Wedding Information 2018

Shayamoya is an ideal venue to host an intimate, tranquil, bush wedding.
The ceremony is held on the large wooden deck of the central lodge where the view is a stunning back drop of the Lebombo Mountains, Lake Jozini and the Pongola Game Reserve. The reception takes place in the restaurant area of the Central Lodge so the occasion is consolidated to one stunning area of stone, wood and thatch.

Alternatively, a more casual celebration can be held at the Boma under the stars.

Choose dates that co-incide with a full moon as this makes a spectacular show as it rises up over the mountains and gives the lake a silvery glimmer.

Our in-house wedding planner will contact you to plan the wonderful day’s event and then a more accurate quote will be forwarded with the bride’s requests. As all budget’s are different, herewith ball park figures.

Shayamoya weddings enjoy the bridal party being involved with many areas of organizing such a special occasion. This makes it a lot of fun for everyone!

Wedding Package

The Honeymoon Suite, air-conditioned – king size extra length bed

8 Standard Chalets each sleeping 2 people

1 Family Unit – king size extra length bed with bunk bed and pull out couch.

Option 1: 20 guests

Wedding fee: R4000
Lodge: R360 per head for the Reception meal and
Minimum: R34 000 or 20 guests stay for 2 nights @ R850 p/p/p/p night. B&B included.
Includes The Rhodesian wood tables and chairs, and either white table cloths and napkins or choose from our other colour schemes: gold and mustard colours, lime and browns with organza table runners.

Option 2: 21 – 50 guests

Wedding fee: R5000
Lodge: R360 per head for the Reception meal and
Minimum: R34 000 or 20 guests stay for 2 nights @ R850 p/p/p/p night. B&B included.
Excludes: Hiring of basic table setting (tables, chairs and chair covers, table cloths, napkins, glasses, cutlery and crockery) @ R80 per guest.

Option 3: 51 – 80 guests

Wedding fee: R6500
Lodge: R360 per head for the Reception meal and
Minimum: R34 000 or 20 guests stay for 2 nights @ R850 p/p/p night. B&B included.
Excludes: Hiring of basic table setting (tables, chairs and chair covers, table cloths, napkins, glasses, cutlery and crockery) @ R80 per guest.

Children are welcome: R450 p/child under 12 years; 0-2 yrs free.

Reception meal:

  • 3 Course Meal @ R360 p/p
  • Snacks, Starter, Main Course, Desert, Tea/Coffee
  • We send a list of options to the bride, from where she can make her menu suggestion.

Table Arrangements and Decor:

Shayamoya has a stunning bush theme naturally with rocky and wooden walls. The décor is normally very tailor made to each wedding and depends on the bride’s style. We are happy to quote for drapery, fairy lights, candelabra, white table cloths etc. and any specific extras.

Items available for hire in Pongola with indicated prices

Under plate R8
Vases   : R60
Tie backs R7
Crystal cake stand R120
Silver candelabra R120
Fairy lights 1.5m R8
Curtain fairy lights 5m R38
Round cocktail table R45


To give an indication, a base price for flowers would be about R500.00 for 20 guests but it depends on the time of year and the needs of the bride.  Flowers will also be more expensive around Mothers day and Valentines Day. A specific quote can be provided once you have met with our wedding planner.

Number of guests:

The facilities in the Central Lodge accommodates up to 80 people.

The Boma, which is a lovely facility for a braai or spit, seats up to 30 people.


Shayamoya operates on a tab system. The drinks on the wedding night are usually billed to the groom unless another arrangement is agreed upon. You may supply your own wine or champagne for the wedding evening only and the corkage fee is R50 per bottle.


Please let us know in advance if you think guests will be doing activities and what they would prefer to do so that we are fully prepared. These range from tiger fishing, game drives, boat cruises, rhino tracking.

Additional Accommodation:

Shayamoya Bush Camp: Minimum 2 night stay

A rustic camp with a lovely setting only 2km from Shayamoya, on the Reserve. It is solar and gas powered, fully serviced. 5 Tents each sleeping 2 people. Only cars with high axles can access the camp. R350 p/p self catering or Minimum R1400 per night

Tamboti Ridge Bed & Breakfast:

A Bed and Breakfast venue also owned by the Blevin’s, only 3 km from Shayamoya. 5 Bedrooms and the rates are R550 p/p/p/n sharing Bed & Breakfast.


Guests staying at Tamboti Ridge B&B and Shayamoya Bush Camp are welcome to join the wedding party at Shayamoya for meals. Our Bundu Pot Restaurant has an a’la cart menu offering light lunches, and set 3 course dinners. Please make dinner bookings in advance.

Accommodation in the nearby area: These rates are subject to change.

  • Mvubu Lodge, 5km (11 chalets with twin beds) Tel: 034- 435 1123
  • R950 p/p D,B,B or R800 B,B for the Saturday night
  • Ghost Mountain Inn, 40km (52 rooms) Tel: 035- 573 1025
  • R900 p/p B&B sharing
  • Pongola Country Lodge, 30km (44 rooms) Tel: 034- 413 1352
  • R400 p/p B&B sharing White Elephant Safari Lodge, 20km (8 luxury tents) Tel: 034 – 413 2489
  • White Elephant Bush Camp (7 chalets)
  • The Guest House (7 rooms) Tel: 034 – 413 2299
  • R385 p/p B&B sharing



n Pongola: Charlotte 082 3788369

Or Lauren 034 4141157

Or Bennie: 076 556 7617


There is a lovely local African band which plays favourite tunes of Johnnny Clegg, PJ Powers, Mango Groove, Miriam Makeba and other familiar music.

Call Mathew on 071 380 2793 or 079 895 5382. R5000

DJ’s in Pongola: Johan 082 897 0635 or Ricardo Enslin 084 432 2725

From Richards Bay, Shaun 084 040 7948, is brilliant.

Alternatively there is a CD player and you are welcome to bring your own CDs.


Our local Minister, Pastor Schalk, does most of our weddings. He asks R1000 for the service. 082 923 5844 Email:


Price guidelines min. 5 people

Bride @ R450 & Bridesmaid @ R250 (Excluding transport from Pongola)

Carmia 084 517 2512 or 034 – 413 2315

Make up:

Also done by Carmia 084 517 2512

R350 p/lady


In Pongola: Rolene van der Merwe, or call 082 8100808. Or call Amanda Boonzaaier 078 800 8454, From Durban: David Weeks has done many of the weddings and thus the lodge is familiar territory to him. You can view his excellent work at

Spa Treatments:

Shayamoya offers in room relaxing massages or there is the Mvubu SPA only 3km from Shayamoya with a lovely bush setting and beautiful views of the Pongola River. Call 083 320 0358 to make your booking direct with the SPA. Some bridal parties spend the morning there getting ready which could be an idea.


50% Deposit of accommodation on confirmation. Full payment 30 days prior to arrival.

50% Deposit of the Reception 1 month prior to the wedding. Full payment on departure.

Via bank transfer or all major credit cards accepted.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations must be in writing.

50% of the total accommodation bill if cancelled within 45 days prior to arrival.

100% if cancelled within 30 days prior to arrival. 10% On any cancellations.

Please view our pictures on the website.

For any further questions, please call Lindy Blevin, General Manager on 083 456 8423.

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