Curtis and Afton Smith

From the moment we saw Raintree, we instantly fell in love with its beauty and knew it was the venue for our special day. Thank you to Ian and Cindy, as well as the rest of the Raintree team for hosting our wedding on Dec 27th 2015.
Ian and Cindy are so professional and provide a list of service providers who are on the same level, clearly the best of the best! To Praline from Bliss Services , Petronella our wedding co ordinator Kudzie our florist and Lee our caterer we cannot thank you enough for making the day so memorable. Words cannot express the magical feeling, beauty and ambiance that you put together. Petronella and Kudzie are definitely the best at what they do!
(I remember looking at the head table and feeling a tear role down my face as I gazed at beauty of the set up.)

The appetizers at cocktail hour and the amazing aromatic beef curry were big hits.

It's now a month after our wedding and we are still getting compliments on how amazing everything was.

A big Thank you to everyone who helped us in anyway on this day.

Much appreciated.


Audrey & Kuzi

I can't thank you enough for planning our wedding. Thank you. The wedding was more than we could have imagined. Thanks for being very kind and loving. The wedding was flawless. Loved it, loved it. Everyone keeps talking about it. We loved Raintree.God bless you.

Swikani and Harriette

We looked forward to a beautiful day the moment we decided we were going to tie the note, after seeing Raintree we walked away undecided but Harriette was convinced she'd found a significant part of her dream. To say the 26th of April was beautiful would be an understatement. A big thank you to you guys and your team. Your professionalism is second to none, you provided not only a service but ideas too and helped us realize a dream. Every groom dreams of creating memories on their wedding day, and every bride fantasizes of a fairytale wedding, as we write today we have nothing but absolute satisfaction in the way things played out.

Once again thank you for providing an awesome venue ( the grounds are amazing) and for running a super efficient bar.


John and Filly Lewis

Our daughters wedding was recently held in the beautiful tranquil surrounds of Raintree.  The entire experience from beginning to end in the eight months of planning this wedding went smoothly with the help of the Raintree Staff and Management.  Their attention to detail was in every way evident and their rapport with other Service Providers for the event was commendable.  It was a pleasure working with Raintree as we were more than satisfied with the outcome of our event.


Rudo K

On behalf of the Makarawo family, I just want to express my heartfelt gratitude to you and the Raintree team for such a wonderful wedding. The venue was beautiful, the deco and set-up were just elegant, the food was delicious, and everybody can't stop talking about our very funny and entertaining MC. Job well done.

My brother and sister were really pleased, and I couldn't be more proud of the wedding you helped us give them.

May God Bless you all abundantly.


Zvie & Rea

We would to say a BIG THANK YOU to you all for making our wedding day as beautiful, lovely and memorable. Keep up the good work. We really enjoyed our big day. May the good Lord bless you more.

Kate McGoey

We absolutely loved meeting you and working with you and thank you so so much for all the thought and love you put into our wedding - it meant a huge amount and just made our day extra special.

K.K and Tafadzwa

Thank you guys for an awesome venue and for all your help on our wedding day.

Madi & Sebastine Alagwu

Our wedding was such a spiritual experience and the ambiance at Raintree enhanced this. Many of the people at our wedding were from out of the country and they were completely blown away, and months down the line they are still talking about the wedding. Ian, Cindy and Pet were absolutely wonderful, and one will really appreciate a wedding planner on the day of the wedding. Raintree is well maintained and looks beautiful all year round, and even though our wedding was at the end of winter, the grounds were immaculate. Thank you Raintree for making our wedding a memorable experience. We had such fun!

Luckybean Productions, Founders of The Spring Strings Concept

Raintree of Umwinsidale is undoubtedly Zimbabwe's Premier Outdoor Venue, with none to rival the beauty and splendor of this magnificent property. A fitting home to Spring Strings- An outdoor celebration, the opulence of Harare's own Eden is complemented by the outstanding personalities of proprietors Ian and Cindy, and their capable staff, who turn dreams into reality. Raintree is a befitting home for an event poised to be the foremost upmarket event on the Zimbabwe Arts and Entertainment Calendar.

Raymond Swart

Awesome place, great scenery and proffesional staff. A true gem of Zimbabwe!

Titus & Nomsa

A warm thank you to Raintree for hosting our wedding on the 19th of December 2015. We had an amazing time and all our guests have nothing but good memories of the day. Everything turned out exactly as expected and the team are very polite and professional. Cindy and Ian, words cannot express our memorable experience at Raintree but we certainly would love to re-live that moment again. Raintree and its staff definitely scored a 10/10. Keep up the good work!!



What a magic place Raintree is! It was a most beautiful day – the weather was gorgeous and every one was enchanted with your beautiful venue and as for the toilets!!! They were a dream!!! Thank you for letting us share in your beautiful gardens.. as a gardener, I can appreciate all the work you have put into this special place!

There were some excellent paintings -

Thanks so much,


Tsitso & April Mthupha

Raintree Wedding Venue formed the backdrop of our most incredible, memorable day. It was a truly unique day thanks to the stunning venue, professional coordination, friendly staff and service from beginning to end.  And we were provided with an amazing wedding planner who truly gave us the best day of our lives. The sheer beauty of the space cannot be adequately described or even captured by camera. Having been through the experience at Raintree, we have no hesitation highly recommending it to everyone we know. And we are so blessed to have built relationships with them that go beyond the wedding day. A big Thank You to Cindy and the Raintree team


Tara and Matt

The wedding venue is an everlasting little piece of paradise tucked away and nestled in the hills of Umwisidale. It has more to offer than meets the eye. The grounds are kept in pristine condition awaiting each bride and grooms dreams and vision, waiting to unfold and tell a story of its own. Ian, Cindy and Pet envisioned our day and went above and beyond to make our day extraordinary, we were able to capure beautiful memories of a lifetime and have special memories to reminisce on. Our words are endless on giving thanks and praise and we thoroughly enjoyed the journey.


BERNI-MAC Chironga

Ian and Cindy, bless you for the package you have put together for Raintree! We, BERNI-MAC, had a blast; our day was perfect from start to finish. Our ceremony was amazing-the flowers and stanchions made us feel like royalty, thanks to Notegate for such beautiful work!

The rest of the day/evening at Raintree was special, grand and spectacular! We will forever hold it in our hearts! The venue was magnificent, the food was divine, the décor out of this world, Mrs P (Bliss Hiring)  and Sandra (Notegate) you guys rock!, the top table was to die for!; and to top it all the service was on point! It was awesome and so outstanding; it has certainly made a lasting impression on our guests!

Petronella and Rudo thank you ladies for making sure we got the cream of the service providers, helping us put it all together and for all your attention to detail! You are gifted!

Words cannot describe the experience, the ambiance, the joy and the ……. , we could go on and on forever but in short we are saying we had the perfect day.


Mike and Lea

What a beautiful day to remember! The endless meetings out at Raintree really paid off in the end and we could not have asked for a better day. Cindy and Petronella, you were both amazing from the planning beforehand through to the very last second of our special day. Ian, you did a fantastic job with the bar and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. From the second we saw the stream flowing through Raintree we knew that that was where we wanted to get married and it proved to be a stunning venue and we have received so many good remarks. Our photos show off the beautiful grounds that Raintree have to offer and they really do make you relive your day over and over again. Our caterer, Amanda Wessells, our florist, Sue Carter and our videographer, Greer Wynn were all recommended by Raintree and we could not have asked for more professional individuals as we had with these guys. Fingerprint Photography were so much fun to work with and they truly capture all the beauty of Raintree.
Ian and Cindy, once again we thank you for such a special day and maybe one day we will decide to renew our vows and get to do it all over again with of course Raintree being our first option.


Both Nick and I would like to say thank you so very much for a truly beautiful wedding for Roleen and Mike the whole setting added to the magic that they were looking for. You really do have a wonderful venue. Could you also please pass on our thanks to your staff, they are doing an amazing job.
Best Regards

AJ and Leigh Anne

AJ and I would like to say a big thank you to you both for all the help that you gave us in preparing everything for the wedding and thank you for the breath- taking venue. Thank you so much for all your hard work in making our Special Day such a success.


From the first time I saw Raintree I knew I would have my wedding there. We couldn't resist it's enchanting charm and beauty. Thank you to the Raintree team for a truly amazing day- it was what we dreamt of and more. You will always have a special place in our hearts!

Tariro Mudzimuirema - Bride

We have nothing but extremely fond memories of our divine wedding day. Thank you so much for making it all come together. Our guests were as blown away as we were. Thank you for such a truly world class event.

Douglas and Michelle

From the day we first set our eyes on Raintree we instantly fell in love and we knew our special day was to be here. The serenity of the venue was magnified each time we saw it. We had no doubt in our minds that we had made the right choice and our wedding day was everything we had hoped it would be, our day was perfect. Thank you especially to Ian and Cindy for being sincere and adding a personal touch towards our stay. You are a special couple and we will always remember you and Raintree.

Leo & Simba

Where do we even begin to thank you for everything you did for us Cindy? Words cannot describe the magical experience that we had on the 18th of April 2014. Pet was phenomenal – her guidance, support and advice were truly a blessing. Our dream wedding would not have transformed into a beautiful reality were it not for both you wonderful ladies and your fantastic team. All our guests cannot stop raving about the wedding, – the food was outstanding and the venue breathtaking the pictures I’m sure will be like something out of a fairytale we cannot wait to get our hands on them. The entire experience and atmosphere exceeded our wildest expectations, thank you so much.


Tsitso and April

We just wanted to say a formal THANK YOU for hosting our wedding and celebrating with us on saturday 10th August. It was truly a day to remember; will be sending you pictures as soon as we receive the formal photos. But in the meantime, a few are attached!

Once again, thank you so much for the beautiful venue - it'll be the most special day always in our treasured memories!


Taffy and Tracian

We can only echo these sentiments.The entire experience was world-class. We thoroughly enjoyed our wedding beyond what words can express.
We are so grateful for all your tireless efforts in making this a truly memorable experience for our families.
God bless you and your team.


Mr. & Mrs. N. Chigwamba

Thank you for all your efforts that contributed to making the 19th May 2012 a memorable day for us - much appreciated! Everything went well and we were both happy.


There really are no words to thank you enough for all the work, the detail, the love and thought you put into Kate's wedding. You were amazing , and fulfilled Kates wedding dreams to the full. The detail of your work in the marquee in the photos is exquisite – how beautiful it all was.

Michael And Roleen

We just wanted to say a very big thank you for all the hard work you put into our wedding to make it such a special day for the both of us. Thank you for the beautiful venue and all that you did for us.
Lots of love

Malcolm Birch - Big 5 Wines

I have run a top draw wine festival at Raintree in Sept 2011. I have to say that the venue is one in a million and the people involved in running the venue ( Ian and Cindy) are very professional with an attention to detail that is not often found in Zimbabwe. From the preparation of the site to the completion of the event, all aspects were never too much to handle by Raintree.

The group of vineyards involved in the event were very impressed, to the extent that all have committed to the 2012 wine festival. The group of vineyards are well know top brands, Rooiberg, Du Toitskloof, Bon Courage, Simonsig, Delheim, Diemersfontein, Glen Carlou, Vergelegen


Tapiwa and Connie Karoro

Until this day, guests at our wedding and those who heard about it, are in awe and full of praise, of the wedding event and the venue itself. Ian and Cindy and the rest of the Raintree team, thank you for making our wedding day a spectacularly memorable day. From pre-wedding preparations to the post-wedding clearing up, you guys were a splendour to work with. We are sincerely grateful for all you did, and wish Raintree continued success, which it richly deserves.

Carine Tredgold - HIFA 2011 Production Manager

Thank you for the beautiful venue for 'Spring Strings'

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