Soweto possesses a vibrant culture and history, a fact that becomes especially apparent when searching for something to do in the area. If you're looking for entertainment, Soweto has attractions as far as the eye can see – quite literally – when you take the spectacular Orlando Towers into consideration!
For the thrill of a lifetime, take to the skies (for a moment) and bungee jump off the top of the Orlando Cooling Towers. If that isn't challenging (or terrifying) enough for you, put on a custom-made straitjacket and bungee jump without the use of your arms!
SCAD (Suspended Catch Air Device) freefalling - sound terrifying? If not, then read on! The world’s highest SCAD freefall takes place inside the Western Cooling Tower. If you are a serious adrenaline junkie in search of entertainment in Soweto, you'll find it at the Orlando Cooling Towers.
Interested in base jumping? Look no further! The Soweto Towers are base jump friendly, offering base jumping as an option for experienced jumpers. If you're a bit less adventurous, but still in search of a thrill, climbing the towers will offer oodles of entertainment and challenge experienced and beginner climbers alike. Try a 25m climbing wall and challenge your abilities!
MadMead Brewery launched Soweto Gold lager and opened the uBuntu Kraal Brewery in Soweto to commemorate 20 years of freedom and democracy. Soweto Gold was named the top craft beer in South Africa, so the brewery is definitely worth visiting for a taste of this brew.
Also worth noting is the fact that the Ubuntu Kraal Brewery is situated in Orlando West, Soweto. This location is of particular historic significance, being home to sites such as:
The site of the brewery was previously a construction site in the late 1980s. Today this former ash dump has been transformed into conference facilities, a cultural village, brewery, entertainment area, bar and restaurants, and private overnight accommodation.
Walter Sisulu Square is situated in the heart of Kliptown, Soweto. This township centre is unique, the first of its kind. Embracing both local and international trends, historical and modern, the Square epitomises the spirit of ekasi and Soweto. Ideal for family excursions, or for a shopping trip unlike any other, Walter Sisulu Square is a place unlike any other - and promises that is entertainment just as unique.
Points of interest at Walter Sisulu Square include:
Kremetart Park opened in Soweto in 2008, and has rapidly become a firm family favourite. The park is equipped with two miniature soccer fields constructed from sand as opposed to grass, in a bid to create an environmentally-friendly play area. The park also includes water features, benches, indigenous trees, and a large space to host events and fun fairs. Kremetart Park is also unique, in that it possesses a big-screen television where World Cup events were previously screened by Ekasi TV, and free broadcasts continue to be screened today.
Mofolo Park is located in Mzilikazi Street in Soweto. It is a popular park amongst Sowetans, and is best known for the vibrant concerts regularly held on its grounds, as well as the celebrations and events which take place there. Mofolo has seen both local and international musicians grace its stage. Notable events have included the first Drum Beat Soweto music concert in 2011, as well as recent Youth Day celebrations. Mofolo was previously a dump site, which makes its conversion into a colourful, beautiful place of artistic expression even more meaningful.
The popular Earth Hour Adventure at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town and Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden in Johannesburg invites participants to navigate hidden check points dotted across a 5km course via torch (or headlamps). Everyone is then invited to enjoy a bring-your-own picnic on the lawns (coffee will be on sale to those who have brought their own mugs to avoid any plastic waste). The event is a fundraiser for WWF and proceeds go towards supporting conservation efforts. For Nature. For You.
Saturday, 28 March 2020 at 19:00 - 21:30.
Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden South Africa, Malcolm Road, 1731 Roodepoort, Johannesburg.
Entry is R180 per person, and you can click here to enter!
Painting Sunday yellow with The Maslow Sandton and Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label this March. Here, guests will get the opportunity to savour a sumptuous picnic fare,while sipping on champagne and lazing on the sprawling lawns, listening to live music.
At this installment of The Maslow’s famous Social Sunday, guests will receive a picnic basket filled with treats and will also be able tuck into an array of beautifully prepared hot dishes and snacks from the Harvest Table.
In the basket, there are chicken wraps with pineapple and pesto cheese, as well as a selection of Cape cheeses with fig preserves and Melba toast.
The Harvest Table is decked with sticky pork ribs, grilled fish goujons, crispy onion rings, mini pies and mine wors rolls amongst other delights.
For dessert, there are churros dipped in chocolate and mini red velvet doughnuts.
Sunday, 29 March 2020 from 12:00 to 18:00.
The Maslow Sandton, corner Rivonia Road and Grayston Drive, Sandton, Johannesburg.
The price per basket, serving two people each, is R850. This includes welcome drink of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label on arrival.
Please note: Booking is essential.
To book or find out more, email [email protected] or call 010 226 4647.
What Is It?
You could easily be forgiven for thinking you'd stumbled into the last century when visiting this magnificent garden, designed by Tim and Liz Steyn. All you need to do is take your friends and family and enjoy this aesthetically pleasing garden, and if you are big on taking snaps for the 'Gram, then be sure to join in. Aren't we all just grateful that winter has finally passed and we can finally experience the city for its beauty and in this beautiful weather. Click here to plan your trip: https://www.thegardener.co.za/johannesburg-garden-club/.
When Is It?
Saturday, 05 October 2019 - Sunday, 06 October 2019.
Where Is It?
34 Pallinghurst Road, Westcliff, Randburg, Johannesburg.
How Much Is It?
Entrance is R50 per person.
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What Is It?
Join Summer Place in Hyde Park in celebrating their beautiful venue, the events industry and their fabulous suppliers at the Summer Place Open Day. There is no better way to spend a lovely Sunday afternoon than strolling through this beautiful venue while their accredited caterers, internal catering team and other event professionals showcase their many delectable talents for you throughout the day. Need a little rest in between viewing the grounds and sampling delicious delights? Why not sit and relax around the fountain or in the gardens while enjoying the live entertainment and taking part in various lucky draws. It's a lovely day out for you, your partner and of course, your family.
When Is It?
Sunday, 27 January 2019 from 12:00 to 16:00.
Where Is It?
Summer Place, 69 Melville Road, Hyde Park, Sandton, Johannesburg.
How Much Is It?
There will be a small cover charge of R50 per person. Please note that you will need to RSVP for the Open Day. Click here to RSVP now. Please just include your total number of guests on the RSVP link.
This cover charge will include a welcome drink, snacks from the various caterers as well as cocktail tastings from their preferred cocktail bar suppliers.
For More Information
For more information about this lovely event, visit www.summerplacesa.com.
You can also contact them on 011 447 9744 or [email protected].
Please note: Their phone lines are currently down. Please contact them via email.
What Is It?
Jozi Family Movie Night is an outdoor movie night perfect for the entire family. This particular screening will be showcasing The Greatest Showman, a movie about one of the greatest entertainers in history and the founder of the Barnum & Bailey Circus, PT Barnum. Enjoy this open air cinematic extravaganza under the stars. Bring warm clothes, blankets & camping chairs. There will be food stalls available for movie snacks, but picnic baskets will also be allowed. Bean bags will be available for hire.
When Is It?
Friday, 5 October 2018 at 17:00 (movie starts at 19:00)
Where Is It?
Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, Malcolm Road, Roodepoort, Johannesburg
How Much Is It?
Bean bag hire - R50 each
Tickets can be bought here or at the door.
For More Information?
For more information visit the Facebook page.
Date: Friday, 07 September 2018
Now that our evenings are getting warmer, we can start enjoying lovely nights out without freezing to death! So why not kick off the season with a visit to the Moonlight Market at The Stables? Take a stroll under the stars while sipping on a glass of bubbly or craft beer. Also, check out the lovely stable stalls and enjoy something delicious from a wide variety of gourmet goodies. Kids will have a blast in the play area and as for your fur babies, take them along too for a walk.
Date: Saturday, 15 September 2018
Spring is all about parties, being outside, exploring and experiencing something new, so make sure you get your tickets to the It’s Personal Picnic at Val Bonne Country Estate! Spend the day soaking up the sun, listening to awesome live music and indulging in loads of gourmet food while taking in the stunning views. For the full artist and foodie line-up, click here to check out their Facebook event. If this festival doesn’t scream Spring, nothing else will!
Date: Wednesday, 29 August 2018 – Sunday, 16 September 2018
If you haven’t experienced theatre or Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs for that matter, then make sure you book your seats to see this global dance sensation before it’s too late! Having performed in over 330 cities and 37 countries, in front of over 12 million people, they’re heading back to The Teatro to dazzle and delight audiences of all ages with their mesmerising and innovative tap performances.
Date: Saturday, 15 September 2018 – Sunday, 16 September 2018
‘Tis the season to be outdoors, strolling through blooming gardens and catching a few rays, and there’s no better way to do all of those in one go than at the Open Gardens Meander. This year, they will be exploring and showcasing five never-before-seen gardens situated in the suburbs of Atholl and Bryanston, which focus on sustainable gardening. Expect to stroll through green havens producing fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables. Other than getting some inspiration, you’ll also be contributing to a great cause – the Johannesburg Child Welfare.
Date: Saturday, 29 September 2018
Get out and about in the city and quench your thirst with some of South Africa’s best gins and rums at the Fitch & Leedes’ Gin & Rum Social Garden! Sip on your pick of top-notch local and global gins and rums while enjoying two stages full of live entertainment, interesting themed bars, beautiful views of Johannesburg, mouth-watering street food and, of course, loads of sunshine.
Date: Sunday, 30 September 2018
We’ve heard about the Color Run, where runners play with coloured powder, now there's something else out of the ordinary – The Foam Run! This is the perfect opportunity to keep cool, get colourful and play in loads of foam while running. Plus, there will be a Finish Festival, giving you the chance to play in foam as much as you want. They have the coolest FoamRun 5k merchandise, a fitness session and awesome performances for all ages.
Date: Friday, 05 October 2018 – Sunday, 07 October 2018
It’s that time of year again! Gamers, cosplayers, nerds and geeks, it’s time to unite for the 16th annual rAGE Expo! This three-day pop-culture mega-event will bring EVERYTHING from video games, computer hardware, sports tournaments and gaming peripherals to retail stores, local game studios, board games, convention artists, comic books, cosplay, digital lifestyle gear, gadgets and tech gear and SA’s biggest BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer/Console) LAN event, all together under one roof at the Ticketpro Dome. Get your weekend pass ASAP!
Date: Friday, 12 October 2018 – Sunday, 14 October 2018
For a curated shopping experience like no other, don't miss the Sanlam Homemade Contemporary Fair taking place at Hyde Park Corner Shopping Centre. The rooftop of this shopping hub will be transformed into a hand-crafted wonderland, complete with some of the country’s top designers, chefs and vignerons sharing their products and stories. You can expect a magical setting with brightly lit tented areas filled with the best local furniture crafters, artisan products, top SA chefs, high-end wines and microbreweries, as well as specialty foods.
Date: Thursday, 25 October 2018 - Sunday, 28 October 2018
Mzansi’s longest running LGBTQ+ME Pride event returns this month for another fantastic and fabulous instalment! Join Johannesburg Pride 2018 to raise awareness and celebrate with four days full of nothing but fun. This year’s theme is ‘Green’, symbolising #Growth – encouraging people to celebrate who they are. There’ll be plenty of entertainment, including live music, drag acts, a fashion show, food stalls and bars serving the yummiest refreshments. Click here to find out what events will be happening during this festival.
Date: Wednesday, 31 October 2018 – Friday, 02 November 2018
Need to cool off? Then why not enjoy a whisky on the rocks? Or sip on a smooth vodka? Whichever you prefer, make sure you head to Whisky & Spirits Live at the Sandton Convention Centre late this October. Whisky Live offers a wide range of whisky tasting events year-round to suit everyone’s tastes, from the curious newcomer to the regular collector. There have been a few Whisky Live celebrations throughout the country, however, the one to be held in Sandton is going to be the biggest of them all, which now also offers a range of hand-selected premium gins and other spirits.
Muzik Soul Session
Weekends are about chilling out and enjoying smooth vibes. Muzik Soul is all the best soulful sounds, normally listened via the airwaves played by your favourite radio DJ, brought to life. Go mingle, share moments with friends and meet your favourite personalities while enjoying great food in a beautiful harmonious ambience. The lineup includes acts from Wilson B. Nkosi, Sentle Lehoko, Georgie Munetsi, Lefa Ofentse (Idols), Muzik Soul and Miss Moloko supported by Lady Bonolo, Lady Stax, Hilda Buyiswa, DJ Laspalesky, DJ Lolo Sereme, DJ Choc and Karabo Mogane (Idols Winner 2015).
No under 23s allowed.
Date: Saturday, 02 December 2017
Time: 12:00 until late
Venue: Red Roman Shed, Emperors Palace
Tickets available from Computicket.
Legends of Ghazal
In the mood for some amazing music? Well then, this is a concert you don't want to miss. BluBlood brings you the Legends of Ghazal, coming together for the first time on a timeless journey throughout the African continent. Join Pankaj Udhas, Anup Jalota and Talat Aziz for a one-night-only Ghazal concert at Emperors Palace. Get your tickets now before it's too late.
Date: Sunday, 03 December 2017
Venue: Centre Court, Emperors Palace
Cost: Tickets available from R150 per person at Computicket.
Dinner and show packages available from R350, contact 011 928 1297/1213 for more information.
Garden of Lights
Gauteng’s biggest Christmas celebration is back! Garden of Lights, in the picturesque gardens at Emperors Palace’s five-star D’oreale Grande Hotel, is an epic celebration of all things Christmas. It’s a winter wonderland, light extravaganza and Yuletide adventure all rolled into one. Packed with fun festive activities for the whole family, you’ll be spellbound and filled with the spirit to mingle and jingle.
Date: Friday, 08 December 2017 to Wednesday, 03 January 2018.
Time: Open daily from 19:00 to 22:00 (weather dependent and tickets sold by time slot online at Tixsa, at half-hour intervals and are subject to availability)
Venue: Gardens of the D'oreale Grande Hotel at Emperors Palace
All proceeds go CANSA and the Peermont Children’s and Education Funds.
Terms and Conditions apply.
*Entrance price is to Garden of Lights only and does not include funfair rides, food or beverages.
Lira – Be About It Tour
The sensational Lira is coming to The Palace of Dreams with her latest Be About It Tour. Showcasing her latest album Born Free, it masterfully blends a new sound with the smooth urban direction Lira is famous for. Get your tickets now and witness the first national tour of this incredible body of work.
Date: Saturday, 09 December 2017
Venue: Theatre of Marcellus, Emperors Palace
Cost: Tickets from R150 per person at Computicket.
Dinner and Show packages from R350 per person.
Contact 011 928 1297/1213 for menu and more information.
For More Information
For more information about Emperors Palace and their entertainment lineup, visit www.emperorspalace.com.
What Is It?
It's that time of year when all the flowers are in bloom, the sun is shining, the weather is lovely and friends come together in spirit of the new season. So, to celebrate spring, why not enjoy Hot Dogs for Guide Dogs? The Gardens of St Christopher are excited to open their beautiful private garden to visitors for a good cause. You can expect Prosecco, Italian ice cream, coffee and hot dogs on the day. The SA Guide-Dogs puppies and dogs will be there to meet you.
When Is It?
Sunday, 08 October 2017 from 10:00 to 16:00.
Where Is It?
The Gardens of St Christopher, 82 9th Road, Hyde Park, Sandton, Johannesburg.
How Much Is It
Entrance costs R150 per person and includes entrance, Prosecco, Italian ice cream, coffee and a hot dog. There are limited tickets, so make sure you book online now.
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“My wife always said that if I opened a fourth eatery it would have to be called ‘Divorce’ or ‘The Singles Club’,” laughs Chef James Diack. “Instead, I’ve decided to call it Il Contadino, which means ‘the farmer’ in Italian and really embodies the spirit of our season-focused, farm-to-table style.”
Set to open in October 2017, Il Contadino will be nestled in the heart of Parktown North and will serve three farm-inspired meals a day. Its menu will be prepared as an ode to the rural or ‘peasant’ food from the Spanish, French and Italian countryside – some of James’ favourite places. Dishes will be fresh, simple and rustic: roast chicken, slow-cooked pork, charcuterie boards, salads, homemade pasta and pizza from the in-house wood-fired oven – all using seasonal ingredients.
It will also be James’ most sustainable restaurant to date, with the menu designed to be entirely supplied by the Diack’s family farm, Brightside in the Magaliesburg.
“All three of my restaurants offer something different – Coobs is refined dining, The National is a neighbourhood dining room away from home, and The Federal is our take on a NY-style dinner. But they all have one thing in common: seasonality,” says James. “Il Contadino will be the perfect spot for a morning coffee from the espresso bar, a light lunch or after-work drink.”
Over the last two years, James has worked exceptionally hard to become the go-to person for provenance. His restaurants have evolved to such an extent, that now 95% of everything on his menus comes off his family’s farm, Brightside. Il Contadino will be the first time James cracks the 100% mark.
As usual, the wine list will be an extensive catalogue of boutique wine farms and those that share Diack’s passion for bespoke offerings including Garajeest, Blackwater, Beaumont and Alheit. Oh, and Aperol Spritz on tap.
The 133m2 restaurant, located on the corner of 4th Avenue and 7th Avenue in Parktown North, will seat 90 and provide indoor and outdoor seating. The interior design and décor process will once again be spearheaded by Janet Diack, James’ mother and farmer at Brightside Farm, so expect reclaimed and refurbished items that extend the farm-to-table concept from the plates to the walls, floors and furnishings.
Brightside Farm, in the Magaliesburg, is the Diack’s family farm and where James grew up. Janet is passionate about farming and supplying the restaurants – what they can’t grow themselves they source from suppliers who share their passion for provenance. The gardens are as beautiful as they are functional. Flowers abound, and they are all edible. Apart from the large main gardens you will find smaller gardens, situated to provide the right conditions for some of the specialty plants. All the gardens feature benches, stone paths, ponds or sculptures with rambling plants like peas, beans and tomatoes climbing up willow woven structures. The gardens supply all three restaurants with herbs, vegetables and fruit – it even makes its own ricotta. The farm also supplies Diack’s now legendary acorn-fed wild boar, lamb, duck and the occasional pigeon or guinea fowl.
It will also be friendly to the pocket, “I’m trying to build a restaurant that’s going to fit into where our economy’s going, so it’s not going to be expensive. I’m trying to keep prices down and keep things casual in every aspect: simple glassware, enamel plates, dishcloths for napkins. It’s going be fun and rustic, but not kitsch.”
What Is It?
With Spring about to be sprung on us, why not get some stunning garden inspiration at the Johannesburg Garden Club's Open Gardens Meander? Five previously unseen gardens will be made open to the public this September to raise funds for a wonderful cause – the Johannesburg Child Welfare.
With sustainable gardening more popular than ever, this year’s Meander will focus on beautiful sites producing herbs, fruits and vegetables from inspiring kitchen gardens.
Visitors can still expect individuality from each of the participating gardens though. They range from charming to sprawling, each boasting its own showstopper water feature. Every garden will also feature a plant sale with individual specialties including Clivias, Azaleas, Clematis, Irises and Johannesburg Garden Club members’ own cultivated plants. Refreshments and a tea garden will also be available at one of the gardens, giving visitors plenty of opportunity to relax and freshen up.
When Is It?
Saturday, 15 September 2018 - Sunday, 16 September 2018 from 10:00 to 17:00.
Where Is It?
The event will take place at five stunning, previously unseen gardens in the suburbs of Atholl and Bryanston, which will be open to the public.
How Much Is It?
R250 per person and children under 12 years old get in FREE. Tickets include entry to all five gardens. To get tickets, visit Webtickets.
Guests will receive their Open Gardens Meander 2018 map and location addresses on booking of their tickets.
All proceeds will be benefiting the Johannesburg Child Welfare.
For More Information
For more information about this event, visit www.johannesburggardenclub.co.za.
Also, don't forget to check them out on Facebook.
What Is It?
Spend your Sunday outdoors at the Market In The Park Spring Edition at the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens. This boutique outdoor market is set in beautiful surroundings and brings guests a curated lifestyle experience, which showcases a selection of goods, gourmet foods, cocktails, beer bikes, a gin bar and their famous #Bubblybar! As for entertainment, there will be something for everyone, including live music and kids' activities to keep the little ones busy.
When Is It?
Sunday, 09 September 2018 from 09:00 to 16:00.
Where Is It?
Emmarentia Botanical Gardens, 45 Thomas Bowler Street, Emmarentia, Johannesburg.
How Much Is It?
Tickets cost R20 per person and kids under the age of 12 get in FREE.
For More Information
For more information on this event, visit The Linden Market on Facebook.
This venue has been a popular outing place since the 1800's, however it was officially declared a botanical garden in 1982.
The gardens are the perfect place to have a picnic, go on a hike or take a leisurely stroll through the vegetation. The area in the Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden is known as the 'Rocky Highveld Grassland' and consists of a mosaic of grassland and savanna, with dense bush in kloofs and along streams. The variety of habitats accommodates over 600 naturally occurring plant species. The Botanical Gardens are also famed for their abundance of wildlife including over 220 bird species. The beautiful waterfalls at the bottom of the garden boasts a breeding pair of majestic Verreaux's Eagles that many a visitor spend a great amount of time watching.
To find out more about the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, click here.
Any bride has a dream of a wedding day where everything is perfect and runs according to plan. At Makiti they ensure that this dream becomes reality. Peace of mind is part of their package!
They assist you in planning your entire wedding and they are by your side all the time, the day of your wedding. All this planning can be done over the Internet but if possible they do prefer to discuss your big day over a cup of coffee.
At Makiti they prefer to be in control so they can guarantee your success.
Walking through the arched wooden doors you are immediately struck by the romantic ambience created by the soft dimmed light of the fine copper chandeliers and the golden glow of the sun that brushes your cheeks through the tainted windows. The wooden pews seat up to 250 guests that await you while listening to romantic music played over the installed sound system or on the organ.
The ringing of the Antique Brass Bell, announces that your big moment has finally arrived. As you take your first step down the 19m Merlot Red Carpeted Isle, the congregation rises to welcome you to the start of your new life.
There is a beautiful podium that is installed in the front, but very often the minister prefers to stand on the floor with you at the free standing podium. There is also a register table on which you will sign the most important contract of your life.
Flower arrangements done in the chapel are moved to the function room after the service as to ensure that they are utilised again and you get good value for your money. The in-house florist will also ensure that the Corsages, Buttonholes, Baskets and Petals are in place before your guests arrive. Makiti can also assist with a range of accessories that may be needed throughout the service, e.g.: Cushions for Kneeling, Ring cushions, Unity candles, etc.
The installed sound system ensures that every guest can hear the message given when the minister speaks over the lapel microphone. The DJ can also assist with playing CD’s before and during the service. Makiti also have a variety of music that could be played, e.g. different versions of the wedding march, etc. You are welcome to have the congregation lead in praise and worship with the installed organ. If you don’t have and organist they have a few organists that are already comfortable on their organ.
Most brides make use of their own minister / priest, if needed Makiti can also assist with a list of discerned experts in all denominations. Pre-Marriage counselling is highly recommended and they can also link you up with someone that will be glad to assist. (They would love to know that you would still be married in 10 years time!)
The day of the wedding you are completely in Makiti's hands. All you need to do is to be there and enjoy your day. Their co-ordinators are alongside you every step of the way, even here at the chapel. When they do your “Final Arrangement” meeting approximately 4 weeks prior to your wedding date, they discuss every second of your big day so they can help things to go “your” way. Therefore if they have e.g. arranged that your flower girls will walk down the isle on their own special song while throwing fresh petals down the isle, the co-ordinators will make sure that it runs according to plan. See. Easy isn’t it!
Keep in mind that apart from the memories of this beautiful day in your lives you only have your photographs to show. That is why they have gone into the finest detail when landscaping their 8 hectares of gardens. The rolling lawns drop down onto the banks of the historic “Blaauwbank Spruit” that meanders through the gardens. High towering majestic cliffs edge off this perfect picture. Every corner hosts another photo opportunity and the array of features will form perfect backgrounds for photographs unique to Makiti. An array of colour laughs through the faces of petunias, pansies, etc.
God’s indescribable Peace is felt wherever you stray in this mystical garden.
The highveld sunsets gloom through the archways, a photo on the ox-wagon makes you appreciate the tar road right to the gate, the wooden swing makes you feel like that fairy tale princess. The photos on the Makiti designed gazebo gives the very classical look, quaint bridges and ponds form stunning reflections.
Strategically placed spotlights light up the entire valley and highlights the features at night to transform the gardens into a “fairy land”. Even the cliffs are lit. Guests also enjoy taking a stroll when taking a break from the dance floor. Take a seat on one of the benches and listen to a choir of crickets and frogs entertaining you all evening.
If the weather doesn’t want to play with they also have a spacious studio with a backdrop of a full garden scene out of Makiti’s garden. The studio is often even used on beautiful sunny days purely to have that nice photo with the friendly lights or in the case of a family member not being very mobile.
Makiti is surely known for its stunning gardens and breathtaking red sunsets!
Makiti’s spacious, airy thatched function room seats up to 250 guests with a large dance floor and up to 400 guests if the outside extension is incorporated. The hall is draped in soft white voile and the copper chandeliers give that final touch to the beautiful thatch. The inside of the hall become one with the enchanting gardens when the glass doors are flung open.
Their chairs are also dressed for the occasion in white satin suits. The white tablecloths hang heavily to the ground. The client has a choice of 36 different colours in overlays to create the perfect look required. Table numbers, toothpick holders, menu stands etc. were all especially designed to fit into the theme.
The florist has a variety of centrepieces, candelabra and flower stands for the bride to choose from. With her doing the arrangements she includes the use of these at no additional cost, which takes the schlep out of you having to fetch the stands on Friday and someone having to return them on Monday. There are also a few options of décor that are available to hire if the bride doesn’t like the flower arrangement idea or has a smaller budget, e.g. candle displays, etc.
Lighting in the Function Room
The copper chandeliers are dimmed at night to create a romantic and warm atmosphere. Strategically placed spotlights light up important areas like the Main Table, Podium where the MC speaks from, the cake table, flower arrangements on the stage, the dance floor (for that first dance). Have you ever seen a wedding video that was recorded without proper lighting? Have you ever noticed how annoying it is when you can’t see the bride and groom behind all the videographers lighting equipment? That is why Makiti had all of these lights installed.
When the sound engineers installed the sound system they considered the fact that music should be louder on the dance floor and softer towards the back where the older guests want to “hear” each other. Music is as important as good food. It can make or break a function.
The DJ has to consider all age groups attending, different nationalities and your likes and dislikes. You will have a meeting with him prior to the function to discuss your requirements. He will also be glad to assist you in selecting that special song to enter on and that very important first dance. Makiti have a vast variety of music, which is run through mixing boards and the computer system with a very big MP3 database.
The DJ also helps you plan the evening. Which toast is done when, and by whom? On the function he will also lead your MC through the events to thus ensure that the function runs smoothly.
Makiti’s well designed bar is located to the back of the function room and boasts a variety of options. Makiti is a licensed venue and therefore no liquor is allowed onto the premises. Pre-arranged corkage options are available by request only.
The bar is built in such a way that the long counter has ample space for guests to be served and has no barstools. (The ladies hate losing their men to a bar).
The bar instruction is discussed with the client prior to the function and then managed accordingly. Different options are available, e.g. cash bar, tab on specialised items or up to certain limits or times, open bar. Bar prices are very reasonable.
The buffet section is an add-on to the function room opens onto the garden with concertina windows. The nice part about this is that Makiti don’t make any noise while guests take their seats or during speeches when they have to set main course in the buffet section (in the case of buffet menus). The area is spacious thus creating good flow and no congestion.
Makiti have a waiter serving the guest from behind every serving station on the buffet. To take the queuing out of the buffet idea, their coordinators invite every table to go to the buffet section to be served. It is also a more personalised service that impresses all the guests.
The fact that the food is not displayed on the dance floor means that they can leave main course out for at least 45 min after dinner to give the guests the opportunity to help themselves to seconds.
The veranda attached to the main hall hosts a number of possibilities. Apart from being an area where your guests can take a break from the dance floor, sip on a drink, catch a smoke while looking down on the most beautiful scenery, this area is mainly used to enlarge the capacity of the function room. So if you plan to invite a big group or if you just plan to have a huge dance floor, this veranda comes in very handy. Often they also get the request to do a part of the function under this covered area, to give you the feeling that you’re in the garden but safe in all weather conditions. In case of bad weather they can also serve the welcoming drink here (while the photos are being taken in our studio), or even have the “Chuppah” here in the case of Jewish weddings.
Makiti have ablution facilities inside the function room as well as outside in the gardens. The outside facilities are situated in the upper terrace where you also find the chapel and parking areas. The guests before the service and during the photo session mainly use these facilities. In the function room they also have more than adequate facilities, which also include disabled facilities.
Because Makiti want to guarantee a perfect wedding, they also have their own florist to assist you with all your requirements. Their golden rule is that the whole setting should be completed at least one hour before the guests are to arrive. We all like different flower arrangements, different types of flowers, and we all have different budgets. It is best to sit with their florist and discuss the perfect centrepiece for your tables.
Your flower arrangements can be done on a variety of stands and candelabras that belong to the florist and are used without additional cost to the flowers. This firstly saves you the cost of having to hire stands as well as the schlep and time to fetch them before the function and returning them afterwards. If you do need a stand or candelabra that she doesn’t have you are welcome to hire in, they can refer you to a few hiring companies.
The florist will also assist you in planning your flower arrangements that are done for the chapel in such a way that they can be utilised again in the function room. Unfortunately no other florists are allowed to be used.
The Sunset Venue
Makiti would also like to introduce to you their brand new “Sunset Venue” with its stunning fusion of art deco and romantic thatch. This venue watches over a mystique lake that reflects the burnt orange glow of the Highvelt sunset. The Sunset Venue is complimented with its own charming Honeymoon Suite that opens its sliding doors to a private pond, where you are woken by the splashing of the ducks greeting the new day.
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