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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.