and I was on the Giraffe table with the other bridesmaids. Amy actually gave all the bridesmaids one of the animals each to take home. I got the leopard which stands proudly by my bed now. 

The wedding venue had some slight facility problems. The lights had gone by the time we had arrived and still hadn’t turned back on by the time dinner came around. By the time we had finished decorating the venue and getting ready for dinner the water had also gone. So we we didn’t smell present by this point. Obviously we had been driving for a while in the morning, been in the pool, prepping the venue and now it was time for dinner. So showers were exactly on the cards. Amy had got us all bridesmaid PJ’s so as we couldn’t get showered and put a nice dress on etc we all decided to wear them to dinner. Don’t we all look amazing! 

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The next day Amy got married! Congratulations Amy & Ryan! You are an amazing couple and I wish you both a lifetime of happiness! Thank you for inviting me to your special day!

 The South African adventure continues after the wedding!

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If you want to see more on my adventures in South Africa, please check out my Oudtshoorn vlog below:

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12 Comments

  1. February 1, 2017 / 1:00 pm

    Nice story, I’m so glad you had such nice time while preparing for the wedding. Congrats to the couple! 🙂 And the pictures are great, that scenery… Just amazing. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. February 1, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    The beautiful nature here surely makes it a great place for a wedding! Everyone looks amazing! Your post really makes me think whether I should have my honeymoon here 😀

  3. February 1, 2017 / 3:58 pm

    I love these pictures! And how awesome to go to South Africa for a wedding. It’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to go.

  4. February 2, 2017 / 12:36 am

    What an awesome wedding venue! Those photos of the landscape are beautiful! I enjoyed the vlog too! P.s love that you’re reading Harry Potter! haha

    • Natasha Atlas
      February 2, 2017 / 1:12 am

      Love Harry Potter me! Lol going to Harry Potter Studios on my birthday! Haha ⚡️

  5. February 2, 2017 / 1:09 am

    What a fabulous wedding! South Africa is such a gorgeous country! And I would love to see an ostrich farm.

    • Natasha Atlas
      February 2, 2017 / 1:11 am

      Thank you! Yeah it was lovely! I had ostrich for dinner that night! It was so nice! Lol unexpected

  6. February 2, 2017 / 7:14 am

    What a lovely post, the property looks amazing. I’m not sure I could handle waiting so long for my food in South Africa though haha

  7. February 2, 2017 / 12:27 pm

    Your hotel looks so nice and the views are stunning. You ladies were so pretty on your blue gowns. I’m sure you all have amazing experience in South Africa. 🙂

  8. Hra
    February 2, 2017 / 6:29 pm

    What a beautiful story 🙂 it seems you had an amazing time there 🙂 Btw your photos are awesome, you make me wanna go in South Africa 🙂

  9. February 2, 2017 / 7:06 pm

    I’m not surprised that someone would choose this place as a venue for a wedding. South Africa has amazing landscapes and one can easily just relax in a lovely hotel/guesthouse with views. I have traveled there myself and thorough enjoyed the scenery! We passed through here on our long drive and thought it has its own manner of charming tourists.

  10. February 3, 2017 / 12:32 am

    I’ve never been to South Africa before but have been wanting to go for a looooong time. I live in the Philippines and there’s a lot of flights I’d have to go through to get there 🙁 I’m sure it’ll definitely be worth it tho! 😀

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