There is nothing more special for a couple than that one big day where family and friends come together to celebrate the beginning of a journey that will last a lifetime. We are talking about a wedding of course! More often than not, a traditional wedding in South Africa will take place either on a wine estate or a farm. It provides the perfect setting and makes those everlasting photos look spectacular. But what if you are looking for something different? Something that can be traditional and unique at the same time? This might be your answer.
Cowboy Wedding Themes
To some, it might seem a little out of sorts and cowboy weddings are not something you see too often in South Africa. Most often when attending a cowboy wedding, it is just a theme with matching décor, but the surroundings always gives it away. Simply put, these weddings mimic the cowboy look but it lacks the feeling of authenticity. It is not often seen as something traditional or elegant and sometimes frowned upon, but in truth, it can be every bit as spectacular as a wedding at any other estate or farm, if not better.
Traditional with a hint of wild wild west
A true cowboy wedding, with a combination of rustic romance, western charm, elegance, and tradition, is hard to come by but at Diamond X Cowboy Ranch we have created the perfect setting that will make you feel like you are in a scene from a movie. It is not just the country chapel, accommodation or décor that makes it unique, but the lifestyle itself, especially with our internationally trained cowboys.
Get your boots on
Do yourself a favour and spend a few days on our American-style cattle ranch. Treat your groomsmen, and yes bridesmaids too, by enjoying an afternoon horseback ride along some spectacular scenic landscapes and sunsets. Enjoy the full western experience while preparing those final touches and getting ready for your big day.
Getting hitched? Give us a call to find out how we can give you a stylish elegant cowboy wedding with a true western touch.
And just like that, we find ourselves at the end of August. The summer holidays are just around the corner. If you are looking to impress your boss or staff with a year-end function, here are some tips for a bang-on Event!
Start planning Now!
Planning ahead is the first step to organizing a superb year-end function. Decide what your expectations are. How many guests are you expecting? What is your budget? What other resources do you need? Avoid unnecessary stress. Establish the basics of your function early on. This is a definite way to ensure that as little as possible can go wrong.
Book our venue early
You are not the only one who will be looking to impress with an exceptional venue. Diamond X Cowboy Ranch is a hugely popular venue because of our authentic Cowboy Style. So if you want to end the year in cowboy boots, then securing our venue as soon as possible will help you avoid the endless phone calls you will make if you leave it too late. Also, there are all sorts of extra services we offer that you should book together with your year-end function. Cattle Drives, Cowboy Cuisine, like our famous City Slicker Breakfast, Outrides on Horseback, Spectacular Horse Shows, and much more.
Save the date
The sooner you let people know when your function will take place, the more opportunity you give your guests to plan ahead. Don’t be caught with a low attendance because you left it till the last minute.
However, you can rest assured, that at the Cowboy Ranch, we are extremely efficient and have years of experience combined in all of the above, even more. Our list of satisfied customers can attest to that. To ensure that your year-end function is first rate, contact us today!
“Great cattle drive experience. Great staff. Great bush brunch "city slickers breakfast".” Nicolene Humpel
Learn more: Year-end Functions are better in Cowboy Boots
Father’s Day is on the horizon and perhaps you’ve let it slip that you are planning on getting him some socks and a tie this year for a change (and if he is especially good, he can treat the family to a meal). Poor Dad, while it's nice to be able to sport a new tie, it is far from exciting. It is tough for Dads out there in the real world, so take Dad back to his childhood and let him be the cowboy that he has always secretly wanted to be. He may not admit to always wanting to be a cowboy, but just watch for the twinkle in his eyes, and the beginnings of a cowboy swagger when you come to the ranch for his cowboy day experience.
For the price of that tie and socks combo you can get an entrance ticket to our Father’s Day experience at Diamond X Cowboy Ranch (and have some change to buy Dad some craft beer).
Join us for a great family day out, that will be an experience to remember. We have a full programme including our texas style horse show, line dancing, live music and cowboy games.
Back by popular demand - Another chance to Join us for A Cowboy Weekend Experience
Leave the city folk behind and come to the country for a Cowboy Weekend Experience. Live and breathe the life of a real cowboy at our Texan styled cowboy ranch just outside Pretoria. You don't have to be an experienced ranch hand or be able to Trick Rope Will Rogers Style - We will show you how to be a cowboy. Our Cowboy Weekend Experience includes horse riding, cowboy games, cowboy food and cowboy accommodation. Booking is essential.
Feel like a Real Cowboy with these Fun Activities at our Working Horse & Cattle Ranch just outside Pretoria
Horseshoe Tossing - With horseshoe tossing you can test your cowboy skills and see how many horseshoes you can throw to a peg.
Corn Hole Toss - Become the great Cornholio, this is if you can throw 4 bags in the hole. Become a respected Cornholio and show what you've got!
Roping Clinic - Spend a day with us and you'll know the in's and out's of terms like lasso, learn the ropes from authentic cowboys.
Groundwork - Learn about the importance of groundwork on a horse, look at life from the horse's perspective, and be the cowboy!
More Western Cowboy Activities Line-up
Book now for the Cowboy Experience of a lifetime.
31 March to 2 April
The Cowboy Experience includes Cowboy Style Accommodation, all meals, all activities and horse rides.
Only R 3890 per person
Contact us for the full program and more information
Bachelorette parties are the perfect opportunity for you and your girlfriends to get together and have a hoot, while celebrating your departure from singlehood. The new era of bachelorette parties has arrived! Come and spend time with your besties, have a real bonding session, and connect with your BFF’s (Best Friends Forever) in such a way that you will have a memory to hold dear for the rest of your lives!
Dust off your boots and saddle up for a Cowgirl adventure with a difference, something that every one of your friends are guaranteed to enjoy, not just the rowdy folk. Just some awesome authentic cowboy fun!
This is such an amazing place. Thank you for The BEST bachelorette party!!! The entertainment, food and party was awesome!!!! From....the bride. Carla Du Plessis
Alles was werklik ongelooflik gewees, die kos was besonders lekker, die entertainment was net so lekker gewees en hulle het rerig moeite gedoen om almal deel te maak (een van die meisies is swanger - en sy kon dit net soveel geniet soos die res). Hiermee wil ek net rerig dankie se vir die ervaring, dit was iets wat elke persoon baie geniet het. Andri Werner
Cowboy it up with the following activities!
Whose boot is it anyway?
Love and Kisses
Take a Guess!
This time of the year seems to go past in a blur, and if it is possible time seems to tick at double speed before everything comes to a complete standstill on Christmas eve. But there is still lots to do, and the best way to approach this ostensible chaos, is with a very calm and clear head! The only way to achieve this is with an outing outside of the office, we know you’re time is limited, so we’ve put together our shortest and finest City Slicker outings.
Get your boots on with these fun Corporate City Slicker Packages at the Diamond X Cowboy Ranch just outside Pretoria.
City Slicker Breakfast Ride
Have you heard of a Cattle Drive? Saddle up with your team and go on a cattle drive, truly an experience of a lifetime! Our City Slicker Breakfast Rides are great bonding opportunities through which your team will learn about the close relationship between horse and rider. This is most certainly a bucket list opportunity for any city slicker, learn how to work together, really listen, and get to know your team mates in a way that only cowboys ever experience. Of course, every cowboy deserves a hearty meal, so in true western style, we prepare a scrumptious breakfast in the bush, where you can kick off your boots and let your hair down (or at least take your hat off).
City Slicker Sunset Fandango
For some animals, sunsets are always better than a sunrise, and we know just how to create the picture-perfect authentic Western Style Sunset Fandango! Rowdy up some of your team mates and we’ll get you kitted out in appropriate cowboy garb. While everyone is having enormous fun riding into the sunset, your team will experience some bonus benefits of interacting with our horses. During horse and human contact, the hidden dynamics of a team is exposed, and powerful interpersonal communications skills are developed, which is priceless to any organisation. This is all beautifully wrapped in a glorious sunset, sundowners, and some kick-ass downtime.
Too many event planners leave the planning of their corporate year-end functions too late
Silly season is already upon us, and if you’re an event planner, this means only one thing .. year-end function!
This is your chance to wow clients with a proper thank you for their support, as well as show appreciation to your hardworking staff. This is the most important event of the year, and the pressure is on to ensure you create a jaw-dropping, AHA Experience that will be remembered and talked about long after the event.
If you want the right people at your event, make sure you plan your event in time. This is already a busy time for most people and they are bombarded with invitations for events during November and December, if your event doesn’t stand out from the myriad of other corporate year-end functions that are no doubt happening on the same day, you’ll be left with dismal attendance rates.
For an experiential event that is guaranteed to impress, the western theme is a great choice for any year-end function, and at Diamond X Ranch, we will ensure that you feel like a true cowboy or cowgirl for the day. Our cowboy ranch is near Pretoria, but might just as well have been in the heart of the Wild Wild West! We pride ourselves in having some real cowboys on the ranch that are internationally trained and have experience with everything needed to be an authentic cowboy and they will show your guests the ropes.
We are also happy to cater for hen parties, stag parties, and run regular events which include our City Slicker cattle drive, with breakfast included. We also have some prime terrain set aside for exciting 4x4 driving adventures and mountain bike routes. We offer residential camps with overnight stays in our ranch guest house, where you can learn more about being a real cowboy.
What if your team could achieve more?
If you’ve been looking at your team, or team mates thinking that surely they could do better, work together better, achieve more, then you are probably right! Thing is, realising this is a step in the right direction. Teams consist of people with very different personalities, varying perspectives, diverse social circumstances, that is before we even look at gender, background, etc. The only way to get such a diverse team to work well together is to show them how.
Our Scavenger Hunts are designed to teach your Team the skills they need to perform better as a Unit.
Searching is half the fun: life is much more manageable when thought of as a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party. - Jimmy Buffet
What is a Cowboy Scavenger Hunt?
Our scavenger hunts are held on a traditional working western cowboy horse farm. Participants get witty, tricky questions, problems and riddles, with an old-fashioned cowboy twist, that they must solve as a team, at a fast pace, using clues that are placed in strategic places.
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