Welcome to Savannah Game and River Retreat Wedding and Conference venue. We are situated in the Free State just outside Parys – nestled in the Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site. We border 8km of the Vaal River and we are home to 25 mammal species which include buffalo, giraffe, sable, zebra and kudu. Our photo opportunities are endless with grass planes, vibrant sunsets, bushveld, mountains, wild animals, Sotho ruins and the Vaal River to name but a few.


When you get married at Savannah, the retreat becomes exclusively yours where you can spend time with loved ones catching up at the boma, having a refreshment at our ‘bush-bar’ and later taking a stroll through the bushveld. Our open air chapel is surrounded by ancient white stinkhout trees and as you say ‘I do’, the river gently flows past and the sunset explodes into brilliant colours of orange and red against the mountains of the Vredefort Dome. Tranquillity and peace surround Savannah, and if you are lucky you might hear the call of a fish eagle perched nearby…



Parys Weddings


This is a beautiful open aired river chapel on the banks of the Vaal River. While you say, “I Do” the river quietly meanders past and the sun sets behind you. Your guests sit under ancient white stinkwood trees. There are beautiful old wooden benches, covered straw bales or two different chair styles to choose from. White cushions are available for you to re-cover with a colour of your choice. You can walk down the aisle either on a carpet or on a bed of natural leaves.


Chapel hire INCLUDES the following:

  • Chapel
  • Benches, straw bales and a choice of two different style of chairs
  • Cushions are covered in white (which you can cover with your own covers)
  • Chair covers (white or black available – additional available on request)
  • Podium
  • PA system (if required)
  • Register table



Next to the Vaal River, under a beautiful white framed tent and a short walk from the chapel, across the bridge, is the reception area. Here you can celebrate with your friends and family. On the one side you have the Vaal River while on the other side the African bush - giving you a true African experience. This venue can accommodate up to 300 guests.

Venue hire INCLUDES the following:

  • Game reserve will be yours exclusively
  • Round tables that seat ten per table
  • Table clothes (white or black available – additional available on request)
  • Main, cake and gift tables
  • Chairs (two different styles to choose from)
  • Chair covers (white or black available – additional available on request)
  • Complimentary 3 bedroom guesthouse for the night before your wedding (If other accommodation is booked by your guests)
  • Honeymoon bush room the night of your special day
  • Use of the lodge mini-bus for wedding photographs
  • Power point for your DJ




Our package price EXCLUDES the following:

  • Extra décor such as flowers, candles, chandeliers, ceremonial arch, other table linen and chair tie backs etc.
  • Draping & fairy lights
  • Stationery such as invitations, place settings, table seating plans, printed menus and special wine lists
  • Bar account and all beverages including cocktails, catering, welcome drinks
  • Entertainment, organist, photography etc.
  • Accommodation and add-ons
  • Minister
  • Staff gratuity
  • Adventure activities
  • DJ



For more information please contact us on:

  • events@parysgamelodge.co.za
  • 078 047 2113