My fiance an I booked Natural Mystic for 10 nights and held our wedding, and reception dinner at the lodge on the 8th September 2011.
Firstly, I should explain that we are both from Africa, and know what to expect for our money. Also, we had a strict budget and therefore could not afford a 5 star venue or accommodation.
When deciding on Natural Mystic Lodge, we wanted to find a lodge that was affordable, remote (ie in nature), but close to Livingstone and Victoria Falls for accessibility to the airport and all the attractions around Victoria Falls.
We also wanted a lodge right on the beautiful Zambezi River, a smaller lodge, something intimate and private, but with enough entertainment / dining space to host a wedding for 50 people, and something with an authentic African ambience.
Given that it was our wedding, we wanted comfortable, clean, well appointed accommodation, with emphasis on beautiful surroundings, views of the Zambezi, and simple style.
We were also looking for a personal touch from the service and staff.
We booked the entire lodge for our guests and ourselves for the duration.
The lodge were kind enough to offer us great rates, below those published as we made a group booking, and also were having our wedding at the lodge.
I can honestly say that the lodge met and exceeded our expectations in many respects. We had the most incredible 10 days of our lives, our wedding was the most incredibly magical day ever, and I do not regret one aspect of our experience.
The lodge is situated right on the water, and was the perfect backdrop for our wedding in the garden under the Monkey Bread tree, surrounded by bougainvillea flowers (spelling), views of the Zambezi, and the sounds and sights of the African bush.
The entertainment and dining area (bar, seating area, lounge and deck on the water) is great, the staff are friendly, helpful and offered a personal touch.
The lodge offers all the services one would wish for, without costing too much.
I cannot thank the staff enough for making our wedding day so magical, and for putting up with a large group of celebrating people for 10 days. They did an amazing job.
I highly recommend this lodge to those who are looking for simplicity, value for money, simple, clean accommodations, in a truly beautiful site on the river.
DO - make your own transport arrangements,
DO - spend as much time as possible on the water
DO - support this lodge!
PS: If planning a wedding - DO LOOK AT THIS BEAUTIFUL UNIQUE LODGE AS A VENUE - It was everything we could have dreamed of and more.
Thank you Natural Mystic!
Richard and Roney
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