Outdoor Dining

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There is no reason you and your loved one can't dine underneath the stars this Valentine's Day. Luckily, Joburg offers a great variety of restaurants with outdoor dining options. Treat your one and only to an intimate meal, surrounded by the cool evening breeze and all the romance of a moonlit dinner. Our top pick for this Valentine's Day is KCC La Vie en Rose's annual Valentine's Dinner on the patio. Overlooking the sprawling Killarney Country Club's manicured lawns and golf course, this restaurant boasts a dreamy deck adorned in pretty fairy lights. Come and enjoy a three-course meal and a bottle of wine in Joburg's most romantic garden setting. Comedian, Harry Sideropoulos will also take to stage to keep you entertained throughout the night. What more could you need to make this Valentine's Day absolutely perfect?

How about a candlelight dinner in the bush at the Lion & Safari Park? On Valentine's Day, this family-favourite reserve on the border between Gauteng and the North West province is offering a truly unique experience for two along the banks of the Crocodile River. Enjoy a couple of drinks around a roaring bonfire before heading off on a guided nighttime safari drive. It's a definite must for wildlife enthusiasts!

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Are you more of a DIY romantic? Prepare a delightful outdoor picnic for you and your sweetheart. Picture a spread of sweet eats, a comfy blanket and pillow set up and champagne on ice. It's the ideal scenario to get you in that loving mood. Need a little help organising this picturesque scene? Contact Dial-A-Picnic for assistance in making your Valentine's Day as special as it can be.

Alternatively, you can surprise bae by taking them to one of these Valentine's Day picnics happening around the city. From outdoor movies to jazz and blues in the park, Joburg sure knows how to make Valentine's Day a super sweet affair for all.

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A Getaway For Two

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Sometimes all you need is a little time away for the two of you. Grab the opportunity for a mini getaway this Valentine's weekend and go on a 'glamped up' camping adventure. Offering you all the luxuries you would usually find at a hotel, these glamping spots are ideal for those of you who aren't quite used to braving the outdoors. However, that doesn't mean that you can't light a bonfire and toast marshmallows while whispering sweet nothings to each other.

Looking to go on a full-blown road trip with your Valentine? Why not head out to the jewel of the Eastern Free State? Clarens is a delightfully quaint town, perfect for two lovebirds on a mission to ramp up the romance. Take a hot air balloon ride at dawn or go on a horseback riding adventure. Clarens also offers wine and art lovers a plethora of fun activities to help rekindle the spark between you and your beau.

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We get it, not everyone has the time or budget to take a three-day vacation. Thankfully, you can take a day trip to any one of Joburg's lush nature reserves, for a short, quality Valentine's Day outdoor adventure. Many of these reserves are free to enter or charge a nominal entrance fee, so you can spend your hard-earned savings on buying your pumpkin pie the very best gift or trinket.

Similarly, for the more experienced outdoor men and women (with little pocket change to spare) there are a number of camping sites in and around Johannesburg. Get out your camping gear, put on those wellingtons and prepare to spend the Valentine's weekend snuggled up in your tent.

Adrenaline Junkies

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There is no such thing as a cookie-cutter relationship, so why should we all strive to have the same Valentine's Day experiences? Make the day a thing of your own, customised to what you and your partner like to do together. For all the adrenaline junkies out there, we say ditch the suit and tie and let your hair down at Joburg's most invigorating theme park - Gold Reef City! This Valentine's Day, the City of Gold invites you to get your heart racing on their new roller coaster, the Thrill Rider. This offers you the perfect opportunity to grab your crush's hands and hold them tight as you fly through the air, twisting and turning at every angle.

If that doesn't get you excited, check out our list of Johannesburg's best water parks. Take advantage of these last days of summer and go for a splash about in the pool or for a slippery slide down a winding water pipe. Not only does this activity give you the chance to impress your significant other with your swimsuit body, but it's a fun way to have a few good laughs with them, without the awkward table silence of a Valentine's Day dinner date.

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You don't have to face death-defying circumstances to enjoy an outdoorsy date. For a milder, but still enthralling adventure, take your partner on a free hike along one of the city's best trails. Much like a relationship, hiking with your soulmate can prove to be a challenge. Give them a helping hand when they need it and you'll be sure to reach the summit in no time. Once you hit the peak, take a moment to appreciate your surrounds and perhaps tell your Valentine why they mean so much to you. (Gents, while you're at it, read our article on the guy's guide to choosing an engagement ring. A secluded hilltop is a choice spot to pop the question, just saying.)

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So, there you have it! All the most inventive Valentine's Day outdoor adventures to add to your romantic bucket list. Remember the sun block and have a great time with your companions on 14 February. 

What Is It?

Well, read on because we have something that will tickle your fancy! Get together with your friends and explore the bushes together this spring, it's time to get out there and play with other kids. We've been hibernating for far too long now we believe it's time we let loose and unwind, and this is a perfect excuse to do so.

Bubbly In The Bush

You can expect to enjoy an incredible experience with a glass of bubbly in one hand, delicious meals and creating amazing memories with your loved ones. Make it a weekend away and enjoy their all-inclusive stay-over package available from only R1 125 per person, which includes bubbly tasting with a 5-course menu, accommodation in a deluxe room. Visit their Facebook page to find out what they have on the menu for you!

When Is It?

Saturday, 28 September 2019 at 18:30 - 22:00.

Where Is It?

Kedar Heritage Lodge, Conference Centre & Spa, R565, Rustenburg.

How Much Is It?

Bookings are R350 per person, but if you decide to make it a weekend away you can get to enjoy their all-inclusive
stay-over package available from only R1 125 - R1 700 per person, and you can make your bookings here!

For More Information

Visit this Facebook page or simply go on this website for more details.

1. Plenty Of Entertainment For The Whole Family

Other than all the travel inspiration, outdoor accessories and demonstrations, there'll be plenty of entertainment perfect for the whole family. Wondering what's on the entertainment lineup? Well, you can expect everything from live music, a kids and toddler play area to keep the little ones entertained, a market to explore, an adventure area to get the adrenaline pumping, a beer tent for all your refreshment needs and a host of other attractions.

The Gauteng Getaway Show

2. Travel Inspiration Galore

As we mentioned, there will be plenty of travel inspiration and accommodation options awaiting you at the Gauteng Getaway Show. This will be the ideal opportunity to suss out a few interesting locations, plan your next adventure and gain all the necessary information you need to make the most of it.

The Gauteng Getaway Show

3. Great Offers & Prizes Up For Grabs

The Gauteng Getaway Show is not complete without having great offers and amazing prizes up for grabs. All weekend long, you'll be able to take advantage of offers and deals that you will not see anywhere else. These deals and offers will be exclusive to the Gauteng Getaway Show, so don't miss out! And as for the prizes up for grabs, you can expect international travel prizes as well as luxury local getaways.

The Gauteng Getaway Show

4. Get Your Hands On The Best Travel & Outdoor Gear

Head to the market and stock up on everything you need for that next getaway. From outdoor gear, 4×4 products and accessories to motor homes, caravans and trailers, camping equipment, adventure operators and more, you'll be able to find everything you need at the Gauteng Getaway Show.

The Gauteng Getaway Show

5. Go On An Adventure

Life is all about adventure, so why not push your limits and have a blast trying out a few of their adventure activities hosted over the weekend? Make sure you check out their outdoor adventure zone which is sure to have a whole lot of exciting and thrilling activities that'll get your heart racing!

The Gauteng Getaway Show

When Is It?

Friday, 04 October 2019 - Sunday, 06 October 2019. 

Where Is It?

Ticketpro Dome, Northumberland Road and Olievenhout Avenue, North Riding, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost between R40 - R80 per person at Quicket

Ticket prices are as follows:

For More Information

For more information about this exciting show, visit www.getaway.co.za.

Don't forget to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with the latest news, offers and information.

Camping

Glen Reenen Campsite

Where: Golden Gate National Park, Free State.

Distance from Joburg: Three-hour drive.

What to expect: The campsite has the ideal location, nestled between trees on the banks of a stream, where you can explore the park and where you’re sure to spot a few of the many animals that roam free.

Things to do: Check out the quaint nearby ‘Jewel of the Free State’ – Clarens, while you’re there.

Visit: www.sanparks.org

Buffelspoort

Where: Rustenburg, North West Province.

Distance from Joburg: One hour, 45-minute drive.

What to expect: Located close to Jozi, this is the ideal weekend getaway for the entire family. The resort boasts many amenities, including a water park and plenty of amenities.

Things to do: Enjoy the resort’s many activities, such as horse riding and golf.

Visit: www.atkv.co.za

Pitjane Fishing Camp

Where: Borakalalo National Park, North West Province.

Distance from Joburg: Two-and-a-half-hour drive.

What to expect: A rustic campsite that makes a great base from which to explore the eco nature and game reserve. Plus, you can enjoy some homely comforts, like flushing toilets and hot showers.

Things to do: Try your hand at the relaxing pastime of fishing.

Visit: www.borakalalo.co.za

Olifantspoort Bush Camp

Where: Modimolle, Limpopo.

Distance from Joburg: Two-hour drive.

What to expect: Switch off from the big city and get in tune with nature at this wilderness camp. Recharge your batteries with leisurely walks, bike rides or simply by taking in the majesty of the bushveld.

Things to do: Unwind with simple activities like swimming, hiking or bird watching.

Visit: www.olifantspoort.yolasite.com

Forever Warmbaths Camping

Where: Bela-Bela, Limpopo.

Distance from Joburg: Two-hour drive.

What to expect: A comfortable camping venue which is great for the less-experienced camper. This luxury camping site is the perfect balance of city life and nature.

Things to do: Explore the rest of this resort, which attracts thousands of tourists to Limpopo.

Visit: www.foreverwarmbaths.co.za

Bush Willow Tented Camp

Where: Muldersdrift, Gauteng.

Distance from Joburg: 40-minute drive.

What to expect: Want to go camping without the fuss? Then this is the place for you! Stay in one of 10 fully furnished walk-in tents that house four to six people.

Things to do: Explore all that Muldersdrift has to offer, like The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site or the new Lion Park.

Visit: www.bushwillowtentedcamp.co.za

Malonjeni Guest Farm

Where: Meyerton, Vereeniging.

Distance from Joburg: 50-minute drive.

What to expect: Stay in one of two campsites that boast a swimming pool, tuck shop and sports bar. Their farm is also home to several wild animals, like wildebeest, zebra and antelope.

Things to do: Take a game drive within the farm (or a game walk for if you’re on the more adventurous side).

Visit: www.malonjeni.co.za

Rametsi Eco Lodge Game Farm

Where: Lyndleyspoort Valley, Swartruggens.

Distance from Joburg: Two-hour, 15-minute drive.

What to expect: Enjoy your stay at this game farm situated close to a picturesque dam. The campsites all have electricity points so you won’t feel too far removed from the city.

Things to do: Take your pick from 4×4 trails, hiking paths and even canoeing.

Visit: www.rametsi.co.za

Dinokeng Waterfront Estate

Where: Kameeldrift, Roodeplaat Dam.

Distance from Joburg: One-hour, 15-minute drive.

What to expect: Located near the dam, this is an ideal quick getaway from Gauteng and is run by a friendly manager who has enjoyed fishing there for over 40 years. Although ablution services are shared, each campsite has an electricity point.

Things to do: If fishing isn’t your thing, you can enjoy a leisurely picnic, canoeing or mountain biking.

Visit: www.campdinokeng.co.za

Mountain Sanctuary Park

Where: Magaliesburg.

Distance from Joburg: One-hour, 15-minute drive.

What to expect: Up in the Magaliesburg mountains you’ll find a campsite that has been attracting campers for over 40 years. It’s also perfect for the nature lover who needs a short break from busy city life in Joburg.

Things to do: Take the short 20-minute walk to the nearby natural pools.

Visit: www.mountain-sanctuary.co.za

oppikoppi 2018

1. The Roads Of Oppikoppi

Some of the greatest Oppikoppi memories are made while trying to hunt down your campsite. However, this is not a good enough reason to wipe your memory and forget where your temporary tented home is. Street names are clearly marked, and we suggest that you memorise your location (or at least write it on your arm). Street names such as Fokkol Nonsins Draai (named after the late South African painter and musician, Huyser Burger), Ready D (inspired by DJ Ready D) and Beton Boer (named after the Koos Kombuis tune, Boer In Beton), show that this festival never forgets its heroes... and aids its patrons to get to their bundu homes safely.

2. In A Bar, Not A Barn

What started out as a drunken night in the bar on top of the hill soon snowballed into something that's been revered the world over. Entrance to the first event in 1994 was a six pack of beer and got you front row seats to Koos Kombuis and Valiant Swart in an intimate setting next to kegs of Castle Lager and a pool table. Although the festival started off focusing mostly on rock music, more genres were soon added, and it now plays host to roughly 160 sets of international and South African music and entertainment acts of all genres including rock, hip hop, hardcore, punk, ska, folk, blues, drum ‘n bass, big beats, kwaito, jazz, funk, traditional, world music, comedy, metal, indie, house and others. Oppikoppi has always been at the forefront of what is happening in the socio-economic and political contexts in South Africa and has played its part in changing the country and bringing people together in a spontaneous way.

3. Festival of Rock 1

The first official Oppikoppi (that was not a bunch dudes playing for friends at the pub) was called the Festival Of Rock 1 and acted as a launch pad for the local live music scene. The festival featured Koos Kombuis, Valiant Swart, Squeal, Sugardrive, Battery 9, and Urban Creep, to name a few.

4. The First Oppi Ticket Price

When Oppikoppi started growing, entrance warped from a pack of six suds to R30 per person. These days you can't even buy a Happy Meal for that price.

5. 1998 And Beyond

In The Year Of Our Lord 1998, this home-grown festival surpassed 10 000 patrons for the first time. That number has now doubled, but we'll get into that later down the line.

6. Top Music Festival In The World

In 2008, British media, The Daily Mirror, ranked Oppikoppi as the 4th best music festival in the world. How 'bout them apples?

7. From 2000 to 20 000

Yup. The festival has grown yearly, from around 2 000 attendees in 1995 to around 20 000 in 2016. And we're expecting that number to grow even bigger in the years to come. Here's to Oppikoppi 2018 and beyond.

8. Nino Holds The Record

There's a dude named Nino who's attended more Oppikoppi festivals than years that some of us have been alive... and he's got the festival shirts to prove it. We bumped into Nino at OK22, where Jon Savage commemorated him with a bottle of tequila.

9. Drone Strikes

At Oppikoppi 2013 a beast of a drone took to the sky over Northam and rained down free beer from the heavens. How did it work? From the Oppikoppi app, festival goers could order a beer and, by tracking their GPS co-ordinates, the drone (named Manna, after the biblical story of bread falling from the sky) would deliver a cold one. This made international news and was picked up by Russia Today and CNN. In fact, it was such a hit that the indie rock band Mumford & Sons wanted in on the deal, and a prototype was presented to their production company.

10. The Kreef Hotel's Fokol Start-Up Cash

Chris Kreef, the mad genius behind the 0.5-star Kreef Hotel, started by setting up others' tents at festivals. This soon evolved into South Africa's first moveable tent motel (complete with bottomless bacon for breakfast, hot showers and much-needed personal space).

11. James Phillips Mein Stage

Who was James Phillips? Maybe that's something you shouldn't ask around older rockers... but that's why we're here. Also known as Bernoldus Niemand, or Mister Nobody, James Phillips was an anti-apartheid activist, musician and lyricist from Springs. His impact on the South African rock scene was so big that Oppikoppi named a road and the main stage after this legend. The James Phillips Mein Stage will be groomed prim and proper to once again claim its rightful place as the thatch of thatches and the leading light at a festival that has been, um, going through stages. Expect a tighter and more condensed festival, packed to the brim with bands and artists that reek of faculty and hutzpah.

12. Resoborg Designed OK24

Renowned graphic designer and artist Resoborg (of Design Indaba fame) was commissioned to do the overall design and official artwork for the Oppikoppi 2018 festival. From designs on skateboards, to corporate illustrations for banks in South Africa, Resoborg offers a professional service in crafting, typography, graphic design, illustration, logos, corporate identity, packaging, art direction and murals.

13. DJ Bob's Jazz Club

Since the primary days when jazz records were first played at Oppikoppi, DJ Bob has carefully nurtured his motley audience to become familiar with other-worldly jazz and funk sounds. For the second year running, DJ Bob will be hosting his Jazz Club at Oppikoppi 2018.

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14. Oppikoppi App

Yebo. There's an app for that too. The Oppikoppi app contains useful information such as a venue map, artist line-up, their time schedules and other useful information. Think of it as your star map to the dustiest weekend of your life; it'll help you get from A to B... given you've not stopped at the watering hole for too long in between travels.

15. OK24 = 100% Local

For the first time since the 90s, Oppikoppi 2018 will boast an artist list that's homegrown from the top to the bottom. Favourite acts to check out this year would be Satanic Dagga Orgy, Sun Xa Experiment and Wonderboom, to name a few... There will be only two bands from overseas as part of the festival's foreign-exchange programme.

16. Phleki

Oppikoppi's official mascot is a bull terrier named Phleki (that'd be a play on the Afrikaans word vlek, referring to the dog's dark patch over his left eye). This mascot headed the 2016 creative campaign for the Gert Vlok Nel inspired The Unsea.

17. August Is Best

2017 was a very interesting and fun year for the Oppikoppi 2018 crew. They saw a Belgian investment, lots of experimentation with dates, acts, partnerships with their friends at Rocking the Daisies, and plenty of behind-the-scenes manoeuvring in the small bar. OK23 saw the festival move dates from the usual August long weekend (well, sort of) to October. For Oppikoppi 2018, the gang had a long hard look at where they are at, all the experimentation of 2017 and also where they want to go for the next decade or so. Out of this, the Oppikoppi 2018 crew narrowed it down to two things: Dust and Tunes. They are really happy to say that the festival will be moving back to August. No rain, no mud. Normal unadulterated chaos and hedonism, mixed with just enough tunes and friends. Nomakanjani, as it were.

18. The Oppikoppi Soundtrack

Maybe you know this; maybe you don't. Either way, head over to Spotify, sign up for free and stream the official ruk en rol soundtrack to the fourth greatest music festival in the known universe. Featured artists include Spoegwolf, FPK, Black Cat Bones and Springbok Nude Girls, to name a few.

19. Mafikizolo And The Power Outage

In 2005 the organisers thought it fitting to introduce the Afro-house duo Mafikizolo to the line-up. According to festival director, Misha Loots, the power went out during the first song, and the crowd lit up the stage with their camp torches, reflecting the proverbial rainbow nation we've all been yearning for. 

20. Ons Klyntji

Sticking to the guns honed by the forgotten art of the DIY 'zine, Oppikoppi publishes a collection of artwork, essays and poetry at the festival called Ons Klyntji (our little one), curated and edited by the legendary Toast Coetzer (travel writer, musician, poet, artist, Katu Vellies brand ambassador and TV star).

21. Albert Frost Holds The Record

Albert Frost has played every single Oppikoppi to date. Yup, even the very first one when he was a lighty playing alongside his dad, Frank Frost (who has an Oppikoppi street named after him), in the legendary South African rock outfit, die Blues Broers.

22. Oppikoppi & Pukkelpop Team Up

In May 2017 the Flemish Minister of Culture, Media, Youth and Brussels Affairs, Sven Gatz, announced that Pukkelpop will be teaming up with Hilltop Live, the company that brings us Oppikoppi, to form a new company, Matchbox Live, which aims to grow music festivals in South Africa. Pukkelpop is one of the longest running music festivals in the world and has hosted a long list of A-grade artists. The finer details aren't well known but we're excited to see what comes out of this bromance!

23. Blame Carel Hoffman

Instead of taking up a bursary to study engineering, Carel Hoffman broke the news to his parents: he wants to host rock 'n roll parties on a farm in Northam. Now, 24 years later, Carel brags with the illustrious title "President for Life and very Primed Minister". We're excited to see what Carel Hoffman and the team have up their sleeves for the festival goers of Oppikoppi 2018.

24. Nomakanjani

No matter what – that's nomakanjani translated from isiZulu. That's the theme for OK24. Oh, and it's a 1999 hit song by the African queen of pop, Brenda Fassie. No matter what, there will always be an Oppikoppi, baby. In dust we trust!

However, with my recent (very) challenging trekking adventures to Everest Base Camp in Nepal and Machu Picchu in Peru, I didn’t really have a leg to stand on when it came to not joining my extended family on camping trips. And so, I vowed that the very next time a family camping trip was mentioned, I would agree to go along with it and embrace the experience in its entirety.

Fast forward to March 2018, when my father-in-law nearly fell over in shock when he casually mentioned camping in Sondela and I said, “Great, let’s do it!” I then proceeded to find a date that suited the whole family and make the booking myself. I vowed not to overthink the whole thing, and to just go with the flow – it’s not that I CAN’T rough it; it’s just that I don’t want to!

Sondela

Let me be the first to say that camping at Sondela is not roughing it. Far from it! The entire venue has been structured around ensuring that everybody – from grandparents to parents to children – have absolutely everything they need to make sure they have the best possible stay. It’s all there at your disposal – you choose what suits you and your family.

My parents-in-law arrived a while before we did – and were blown away by the offers to help set up the tent and caravan as soon as they had parked the car. We had opted for private ablution facilities (such a win) and really enjoyed the private toilet, shower and outdoor sink with hot and cold running water. An onsite braai was ready and waiting for us (which was cleaned daily by the support staff), and firewood, firelighters and charcoal were readily available at the café-style shop near Reception.

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The facilities are SPECTACULAR – both cold and heated pools, a farmyard where children can feed the goats, free roaming sheep, horse riding, quad bikes, zip lines, game drives, daily entertainment and games, jungle gyms, and so much more. The BEST part for us was the freedom the children had to cycle, rollerblade, skateboard and play. My 12-year old and her friend only spent time with us when they needed food (or money) - and collapsed into their sleeping bags at 8pm having spent the entire day cycling and swimming. They had one of the best holidays ever – because of that freedom and the variety of activities on offer.

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My 5-year old was equally happy with an abundance of aunts and uncles to play with. She fed goats, went on game drives, swam for hours, played on the playground – and even had her very first horse riding experience (and now wants lessons!) The very patient stable manager, Challenge, was so patient with her and helped her overcome her fear of horses. We went from excitement to floods of tears (when she was on the horse and wanted to get off) to a stunning outride where she chatted happily to Challenge, and now firmly maintains it was the highlight of her trip.

For me – having reviewed countless venues over the years – the standout feature of Sondela is the staff. I couldn’t fault them! The venue had NO idea that I was writing a review, so I was treated no differently from anyone else. Whether going on a game drive or horse ride, quad biking or ordering a cappuccino, the levels of service were spectacular.

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And so is the pricing. We paid around R600 per night for the stand, the various activities are surprisingly inexpensive, with many free offerings like the pool, entertainment and game drive.

Some of the more active members of the family also went for a 22km off-road cycle and came back filled with stories of how they rode through a herd of giraffe! My sister-in-law also went for a 7.5km trail run and thoroughly enjoyed it.

I also love the fact that there is an onsite restaurant and pizzeria (perfect for those not wanting to face dirty dishes), and great for when lazing by the pool and needing a snack or drink.

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There are also chalets - for those not wanting to camp – comfortable, fully kitted out, and with the added bonus of buck arriving at your froth door demanding to be fed.

The bottom line is that we will be back – and soon. My sister has now booked for the coming weekend, friends will be going in winter, and we are already looking forward to our next visit.

Thank you, Sondela – for giving our family memories we won’t forget in a hurry!

*This review was not sponsored, we paid for the trip in its entirety and all views are my own.*

For More Information

Website: www.sondela.com
Tel: 014 736 8900
Fax: 014 736 3501
Email: [email protected]
Accounts Fax: 014 736 3747
Physical address: Farm Tweefontein 462 KR | Bela Bela (Warmbaths) | 0480 | South Africa

What Is It?

Bacardi brings it’s untameable spirit to Johannesburg once again, this time cooler than ever before – with the Bacardi Holiday Club. Expect three Stages and over 30 acts! There are only 1 500 tickets available, so make sure you get your hands on yours NOW. This is the ultimate all-inclusive throw down you won’t want to miss.

Kicking off 2018 in the most epic way, Bacardi is excited to announce international artist, Swizz Beatz, will be joining the Bacardi Holiday Club with some of South Africa’s biggest names, such as Cassper Nyovest and Mafikizolo, as well as the Bacardi House Party Sessions headliners, DJ Speedsta, DJ Shimza, Frank Casino and Nadia Nakai, just to name a few.

Bacardi Holiday Club has capped the number of attendees to create an intimate all-inclusive festival experience. Tickets include all your food and drinks as well as a camping spot, where you can either bring your own camping gear or upgrade to a glamping tent. Parking is quite limited around Wegelen Manor house, so it’s recommended to carpool or take paid transport.

When Is It?

Saturday, 03 February 2018 - Sunday, 04 February 2018. Gates open at 10:00 on Saturday.

Where Is It?

Mpumalanga, Balfour Road, Balfour, Mpumalanga.

How Much Is It?

Get your tickets now at Webticket as there are only 1 500 available and selling fast. The weekend pass is R1 490 per person.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit www.bacardiholidayclub.co.za.

Also, check them out on Facebook and Instagram.

Jackalberry Ridge – Marloth Park, Mpumalanga

Situated on the southern border of the Kruger National Park, Jackalberry Ridge is just the place if you’re looking for the ultimate glamping experience without skimping on luxury. Take your pick from 20 tented camps, all complete with wooden floors, fully equipped kitchens, bathrooms, viewing decks and spacious king-sized beds in the main bedrooms. Talk about camping bliss! You can either stay in a one bedroom (four sleeper) or a two bedroom (six or eight sleeper) depending on how big your clan is. And as for the entertainment side of your trip, head to the Kambaku Golf Course, enjoy a pamper session at the Slide Spa or be daring and experience a few eco adventures.

Details: jackalberryridge.info | [email protected] | 072 057 3447 | 3884 Olifant Drive, Marloth Park

Homtini Guest Farm – Garden Route, Knysna

How about escaping to the forest? Or better yet, how about escaping AND glamping it in the forest? Homtini Guest Farm offers a few luxury tented lodges perfect for a family adventure or even a romantic rendezvous for two. The family tents sleep four, have a campfire, a shared kitchen and a shower that boasts the best views around. And at dinner time, you have your own private braai area to cook up some vleis and roast some marshmallows. The couple’s tented lodges include beautiful views with en-suite bathrooms and a veranda for some late-night stargazing.

Details: www.homtini.co.za | [email protected] | 072 727 8717 | Farm portion 185, Leeuwenbosch, Rheenendal, End of Rheenendal Road, beginning of Homtini Pass, Rheenendal, Knysna.

Ngama Tented Safari Lodge – Hoedspruit, Limpopo

One of the best things about living in South Africa is that we have the bushveld ready and waiting not too far from home. So, whenever we need a quick getaway to relax, rejuvenate and reconnect with nature, the bush is just there. So, if you’re up for a glamping weekend, why not book a stay at the Ngama Tented Safari Lodge? Just imagine settling into a spacious tented chalet in a natural setting, feeling the light breeze on your skin and hearing the sounds of wildlife right on your doorstep. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? Also, each tented chalet has its own bathroom en suite, separate shower, an outside shower for more of an authentic camping bushveld feel and private deck.

Details: www.ngamalodge.co.za | [email protected] | 074 587 8351 | Guernsey Private Nature Reserve, Hoedspruit, Limpopo.

Glen Eden Ranch – Montagu, Western Cape

You could easily book you and your loved ones into a comfy cottage at Glen Eden Ranch in Montagu for a quick (self-catering) getaway, but where is the adventure in that? Not only do they have a selection of cottages and a House On The Hill, they also have a glamping experience like no other. Book a Protea pod (sleeps four people), a hand-made gypsy wagon complete with a small seating area, a tepee tent (with two single beds) and a private pod containing a bathroom with a shower, a small kitchen and a stoop with dining furniture. And to reconnect you with Mother Nature, outside there's a braai and fire pit with tree stump seating, perfect for those late nights around the fire.

Details: www.glenedenfarm.co.za | 071 100 2782 | Ruigtevlei, Rietvlei Number 1, Montagu.

 Kwafubesi Tented Safari Camp – Waterberg, Limpopo

You haven't experienced truly luxurious glamping until you've been to Kwafubesi Tented Safari Camp. Their stunning tents, all named after each of the Big Five, make for the ultimate bushveld getaway without having to rough it. Each tent has comfortable furnishings, African décor, a full bathroom that includes a shower and large stone bath, and, of course, the pièce de résistance – stunning views from your own private deck, making it the ideal spot to enjoy an intimate dinner for two or to gaze into the bright, starry Limpopo sky. And on top of this amazing glamping escape, there's plenty of on-site activities to keep you busy, from horseback and quad bike safaris to guided stargazing and bush walks.

Details: kwafubesi.com[email protected] | 011 516 4367 | Bela Bela, Limpopo, South Africa

Ndaka Safari Lodge – Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal

No safari getaway is complete without game viewing and safaris, the soothing sounds of the wildlife and a luxurious tent with all the bells and whistles. Ndaka Safari Lodge offers guests an authentic African experience with their luxury safari tents that overlook the beautiful plains and a small waterhole. The tented camp is within walking distance of the main lodge – the closest being only 40m from the reception area, dining room, swimming pool and bar. And to make your stay extra comfortable, the area is malaria free, there's a backup generator in case the power goes out, and there's free uncapped wi-fi so you can keep in contact with loved ones and post your glamping adventure pictures all over Facebook and Instagram. Roughing it has never been easier.

Details: www.ndaka.co.za [email protected] | 036 940 0087 | Nambiti Game Reserve, Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal.

Marataba Safari Lodge – Thabazimbi, Limpopo

At Marataba Safari Lodge, glamping has just got better! Other than the magnificent views and the stunning, natural setting that surrounds you, their exquisite tents are simply breathtaking. Each of their 15 canvas-and-stone tented suites are tastefully furnished and decorated with a contemporary twist. The attention to detail is impeccable, but you have to visit to experience it for yourself. And there are children's activities and baby-sitting services available, free wi-fi in guest areas and full-range catering.

Details: www.marataba.co.za | [email protected] | 014 779 0018 | Marakele Park, Thabazimbi, Limpopo.

HillsNek Safari Camp – Amakhala Game Reserve, Eastern Cape

Looking to treat the love of your life to a unique and romantic escape? HillsNek Safari Camp in the Eastern Cape is just the place if you're looking for a bushveld haven for just the two of you. Just imagine relaxing in a luxurious tent surrounded by the beauty and wonder of the bushveld – how much more romantic could it get? Their four extravagant tents are all linked to the main lodge by raised wooden walkways and each boast an en-suite bathroom and an intimate outside shower. With all the canvas windows rolled up, appreciate the beauty of nature from the comfort of your comfy bed or while soaking in a bubble bath. And if you're up for being adventurous, there are plenty for activities to enjoy, including a game drive in an open game-viewing vehicle, stargazing, river cruising, guided bush walks and birding.

Detail: www.hillsneksafaris.com | [email protected] | 082 324 3484 | HillsNek Safari CampEastern Cape.

Builders Is The Answer To All Your Gas-Related Needs

Whether you’re cooking up a storm, lighting up your campsite or heating up your home, gas will provide you and your family with safe, convenient and reliable fuel this winter. It's the ideal option whether you're looking to save on electricity costs or need a source of power while enjoying the great outdoors on a camping trip.

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And to ensure you're prepared, Builders stocks a huge range of gas products and selected stores also do gas cylinder refills and replacements. Best of all? You can now buy from Builders online! All you have to do is head to www.builders.co.za, register and shop. Choose from 10 000 building and home improvement products, including gas heaters, gas stoves, gas cylinders and a wide range of outdoor gas accessories.

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They Even Deliver Gas To Your Door

You can now also have gas delivered straight to your door by simply registering online, selecting your nearest Builders store in Gauteng and choosing the gas cylinder size you need. This includes new cylinder purchases, and empty cylinder returns – replaced and refilled at the click of a button. This is convenience at its finest.

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For More Information

For more information or to register and shop online, visit Builders' website at www.builders.co.za.

Also, check them out on Facebook and Instagram.

What Is It?

For all things caravan and camping, this is the show for you. The Beeld Holiday Show is an annual launchpad for leading manufacturers in the caravan and camping industry, giving them the opportunity to showcase their new and improved products. So, whether you're in the market for a new caravan or are planning a camping trip in the near future,  you are sure to discover some treasures. There are also destinations exhibits, so make sure that the family tows along.

When Is It?

Friday, 22 February 2019 - Sunday, 24 February 2019.

Show times are as follows:

Where Is It?

Gallagher Convention Centre, 9 Richard Drive, Midrand, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R60 - R100 per person and are available at Webtickets.

For More Information

Visit www.holidayshow.co.za.

Why Mordor?

  1. Mordor should be your first introduction to experience Oppikoppi the proper way. See it as your rite of passage.
  2. Majority rules! 98% of Koppi's festival-goers camp in Mordor, making it the heartbeat of the festival. Goosebumps while the music pumps, boet!
  3. On the off chance, you possibly get to see a kief band drive right past your makeshift weekend pozzie on a flatbed truck.
  4. The people of Mordor care. Just ask. Or don't. Go join a group of vagabonds' circle of trust and strike up a conversation. Or just cry on the closest, dusty shoulder.
  5. People of Mordor share. Run out of TP, toothpaste or tampons? Ask your friendly, neighbourly Prawn. Everyone is basically there under the same circumstances, just on different levels of inebriation, and they help out where they can.
  6. You get to witness extraordinary engineering prowess - that gazebo constructed from ice cream sticks, duct tape and prayers didn't make it halfway up that tree on its own.
  7. Make new tjommies. That stranger who stumbled across your tent and literally fell in mid-conversation? He's not an an irritating poephol. He's just a moerse lekker oke that you haven't met yet.
  8. You get to build a sociable camp fire, enjoy the outdoors and sleep under the stars with a group of friends, some old some new.
  9. After spending three days in Mordor, camping anywhere else in South Africa will be an absolute breeze, so you shut your mouth, Bear Grylls.
  10. You get to experience hiking and music at the same time, almost all the time.
  11.  Pretend to be a Boy scout or a Voortrekker if that didn't form part of your misspent youth. You get a sense of accomplishment once you've set up the most awesome camp site ever, accompanied by a catchy (or lame) name for your group. Dream up your own war cry, even if it starts with Oppiiiii!
  12. That afternoon nap you've been planning for three years? Have it on Saturday mid-afternoon at Mordor.
  13. You get to get dirty for three consecutive days if you so choose. No more asking your parents’ permission to have a ‘varkiedag’. You are a grown-up. Now go be 5 years old again. Nothing one of those green bricks of soap, an old towel and a hosepipe can't sort out back in your driveway on Monday.
  14. You get to dance like there's nobody watching and sing like there's nobody listening. We're kidding. You are surrounded by hundreds of people watching and listening. Do it anyway. Do it in groups. Release your inner-Prawn. Make some noise and throw some shapes, ek sê! Or sommer join the Northam se Uitgewasde Seunskoor vir Mans en Vrouens (NUSMV) – Don’t fret, Oppikoppi doesn’t give out wooden spoons. This is not Bos Idols.
  15. Mordor is probably the only place where you can take part in a naked mile run on a stretch of dirt road with a group of very enthusiastic supporters. Go racing and get them hearts pacing.
  16. For three days you get to have one of the coolest addresses in South Africa: "I live in the red tent next to the blue Chevy Spark. There's a penis drawn in the dust on the rear window. It is in Fokkolnonsens Draai. Come drink a beer. We've got ice too, bokkie"
  17. You get to run and possibly shower behind the water truck that navigates the Mordor roads to keep the dust in its place.
  18. That couch that just doesn't seem to sell on Gumtree for the past year? Take it with you to Mordor. The people from Oppikoppi keep an eye out for the coolest decorated couch. It might just land you the honour of checking out your favourite band, sitting on your couch with a friend or two. Right on stage!
  19. Ever heard of the Red Frogs? These kind-hearted souls are situated in Mordor and offer assistance to festival goers, be it a pancake to start the day, water to keep hydrated or medical and security assistance. In 2015 these saints treated medical cases, handed out 4000 bottles of water and served 6000 pancakes. Ain't that a sweet deal?
  20. Lekker tunes. Picture this scenario. You end up camping next to this hipster who built his own igloo from a thorn tree with plumbing flowing into a decommissioned aardvark nest. His car is pumping this awesome CD that you've never heard before. You like it. Music has turned you into new BFFs.
  21. Finally, once back home, you get a new appreciation for the simple things in life, like TV, a hot shower and proper sleep on the softest bed ever.This is the spirit of Mordor. Go find yourself by losing yourself.

5 - 7 Aug: OppiKoppi - For the lovely young taken to THE UNSEA

WIN A Set Of Tickets To Oppikoppi The Unsea

Leatherman Multi-tool

With 100% stainless steel construction, the Wave offers a lifetime of dependable Leatherman quality. The 420 stainless steel blades hold a keen edge and are easy to sharpen.  Twenty-five-year manufacturer's warranty.

Jungle King 40 Litre Backpack

Use this as your everyday backpack or travel with the comfortable hiking backpack support.
Do not let other people decide how you should use your backpack - YOUR BACKPACK - YOUR STYLE.

Romoss Sailing Power Bank

Today's fast-paced world requires that you stay connected and on top of your game every time. Make sure that your phone continues to work and play with you with the help of the Romoss Sailing Power Bank.

Salomon Quest 4D Hiking Shoes

Salomon's 4D Advanced Chassis guides the foot on even the roughest terrain, reducing fatigue for all-trek comfort. Developed through research and experience in trail running, Sensifit ensures a snug, comfortable fit for every foot shape.

Coleman Octagon Tent

The Octagon 8 provides a full 360° view of your surroundings. The flysheet can be pitched alone, providing a spacious shelter, or you can just pitch the inner for a bug-proof screen room. The tent comes with a wheeled carry bag for ease of movement on the camp site while the ingenious hinged door makes entering and leaving the tent quick and simple.

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Leatherman Wave

The Wave has a whopping 18 tools from knives and pliers to a can opener, a saw and wire cutters. With 100% stainless steel construction, it offers a lifetime of dependable Leatherman quality. The blades have a keen edge and are easy to sharpen. Get it from Takealot.

Aoking Hiking 50-Litre Backpack

Made of rip-stop nylon and with 50-litres of space, this backpack weighs only 1.28kg. There's back support and padded shoulder straps to prevent chafing as well as side water bottle pockets. Get it from Takealot.

Romoss Sailing 5 Power Bank

Today's fast-paced world requires that we stay connected even (especially) out in the wild. Make sure your adventurer friend's phone continues to work with the help of the Romoss Sailing 5 Power Bank. Get it from Futurama.

Salomon Men's Quest 4D 3 GTX Backpacking Boot

Salomon's 4D advanced chassis guides the foot on even the roughest terrain, reducing fatigue for all-trek comfort. Developed through research and experience in trail running, Sensifit ensures a snug, comfortable fit for every foot shape. Get it from WantItAll.

Coleman Octagon 8 Tent

The Octagon 8 provides a full 360° view of the surroundings. The flysheet can be pitched alone, providing a spacious shelter or the inner can be pitched by itself for a bug-proof screen room. The tent comes with a wheeled carry bag for ease of movement on the campsite while the ingenious hinged door makes entering and leaving the tent quick and simple. Get it on Buy Anything.

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