About Swanlake Gardens

Swan Lake Gardens is situated just outside the suburbs of Port Elizabeth in the Theescombe area. This unique property hosts one of the most elegant and established gardens in Port Elizabeth, and the creative layout is the work of the artist and owner, Marius Lourens. It accommodates a large variety of plants and trees, including palms, cycads, bromeliads and a unique clivia collection. Many of these plants and trees have been part of the garden for many years. Various walkways interspersed with ponds and home to different species of swans and exotic waterfowl, create secrecy and surprise. The open lawns provide a perfect setting for reception drinks and canapes. Our Bush Chapel provides an elegantly natural setting for wedding ceremonies. In case of rainy weather, couples have the choice of a peg and pole tent on the vast lawn.

Canapes or a harvest table can be served in the garden or on the deck, together with your choice of welcome drinks. The “Love Garden” allows for unique wedding photos. The spacious garden ensures that you can experience total privacy while your guests relax in the shade.

The main reception takes place in the hall which can accommodate 120 guests with a dance floor (150 without a dance floor). A roofed deck, overlooking the garden, is attached to the hall. The deck was built around an old Wild Fig Tree and creates a unique outdoor yet sheltered feel. The subtle sounds of water features and a fish pond with khoi complete the picture. The deck also hosts the bar area. In bad weather it can even accommodate a small wedding ceremony. When our couples choose Swan Lake Gardens they have access to the whole venue, including the bush chapel and gardens.

We do not only host weddings, but also a variety of other functions like birthday parties, celebrations, year end and corporate functions. Planning a function takes time and effort and it”s easy to feel overwhelmed. We will carry you through the process, providing advice and guidance to make it a joyful experience, not a stressful one. We will take care of the bigger things so that you can focus on the unique personal touches that will make your wedding of function special.

Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward
together in the same direction.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Airman’s Odyssey