Category: Gauteng

8 Great weekend getaways in Gauteng

8 Great weekend getaways in Gauteng A weekend escape from the city always sounds tempting but a long drive to get there usually isn’t as appealing. These weekend getaways near Johannesburg are in countryside surroundings, and they’re all in Gauteng – in case we Gautengers are put into lockdown again! Kids are welcome at most […]

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14 best hikes in Johannesburg (and Pretoria)

Where to go for the best hikes in Johannesburg and Pretoria Hike: a long walk especially for pleasure or exercise. (Merriam-Webster) I never really bothered much with hiking in Johannesburg until we were locked down in our own province. We started looking for parks and nature reserves in Johannesburg and were thrilled to discover that […]

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The Cullinan Diamond Mine Tour

The Cullinan Diamond Mine Tour “The diamond, known for a long time only to kings and then to very few of them, has greater value than any other human possession and not merely than any other gemstone.” Pliny the Elder Did you know that the largest diamond ever found was The Cullinan Diamond? It was […]

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Exploring Johannesburg attractions with Joburg Tourism

Exploring Johannesburg attractions with Joburg Tourism I was recently invited to explore some lesser-known things to do in Johannesburg with Joburg Tourism and a few other bloggers. It had been a while since I had last done a Joburg tour and I was even more eager to do it, because apart from the Walter Sisulu […]

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A tour of Alexandra Township

A tour of Alexandra Township “Life in Alexandra was exhilarating and precarious. Its atmosphere was alive, its spirit adventurous, its people resourceful.” Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom A short drive away from Sandton - Africa’s richest square mile – but otherwise galaxies apart, lies Alexandra Township, otherwise known as Alex. Johannesburg’s oldest township, it […]

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Countryside escape at Bushman's Rock Country Lodge

Bushman's Rock Country Lodge Review A weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of city life always sounds enticing but a long drive to get to the countryside usually isn’t as appealing. While planning our recent adventures in Cullinan, we discovered Bushman's Rock Country Lodge on the outskirts of Pretoria. Its proximity to Johannesburg, as […]

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Adventure Zone Cullinan and Voortrekker Monument

Adventure Zone Cullinan and Voortrekker Monument "The mountains whisper for me to wander; my soul hikes to the call. I escape into the great outdoors; where freedom’s soul forever roars." Angie Weiland-Crosby We began hiking during Lockdown Level 3 as a way to release the pent-up frustration of being cooped up indoors for months, during […]

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The Houghton Hotel – Luxury Spa, Wellness and Golf Retreat

The Houghton Hotel Review It’s no secret that I have a soft spot for luxury accommodation and our latest staycation at The Houghton Hotel ticked all the right five-star boxes. One of Johannesburg's newest and most luxurious hotels, the hotel has already scooped up the award for Africa's Leading New Hotel 2020 in the prestigious […]

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Black Brick – a vertical village in the heart of Sandton

Black Brick Sandton Review Corporate trimming and remote offices have led to many abandoned buildings and office blocks in cities around the world. Fortunately, there are innovative entrepreneurs out there who are repurposing these unused spaces into funky, functional ones. Once the headquarters of a global corporate, 25 Fredman Drive in Sandton found a new […]

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Zebra Country Lodge – where wildlife and culture meet

Zebra Country Lodge Review South Africa is a country of unexpected surprises. One moment you’re in the chaotic city, and the next in the peaceful countryside. Just 30 kilometres away from Pretoria, in a lush 400 hectare nature reserve where grazing wildlife roam free, you will find Zebra Country Lodge, a charming countryside getaway. Zebra […]

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Melville Koppies Nature Reserve - A Johannesburg Gem

Melville Koppies Nature Reserve When the desire to escape the chaos of the city becomes too strong, but you don’t have time to go far, then head for one of the city’s many green lungs. One such sanctuary is Melville Koppies, a 160-hectare nature reserve and city heritage site, and a reminder of what Johannesburg […]

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13 Things to do in Pretoria

Things to do in Pretoria Before inter-provincial travel re-opened, lockdown had been restricting us to outings in our own province. It was challenging finding things to do in Gauteng that we hadn't done before, and we found ourselves spending more time in Pretoria, exploring its attractions, and thereby prompting this post. Also known by its […]

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Dinokeng Game Reserve : Should you visit?

Dinokeng Game Reserve Day Visit :  Pros and cons My bush cravings were getting serious so on Women’s Day, I dragged my reluctant husband to Dinokeng Game Reserve , since it’s the only Big Five Game Reserve in our province, Gauteng. We got there at 11:30 am, admittedly not a great time to spot wildlife. […]

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Hennops Hiking Trail & 5 interesting things to see there

Hennops Hiking Trail Travelling is what I missed the most during the extended lockdown period. Yes, I know that it is a first-world problem, but I can’t help it - I’m a dromomaniac. Dromomania is a term used to describe a desire for frequent traveling or wanderlust. So until travel resumed, I had to find other […]

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