About the estate

Naftali Estate was started, in 1979, by the Bezuidenhout family, one of South Africa’s best known seedless grape growers. It is located on the banks of the mighty Orange River near Kanoneiland, west of Upington in South Africa’s Northern Cape.

Naftali is a Biblical Name meaning that “I have fought and I have concurred”. This truly represents the pioneering spirit which Peu Bezuidenhout, his family and staff has shown in the development of the estate.



Nestled between the banks of the mighty Orange River and the lush, green vineyards of Kanoneiland you will find the beautiful Naftali Estate. With picturesque views overlooking the vineyards, Doorspring Horse Stables and the beautiful amphitheater it’s easy to see why our venue is a favorite amongst brides.

About the venue

The main focus and vision for the venue was to create a space where family and friends could celebrate and get together in a  open & tranquil environment in nature. We didn’t want to take away from the breathtaking views of the vineyards, hence why the entire venue is enclosed with glass panels that are opened and stacked away during the festivities. We wanted to create the illusion that the celebrations were taking place  in nature, between the vineyards. The venue’s plain, minimalistic interiors also lends itself to be transformed into any wedding theme our couple’s are interested in from rustic, modern, vintage or elegant.



The Estate has a range of facilities for wedding couples including the main venue, ceremony facilities that include the amphitheater and marque tent, our award winning friesian horses, horse carriages and then the Riverhouse accommodation where couple can stay for a weekend or where the bride can get ready on the day of the wedding. Read below for full descriptions of each facility.

The main venue

Naftali wedding venue

The venue facilities include the beautiful open plan main venue overlooking the stretched vineyards, and horse stables. The venue can accommodate 250-280 guests and comes equipped with kitchen facilities, bathroom facilities, a dance area and licensed cash bar which will be operated by Naftali personnel. 

Download our full price list here.

View more photos of weddings at our venue  here .


Ceremony Facilities

The amphitheater

The beautiful Amphitheater was built in 2010 and can be used for all kinds of functions. The theatre can accommodate 350 people and have ‘n beautiful view overlooking the vineyards.

The marquee tent

We also offer a beautiful marquee tent that can be installed on the grass outside the venue either for the ceremony or for the cocktail hour, where refreshments will be served, after the ceremony while the couple is taking photos.

Doorspring Friesian Horse Stud

Friesian horses, carriages and coaches

Another big attraction is Doorspring Friesian Horse stud on Naftali Estate. Our award winning horses  can be booked to use during the ceremony, for couple photos or alternatively to take the couple to the reception venue from the photo session. The groom will be brought in with a single harness carriage and the bride with a beautiful horse coach.

Read more about our horses here.



The Rosehouse

Just 500m from the main venue overlooking the beautiful green vineyards is our self-service, fully equipped Rosehouse and Rose Flat accommodation. The guest house is perfect for couples who want to stay overnight at the estate. It’s also a great choice for brides who want to get ready at the estate on the wedding day.