Crab Apple Chapel Wedding Venue in Natal Midlands

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About Crab Apple Chapel

Crab Apple is the passion of Helen and Barend Booysen from the Dargle Valley, KwaZulu Natal South Africa. Up a steep country road, deep in the Dargle Valley in the midlands, is the large Crab Apple Chapel. Covered in ivy, it is a picture perfect country chapel. An icon in the area, it has now grown into a popular wedding chapel.

The Chapel

The Crab Apple Chapel was built in 1992. It was built and designed by Barend for the community. Sunday after Sunday, come rain, wind or shine, he would witness the community worshipping under the Crab Apple trees on the corner of his property. He then decided to build them their own chapel, Crab Apple Chapel.

Barend sourced the windows and doors from a demolished Dutch Reformed Church in Pietermaritzburg. He built the chapel himself. At a later stage he decide to expand the chapel and added the apps with it’s large feature windows allowing in the warm glowing sun and letting the natural surrounds of forests and farmlands form a glorious backdrop. 

The chapel seats up to 138 people on church pews. There are fully stocked ablution facilities and onsite parking with attendants. It is well signposted and electricity is supplied. It is 20 kms from Howick. Your own pastor will be welcomed as Crab Apple Chapel is multi-denominational.

As Crab Apple endeavours to preserve the area's natural beauty, please feel free to release any nature friendly substances on exiting the chapel such as petals, bubbles, butterflies or birds but please avoid anything that will need to be cleared away or could harm the environment. As the chapel is situated at the end of a 3 km dirt road should the Dargle experience very heavy rainfall, which happens rarely during the months of January and February, the road may become adventuresome.

Crab Apple Chapel which is hired as a complete unit including the pews and a red carpet. The chosen florist for the occasion is welcome to decorate the chapel with appropriate flowers and ribbons.

Crab Apple Carriage

Romantic, exhilarating, novel and exciting are just some of the words used to describe the ride on the Crab Apple Carriage. A horse and carriage adds to a wedding or special occasion a sense of fantasy. For many a bride it is a dream come true.

Features you'll appreciate

On Site

  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Parking (off street)


  • Chapel
  • Parking
  • Podium

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Guest Reviews

3 Reviews from travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewexcellent

An enormous thank you to you both for the use of your amazing Chapel on the 8th August! It was the most beautiful, intimate fairytale setting and received the most complimentary comments from our guests. It was loved and adored by all, especially us! Thank you also so much for you and your staff’s hard work in preparing it so well for us. Thanks once again; the chapel helped make our wedding day truly perfect!

August 2009

Tom & Kate Winter (South Africa)

Verified reviewexcellent

Your service was outstanding, it was so refreshing to deal with friendly people!

April 2009

Lindsay Reid (South Africa)

Need to Know

Child policyChildren of all ages are welcome.

Closest airport(s)
Oribi Airport - 60km

Check-in/-out timesCheck-in from 14h00
Check-out by 10h00

Payment methods accepted by the propertyEFT or secure online payment via

Listed on since November 2009

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