Senalala Safari Lodge is a peaceful escape in the heart of Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, and it forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park.
They aim to provide their guests with an authentic wilderness experience, exploring the bush exclusively with a group of friends and/or family. Their lodge can accommodate up to 12 people, which gives ample space to relax and enjoy a well-deserved break away from the crowds. Post the national lockdown, Senalala is the perfect escape in the middle of the bush, where you can enjoy quality time with friends and family, surrounded by nature.
The lodge is set on the banks of the seasonal Ntsiri River, overlooking the waterhole which draws a constant flow of wildlife. Senalala Safari Lodge offers vast open spaces and a special kind of atmosphere that few other destinations can match. The rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated to blend in with the serenity of the surrounding bush. All rooms have full en-suite bathrooms, as well as overhead fans and air-conditioning, with a focus on privacy, intimacy, and relaxation.
Amenities at Senalala include a big outdoor pool for guests to revitalize between morning and afternoon activities. They also have a fully equipped gym, where guests can keep up with their exercise routines while staying at the lodge. In the main lounge area, there's a library as well as a coffee station and refreshment centre. They also offer unlimited Wi-Fi.
A wonderful open and shaded deck area overlooks the riverbed where guests can enjoy each other’s company, read a book or be on the look-out for animals coming to drink at the waterhole.
Please note: The “2020 Special” is valid until 15 December 2020 and only for direct bookings with the lodge. A minimum of two nights per booking. They cannot accommodate children under the age of 12 years.
For more information or to book your exclusive group safari getaway, visit senalala.com.
You can also contact them on [email protected] or 087 151 1739.
For those of you who have never heard this term before (like us singletons and those without children yet), here is the definition of a babymoon:
A relaxing or romantic holiday taken by parents-to-be before their baby is born.
So, essentially it's just like a honeymoon, except you enjoy this special time together BEFORE the 'special day' AKA the birth of your little bundle of joy. Sounds like the perfect way to get some well-deserved rest and spend some quality time together before the big day arrives. So, just for you guys, we went in search of some of the best romantic and relaxing babymoon spots throughout the city. And of course, we found the most romantic places possible. All you have to do is book, pack and enjoy this special time together. Make the most of it, it's your babymoon!
For the ultimate babymoon, the stunning and luxurious De Hoek Country Hotel in Magaliesburg offers parents-to-be a romantic and relaxing seasonal package, available all year round. We all know the stresses that comes with having a baby, which is why they encourage expectant couples to take time out to unwind and relax with a two day getaway at this idyllic country escape. The Babymoon Package includes the following:
*Please Note: Treatments are not included and charged separately to your room account. Terms & Conditions Apply.
Since this will be your last romantic getaway alone together before the two of you become three (or four), why not go all out and indulge in a weekend of absolute luxury (and comfort) at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa in Sandton? Take your pick from their various suites (from Grand Chateau and Courtyard suites to the Tree House Studio and Maison Spa Suite), pamper yourselves with some soothing and relaxing treatments at the Balinese-style Spa at Fairlawns (ladies, think amazing foot massages to ease and relieve those swollen feet - bliss! There's also a Mommy-To-Be 30-minute massage available) and delight your taste buds with some delectable cuisine from Amuse-Bouche or the Manor House Bistro. Sounds lovely!
Looking to get away but not too far from home? Well, then why not escape to the tranquil garden haven of the Peech Boutique Hotel, just a stone throw away from the hustle and bustle of the city? It's hotel and suites are surrounded by stunning and lush gardens (perfect for a relaxing stroll and some fresh air), and if you're up for a little bit of shopping and exploring, you're only 10 minutes away from popular shopping and business areas such as Melrose Arch, Sandton and Rosebank. And for a bite to eat, head to the bistro and enjoy simple, laid-back and chic food. After a long and adventurous day, retreat back to your spacious and luxurious garden room or suite, or house room.
A babymoon isn't just about baby, it's also about spending quality time with your partner and unwinding before your bundle of joy arrives (growing a human being isn't easy!) and what better way to do that than spending a few days away at the five-star gem of hotel, The Winston Hotel. Not only can you expect the best personalised service and lovely accommodation, but you can also expect absolute luxury, all the best entertainment within close proximity and of course, lots of romance (that's right gents, listen up). They do offer a romantic package complete with all the bells and whistles, but just make sure you swap out the sparkling wine with something more appropriate for the mommy-to-be.
Dads-to-be, here is a fantastic option to spoil the mother of your child - a Couples Weekend Spa Sleepover! Trust us, pregnancy puts a lot of strain on the body, so one of the best things you can do for her is treat her to a lovely, relaxing weekend away filled with soothing and rejuvenating treatments to help relieve all those aches and pains. Plus, it gives you and entire weekend of us-time! Now, the 50-minute Couple Hot Stone Massage that's included in the package may not be the best idea for her (belly and all), so make sure you call the retreat and find out if they can cater to your needs.
Now, since you have a baby on the way, we know that your budget can be tight. Buying everything baby needs can be pretty pricey, and surely spending a fortune on a babymoon isn't on the cards. But what if you want to enjoy a relaxing getaway even if it's for a night or two? Well, then why not book a stay at the stunning Oasis Boutique Hotel in Sandton? It's a quiet and tranquil haven perfect for relaxing, complete with beautiful surroundings, lovely cuisine, wireless internet, popular hotspots nearby and Egyptian percale cotton linen, bathrobes and complimentary slippers for the ultimate comfort. Sounds heavenly! And best of all, it's luxury at a fair price.
And one more for good measure. The Munro Boutique Hotel offers more than just a place to stay, it offers everything you need for the ultimate babymoon. It's true! Think panoramic views of the city, gorgeous decor and furnishing, waterfalls and lush gardens surrounding the hotel, impeccable service and much more. It's literally like haven on earth. The price tag per night can cost a pretty penny, but it's your babymoon! Enjoy this time as much as you can, even if it means splurging a little bit. The Milkwood Suite goes for R 2780* per night and its stunning!
What Is It?
Looking to book a holiday? Wait! Don't do a thing until you've attended the country's best holiday and travel show. The Holiday Expo provides you with information on a massive range of holiday destinations, as well as the thrilling activities to do while you're there. Engaging and experiential, the expo also features special offers you don't want to miss.
Expect to get clued up on destinations near and far; holiday packages for couples or families; exciting activities to do while you're away and, of course, plenty of exclusive deals! From the majestic Vic Falls and the Great Barrier Reef to tropical Thailand and romantic Paris, there's something for everyone searching for their next adventure.
What makes the Holiday Expo so worthwhile is that the best deals and promotions are created especially for the Expo, and visitors will get to experience them first-hand. Get your tickets now!
When Is It?
Saturday, 25 August 2018 to Sunday, 26 August 2018:
Where Is It?
Montecasino Piazza & Grassy Area, Montecasino, Montecasino Boulevard, corner William Nicol and Witkoppen, Fourways, Johannesburg.
How Much Is It?
Tickets cost R60 per person online and R85 per person at the door. FREE entrance for children under the age of 12. You can get your tickets at iTickets.
For More Information
For more information about this event, visit www.tsogosun.com/montecasino.
Marataba Trails Lodge – north of Thabazimbi, Limpopo
Marataba Trails Lodge is a luxury eco-lodge designed for high-end hiking enthusiasts. It offers an array of hiking trails in a private Big Five game reserve with free-roaming wildlife, so if Dad is a hiker, this is truly his utopia. Situated in an off-the-grid location in the Water Fall Valley north of Thabazimbi, this luxury venue only welcomes eight guests at a time.
The special available over the long weekend at Marataba costs R2 950 per person per night sharing. This is a full-board offer that includes a daily hiking trail and game drive. It excludes park and gate fees. Please note that only guests of 16 years and older are permitted at Marataba due to SANPARKS' regulations that prohibit children of 15 years and younger from walking in a Big Five reserve.
Details: 014 779 0018 / www.marataba.co.za
Jozini Tiger Lodge & Spa – near Pongola, KwaZulu-Natal
If Dad’s a boating kind of guy, he will definitely enjoy a Father’s Day weekend at Jozini. Situated on the banks of Lake Jozini, in the heart of Zululand, this lodge has 70 guest rooms including family lofts. With beautiful views over the lake from almost every inch of the resort and a range of dining and activity options that include boat cruises, this has all the makings of a memorable weekend away. The lodge seems to be a bit dated but the friendly service and prime location should make up for the low thread count.
The Lake Jozini special includes two nights' accommodation, breakfasts, dinners and a daily boat cruise for R2 134 per person sharing.
Details: 082 440 2911 / www.thompsons.co.za
Kuzuko Lodge – Addo Elephant National Park, Eastern Cape
Situated in the northern part of the Addo Elephant Park on a private concession, Kuzuko Lodge is spectacularly located for day and night game drives, bird watching and breathtaking views of the starry night sky through the lodge’s telescope. Kuzuko is particularly family-friendly with on-site babysitters and plenty of age-appropriate activities. This means that there are lots of activities just for Dad, but also plenty of opportunity for him to have a break this Father’s Day weekend.
A special price of R3 679 per person sharing at Kuzuko Lodge over the long weekend includes: return flights from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth, two nights' full board accommodation, two daily game activities and a R250 wellness treatment voucher.
Details: 042 203 1700 / www.thompsons.co.za
Boschendal Farm Cottages – Franschhoek, Western Cape
If Dad is a foodie or wine lover, a weekend in Franschhoek will be right up his alley. Boschendal Farm Cottages are lavish, self-catering units, each equipped with a fireplace and breathtaking views of the Drakenstein Mountains. With so much to do in the surrounding Franschhoek Wine Valley and luxuriously warm accommodation to come home to at the end of a full fun-filled day, a stay at Boschendal Cottages will be truly memorable.
There are four cottages from which to choose: Rhodes, Orange, Clarence and Werf. Each cottage varies in price per night and also has optional extras such as breakfast and housekeeping.
Details: 021 870 4202/ www.boschendal.com
The Dunes Resort & Goose Valley Golf Course – Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape
Located a stone’s throw from Keurbooms Beach on the Garden Route, Dunes Resort is a great beach getaway. Even in the heart of winter, Dunes Resort offers visitors a great seaside breakaway with self-catering duplexes that have a garden braai area and selected DStv channels.
The Dunes Resort special includes a round of golf for Dad at the prestigious Goose Valley Golf Course in Plettenberg Bay. The special is priced at R990 per person sharing and includes two nights' accommodation and breakfasts.
Details: 012 755 7555 / www.thompsons.co.za
Kolkol Mountain Lodge – Bot River, Western Cape
Kolkol Mountain Lodge is situated about 30km outside of Caledon. The log cabins and impressive stone fireplaces make this lodge a genuine sanctuary. Each of the two sleeper cabins boasts an outdoor wood-fired hot tub and the 10-sleeper King Cabin has a boma braai, pizza oven and potjiekos pit. This is a wonderful winter weekend getaway for the whole family to celebrate Father’s Day surrounded by peace, quiet and style.
The King Cabin is available for anything between R1 000 and R3 300 per night, depending on the date and duration of your stay.
Details: 028 284 9406 / www.kolkol.co.za
Castello Di Monte Guesthouse – Pretoria, Gauteng
If Mom thinks Dad needs a bit of TLC to celebrate Father’s Day, opt for the Castello Di Monte Guesthouse Rejuvenation Package getaway. This 5-star guesthouse in Waterkloof Ridge is the benchmark for luxury. The landscaped gardens, lush lavender bushes and olive trees will transport you to a Tuscan haven of tranquillity.
The getaway package is priced at R2 400 per person sharing and includes one nights' accommodation, breakfast, a 3-course private dinner and an Indian head massage treatment.
Details: +27 83 450 1252 / www.thompsons.co.za
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African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa understand that time is precious, so they go out of their way to slow down time so you can relax away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Nestled in a charming country setting amongst the Magaliesburg Mountain merely an hour’s drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria, the African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa is an oasis of tranquillity to recharge your body, mind and spirit, as well as the perfect place for couples or families looking for a city escape this Easter.
Rambling Vine, the fine dining a la carte restaurant, offers diners an exceptional dining experience, complemented by an exclusive wine offering. This is the perfect venue to enjoy a romantic meal and celebrate a special occasion. The dress code is smart casual and no sneakers, shorts, T-shirts or slops will be permitted. Rambling Vine is not suitable for children under the age of 12 years.
The hotel hosts exclusive food and wine pairing dinners once a month at Rambling Vine from 19:00 to 23:00, featuring a different winemaker each month for R450 per person. Experience the finest wines and dishes on offer. For more information and bookings, contact Reservations on [email protected] or call 014 577 5600.
Twist Restaurant brings the kitchen into the dining experience with a unique buffet-style offering. Experience the newly modernised and sophisticated look of the restaurant combined with the finest culinary equipment and flavoursome dishes. Also on offer are a variety of casserole dishes and fresh country salads to be enjoyed whilst taking in the scenic views of the Magaliesburg Mountains. The hotel hosts a weekly Sunday Carvery Lunch for R245 per person. The carvery selection offers a variety of roast meats ranging from lamb to chicken and beef, perfectly baked casserole dishes and fresh country salads. The hotel is also serving a scrumptious Easter Lunch on Sunday 01 April 2018. Contact Reservations to book.
Experience a country-style picnic on the beautiful Spa lawns whilst taking in the scenic views of the Magaliesburg Mountains. Select from a wide variety of seasonal fruits, sandwiches, charcuteries, pates, fish selection and desserts. For bookings, enquire with our Reservations team on [email protected] or call 014 577 5600.
Another recently introduced event is the new Cap Classique evenings where bottomless bubbly and canapés are on offer, available on Friday and Saturdays from 18:00 – 20:00 at the Ladies Bar Lounge for R195 per person. Enjoy the hotel’s choice of sparkling wine of the day and unwind in the countryside.
The hotel offers a Kids Club facility which provides a whole new way for families to enjoy time away together, while also giving grown-ups a chance to really enjoy their break. The Kids Club caters for all age groups from toddlers to teens over weekends, long weekends and school holidays. A Kids Holiday programme will be running during the Easter school holidays. Discover more reasons to enjoy the countryside with your family this summer.
The Mountain Bike Activity Centre, known as The Cog & Sprocket, is ideally located for both mountain bike and trail running enthusiasts. It offers access to single tracks (varying in distance from 1.29km – 12km) along with a number of other useful facilities including deli-style dining, showers, bike wash bays and ample parking. Explore the countryside in five-star style, complimentary for in-house guests and day visitors. Is the country outdoors calling your name? Then click here to find out more!
Time spent in the countryside would not be complete without the opportunity to relax, recharge and rejuvenate at the award-winning Mount Grace Spa. Located at the top of Mount Grace, with beautiful views of the Magaliesburg, the Spa offers the ideal environment to unwind and ease away the stress of everyday life. The Spa has been named as the Top Spa in South Africa for the second year running. With 18 treatment rooms, of which nine cater to couples and a variety of treatments and promotions on offer, look no further for a blissful pamper experience. End your treatment with the calming complimentary hydrotherapy journey, which includes time in the steam room and reflexology walkway to name a few.
Other activities on offer at the hotel include fly-fishing, birding and tennis. There are a variety of off-site activities to also enjoy while making the most of your time in the countryside. Click here to view the African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa activity guide.
The hotel also offers the perfect backdrop for an exclusive conference, with 14 conference venues and two executive boardrooms scattered around the property catering for up to 220 delegates. African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa is the perfect choice for your next conference, allowing delegates the opportunity to refocus and re-energize. A dedicated events team will ensure that your exclusive event runs efficiently, smoothly and successfully, for a true tailor-made experience. The facilities are spread across the property for privacy and tranquillity, secluded from daily distractions. This keeps delegates focused, yet rejuvenates them at the same time. Experience the difference with a variety of themed tea and coffee breaks as well as healthy options.
Leave your stress in the city and indulge in the ultimate escape at African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa.
Exclusive Offers At African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa
Celebrate Date Night
The ultimate Easter getaway awaits. Indulge in an exclusive break, whether for a romantic weekend with a loved one, to celebrate a special occasion or to indulge in the luxury of time this Easter. From R1 225 per person sharing per night, this offer includes breakfast daily at Twist Restaurant, 10% off dinner, complimentary bath menu, romantic turndown, a bottle of sparkling wine and an arrival platter. Valid weekends from 1 March – 31 May 2018, and 7 days a week from 29 March – 3 April 2018, as well as 26 April – 2 May 2018.
Spa Offers At The Mount Grace Spa
Fall into Relaxation Autumn Package
This offer includes bottomless complimentary sparkling wine, lunch at the Spa, 45-minute Back, Neck and Shoulder massage with a complimentary Hotstone option, 30-minute Scalp Massage, 30-minute Aromatherapy Foot Massage and 30-minute Floatation Pool Session from R1 100 per person. Offer is valid Sunday from 14:00 to Friday 14:00 from 01 March – 30 May 2018. Not valid over public holidays. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with other promotional offers. Full pre-payment required. No cancellations accepted. Terms and conditions apply.
Enjoy complimentary use of the Spa’s hydrotherapy journey which includes the use of the Steam Room, Jacuzzi, Rock Pool and Reflexology Walkway when booking one of these Spa packages.
Enquire with the Spa Team for other Spa offers or view the offers online at www.marriott.com/jnbmg
For More Information
Tel: 014 577 5600
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: twitter.com/APHotels #MountGrace
African Pride Irene Country Lodge has just the remedy for you! Whether you’ve had a tough week, month, or even year and need some time off to relax or want to take a mini holiday somewhere unique, you can recharge with their Winter Warmer Promotions.
Why You Should Escape To Destination Irene This Winter
Exuding historical charm and exceptional modern luxury, African Pride Irene Country Lodge is the epitome of elegant country living. Set on a beautiful lake and flanked by the iconic Irene Dairy Farm and Centurion Golf Course, this 74-room retreat is a haven of peace and tranquility located between Johannesburg and Pretoria, and only 35 minutes from OR Tambo International Airport.
From sumptuous breakfasts, and delectable lunches to intimate dinners, the food at African Pride Irene Country Lodge is always a celebration for the senses. The lodge’s Camdeboo Day Spa is a haven of pampering and relaxation, offering beauty and body treatments that will leave you relaxed. Plus, the Day Spa welcomes all young adults over the age of 16 years.
Choose a Saturday night stay over as this is the highlight of the weekend and dine at the Meadow Green Restaurant that offers an evening under the stars. Cap Classique "bubbly" on arrival is followed by the Seafood Extravaganza Buffet, accompanied by the enchanted piano tunes of “Nora Jones”.
Ensuring you have a lie-in, the breakfast buffet is available for your convenience from 06:30 until 10:30 on weekends and public holidays.
Check Out Their Fantastic Winter Warmers
Winter Warmer Promotions
Take advantage of the Awesome Winter Promotions which has been extended throughout the winter months due to its popularity. You can enjoy a complimentary welcome drink on arrival in their cozy Oak bar, where you can cuddle up in front of the fire place.
Stay One Get One Free!
Now, African Pride Irene Country Lodge is also offering an amazing promotion for our readers – Stay One Get One Free! Merely quote “Joburg.co.za Promotion” to qualify for this Amazing August offer.
For More Information
For more information on African Pride Irene Country Lodge, call them on +27 12 667 6464, or visit their website.
The prize includes:
This competition opens on Friday, 05 August 2016.
You’re in the country and it’s time to unwind with a romantic summer countryside getaway. African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa is proud to have recently joined the distinctive and extraordinary Autograph Collection by Marriott brand. It’s all about ultimate relaxation away from the hustle and bustle of the city and creating memories with loved ones in the all-encompassing surroundings of the Cradle of Humankind, whilst taking in the hues and soft lavender fragrances scattered throughout the property.
Nestled in a charming country setting amongst the Magaliesburg Mountains, merely an hour’s drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria, the African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa, Autograph Collection is an oasis of tranquillity to recharge in body, mind and spirit, the perfect destination for couples or families looking for a city escape this summer.
There are many dining options on-site to choose from to suit every occasion and mood. Have something to celebrate? Enjoy a romantic picnic supplied by the venue on the beautiful lawns at the spa while taking in the scenic views of the Magaliesberg. A wide selection of seasonal fruit, sandwiches, charcuterie, pâtés and desserts are available. For bookings, contact Reservations on [email protected] or call 014 577 5600 at least two hours prior.
The à la carte restaurant, Rambling Vine, offers diners an exceptional experience, complemented by exclusive wines. This is the perfect venue to enjoy a romantic meal. They also host food and wine pairing dinners once a month featuring a different winemaker each time. For more information and bookings, contact Reservations on [email protected] or call 014 577 5600. Please note the restaurant is not suitable for children under the age of 16.
The Twist Restaurant specialises in creating delicious dishes with the finest local and organic ingredients and dining is buffet-style. The restaurant also hosts a weekly Sunday lunch that can be enjoyed while taking in the country scenery. Contact Reservations for bookings.
The hotel offers a Kids Club facility which gives parents a chance to enjoy time together while their children are looked after and entertained. The Kids Club caters for all age groups from toddlers to teens, keeping them occupied over weekends, long weekends and school holidays. A Kids Holiday Programme runs during the summer school holidays.
For active guests, the Mountain Bike Activity Centre, The Cog & Sprocket, caters for both mountain bike and trail-running enthusiasts. It offers access to single tracks (varying in distance from 1.29km – 12km) along with a number of other facilities including deli-style dining, showers, bike wash bays and ample parking. More reasons to escape to the countryside.
Time spent in the countryside would not be complete without the opportunity to relax, recharge and rejuvenate at the award-winning Mount Grace Spa. Located at the top of the property with beautiful views, it has 18 treatment rooms, nine of which are for couples. The spa offers a variety of treatments and promotions designed to give you a blissful pampering.
End your treatment with a complimentary hydrotherapy journey, which includes time in the steam room and on the reflexology walkway. For in-house guests, there is a spa entrance fee of R250 for the use of these facilities, should no treatments be booked (excluding the floatation pool). A R350 spa entrance fee applies for day visitors for the use of the spa facilities (excluding the floatation pool).
Outdoor activities include birding and tennis and there’s a useful activity guide that provides on-property information, including the bird species you can spot during your stay. There’s also information about exciting things to do in the area.
Spoil yourself with a luxury break this summer, whether for a romantic weekend, to celebrate a special occasion or simply to relax in the lap of luxury. This offer includes:
This offer is valid Friday to Monday from 03 September 2018 - 31 March 2019 and excludes 23 December 2018 - 01 January 2019. It's available seven days a week between 20 – 25 March 2019. Minimum two-night stay, terms and conditions apply.
Summer is in the air and it’s the perfect time to book your holiday, whether for a romantic break or a fun-filled family getaway. Enjoy a 15% discount off their Best Available Rate when booking 30 days in advance.
This offer is valid seven days a week from 07 December 2018 – 20 January 2019. Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability.
Contact Reservations for additional offers not listed here.
Create your own countryside Summer Spa Experience by selecting FOUR treatments from the following list to make up your own pamper session. The cost is R1 200 per person for two hours.
This offer is valid Monday to Friday from 01 December - 14 December 2018 and 10 January - 28 February 2019. Not valid over public holidays. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with other promotional offers. Full pre-payment required. No cancellations accepted. Terms and conditions apply. Valid Sunday 14:00 to Friday 14:00 only. Strictly no children under the age of 16 allowed at the spa.
Enjoy complimentary use of the spa’s hydrotherapy journey which includes the use of the steam room, Jacuzzi, rock pool and reflexology walkway. Contact the spa team about other offers or view them online at www.marriott.com/jnbmm.
For more information about African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa, Autograph Collection, visit www.marriott.com/jnbmm.
You can also contact them on 014 577 5600 or [email protected].