Tag: Gauteng

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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The Orient Hotel and Restaurant Mosaic

The Orient Hotel and Restaurant Mosaic Update: The Orient Hotel and Restaurant Mosaic are permanently closed since March 2021 A short drive away from Pretoria, ensconced in a 280 hectare nature reserve, stands a Moorish-inspired marvel rising like a mirage above the trees. As you enter the gateway leading to the palace-like structure, you leave […]

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Thaba Eco Hotel Review (previously known as Thaba Ya Batswana)

Thaba Eco Hotel Review aka Thaba Ya Batswana During the run-up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, long before the official on-field battles for the Cup began, two prominent teams were engaged in another sort of battle. Mexico and Portugal were both fighting for the privilege of staying at Thaba Eco Hotel (previously known as […]

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50+ best things to do in Johannesburg ...and around

Looking for things to do in Johannesburg ? Read on... Johannesburg – South Africa’s biggest city and commercial epicentre. Also known as Jozi, Joburg, or Egoli (City of Gold in Zulu), it began as a gold-mining settlement in the 19th century. There is more to this cosmopolitan city than shopping. If you are visiting Johannesburg, […]

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Countryside bliss at De Hoek Country Hotel

De Hoek Country Hotel I had heard much about the five-star De Hoek Country Hotel before I went there so, needless to say, my expectations were high. After a beautiful drive through the bucolic Magaliesberg area, we crossed the stone bridge shaded by willow trees, over the Magalies River and into a serene valley. Picturesque […]

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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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Gold Reef City  - More than just a theme park

Gold Reef City Hotel Review There are theme parks all over the world although not many in South Africa. But how many theme parks can offer you a tour of one of the deepest underground mines in the world, a gold pouring demonstration, an opportunity to pan for gold and a visit to gold miners’ […]

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Mount Grace Country House & Spa - A wonderful family escape

Mount Grace Country House & Spa Review A weekend away is always a pleasant prospect to look forward to and when the destination happens to be a five-star hotel in the countryside, then one’s eager anticipation can be forgiven. I had been to Mount Grace Country House & Spa twice before and was looking forward […]

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Review: Valley Lodge and Spa

Valley Lodge and Spa Review The preceding few weeks had been hectic and my stress levels were at an all-time high. A weekend away sounded enticing but a long drive to get there didn’t. I had been wanting to visit Valley Lodge and Spa for a while and its proximity to Johannesburg was a plus.  […]

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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 5 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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Kievits Kroon - The Perfect Hideaway

What makes a great hotel? Is it the beautiful surroundings, the great service or the delicious food? If it is any of these, then Kievits Kroon can safely boast all of them. It was awarded Best Luxury Country Hotel in Africa by the World Luxury Hotel Awards multiple times, proving that this is not only […]

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Hot air balloon experience with Indaba Hotel and Bill Harrop

Hot air balloon experience with Indaba Hotel and Bill Harrop The Hot Air Balloon Experience We drifted lazily with the wind, up and away, enjoying the panoramic views of the beautiful Magalies River Valley. The early morning serenity and tranquility was punctuated only by the occasional chirping of birds and the frequent burst of flames […]

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Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa - a luxurious hideaway

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa Review A journey to forty-one different destinations. I thought that it was a rather apt way to describe the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa, with its forty-one exquisitely designed units. The five-star hotel was recently crowned the ‘Best Luxury Boutique Hotel’ in South Africa by the World Luxury Hotel Awards, […]

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Things to do in Johannesburg – Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

If your children love to fidget / experiment , are budding scientists or struggling with science, then you definitely need to take them to Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Johannesburg’s Newtown district. Here the words “Don’t Touch” don’t exist and they can touch, feel, press and play to their little hearts’ content. Scientific concepts are explained with […]

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Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff - A luxurious sanctuary in Johannesburg

The Westcliff Hotel aka Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff If you ever doubted that Johannesburg was an urban forest, then you should look at it from the Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff (aka The Westcliff Hotel ). You will see a canopy of verdant treetops with sprinklings of purple jacaranda blossoms and the occasional red-tiled rooftop, stretching […]

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