Written by Boschendal
When it comes to exquisite events at Boschendal, experience-maker Elzanne Calitz is an expert at crafting memories that will last a lifetime.
Elzanne, who has been turning dreams into reality for five years as our Events Manager, added Experience Manager to her dynamic portfolio only last year. There are many projects in the pipeline and Elzanne and her team are up to the challenge and excited about the future. “We keep ourselves very busy,” she smiles,” what with conferences, corporate functions, the drive-in cinema, night markets, birthday parties, anniversaries and, of course, our wonderful weddings, often celebrated as sumptuous three-day affairs”.
Boschendal is on many a bride-to-be’s hot list for the idyllic setting that complements the romance of any occasion. “Nature completely inspires us,” she says, describing how the expansive, lush property is loaded with gorgeous location options and secretive little nooks that are perfect for conjuring the ultimate experience in absolute privacy. “Surprise engagements are among the most exciting events we do, where we work closely with clients to fine tune their vision and stage unforgettable moments, be it in the mountains, on a floating deck, or in a horse drawn carriage – the sky really is the limit,” she enthuses.
One of the things Elzanne relishes is the chance to take prospective clients on a site inspection as it gives her a chance to show off Boschendal’s astonishing locale and see it fresh through their eyes. “Our days are jam-packed which means we don’t always have time to fully appreciate our surroundings and these mini tours are a treat, every time.”
With many years in the business of eventing and coordination, Elzanne thrives on ideation and has learnt to read her crowd. Whether an indoor or outdoor event, formal or casual, and no matter if she is catering to an adult or a child, she makes all dreams possible. Take the popular Farm Tours, led by an enthusiastic team of four young men and women who, while adhering to Elzanne’s suggested framework, have been encouraged to add their personal touch to each experience.
Whether it’s discovering more about Boschendal’s history, learning about inspiring regenerative and sustainable farming practices or harvesting herbs and fresh eggs from the free-roaming chickens, each tour offers a window into various aspects of farm life and guests love it. “Our Experience guides stay on the farm too so they really get to live the life which makes their conversations with guests all the more authentic.”
The Experiences quartet also oversees the kids activities at the Tree House, our immersive on site edu-centre that exposes young minds to the wonders of nature and sustainability. “They are guided through living landscapes where they learn about the forests, mountains, birdlife, fynbos and foraging. The kids get so absorbed that they often don’t notice when their parents come to collect them – it’s so wonderful to see!” she laughs.
Whatever your fancy, Elzanne is ready for your imagination. “If you can dream it, we can do it!” Your memorable, tailor-made experience awaits!