Driving time: 50 minutes to an hour
There is nothing more relaxing than escaping the city and unwinding to the sounds of the bushveld. And if you're looking to camp out in the wilderness, but in style and luxury, then be sure to book your escape with B’sorah Luxury Tented Camp in Broederstroom in the Magaliesberg. Not only is it close to home – being s mere hour's drive from the city – but it's a wonderful way to experience the wildlife – from luxurious glamping accommodation. Enjoy the breathtaking views, scenic trails, as well as adventure activities nearby the family-run farm. You can book a self-catering luxury tent from R1 400 per unit per night (sleeps two).
Driving time: an hour and 30 minutes
If you love hiking and the tranquility of nature, then you'll definitely love Rustig, out in Magaliesburg! Book yourself into one of their accommodation options – the three bedroom Heritage House; the five bedroom Farmhouse; the six bedroom Backpackers House; the two bedroom Stone House; or either one of the four or six sleeper tents – and enjoy a relaxing weekend away with family and friends. As for entertainment, Rustig offers amazing hiking trails to suit all experience and fitness level, as well as safe off-road running and biking trails. Unwind on one of the recliners next to their sparkling pool and even take a leisurely stroll through their beautiful gardens.
Driving time: 39 minutes
For a country escape that's not too far from home, be sure to book a well-deserved weekend away at the stunning African Pride Irene Country Lodge in Irene, Pretoria. This is the ideal destination for the whole family. Expect plenty of relaxing and fun activities including visiting the Irene Farm where you can see their resident cows be milked from about 15:00 daily; indulging in a treatment at the award-winning Camdeboo Spa; or dining at the Meadow Green Restaurant. They also offer a variety of accommodation offers ranging from Bestie Getaways and romantic escapes to something perfect for the entire family.
Driving time: one hour and 30 minutes
Situated in the Big 5 Dinokeng Game Reserve, 35km away from Pretoria , the Mongena Private Game Lodge offers getaway seekers a tranquil setting to relax and experience the wilderness. The lodge offers 24 air-conditioned en suite rooms situated in stunning indigenous landscaped gardens or enjoy the ultimate exclusive bush experience at their Tandala Trails Camp. Other than utter and complete relaxation in the middle of the bushveld, the lodge also offers guided safaris and bush walks, early morning and late afternoon cruises aboard a luxury boat, as well as divine dining at the Kingfisher Restaurant.
Driving time: 45 minutes
If you are looking for an escape that's not too far but not too close, then why not gather the family, take a road trip to the Zwartkops Mountains and enjoy a relaxing weekend away at the Glenburn Lodge & Spa? Spend some time getting pampered at the award-winning Glenburn Spa. Reconnect with the great outdoors while taking in the sites and sounds on the various nature walks and mountain hiking trails hikes onsite. Or even visit a few interesting local spots in the area including the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve (offering game drives and tours through the Wonder Caves), Siverstar Casino, the Sterkfontein Caves, and Danielsrust Game Farm (offering horse trail rides, quad biking, paintball, archery and clay pigeon shooting).
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Bluew Farm is an agricultural business that is focused on providing fresh produce delivered to your home. The aim is to create a better system for the farm to assist consumers during this seasonal change of the economy.
888 Vile Street, Ncala Section.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 072 114 5261
Trying to find activities for the whole family that does not involve the TV or wasting away all your savings can be tough. We have the perfect solution to this dilemma: the Bokkie Park. For those of you that are completely hopeless with Afrikaans, bokkie refers to goats. This park is a huge plot of land with plenty of hungry farm animals dreaming of giant, juicy carrots. Not that these animals aren't fed. You'll see truckloads of food arriving for them, but they are just a bunch of gluttonous beasts. And we mean both gluttonous and beasts. You have not lived until a goose fight breaks out in competition over the food you're holding.
This venue has a wide array of animals. These animals include cows, sheep, goats, pigs, ostriches, rabbits, horses and, of course, goats. Although, walking into the park, you'll probably be surprised by how few animals you see around. The property is big enough to allow plenty of room for all the animals to roam. The quiet will not last long, though. Before you know it, you'll have a flock of geese stalking towards you. Hungry geese can be alarming, they look like gang members preparing to attack. Plus, they hiss — vehemently. That said, it's quite fun to see them blundering towards the food thrown on the ground, desperate to get there before their peers do.
When the geese have been greedy enough and you move on along the winding walkway (with them stalking you, no doubt), you may be lucky enough to spot a collection of ducklings gushing after their parents or catch a rare glimpse of a baby lamb suckling on its mom.
If you do, you have arrived at the goat part of your journey around Bokkie Park. The first time we came here, we did not see any goats or sheep around. Then, quite suddenly, about 50 of these animals came blazing towards us, or rather the bag of carrots. It was amusing to have them climbing onto one another, head-butting each other out the way, and even tearing holes in the bag containing the carrots — all in a bid to devour the nourishing morsels within.
Next, you'll find the pigs and their litter of piglets. These little darlings are not so interested in food. However, it is always worth paying them a visit. We could spend hours watching them. The little ones run up to their food trough, the fence, the pens and even each other to wiggle their bottoms in an attempt to get a good, satisfying scratch, and the bigger critters burrow about in the mud. It is just glorious.
Among the herds of goats and sheep, you'll come across a few ostriches. We do not recommend too much interaction between these brutes and young children. These large birds are the notorious bullies of the park. They will fight, chase and intimidate to get their bit. They had to be mentioned simply because it is so entertaining to watch them eat. Your little ones will be flabbergasted watching an ostrich swallow a carrot whole, with that huge sideways lump travelling down its long, skinny neck.
Remember to leave some extra snacks for the last of the creatures. The cows like to drift around the park and are, therefore, sadly forgotten. But feeding these animals will certainly be a treat for children. Just keep some serviettes handy as the cows like to wrap their extensive and sloppy tongues around the hands that feed them. This gloppiness is not something one should miss.
Other than the animals, the park also offers braai facilities and lapas. This is perfect for an Easter celebration, where you'll be surrounded by all the real-life animals of the occasion. If braaing is not your thing, there are plenty of picnic spots, where you can relax next to the lake, while your children release their pent-up energy running around and playing on the jungle gyms. Otherwise, you can get some snacks at the tuck shop, which also provides feed for the animals.
*This destination is intended for families of all ages. However, it is important to note that the animals here should not be chased, pushed, hit or taunted. This is for your own safety. Please respect the park and animals and don't litter, as this is a choking hazard to the animals. Animals should NOT be fed bread or any other processed food.*
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What Is It?
HuntEx is back and all the hunters out there have been waiting in eager expectation for this experience where all who are into hunting, shooting, archery and many many more; can come and see demonstrations and equipment.
HuntEx says, "On show is the latest in hunting, sports, tactical and defensive firearms, ammunition, gear, accessories, shooting and reloading equipment, optics, hunting, outdoor and tactical garments, footwear, knives, archery, taxidermy, hunting and fishing destinations, vehicles, camping, outdoor equipment, wildlife art, and much more. All of it presented by experts who believe in the products they sell." - HuntEx
When Is It?
Friday, 26 April 2019 at 09:00 - 17:00.
Where Is It?
Gallagher Convention Centre, 19 Richards Drive, Midrand, Johannesburg
How Much Is It?
Tickets are R80 - R110 per person
For More Information
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“My wife always said that if I opened a fourth eatery it would have to be called ‘Divorce’ or ‘The Singles Club’,” laughs Chef James Diack. “Instead, I’ve decided to call it Il Contadino, which means ‘the farmer’ in Italian and really embodies the spirit of our season-focused, farm-to-table style.”
Set to open in October 2017, Il Contadino will be nestled in the heart of Parktown North and will serve three farm-inspired meals a day. Its menu will be prepared as an ode to the rural or ‘peasant’ food from the Spanish, French and Italian countryside – some of James’ favourite places. Dishes will be fresh, simple and rustic: roast chicken, slow-cooked pork, charcuterie boards, salads, homemade pasta and pizza from the in-house wood-fired oven – all using seasonal ingredients.
It will also be James’ most sustainable restaurant to date, with the menu designed to be entirely supplied by the Diack’s family farm, Brightside in the Magaliesburg.
“All three of my restaurants offer something different – Coobs is refined dining, The National is a neighbourhood dining room away from home, and The Federal is our take on a NY-style dinner. But they all have one thing in common: seasonality,” says James. “Il Contadino will be the perfect spot for a morning coffee from the espresso bar, a light lunch or after-work drink.”
Over the last two years, James has worked exceptionally hard to become the go-to person for provenance. His restaurants have evolved to such an extent, that now 95% of everything on his menus comes off his family’s farm, Brightside. Il Contadino will be the first time James cracks the 100% mark.
As usual, the wine list will be an extensive catalogue of boutique wine farms and those that share Diack’s passion for bespoke offerings including Garajeest, Blackwater, Beaumont and Alheit. Oh, and Aperol Spritz on tap.
The 133m2 restaurant, located on the corner of 4th Avenue and 7th Avenue in Parktown North, will seat 90 and provide indoor and outdoor seating. The interior design and décor process will once again be spearheaded by Janet Diack, James’ mother and farmer at Brightside Farm, so expect reclaimed and refurbished items that extend the farm-to-table concept from the plates to the walls, floors and furnishings.
Brightside Farm, in the Magaliesburg, is the Diack’s family farm and where James grew up. Janet is passionate about farming and supplying the restaurants – what they can’t grow themselves they source from suppliers who share their passion for provenance. The gardens are as beautiful as they are functional. Flowers abound, and they are all edible. Apart from the large main gardens you will find smaller gardens, situated to provide the right conditions for some of the specialty plants. All the gardens feature benches, stone paths, ponds or sculptures with rambling plants like peas, beans and tomatoes climbing up willow woven structures. The gardens supply all three restaurants with herbs, vegetables and fruit – it even makes its own ricotta. The farm also supplies Diack’s now legendary acorn-fed wild boar, lamb, duck and the occasional pigeon or guinea fowl.
It will also be friendly to the pocket, “I’m trying to build a restaurant that’s going to fit into where our economy’s going, so it’s not going to be expensive. I’m trying to keep prices down and keep things casual in every aspect: simple glassware, enamel plates, dishcloths for napkins. It’s going be fun and rustic, but not kitsch.”
What is it?
Bring your family along to enjoy a farm-style lunch, provided by The Forum Company, in a stunning outdoorsy setting. The meal will be made with organic food and vegetables and ingredients will be sourced locally. Their dishes will be made in celebration of the farmers and the role they play in producing “real food”.
When is it?
Sunday, 31 January 2016 from 13:00.
Where is it?
White Light, Portion 500 of 534, Elandsdrift Road, Nooitgedacht, Johannesburg.
How much is it?
A three-course meal will cost R 420 per person. Click here to buy tickets.
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With master brewer Nushka Botha at the helm, Black Horse has seven premium brews in their repertoire. Patrons can expect to find two types of IPA, a lager, Ginger beer (plain and strawberry infused), a weiss and a dry beer. Rated as one of the top micro breweries in Gauteng, Black Horse knows how to brew a great batch of suds.
The distillery was established in 2014 on the Black Horse family estate by Marius Bezuidenhout and Bernard Botha. They pride themselves on hand-crafting the purest vapour-infused gin from fresh mountain spring water. Each bottle of Morality Amber gin, as Black Horse calls their creations, is distilled and bottled by hand from single malt barley, vapour-infused through a botanicals basket with juniper berries, lemon and orange peel and a range of other spices, then casked in old French oak barrels giving a refreshing, flavourful and smooth finish. Do yourself a favour, if you find a bottle of their gin anywhere, buy it immediately. It is by far one of the best gins - both locally and internationally - that we've ever tasted.
Don't expect pub grub at Black Horse. Though there are chicken wings and burgers, one can also expect creamy mushroom pastas, gourmet pizzas and salmon cured in beetroot and... vodka! The food is well prepared, beautifully presented and finely priced. The menu has been well curated to accompany the beer crafted on site.
The Wedding Venue
There is truly no other banquet hall in South Africa with the views of the Black Horse Banquet hall. The Magnificent room overlooks the Zeekoeihoek Valley just outside Magaliesburg, and a huge glass wall inside has a view of the Black Horse Brewery & Distillery. Large glass doors allow the hall to be opened up completely and the story high sliding steel door provides an enchanted entrance. The hall seats up to 150 guests comfortably with a large dance floor. The bar is conveniently located inside the hall and provides a full selection of Black Horse Craft beers on tap. Read Shaun & Christine's wedding adventure which started at the Black Horse!
Address: Seekoei Hoek; Bekker School Road; Magaliesburg
At Van Gaalen Cheese Farm there is a restaurant on the farm where traditional Dutch dishes are served, and picnic baskets or wine tasting can also be organised. Families or couples can picnic on the banks of the Skeerpoort river. The farm shop sells a fine collection of cheese, wine, preserves, souvenirs and a range of Dutch favorites. The Milk Cottages offer overnight accommodation that is based on country living. There are also various trails for horse riding, hiking, birding, mountain biking and trail running. Day permits for the Skeerpoort Trails are available at the farm shop. To find out more about Van Gaalen's Kaasmakerji click here.
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Monaghan Farm, although still relatively new, has hosted many events such as fundraiser gourmet picnics, live performances and mountain bike rides. It is also home to The Other Side Restaurant that regularly serves up buffets, yummy pizzas and other great options. The focus at Monaghan Farm is nurturing the environment. It is actually a working farm that is dedicated to the organic farming of vegetables, herbs and cut flowers. To find out more about Monaghan Farm click here.
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