In 2021, we'll still be celebrating Father's Day a little differently. So, until Dad feels comfortable going out and enjoying himself, these experience gifts will give him something amazing to look forward. We went in search of a few awesome experience gift ideas for every kind of dad. These vouchers are valid for up to three years depending on where you purchase from, so there's no rush to use these experiences (especially during the pandemic).

Please note: Experience gift prices are subject to change at any given time. These product prices were correct at the time of writing (May 2021). 

For Dads Who Love Cars

BMW Off-Road Experience

Is Dad a huge BMW fan? Does he love the thrill of off-road driving in the great outdoors? Then head over to Celestial Gifts and purchase the BMW Off-Road Experience. He will definitely get a good thrill out of this exciting adventure at the BMW X Lifestyle Park in Waterfall, Midrand.

Let Dad test the X-series BMW's abilities on a controlled 1.3 km off-road track under the watchful eye of seasoned instructors. The experience costs R3 549* and the e-voucher is instantly sent to your desired email address upon payment. Click here to find out more about this thrilling experience.

BMW Defensive Driving Course

Sure, Dad is a great driver. He has been doing it for many years. Longer than you've been alive. But why not sharpen his driving skills and reflexes with an adrenaline packed BMW Defensive Driving Course? Not only is this experience an exciting training program which expands driving knowledge and teaches how to keep your vehicle superbly under control in a variety of situations, but it's also loads of fun!

This course takes place at Zwartkops Raceway over a six week period, after which Dad will be presented with a certificate once passed. Click here to get this experience gift voucher at R2 100*.

Supercar Driving Experience

Perhaps Dad would love to experience what it feels like to drive an Audi R8, Lamborghini Gallardo, Ferrari 430, Nissan GTR or Porsche GT3? Get him a Supercar Driving Experience and let him take his pick from a fleet of amazing supercars. Once he is inside the car, the instructor will talk him through the controls as well as track etiquette. Once that's all covered, he can start the engine and drive three laps around the track. That's plenty of time to get a feel for the car, feel the power at the pedal and appreciate the superb handling and plush interior.

You can get this experience from Experience Days for R2 999*.

dash board of a car with lit up speedometer

For Dads Who Like Adventure

Zip Lining Adventure

There is only one way to get the best views of the Muningi Gorge, and that's by going on a breathtaking zipline adventure! This two-hour thrilling experience covers four slices crossing over the gorge, giving Dad the chance to get the best views imaginable while also getting that adrenaline pumping! And to ensure his utmost safety while he flies through the sky 75m above the ground, professional guides lead the way.

Click here and get this exciting experience for R650 per person*. Why not make it a great family outing for all to enjoy and experience with Dad?

Quad Biking Experience

Does Dad love nature and getting outdoors? Then why not plan an exciting two-hour quad biking trek through the bushveld? Don't forget to keep an eye out for all the local wildlife, which includes zebra, kudu, wildebeest and more. Also, don't forget the camera and sunscreen! Dad (and yourself if you want to make it a fun day out with him) will cover about 25km of game farm during his experience, led by professional instructors and guides.

Sounds like something your dad would love? Click here and buy this experience gift for R850 per person*.

Archery Experience For Two

Spend some quality time with Dad while trying your hand at archery. This is the perfect opportunity to learn something new and get a little competitive with the old man. For one full hour, you and Dad will learn how to recurve bows, all taught and shown to you by the professional instructors. They'll also let you in on a few secrets and tips to hit the target every time.

Click here to get this one-hour archery experience with Dad for R500 per duo*.

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A Few More Ideas For Good Measure

T6 Harvard At Swartkop

This is definitely considered a once-in-a-lifetime experience that Dad will never forget, especially if he is a big history fan. Treat Dad to a 30-minute flight in a classic, American WW2 advanced trainer over Johannesburg.  Taking off from Swartkop, take to the skies in a T6 Harvard and see the world as the World War II aviators did.

With this gift voucher, keep in mind that all flights are subject to ideal weather and the availability of pilots and aircraft. Please inquire before purchase to avoid disappointment. Click here to purchase this experience at R4 415 per person*.

The Ultimate Grooming Experience At Hines & Harley 

Send Dad off for a relaxing pamper session at Hines & Harley with their range of treatments developed especially for men. He'll spend his grooming experience sipping on a complimentary whiskey or cold-drip coffee while enjoying a selection of treatments for his hair, beard, face, hands and feet. This Full House package includes a facial, a shave, haircut, a man-icure and a sports pedicure.

This experience gift will cost R1 585 per person* and can be redeemed at Hines & Harley in Parktown North once the lockdown restrictions ease off. Click here to get your gift voucher now.

barber shop with a barber chair

Please note: Costs mentioned were correct at the time of writing (2021) and are subject to change at any time. Please contact your desired destination directly to confirm entry fees, costs and operating times. 

Joburg

CityROCK

Let the kids climb the walls in a good way at CityROCK in Randburg. It's the biggest indoor climbing gym on the continent, and best of all, it has some of the best coffee in town too! So, if climbing isn't your thing, at least you can enjoy a good cuppa joe while the kids go climbing. The gym boasts 2 000m² of high-wall climbing, 124 top rope anchors, nine automatic belay walls, 500m² of bouldering, a well-stocked outdoor gear shop, a beautiful yoga studio, a training area and a dedicated beginners’ climbing area perfect for birthday parties, kids and courses. Not only is it fun, but it gets the kids active too!

CityROCK

Montecasino Bird Gardens

Spend quality time as a family and experience the beautiful vibrant residents of the Montecasino Bird Gardens. This is the only wildlife and bird park of its kind in Africa and is a must when you're visiting Montecasino. Here, you can wander along walkways, explore the manicured gardens and marvel at a menagerie of colourful birds, mammals, reptiles and unusual animals from around the world. Also, enjoy their walk-through aviary where you'll find over 60 species of birds, reptiles and small mammals roaming freely. Due to the COVID-19 restriction, the Bird Gardens will be open from Wednesday to Sunday between 08:30 to 17:00. Also keep in mind that their Fantasy of Flight shows are cancelled until further notice.

City Sightseeing Johannesburg

How much of the city have your kids actually seen? We don't mean all the fun places, their friend's house down the road or the mall. We mean all the significant and historic parts of the city, including Nelson Mandela Bridge, Constitution Hill, the Apartheid Museum and the Johannesburg Zoo. City Sightseeing Johannesburg is all about experiencing the city and 20 of Joburg's leading attractions from the comfort of a big, red, double-decker bus. Fun for the whole family!

Croc City & Reptile Park

Sure, scaly critters make our skin crawl, but this cool spot is worth the visit if you and your kids are braver than us and are looking for thrills, chills and a whole lot of fun in between. If your kids are fearless and up for experiencing anything (even holding a creepy, cold, icky creature that sends us running for the hills), then the Croc City & Reptile Park is just the place for them. They can touch a baby crocodile or a slithery snake and get up close and personal with a hairy tarantula. Eeeek!

RollEgoli 

Today's kids don't understand the fun, excitement and concentration that goes into rollerskating. This was THE thing to do when we were kids and RollEgoli is bringing it back with a bang! If you see us rollerskating too, don't judge us! This is the perfect activity to get the kids out of the house to a place where they can hang with their friends and be active, showing off their skater tricks (like we used to do, back in the day). Skating works up an appetite, which is why RollEgoli has some of the best wood-fired pizzas in town! And for the younger ones, they also offer a tree garden with a few shy chickens and a jungle gym with a trampoline.

Escape Room

Need something entertaining for older kids, let's say from 12 years upwards? Then why not challenge their cognitive skills with real-life room games at the Escape Room? This is the type of adventure where they are 'trapped' in a room with friends and family. This is real, not a computer game, so there are no cheat codes! They'll need to use their noggins to get out. Here are a few crucial skills that'll get them through this challenge: they must use their sense of adventure, imagination, lateral thinking, powers of observation and, of course, teamwork. Once they have cracked a series of stimulating, challenging and fun puzzles and solve the mystery, they'll be freed. They just need to keep in mind that they'll have to do this within the time limit. Sounds like fun, doesn't it?

Top Escape Rooms In The City

Jozi X Adventure Centre

There is nothing like an adventure to get the adrenaline pumping! And to delight your kids' sense of adventure AND keep them entertained for hours on end, Jozi X Adventure Centre is a must. They have everything under the sun from bubble soccer, games of Arch Rivals, zorbing and loads of other fun and exciting obstacle courses. This makes for an epic day out for your kids and their friends.

Artjamming

We all know how kids LOVE making a big mess! So why not let them go bonkers with paint and creativity at Artjamming? Best of all, you don't need to worry about the clean up afterwards. Artjamming allows your little ones to indulge their inner artist and create their own inspired, colourful and interesting masterpieces. All they need to do is pick their canvas, decide what they want to paint and go wild.

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Pretoria

Pretoria Zoo

Do you and the kids have a love for animals? Then we know just the place to visit! The 85-hectare Pretoria Zoo is the largest zoo in the country and the only one with national status. A staggering 9 500 animals call this popular destination home – ranging from mammals, birds and fish to reptiles and amphibians. There's also an aquarium and reptile park that forms part of the zoo. There's plenty for all ages to explore at the Pretoria Zoo. Visit their website and get your tickets now!

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Image from Pretoria Zoo via Facebook.

The Ditsong National Museum of Natural History

Explore South Africa’s natural heritage at the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History. This is the only natural history museum in Gauteng and one of the largest in South Africa. Here, visitors will be able to view collections and exhibits that includes hominid fossils from the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, other fossils, skeletons, skins and mounted specimens of amphibians, fish, invertebrates, reptiles and mammals and much more!

The Grove Ice Rink

For an easy entertainment solution perfect for both young and old, why not visit The Grove's Ice Rink for some cool fun on the ice? Hire some skates and take to the ice, race your friends with laps around the arena, practice your skills, or simply just have a great time. This is the perfect outing during the summer month when it's hot outside, the ice rink is sure to keep you cool and refreshed.

Ice Skating

Cedar Junction Theme Park

Make the most of our South African summer by visiting Cedar Junction Theme Park! Here, guests, both young and the young at heart, can spend the day hopping on train rides, making a splash with 16 water slides, dipping into four different pools to keep cool, floating down the Lazy River, climbing up and down Jungle Gyms, bouncing on trampolines and so much more! There's plenty of exciting outdoor activities to keep visitors entertained at Cedar Junction Theme Park.

Image from Cedar Junction Theme Park.

CryWolf

For an exciting day outdoors, filled with adventure and adrenaline, visit CryWolf in Irene. Here, visitors can spend the day doing exciting activities including two-speed go-karting ideal for both young and old, playing some paintball or laser tag (depending on whether or not you can handle being hit with a paint ball), or trying out laser clay pigeon shooting!

Cost: Click here for all the pricing details.

Venue: Smuts House Museum, Plot 53, Jan Smuts Avenue, Irene, Pretoria.

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Throughout Gauteng

BOUNCE Inc

Sitting on the couch with their eyes and hands glued to their cellphones is NOT the way kids should spend their school holidays, especially this festive season. They need to get out of the house, away from their gadgets and get active, which is why BOUNCE Inc is ideal. Not only does it offer a cure for boredom, but also loads of fun activities to keep them busy all day long. Think 3 000m² of interconnected trampolines, adventure features, padding and airbags, giving kids (and even adults) the chance to bounce around, throw balls, do backflips, show off their aerial skills and just have a blast.

Please note: All BOUNCE Inc venues will be reopening on 27 November 2020.

Acrobranch

Another great idea is to let the kids swing about and experience a treetop adventure at Acrobranch. There's something for all ages and all fitness levels, from ziplining and tricky crossings, to high ropes and much more. This is also a great family activity if you want to do something new together. There's no better place to get your kids out and about and reconnecting with nature than at Acrobanch. When last did you or your kids climb a tree? Hmmm, we thought so! Just make sure they wear the right gear — closed shoes, comfy clothes, long hair tied up and safety gear (provided by Acrobranch).

Papachinos

Sometimes, parents just need a bit of time-out. A place where they can relax unwind while letting the kids run wild and blow off some stream. Cue Papachinos. Not only is this an awesome hangout for mamas, papas, oupas, oumas and the little tykes, but it's a great place to grab a bite to eat (the pizzas are amazing) while the kids run rampant and blow off steam in the designated kiddies' play area. This is a family restaurant that caters to all your needs — kiddie entertainment, food, wine and chillaxing.

The Lion & Safari Park

Who doesn't love animals? And lucky for us, we don't need to drive too far to experience what South Africa is well known for — its wildlife! The Lion & Safari Park in Harties offers loads of outdoor activities for a fun day out for all ages. No need to travel all the way to Mpumalanga or the Kruger! Take your pick from interaction and walking experiences, guided tours and self-drive safaris. After all that excitement, relax and grab a bite to eat at the Bull 'n Buck Grill.

What Is It?

Higher Ground Restaurant, on the St Stithians property, offers a unique dining experience that you need to try at least once in your lifetime. Book your spots, gather your friends and family, and enjoy a delicious meal up in the sky. You read correctly 30.48 metres in the air to be exact.

The lift accommodates 22 people around the table for every session, with three staff in the middle to ensure you're catered and tended to. There are a number of different sky dining options to choose from, and each ticket includes your meal, the sky-high experience as well as the spectacular views of Joburg. Drinks are not included, but a cash bar is available.

Guests need to arrive one hour prior to lift time booked in order to register.

Sky Dining

When Is It?

The Sky Dining events take place every Saturday, catering for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For further information on dates and times, click here.

Here's March to May's 2021's event dates: 

March 2021

April 2021

May 2021

Please note: Booking are essential! To book your seat/s, contact [email protected] and 084 449 6040. Also, click here to see what's on the menu. 

Where Is It?

Higher Ground Restaurant, St Stithians College Property, 40 Peter Place, Bryanston, Sandton, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

This experience costs between R495* and R975* per person, depending on which option you pick.

Please note: prices are subject to change.

Contact them on 084 449 6040 or via email at [email protected] to book now. Or click here to book your seats online. There's limited space available (eight lifts each Saturday, catering to 22 people per lift), so hurry.

Sky Dining

For More Information

For more information or to make a booking for the Higher Ground Restaurant Sky Dining, visit www.sky-events.co.za.

You can also contact them on 084 449 6040 or via email at [email protected].

Don't forget to follow them on Facebook for the latest news, announcements, Sky Dining events and more.

The James Hall Museum of Transport in Johannesburg is the largest and most comprehensive museum of land transport in South Africa. Established by the late Jimmie Hall together with the City of Johannesburg in February 1964, the museum's impressive collection of animal-drawn vehicles, coaches, motorcycles, buses and cars dates back to as early as 1870. This museum offers motor enthusiasts and inquisitive children insight into what transportation in early Johannesburg was like. Their steam vehicle collection is one of the most popular attractions for the little ones, as well as antique fire engines donated by the Johannesburg Fire Station. Housed in the East Hall of the museum, one of these engines is a 1913 Merryweather Steam Pump. Not only will the kids be enamored by the nostalgia of these machines, but they will learn a ton here.

Education

Score yourself a few extra parent points by bringing the kids to the James Hall Museum of Transport. Teaching them about the history of the city, its people and how they got around, the museum recognises that the theme of transport recurs throughout the primary school syllabus. Bring the images in their textbooks to life by taking a tour around the museum. Unfortunately, guided tours are only offered to groups of 60 or more. However, there are information signs on almost every display, so you can easily find your way around learning all about locomotives and their modern equivalents.

If your historical knowledge is somewhat lacking, bring Granny and Grandpa along to help out with the facts. We're sure they will be delighted to take a trip down memory lane back to their childhoods. Plus, sharing their memories with the grandchildren is always worthwhile. Make sure to bring your camera with, to catch all the many photo opportunities.

Joburg's last tram returned to the sheds in 1961, ending 55 years of electric tram operations in Johannesburg.

Family Fun

Now that you have the whole family assembled, take a ride on a London bus, ox-wagon or vintage fire engine. The James Hall Museum of Transport offers short rides on some of their iconic machines. The jokesters of the family may want to try their hand at balancing on a Penny-Farthing or riding in tandem. These antiquated bicycles are a sight to behold with their strange configurations. Don't be surprised if the kids wonder in awe at how people possibly traveled on one big wheel!

Once you have thoroughly explored the displays, head over to the museum's gift shop. Here, you can find postcards and transport-related trinkets to take home. Pick up a memento or two to remember your time with the kids at the museum. Alternatively, you can set up a family picnic on the lawns just outside the museum. This is a great way to wind down after all the excitement!

The James Hall Museum of Transport is the ideal place to take the kids these holidays. So, pack them up into the car and get ready to experience a world in which Joburg's roads where littered by carriages, wagons and trams. It's definitely a marvel you won't want them to miss out on. Entrance to the museum is free, so you really have no excuse not to visit.

James Hall Museum

For More Information 

Visit the James Hall Museum of Transport website for more information about tours and events. Contact them on 011 435-9485/6/7 or 011 435-9821 or via email at [email protected].

Address: Pioneers' Park, 193 Rosettenville Road, La Rochelle, Johannesburg South.

1. Edutainment For The Kids

Looking for a way to keep the kids entertained over the weekend or during the school holidays? This is a great start! And not only is visiting the Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park loads of fun for the whole family, but it also offers kids an educational experience like no other. What better way to learn about these scaly, cold-blooded reptilian critters than by visiting the park, gaining insight and info on them with guided tours, cool shows and feeding times?

2. They Offer Hands-On Interaction With These Creatures!

As part of the educational aspect of Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park, kids (and even adults) can get up close and personal with the slithery, scaly, hairy and creepy park residents. "How up close and personal is up close and personal" you may ask? Well, let's just say you'll have these critters right in the palm of your hands (guided and assisted, of course! Safety first!). If this makes your skin crawl, don't worry, it's the perfect activity to help you overcome and conquer your fear of this scary yet oh-so-fascinating animals.

Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park

3. Try Out The Croc City Flyover... If You Dare!

As if conquering your fear of creepy creatures wasn't enough, you can also overcome your fear of heights with the Croc City Flyover! This 150m zip line is the perfect thrill for those who are brave and adventurous at heart. Built by Chimp and Zee, the Croc City FlyOver is an adrenaline-fuelled opportunity to fly or zip over Nile Crocodiles as they watch from below! Sounds scary, right? But don't worry, it's completely safe as you'll be equipped with the latest safety gear and escorted by trained guides over the two 75m zip lines.

The zip line tour consists of three platforms – the starting point, the middle section and the ending platform. The first section of the zip line traverses over two separate crocodile enclosures ending on the middle double platform. The second section extends over the large crocodile enclosure to the ending platform.

This is the perfect opportunity to get a bird's eye view of the various enclosures. Cost is only R100 per person and it's worth every Rand as it's a once-in-a-lifetime African adventure, designed to captivate and enthral every brave heart or adrenaline junkie!

4. They Host Interesting Venomous Snake Shows on Sundays

Do you kids have a fondness for snakes? Well, then they'll definitely want to see the Venomous Snake Shows on Sundays and Public Holidays at 11:00. This show is separate from the usual reptile interaction but is included with your entry fee to the park. Here, you can enjoy an hour-long show that covers a wide range of venomous snake, as well as all the facts and myths about them. The professional tour guides will also discuss snake safety like what to do if you come face-to-face with these dangerous creatures in the wild. You'll even have the unique opportunity to SAFELY touch a living, breathing Puff Adder (we got the chills when we did!) and ask questions.

Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park

5. Lunchtime For The Crocs on Weekends

Ever seen a crocodile eat? Other than on the Discovery Channel, that is. No? Well, here is your chance! Visitors will be able to catch crocodile feedings on Saturdays and Sundays at 14:00. This experience is included in the entry fee, so make sure you don't miss out. It's definitely something you don't see everyday.

6. Explore The Park With Daily Guided Tours

Another interesting activity that's part of your day at the Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park is the guided tour. A professional tour guide will take you and your family on an informative and exciting tour of the park, where you'll get the opportunity to see a variety of reptiles, from crocs and snakes to big lizards and more. Tours are guide throughout the park every hour, starting from 09:00 – 16:30 daily. This is also include in your entry fee.

Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park

7. It's Fun That Won’t Bust Your Budget

Another question you might have: cost? Honestly, entry is not that bad considering you get a full experience all in one ticket. You can expect to pay the following:

Your entrance fee to Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park includes interaction with a baby crocodile and other reptiles (supervised by a professional guide); a guided tour where you'll get to visit the resident alligators and crocodiles; and if you're visiting on Saturdays and Sundays, you'll get a chance to see the crocodile feeding.

Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park

8. It's Also A Great Place To Host A Birthday Party

Parents, you don't need to worry about a thing! Just sit back, relax and let the Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park take care of everything when it comes to your little one's birthday party. On the day of the party, all you have to do is show up and have fun. They will setup, decorating and clean-up. Their parties run all year long, offering a truly memorable experience. Parties can be hosted during the following times:

Also, you can choose from one of the following party packages:

Standard Package

Pizza Package

Deluxe Pizza Package

Own Catering Package

For More Information

For more information about Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park, visit their website at www.croccity.co.za.

You can also contact them on 083 321 1016 or 083 657 7561, or [email protected].

Don't forget to give them a follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Celebrate With A Love-Cation Of Your Choice!

Chocolate lovers who love LOVE, stand a chance to win one of ten local love-cations* valued at R50 000 each for themselves and their partner of choice. They can choose from game drives in the Kruger, cocktails on a speedboat in Cape Town or gourmet dishes and ziplining in the Garden Route. There’s a love-cation for everyone to enjoy, whether it’s quality time with your bestie on a Bestie-cation; celebrating sibling love on a you-are-awesome-cation; a romantic getaway on a Be My Bae-cation; or a treat for yourself on a You’re Awesome-cation. You can redeem your love-cation anytime this year.

Last year we said love can be anything you want it to be and encouraged Cadbury P.S. enthusiasts to express their love through songs. This year though we want to offer them the opportunity to break away from the unexpected rollercoaster of 2020 and enjoy a love-cation in the most spectacular holiday destinations across the country. We want to celebrate the connections that are important to you from romantic partners to best friends, we just love that you love no matter who,” says Lara Sidersky, Mondelez SA Category Lead for Chocolate.

Local Celebs Share Love-Cation Destinations

Eight popular South African content creators have already visited some of the love-cation destinations to give you a taste of what to expect at these breathtaking locations. They also shared why all love is important to them.

South Africa’s favourite twins, The Sobekwa Twins, visited Old Mac Daddy in Elgin and The Marine in Hermanus where they enjoyed adventurous ziplining and quad biking, while the newly engaged Jessica van Heerden and her fiancé visited the recently opened Shalati Game Resort situated on a bridge overlooking Skukuza.

The stylish Andre Kanyinda had cocktails on a speedboat in Cape Town with his bro Chad Haupt after visiting The Radisson RED and took in all the views and luxury at The Oyster Box in Durban. One of South Africa’s most-loved travel enthusiasts, Thobi Rose, visited the Kapama Lodge with her bae where they enjoyed game drives and a romantic dinner under the stars.

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From left to right: The Sobekwa Twins; Jessica van Heerden, and Andre Kanyinda.

The free-spirited solo-traveller, GoPhari, visited the Fancourt Manor House, The Turbine and The Plettenberg all along the scenic Garden Route where she explored and went on adventures including snorkelling with the seals. While Constantia-loving comedian, Cassidy Nicholson visited The 12 Apostles Hotel and experienced the beauty of the Constantia Valley on a food and wine tour.

Yoliswa Mcoqo visited the very romantic Boschendal Wine Estate in the Cape Winelands with breath-taking views of the mountains and valleys. The final stop in Cape Town was with fun-loving Ashleigh Herman who visited the Grand Daddy Hotel where she enjoyed a private movie screening before sipping cocktails on the rooftop.

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From left to right: Thobi Rose; GoPhari; and Ashleigh Herman.

How To Enter*

Your chance to experience the perfect love-cation is three steps away:

Enter for a chance to experience it all for yourself, tour all the love-cations on cadbury.co.za and join the conversation on @CadburyPS on Facebook, @CadburyPSBar Twitter or @cadburyps_bar on Instagram.

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What Is DateFactory? 

DateFactory are your guardian angels! They plan, pack and ship an interesting, unique and exciting date night in a discreet box right to your doorstep, no matter where you are in South Africa. It's definitely a great option if you have done all of the usual date night ideas and are looking for something different and "outside of the box" (ahem, excuse the pun).

DateFactory

What's In The Box?

To keep your date night a surprise, DateFactory don’t really tell you what to expect. You see, each of the DateFactory date night boxes is a lucky packet, but for grown-ups – you never know what you're going to get. And that's what adds to the excitement! BUT, you can be sure that each and every box will have a particular theme and will include something to eat and drink, and have a few fun activities in store! A typical box will provide you and your sweetheart with about two hours of quality time. As for what types of boxes are available, here's what you can choose from:

DateFactory

Digital Date Box 

You'll receive a fully planned date night itinerary sent straight to your inbox as soon as you order your preferred choice. There are three options for you to choose from: Secret Garden Digital Date (R119); To The Moon & Back Digital Date (R99); Honeymoon Time Digital Date (R89); or the Mafia Digital Date (R89). Click here to find out more.

Monthly Date Boxes

DateFactory plans and releases a brand-new date box EVERY month. Depending on how frequently you and your sweetheart do date night, you can take your pick from three different subscriptions. Choose the monthly subscription at R475* per month and you'll get a DateFactory boxed delivered once a month. You can also opt for a delivery every two months at R485*, or every six months a R495*. Click here for more information on these subscriptions.

Themed Date Nights

DateFactory also offer themed date night boxes! These boxes range from Belfiore Date Night (R520*); Spa Date Night (R520*); Secret Garden (R540*); and Dusk Till Dawn (R540*). Who knows what's inside! Click here to order yours now.

There are MANY other options available, like mini date nights, specialty boxes, gift vouchers, discount packages and even a few raunchy variations. Click here to take a look at what else they have to offer.

DateFactory

How Much Does Each Box Cost? 

DateFactory date night boxes start at R385* per month, which excludes delivery costs to major centres across South Africa. The most you'll spend on a DateFactory Box is R540*. Everything is ordered online at datefactory.co.za.

*Please note: Prices are subject to change.

Get Your DateFactory Box Now!

Start planning date night with ease now by visiting datefactory.co.za. All you have to do is browse through their online store, pick the date night boxes/subscriptions that suit you and your budget, add to cart, click on the check out button and pay. Boom, date night planned.

For More Information

For more information about DateFactory, visit their website at datefactory.co.za.

You can also contact them on 081 464 0258 or [email protected].

Don't forget to like or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Saddle Creek Ranch Farm

Get away from the buzz of the city and spend the afternoon out in Hekpoort Valley having an adventure with your special someone. Saddle Creek Ranch is bursting with fun and thrilling activities for you and your partner to try together. Take your pick from hot air balloon safaris, go-karting, playing Cupid with a little archery or even taking a romantic horseback ride through the peaceful countryside with its beautiful mountain scenery and lovely bush trails.

San Deck In Sandton

Sundowners, amazing views of Sandton and a vibey atmosphere is what's in store for you when you visit the San Deck Bar & RestaurantThis spot makes for a lovely spot for you and your sweetheart to have a romantic evening for two. There are plush sofas out on the deck, making it the ideal place to see one of the most beautiful sunsets in the city. You can also expect amazing food, cocktails and superb wines which will make your evening even more unforgettable. It's a popular hangout, so make sure you make your reservation to avoid disappointment.

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The San Deck

Harties Cableway 

There's no better way of seeing the amazing views of Hartbeespoort Dam and its surrounds than in a cable car at the Harties Cableway. Just imagine experiencing this with that special someone. Now that's romantic! This popular spot has finally reopened after being shut down for maintenance. And after enjoying the stunning panoramic views, you can head into town to explore and find a bite to eat.

Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens

Since the 1800s, people have come to the botanical gardens in Roodepoort to spend time relaxing against a backdrop of a cliff which houses a sensational variety of incredible flora and fauna. Take a page, pack a picnic basket, grab your beloved and find a spot close to the waterfall. That, my friend, is how you make a good memory.

The Bioscope

For quite some time now, The Bioscope has run some interesting cinema offerings at their viewing room in Maboneng. From kung-fu movies to Classic Movie Sundays with beer and pizza, there's always something fun happening at The Bioscope.  Check their viewing schedule online and pull in for a cuddle session.

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The Bioscope

Goodman Art Gallery

Since the '60s couples have flocked to the Goodman gallery to be inspired by the artworks on display. From the awe-inspiring images of photographer David Goldblatt to the controversial works of conceptual artist Willem Boshoff, there is something for everyone. Spend the afternoon soaking up some of the best creations South Africa has to offer because you and your dearest are cultured like that.

Northcliff Hill

Pack a sun-downer, head to the second highest spot in Joburg and spend some quality time with that special someone. The entire city can be viewed from the top as the sun sets over the city of gold, making for an experience like no other. Although moments like these with a special someone can be very sexy, it's probably best to take some like-minded pals and not to visit this secluded spot on your own.

Northcliff Hill

And for good measure...

Whisk Him/Her Away For A Weekend In Clarens

Let's face it, there's nothing more romantic than being whisked away on a lovely weekend away with that special someone. Finally, some alone time in between all rush of everyday life. But the question is: where to go? How about Clarens? Yes, we know it's not in Gauteng (it's in the Free State), but it makes for a lovely escape for you and your sweetheart. The town is quaint and quirky, the brewery always has ice-cold craft beer available on those hot days, and there are plenty of hiking trails, sites, adventures and activities to do while you're there.

Know other romantic spots in the city not mentioned above? Let us know below!

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What Is It?

The Haunted Forest®, now in its fifth year, is a flagship Halloween event held at Riversands Farm Village in Joburg. The event has continuously grown since its inception in 2016, with this year taking a wicked leap into the world of horror and fright! Picnics in the Park has extended the Zombie Land experience until Sunday 14 November 2020 with limited tickets available. So, if you missed out on the fun of this exciting annual Halloween event, this is your chance to experience it! Wondering what to expect? Well, watch the video below, it's give you the chills!

The ticket "session 3" is for guests who attended last Saturday evening and if you were not able to come at all the other tickets are applicable to you.

 

Health & Safety Protocols At The Event

Where Is It?

Riversands Farm Village, Rose Road, Midrand, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

When Is It?

Saturday, 14 November 2020 from 19:00 to 23:00. 

Games (the games work on a token system):

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How Much Is It?

Limited tickets are available for this extended event at R100 per person. To avoid disappointment, click here to get your tickets now before they sell out.

For More Information

For more information on this spooky event, visit picnicsinthepark.co.

You can also contact them on 076 8922 535 (WhatsApp) or [email protected].

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Please note: Christmas market dates are subject to change or be cancelled at any given time. Please contact the event organisers directly for further information and confirmation. No mask = no entry. 

Also, visit these Pretoria Christmas markets!

Black Horse Brewery's Annual Christmas Market

Join Black Horse Brewery for a great day out and about with the family. Their festive Annual Christmas Market is back, and better than ever. Expect to spend the day tucking into some delicious food, strolling through their various craft stalls where you can purchase a bunch of festive goodies. Don't forget to treat your taste buds and keep cool with a draught of craft beer, or a glass of gin or wine.

The Linden Market: African Christmas

Before the Christmas frenzy begins, visit The Linden Market: African Christmas to get started on your festive shopping. This merry-must will span over TWO DAYS in the heart of Emmarentia Botanical Gardens. Expect everything from stunning market stalls to Santa in the Garden, sweet pooches and live music entertainment and much more. It's an absolute must visit for the whole family, including your four-legged companions. Other than all the exciting festivities, you definitely shop up a storm here as you'll find plenty of treasures such as vintage designer clothing, antiques, jewellery and accessories, as well as fresh flowers and organic skincare products. And on the culinary side, there will be lots of gourmet food, craft beer, bubbly and wine.

Destination Christmas Market

Get into the festive spirit at the Destination Christmas Markets taking place at Melrose Arch from 02 to 05 December 2020. Here, you'll find unique Christmas gifts for your friends and loved ones, beautiful festive décor, special handcrafted goodies, stunning jewellery, clothing for all, homeware and accessories, and toys for the little ones. Not only will you get to do some festive shopping, but you can also spend the evening dining at on of the precincts fab foodie spots and enjoying the twinkling Christmas light display lining High Street.

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Field Market Christmas Editions

For the last Field Markets of 2020, the Christmas Edition Markets bring you plenty of festive joy. Take a stroll underneath the trees to browse through curated stalls featuring quality, locally handcrafted items and deli products. And to delight your taste buds, enjoy a wide variety of gourmet food and craft drinks, plus there will be live music. The kids can run wild at the large free play area. Your four-legged companions are more than welcome to join in as long as they're on a leash.

Irene's Village Market's Christmas Markets

If you're heading to Pretoria over the festive season, be sure not to miss out on Irene Village Market's Christmas Markets popping up every Saturday until 19 December (there'll be another on Reconciliation Day on 16 December). Here, you can get all of your Christmas shopping done and dusted at more than 100 South African handmade arts and craft stalls while enjoying nature with your family. Don't miss out on a Saturday stroll throw these festive markets and enjoy all the good food, craft beer and gin, the fresh air, live music, crafts and art, and much more.

Royal JHB & Kensington Christmas Market

Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club is hosting a Christmas Market that's sure to have all of the festive bells and whistles that comes along with the holiday season! There will be a wide variety of stalls showcasing beautiful gifting ideas, plenty of Christmas decor, fashion items, accessories and so so much more!

Country Christmas Market

The highly anticipated annual Country Christmas Market in Kyalami is back with yet another jolly edition offering the perfect combination of fun, entertainment and shopping. Enjoy a lovely day out and about in the countryside admiring the Christmas gifts and themed stalls, plus there's a feel-good factor because you'll be supporting local vendors, artisans and crafters. A kiddie play area will keep the little ones occupied and dogs on leash are welcome. So, pull up a bench and spend the afternoon wining and dining with great friends while enjoying fantastic music in this rustic country setting. There's FREE entrance, FREE parking, FREE Wi-Fi, too!

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KAMERS/Makers 2020 Irene

The artisanal market we all know and love, KAMERS/Makers, will be returning to Irene, Pretoria, this December! This is the perfect opportunity to get started on all your Christmas shopping. For a celebratory end to 2020, the country's original artisan 'up'-market returns to Cornwall Hill College for a shopping experience like no other. Get ready for more than 200 proudly SA designers and crafters, all showcasing the coolest stuff you’ve never seen before – from fashion, food, skincare and ceramics to jewellery, lifestyle, music and much more. Click here to get your tickets now.

Sandton City's Christmas Village

Get ready for all the festive cheer at this year's edition of the Christmas Village, returning to Sandton City! Gather your friends and family and enjoy a merry frolic through this European-inspired village that showcases all things Christmas and African. Expect everything from twinkling lights, Christmas carols and artisan stalls filled with delectable treats to one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts crafted by local makers. You can find the Christmas Village in the Protea Court at Entrance 12 near Doppio Zero.

Italian Club Christmas Market

If you're in Bedfordview in mid December and would like to enjoy some festive celebrations and retail therapy, then be sure not to miss the Italian Club Christmas Market! This very festive gathering is one of the biggest in Johannesburg! Pop in, delight your taste buds and senses, and also do some Christmas shopping. This market is a must-visit for the whole family! There is a R10 voluntary entrance fee that goes to charity.

The Night Market Before Christmas

Join Molly Malone's Fourways for their first-ever Alternative Christmas Market held by Alternatribe. Here, you can expect to find an interesting selection of handmade goth, punk, vintage, metallist, rocker and steampunk items and art, as well as clothing, jewellery, music, decor, bags, books, fandom and much more! The Molly's Bar and Restaurant is also open to get the weekend started. The big screen will be showing the perfect christmas movie for this event.

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5th Annual East Rand Christmas Market

Don't miss the fifth annual East Rand Christmas Market, offering shoppers over 80 stalls to explore and shop through. Besides their great variety of festive stalls stocked with plenty of holiday goodies, there will be plenty of tasty eats, sweets and baked goods, and proper barista coffee, milkshakes, freezos, slush and more! Also, your furry four-legged companions are also welcome to explore this cheerful market with you. There's lots of things to do for the whole family, including a treasure hunt with Rudolph and Elf.

Handmade & Homemade Christmas Fair

It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas! So, why not head to Brooklyn Mall and join in on the festivities with their Handmade & Homemade Christmas Fair. Expect two levels with over 120 cheerful stands filled with high quality items and products, all hand-picked for their uniqueness and exclusivity. You find a wide variety of crafts and artisanal bakes and cakes, and so much more. There's also plenty of bargains and high end collectables ranging from furniture, porcelain, books, antiques, art, jewellery, antique furniture, kitchenware, vintage clothing, silver and much more.

Sylvia's Christmas Market Under The Stars

Get your last-minute gifts and stocking fillers done and dusted at the Christmas Market Under The Stars, brought to you by Sylvia's Market. Here, you can enjoy a merry setting with great food, wonderful crafts and lots of entertainment for both young and old. There will be live entertainment featuring a up-and-coming singers and a DJ. And for the kids, there will be carnival rides that are sure to thrill and delight, as well as a special visit from the ever-popular and beloved, Santa Claus!

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Trick Or Treating Sweets

Halloween isn't Halloween if there's no candy involved. So, if you need to stock up and get ready for those little trick or treaters, take a look at our list of top sweet stores in Joburg.

Crank Up Your Costume Game

Before you head off to the creepy and scary parties in the city, make sure you look the part with the most ghoulish costume ever! These costume hire stores have costumes for every kind of monster, witch, goblin or ghost you wish to morph into this Halloween.

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Ghoulish Fun For All

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and safety rules and regulations, all venues will be doing screenings before entry. Don't forget to wear your face masks and carry hand sanitiser along with you as we continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19. All events have a capacity limit, so be sure to book well in advance to avoid disappointment. Some events may be fully booked by the time you read this. Contact event organisers for further information. 

Rosebank Sunday Market

This Halloween, Rosebank Sunday Market will be celebrating both Halloween and Dia de los Muertos on Sunday, 01 November 2020. So be sure to join them for a day of fun and entertainment. Dress up in your scariest costume and bring your kids with their pumpkin buckets to Trick ’n Treat at the market. They'll be hosting a Halloween flavour, JERUSALEMA global dance sensation exhibition at noon with The Rainbow Line Dancers. There will be prizes for the best dressed Halloween/Cinco de Mayo visitors on the day.

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The Dark Comic Halloween Fest

No need to stay home this Halloween! Although we're in the middle of a pandemic, doesn't mean we cannot celebrate (safely). This year, The Dark Comic will be hosting their very first Halloween Fest. Expect a dress-up competition, some tasty locally baked treats, plenty of games, as well as some trick or treating. And to ensure that you're inspired and ready for this spooky time of the year, they'll also be sharing costume ideas, make-up and dress-up kits leading up to the event.

Halloween 2020 at Loftus Park

Pretoria’s annual Halloween jol is back for its 2020 edition! Save the date and get your tickets ASAP, because this year, they’re getting ultra spooky! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the safety regulations and protocols, capacity id extremely limited, so be sure to get your tickets ASAP before tickets run out. No under 18 ghosties are allowed and this year's theme is come as you aren’t. The lineup includes performances by Van Pletzen, PHFAT, Desmond and the Tutus, December Streets, Ruff Majik and The Klubs. Screening ill take place upon entry and don't forget your mask! NO MASK NO ENTRY.

The Haunted Forest® 2020 - Zombie Land

This year, the ever-popular and loved Haunted Forest by Picnics in the Park have to do things a bit differently. Do keep in mind that there are limitations on capacity, 500 guests ONLY. But for the 2020 edition, they'll be delivering a more intimate festival. The main field will host a big screen and most scenes with more games and entertainment, while the forest will house the scary Zombie Land (instead of the Haunted House). Be sure to dress the part (AKA as scary as possible) and enjoy a fun day out with the family at this spooky celebration.

Alternatribe's Rebel Market

Support local artists and makers at the first Alternatribe Rebel Market! Although it's not Halloween themed, it's definitely a great way to spend your Halloween afternoon. Expect to see, shop, savour and enjoy the some epic alternative inspired artisanal alcohol, bites, brands and products! All the goodies sold at this market falls under the 'alternative' category ranging from goth, punk and fantasy to geeky, delicious or just plain weird! Please do ensure that you keep with the safety rules and regulations (wear a mask and carry hand sanitiser with you).

Howl'ween Market

The community deserves to enjoy a little bit of spooky fun and what better why to do that than by visiting the Randburg SPCA's Howl'ween Market! There will be cauldrons full of fun for all ages, all in aid of the fight to protect animal rights. Stroll through a variety of market stalls filled with delicious food to spooky gifts and goodies to take home with you. Of course, Halloween is all about dressing up, so come dressed as spooky as you can and join the fun costume competition. Safe, off-road parking with be provided and all COVID-19 protocols and social distancing is a must, so remember those masks. This will be the first time the Randburg SPCA has been able to raise funds with a public event since before lockdown commenced, and all support and donations will be appreciated.

Halloween Walk

Looking for some creepy fun for you and your family? Then be sure to join in on the eerie Halloween Walk through the sanctuary at Brainy Birds Parrot Rescue. This is a fundraiser event to save the sanctuary and is sure to be loads of fun for both young and old. There's a free goodie bag for the first 100 children to arrive at the event. There'll also be plenty of refreshments for sale on the night, including boerewors rolls, roti, samoosas, cakes, biscuits and more.

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LeSi Evening of Trick & Treat

How about a romantic dinner for two with a spooky twist? Join LeSi Restaurant in Pretoria for a lovely three-course a la carte dinner in the perfect social-distancing-friendly setting, making this a date night experience you'll never forget. Booking is essential.

Halloween Pub Hopping Party Tour

This one is for the grownups! This Halloween, why not join a fun and safe way to explore the city, spooky style! Get all dressed up in your most ghoulish costume and do a six drink challenge at six different establishments in Joburg with the Halloween Pub Hopping Party Tour. This tour includes exciting adventures, historical stops, and loads of fun. A few highlights include a tour of Ponte's Tower, drinks and snacks on the 51st Floor; visiting the oldest bar in Joburg; Halfway House pizzas; Saigon Suzy Karaoke Roulette and more.

Halloween Ball Matinee 2020

It's time to party up a storm at Truth Select's Halloween Ball Matinee 2020! This awesome party opens the doors to the supernatural world of spirits, ghouls and monsters for one night only. But do keep in mind that there is a capacity limit due to rules and regulations around COVID-19. Expect deranged, frightening horror and prepare to dance like the undead. There's no dress code, but it's Halloween after all, so why not dress up in your creepiest outfit? The live music lineup includes Jon S & Brad S, Avi Subban, Kyle Watson, Vimo, Chunda Munki and Kyle Cassim.

Halloween Horror

Join Rumours Lounge Strydom Park for a horror-filled Hallows Eve! They'll have some of Gauteng's sickest bands performing on the night, along with spooky stalls, a crazy costume competition and tons of games and prizes! Be sure to dress deadly and join them for a jol! As for the lineup, you can catch Capgras Delusion, Raptorbaby, Sunken State, Deadline and Facing The Gallows.

'Trick or Tequila' Halloween Party

Get ready to scare, dare, wine, dine, and dance the night away at Chicago's Piano Bar's Trick or Tequila Halloween Party! Enjoy an evening filled with drink promos, free trick or treat shots at the door (if you arrive before 20:00), best dressed prizes, live bands, DJs and their famous dice game – roll the dice and win free shooters! There are some awesome dress up prizes and bar vouchers to be won on the night, too. Booking is essential if you'd like to enjoy their two-course set menu Fan Filled Feast.

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Just a mere hour's drive from Joburg, located in a magnificent private estate, Emerald Resort & Casino offers guests a tranquil and luxurious escape, complete with plenty of exciting gaming, resort experiences and entertainment, perfect for all ages. There's something for everyone. Unwind and relax with a pamper session at the Emerald Spa. Indulge in a delicious meal at the High Stakes or Emerald Hotel Restaurant. Explore and enjoy the many entertainment activities the resort has to offer. And why not try your luck at their onsite casino?

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High Stakes 

For a gourmet culinary experience, visit the High Stakes restaurant. This restaurant offers an impeccable selection of fine wines, a menu that caters for all discerning tastes, excellent service, and an elegant atmosphere. Situated just off the casino floor, High Stakes restaurant is strictly for guests over the age of 18. This is the restaurant that's perfect for making any occasion extra special.

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Emerald Hotel Restaurant

At the exquisite Emerald Hotel Restaurant, guests can enjoy the stunning bushveld views while dining on a range of delectable dishes – from hearty breakfast buffets to room-service meals – all made with the ultimate care while catering to different tastes. Also, be sure not to miss their delicious Sunday buffet lunches served between 12:30 - 15:30.

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Cappello

Whether you're looking to dine for business or leisure, Cappello aims to bring their guests the most vibrant scene and delicious cuisine in town. What could be more relaxing, trendy and luxurious than a sofa, a refreshing drink and great music? Indulge in you choice of succulent dishes from their menu, tasty cocktails and premium brands, all accompanied by great music and a vibey ambiance.

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Hotels & Accommodation

Emerald Hotel

For a luxurious escape away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the four-star Emerald Hotel is just the place to help you unwind and relax. The hotel boasts 77 rooms and suites, offering spacious comfort, free Wi-Fi and all the amenities and adventures the resort has in store. And for every night booked at the hotel, you'll receive complimentary access to the Aquadome. Guests also have access to their onsite gym facilities whilst enjoying their stay at the Emerald Hotel.

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Bush Lodges

Hidden away in a natural setting, guests can also enjoy accommodation in Emerald Resort & Casino's one- or two-bedroom safari lodges on a semi-self-catering basis. Also, for your entertainment, adventure awaits just outside the door! All of the resorts activities are all within walking distance. Also, every night booked in one of these stylish lodges, you'll receive complimentary access to the Aquadome.

Visit Emerald's Bush Lodges.

River Resort Chalets

The beautiful, self-catering River Resort Chalets at Emerald Resort & Casino provide guests with two, four and six sleeper accommodation – perfect for weekend getaways or longer stays with loved ones. The chalets offer easy access to a range of adventures available on the property, including boat launching facilities, fishing and access to a private swimming pool. And for every night booked in one of these chalets, you'll receive complimentary access to the Aquadome.

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Gaming

From 22 high stakes table games including Blackjack, Poker and Roulette to more than 430 slots ready and waiting for you to try your luck, the Emerald Casino offers plenty of gaming entertainment on their floor. Emerald's generous Rewards programme allows gamers to earn points to spend on discounted hospitality and resort experiences. Also, Diamond and Gold cardholders enjoy exclusive access to the opulent Privé offering regular entertainment, promotions and cocktail events.

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Family Entertainment

Aquadome

No need to wait for summer. You can take a dip in the pool every day of the year, no matter whether it's hot or cold outside! The Aquadome offers guests an indoor, climate-controlled water world, providing plenty of entertainment for both young and old. There are pools to suit everyone, whether you just want to unwind or have a splashing good time. Slip down the waterslide and explore their shipwreck, or just take a relaxing drift along their lazy river.

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Animal World 

Grab the family and head to Animal World for a wildlife adventure! Here, you'll encounter many different species of animals, birds and reptiles while also enjoy a bit of fresh air and sunshine. Be sure to keep a look out for hippos, flamingos, iguanas, antelope, monkeys, lions, snakes and much more. Click here to fins out more about their games drives.

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Adventure Golf

Have some fun while getting a little competitive with family and friends at Emerald's Adventure Golf Course. This  18-hole putt putt course is suitable for visitors of all ages. Everyone will certainly enjoy the Animal Kingdom-themed course that also has ancient Egyptian features. Score cards, pencils, putters and balls are all available for hire at the Adventure Golf kiosk.

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Spa Facility

For the ultimate relaxation, rejuvenation and pampering, guests can visit the indulgent Emerald Spa. They offer a truly tranquil experience in a soothing, natural setting complete with wonderful treatments for adults of all ages. Their highly trained therapists will ensure you enjoy your experience, all you have to do is select your choice from their menu of treatment options and packages, that offer everything from facials and manicures to hot stone and aromatherapy massages.

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Conference Venues

From fairytale weddings and extravagant parties to team building and business meetings, Emerald Resort & Casino is the only venue in the Vaal area with the facilities and expertise to host events of up to 3000 delegates. Other than space to host your events and meetings, their riverside estate offers a range of accommodation options as well as team-building activities and resort entertainment to ensure your and your guests' visit is a memorable one. Their banqueting experts are always available to assist in tailoring a package specifically for your requirements.

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Contact Details

Website: www.emeraldcasino.co.za

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 016 982 8000

Address: 777 Frikkie Meyer Boulevard, Vanderbijlpark, Vaal Triangle, South Africa

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For the best in casino thrills, great entertainment and family fun, the West Rand's favourite entertainment hub, Silverstar Casino is just the place to visit for an exciting day or night out on the town. Here, you can stand the chance to win incredible prizes on the casino floor with their thrilling promotions, competitions, slot machines and table games. The young visitors will have a blast with a wide selection of family-friendly entertainment. And for a bite to eat, there's plenty of outdoor and indoor restaurants to delight your taste buds. And if you need a bit of relaxation, you can treat yourself at the onsite spa, Soulstice Day Spa. There's something for all ages at Silverstar Casino!

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Publicity Bar & Grill

Publicity Bar & Grill offers guests a fun night on the town! Enjoy live entertainment every Friday and Saturday along with mouthwatering dishes including Eisbein, steaks, sticky barbeque wings, gourmet burgers, hearty ribs and much more. This is also the ideal spot to grab a few drinks with friends or to watch your favourite sport on the big TV screen.

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Vigour & Verve

Offering bistro-style dining, Vigour & Verve is just the place if you're looking to enjoy lamb shanks, fillet steak, crunchy salads, open sandwiches, unique butter chicken and delicious pizzas. The restaurant is well known for their freshly baked cakes which pair perfectly with a cup of tea or coffee. Enjoy your dining experience either inside the open restaurant or outside on the terrace, which overlooks the beautiful fountain.

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The Hussar Grill

With a touch of old-worldly charm, the Hussar Grill is filled with character, complete with antique clocks, classic literature-filled bookshelves, wood finishes and leather upholstery. Enjoy your choice from a variety of 28-day aged, South African Class-A grain-fed beef and other grills, poultry, vegetarian dishes and decadent desserts. This restaurant is also a lovely venue for celebrations and marking special moments.

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Hotels & Accommodation

Planning on making the most of your visit at Silverstar Casino by spending the night? Then be sure to book accommodation at the onsite Southern Sun Silverstar. The hotel boasts 34 luxurious rooms, each with its own magnificent view of the Silverstar fountain, Square and outdoor restaurants. And best of all, it's within walking distance from all the thrills and excitement of the entertainment complex.

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Gaming

Visit Silverstar Casino and try your luck! You never know, you might just walk away with a little more cash in your pocket.  Visitors can explore, enjoy and try out a wide range of slot machines and table games on the casino floor. You can expect popular games including American Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat and Poker, as well as fantastic side bet options and variations to increase your chances to win even more! Silverstar Casino also hosts a number of competitions, promotions and events where you can win amazing prizes.

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Family Entertainment

The Magic Company

Have a little fun with your kids and play a few old school classics and newer modern games at The Magic Company during your visit to Silverstar Casino. There's a wide selection of arcade games for both young and old to enjoy. And once you've had all your excitement while also collecting tokens after each game, you can trade them in for fun prizes to take home with you.

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Ten-Pin Bowling

Whether you're young or young at heart, ten pin bowling certainly makes for a fun family day out. The Silverstar bowling alley offers 12 great lanes complete with retro lights, sounds and shoes! Electronic scoreboards, balls of all weights and sizes, kiddie ramps and refreshments are all available here too. Pay them a visit whether you're just looking for something fun to do, for team building events or birthday parties. Knock some pins flat for only R60 per person!

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Laser Zone

Laser Zone offers an adrenaline-packed experience perfect for the whole family. Spaced out of three levels and covering approximately 450 square metres, the Laser Zone has smoke machines, glow-in-the-dark paint murals on the walls and colourful lasers flashing in every direction! Not only is this a great venue to have a blast, but it's also a great idea for birthday parties! A 15-minute game costs just R35 per person.

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Movies

Experience the latest Hollywood blockbusters as well as the best local films at [email protected] Silverstar. Visitors can also enjoy great discounts starting at 30% off when they use their Rewards card. Their big screen includes a 4k projector at the Grand Cine Star with space for 304, as well as an intimate and exclusive 85-seater cinema. The Prive is equipped with the latest in digital technology, luxury leather seats and a private bar – ensuring an exceptional and comfortable movie viewing experience.

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Theatre

For a theatre experience like no other, be sure to visit Barnyard Theatre Silverstar! Here, you and your loved ones can enjoy amazing music, energetic performances and loads of entertainment. Be sure to visit their website to see what shows are taking centre stage at Barnyard Theatre Silverstar.

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Conference Venues

Need to plan a special event or a productive business meeting? Silverstar Casino’s stylish conferencing facilities can accommodate 250 delegates in a large ballroom that can be divided. Silverstar offers a five-star catering experience whether it's for a banquet, cocktail or conference style event, anytime during the day or night. Venue hire includes access to on-site audio-visual experts, the latest technological equipment including UHD 4k ready projectors. Click here for more information on available packages or contact them to customise a package especially for you.

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Join Carnival City Casino & Hotel and unleash your inner jester! Explore and discover a wide variety of nonstop entertainment, perfect for all ages. There's something for everyone to enjoy. Visit the casino floor and try your luck on the thrilling slots and table games, enjoy live entertainment from regular live DJ shows and concerts, and tuck into a delicious meal at one of their restaurants. Carnival City is all about serving up a feast of fun that won’t break the bank.

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Vikrams

For authentic Indian cuisine that'll delight your senses, be sure to grab a table and dine at Vikrams at Carnival City. Expect only the best in Indian cuisine here, the food here is nothing short of an artistic masterpiece, offering guests a selection of internationally acclaimed curries and delicious chicken and mutton dishes.

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Calisto’s Portuguese Restaurant

Calisto’s Portuguese Restaurant offers guests a family-friendly setting where both young and old can enjoy a hearty Portuguese feast. Its diverse menu offers everything from the best flamed grilled Portuguese chicken to the finest seafood and meat, freshly prepared using only the finest ingredients. It’s more than a restaurant, it’s the best experience south of Portugal in Johannesburg.

Visit Calisto's Portuguese Restaurant.

RocoMamas

Craving a juicy burger with all the toppings? RocoMamas is just the place if you're in the mood for American-style and sized comfort food. Take your pick from their selection of Smash Burgers, limited edition options, salads, wings and ribs, and shoestring fries.

Visit RocoMamas.

Click here for more restaurants at Carnival City.

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Hotels & Accommodation

Whether you're visiting the East Rand for business and leisure, Carnival City offers convenient and comfortable four-star hotel accommodation. The Carnival City Hotel is ideally located, within close proximity to the O.R. Tambo International Airport and the East Rand Mall. And best off all, it's a mere short walk away from all the excitement and entertainment within the complex. They have accommodation options for all needs and budgets, ranging from twin family rooms and king rooms to luxury rooms and junior suites. The hotel also offers its guests free Wi-Fi during their stay, as well as a complimentary breakfast.

Click here to view accommodation options at Carnival City.

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Gaming

Carnival City offers visitors a playground of nonstop entertainment on their casino floor. Discover and try your luck on their wide variety of thrilling slot machines and high-tech table games, ready to play in both the smoking and non-smoking casino areas. And to ensure that you're watered, enjoy refreshments from the Carnival City Bar while playing on the casino slots and 57 table games, including American Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat and Poker.

Click here for more information about the Carnival City casino floor.

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Family Entertainment

The Magic Company

From old school classics to the newer modern games, The Magic Company will definitely keep families and younger visitors entertained during their visit to Carnival City. The kids will have a blast playing on a wide selection of arcade games and collecting tokens to trade for fun prizes to take home with them. There's free entrance into the arcade as well as 24-hour security to ensure that all visitors are guaranteed to have fun in a safe environment.

Visit The Magic Company.

Ten-Pin Bowling

Gather family and friends and make your way to Carnival City's Bowling Alley for some sporty competitive fun! Each lane can cater up to 10 people, making it the perfect place to host a fun-filled birthday party – just book a lane, bring the cake and they’ll do the rest. Ten-Pin Bowling at Carnival City is also a great idea for corporate events, private parties and charity fundraisers.

Visit Carnival City's Bowling Alley.

 Go-Karting

How about a little bit of racing around a track? Designed for ample fun while keeping safety in mind, Carnival City’s Grand Prix outdoor racing track stretches over 450m, with sharp bends and turns that you need to drive around before racing towards the finishing line. These go-karts are the ideal entertainment for visitors both young and old, catering to young children aged from seven to grandparents aged 70.

Visit Carnival City's Grand Prix Outdoor Racing Track.

Click here for more family entertainment at Carnival City.

Movies

For an easy entertainment option that's perfect for the entire family, be sure to visit the Carnival City Ster-Kinekor and see what movies are showing on the big screen. With six state-of-the-art cinemas featuring the latest blockbusters and 3D movies, you can catch the latest local and international releases in high definition. And for an amazing cinema experience, book your seats at the Cine Prestige Cinema! Or treat the kids to a movie at the dedicated Kids Cinema, one of only six in South Africa.

Click here to see what's showing at Ster-Kinekor Carnival City.

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Conference Venues

Carnival City is a convenient and affordable multi-venue conference and banqueting destination. With 10 venues to choose from, they can host corporate seminars and functions, banquets, exhibitions, fashion shows, product launches, team-building events and more. No conference or event is too small or large to host at Carnival City, they also offer half-day and full-day conferencing packages. Their function venues are equipped with the latest audiovisual equipment, excellent on-site catering and four-star accommodation for out-of-town delegates.

Click here for more information on conferencing at Carnival City.

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Contact Details

Website: www.suninternational.com/carnival-city

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 011 898 7000

Address: Century Road and Elsburg Road, Brakpan, Boksburg, Johannesburg, South Africa

Social Platforms: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Online Events

Rockdown Festival 2020

Join Rockdown Festival 2020 for three days of amazing local music from 15 fantastic bands! The festival livestream lineup includes performances by Black Cat Bones, Dan Patlansky, L.A. Cobra, Saarkie, The Color Blew, and many more. Visit their Facebook event to get the full lineup. You can get your tickets from Howler, there are various viewing packages available, ranging from R50 to R700 per person. All proceeds go towards the bands performing at this livestream event.

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Batman Virtual Run - Justice League™ Virtual Run Series

Calling all Super Heroes to the Justice League™ Virtual Run Series! This October, get ready to become Batman! All you have to do is register to do the run/walk/crawl for the distance of your choice: 2.5km; 5km; 7.5km; and 10km. There is something for every hero, big or small! Be sure to register and pay at www.justiceleagueseries.co.za before or on 04 October 2020 to ensure that you get your Batman Kit delivered to your door before the run.

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Virtual AVON Justine iThemba Walkathon

Things will be a little different this year! The 15th AVON Justine iThemba Walkathon will be a virtual walk, aimed at generating awareness of breast cancer in South Africa. Register today and get ready to dress up in pink and make a difference! Tickets cost R150 for adults and R100 for children over 2 and under 12. To keep everyone connected, you will have the opportunity to unveil the fun and have creative ways to celebrate together with your loved ones wherever they are through a virtual App experience - the iThemba Walkathon Mobile App. Click here for the full details as to how this year's walk will be done.

Avon Justine iThemba Walkathon

#ArtsAlive Joburg International Arts Festival

The Joburg International Arts Festival has gone digital! Celebrating 28 years of local heritage, arts and culture, #ArtsAlive brings guests a virtual extravaganza that will connect with people more deeply in Joburg, South Africa and the wider world. Click here to check out the full programme, dates and times, and who will be partaking in this ever-popular event.

Fun In Johannesburg

Walala Wasala at 27 Boxes

Get ready! Walala Wasala is back! Don't miss their October edition, bringing visitors a collection of creative goodness all under one roof. Spend the day snacking, drinking, shopping and just having a good time out and about in the city. The vendors will be scattered around the spacious landscaped gardens and ground floor of 27 Boxes in Melville, with social distancing and space in mind. This is the ideal spot if you're looking for some calmness and tranquility in the middle of Jozi.

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Picnic & Tour At Northwards Mansion

Take a journey back into the old days of the Gold Rush and explore the opulence and elegance of a time long gone at the Northwards Mansion. Perched on the Parktown Ridge, it has some stunning views which are sure to take your breath away. Due to Covid-19 regulations and safety standards, Micro-Adventure Tours will not cater for the picnic, so ensure you take your own picnic delights, blankets, pillows and such to make your picnic comfy. Spaces for these tours are limited, so ensure you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

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Victoria Yards Open Day

Looking to get outside and have some fun away from the four walls of your beloved home? Then be sure to visit Victoria Yards Open Day! Here, visitors will get to enjoy delicious treats from various food vendors, explore plenty of  market stalls filled to the brim with interesting goods while also taking in lots of fresh air! Don't forget to see the gardens, as well as explore and discover Victoria Yards. All the studios will be open. We're currently at Lockdown Level 1, so be sure to wear a mask and keep your social distancing skills sharp while the venue maintains their safety standards.

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Melville Vegan & Vegetarian Fair

Don't miss out on the Vegan & Vegetarian Fair at 27 Boxes! Here, you can enjoy a day filled with all things fresh, delicious and vegan. You can shop and indulge in organic fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, plenty of vegan goodies, gluten-free products, organic tea, spices, raw honey, egg-free baked goodies, interesting beauty products, a variety of dried fruits and nuts, and so much more. This is just the place if you're looking to stock up on all your fresh weekly produce.

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Paint & Pizza at Vera Vita at the Courtyard Restaurant

Tuck into some pizza while painting up a storm at Vera Vita in Turffontein. This is just the thing to help you relax, wind down, and get creative. And best of all, NO painting experience is required. Tickets to this fun event costs R480 per person and includes a small pizza, pasta or salad of your choice (menu will be provided on the day), all the art supplies and aprons. Click here to get your tickets now, they sell out fast!

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Fun In Pretoria

October Rose Festival at Ludwig's Rose Farm

Don't miss this blooming spectacular flower extravaganza at Ludwig's Rose Farm in Pretoria! This is just the place if you'd like to get out and about, enjoy some fresh air, and stop and smell the roses, literally. Individual rose blooms will be displayed in bottles and vases on long tables, exhibition style. There are quite a few exciting novelties going to be released this year. Entrance is free of any charge. Also, their Rose Kitchen will keep you refreshed and full.  Ludwig's Rose Farm will adhere to the social distancing recommendations and measures at all times.

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Irene Village Market

Enjoy a relaxing market experience on the first and last Saturday of every month at the Irene Village Market. Visit and enjoy a morning filled with live music, lovely local produce, and beautiful South African arts and crafts. The market, that is now held at The Big Red Barn, offers a space for artists and patrons; crafters and collectors; home industries and connoisseurs from far and wide, to showcase their talents and wares.

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Sip & Paint at Rosalinda

What have you got planned on Thursday night? Nothing? Then why not book your spot at Sip & Paint at Rosalinda? This promises to be a fun evening out with family and friends. Relax and unwind with a glass of wine while you paint a beautiful picture. And don't worry, no experience is needed! Cost per person is R450 and includes your meal, wine and art materials. Click here to book your spot now, or contact them on 087 943 5450 or Teuni Erasmus on 082 467 2365.

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Opening Of Market at the Beach

Spring is here, which means it's time to enjoy a wonderful day out and about at the beach. Head to the opening of Market on the Beach and enjoy a fantastic day out with friends and family. There's something to keep the entire family entertained, including a kids play area, food stalls, plenty of fun and entertainment and much more! Tuck into a variety of fresh fruits and vegetable, meats, cheeses, breads and everything else in between! You'll also finds interesting gifts, arts and crafts, decor, clothing, jewellery, accessories and more.

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Feel Good With NESTLÉ AERO

Over the years, Nestlé has brought people from all walks of life together through their love of NESTLÉ AERO chocolate. And amidst the current climate, NESTLÉ AERO believes that the world would be a better place if we spent more time on the positive moments in our lives, inspiring us to look at the brighter and lighter side of life.

We are inviting South Africans to focus on the positive moments in their lives. These are moments to melt into, to indulge in, to lift our days and spread lightness”- says Alex Villela, Business Executive Officer, Confectionary Nestlé South Africa.

Nestle Aero

NESTLÉ AERO is turning every Friday, starting on 11 September 2020, into a NESTLÉ AERO Feel Good Friday, where South Africans are encouraged to share their #AeroMomentsToMeltInto on popular radio stations, Kaya FM, East Coast Radio, Heart FM and Highveld 94.7 FM, as well as on social media. To further drive and spread this message of positivity, NESTLÉ AERO has garnered the support of popular South African personalities whose personal experiences of positivity will help create these moments of lightness that NESTLÉ AERO is well known for.

Research has shown that our lives are significantly improved when we make deliberate decisions to spend more time focusing on the ‘feel good’. Nestlé has chosen to spread positivity through the NESTLÉ AERO ‘Moments to Melt into’ campaign, a catalyst to share uplifting sentiments with the underlying message of coming together, feeling good, spreading joy, making memories and inspiring others ” - continues Alex.

Nestle Aero

Designed to encompass everything that consumers know and love about NESTLÉ AERO, and amplified by the opportunity to connect through stories, this campaign will afford South Africans, young and old, an opportunity to share their ‘Moments to Melt into’; and inspire South Africans to choose a lighter, more positive perspective and lift their days with moments of lightness.

Share Your AERO Moments!

To share your #AeroMomentsToMeltInto and #AeroFeelGoodFridays at @AeroSouthAfrica on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Celebrate With Eastgate!

Behind the scenes, Eastgate has been working to present you with an amplified Piazza experience, taking the open-air space to completely new levels of sophistication, innovation, and entertainment, as inspired by the local landscape and community.

Eastgate is a proudly South African shopping centre and it is befitting to unveil the locally-inspired passion project on Heritage Day weekend, where we celebrate culture and a South Africa that belongs to all.

Eastgate has proudly transformed its Piazza into a place with an identity, a place that has a story to tell. It will showcase the never-seen-before additions to its space with Solar Trees, beautifully painted and engaging animal sculptures, and so much more!

Eastgate Shopping Centre

Let Eastgate be your host on this exciting long weekend, where families can enjoy a sunny Weekend Market and journey through the Piazza learning about the fantastic animals of the Jukskei River, with many new photo opportunities and a delightful ambiance. Kids have an opportunity to be creative with colouring-in activities and competitions, featuring the Piazza’s new resident animals, at all the restaurants.

Further elevating the wonderful weekend entertainment awaiting you, the Piazza will host live entertainment with purpose. In partnership with Waiting in the Wings, a percentage of the parking proceeds will be donated to the relief fund for struggling artists impacted by the ongoing pandemic.

Eastgate looks forward to seeing you, and your families, for a weekend of fun!

Eastgate Shopping Centre

When Is It?

From 24 – 27 September 2020.

Where Is It?

The Piazza at Eastgate Shopping Centre, 43 Bradford Road, Bedfordview, Germiston, Johannesburg.

For More Information

For more information about Eastgate Shopping Centre, visit www.eastgateshops.com.

You can also contact them on [email protected] or 011 479 6000.

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

Celebrate & Stay At The Capital

Don’t be sad about the milestones you missed celebrating while stuck under lockdown. Now with the eased lockdown restrictions, it’s time to let the good times roll! Spring into action and get together with your mates, family and colleagues at the only place to be – The Capital Hotels & Apartments! Whether you're in Joburg, Pretoria, Durban or Cape Town, you can turn up and live it up.

The Capital Hotels & Apartments

Choose a packaged experience at one of their hotels and enjoy the vibe that The Capital is famous for. Live, laugh , love, and let loose. From pool vibes, DJs on the deck and themed dining to movie nights, live performances, whiskey tastings and more, it's up to you. The choice is yours on how you want to turn it up and live it up.

Stay the night at greatly reduced rates & pair it with an experience of your choice!

Book now! This is a limited offer! Use promo code TURNITUP when booking.

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There’s plenty of excitement happening at The Capital Hotels & Apartments in Sandton! Catch DJs on the deck and enjoy epic nights at The Capital On The Park from Friday, 18 September 2020. The Capital Empire has your long weekend sorted. Kick off on 24 September with a Gourmet Braai, 25 September enjoy The Gin Experience , 26 September outdoor movie and dinner experience; and on 27 September indulge in a Sunday Funday Bottomless Mimosa brunch.

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Bok ‘n jol with Ampie on Heritage Day, 24 September 2020! There’s no better place in sunny Pretoria for vibe and wors, than the pool deck at The Capital Menlyn Maine. On 10 October 2020, visitors will get to enjoy chilled music, whiskey and good times – what else do you need for a great night out?

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Book a stay at The Capital Mirage and enjoy lazy sunsets and all that Cape Town has to offer – walking or cycling tours, hike or take the cable car up Table Mountain, or just stroll along the promenade to take it all in. Dinner is a spoil (with live music from time to time) at The Vue on the top floor of the hotel, or keep it casual at The Cattle Barron for something easy to eat while you relax.

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You don’t need much more than the sun, sand and Vitamin Sea to make this break great. The Capital Pearls has spacious apartments with views for days, a pool deck with pink flamingos and background beats, a kiddies play area and themed dinners. What more could you ever possibly need to make your getaway even more relaxing?

Click here for more details on what’s happening at their hotels.

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For More Information

For more information about The Capital Hotels & Apartments, visit welcome.thecapital.co.za.

To make your bookings, you can contact them on [email protected] or 011 290 9700.

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

This popular entertainment hub is just the place if you're looking to find family fun, Lady Luck, delicious cuisine and much more, all under one roof! If anything, this casino is a little city all on its own, bringing the excitement, thrills and feel of bello Italy to the heart of Johannesburg. Not matter what you're looking for, there's sure to be just the thing for you and your family to enjoy, savour, explore and experience! Here's what you can find and expect to see at Montecasino on your next visit.

What Are You Looking For? 

Restaurants
Shopping
Hotels & Accommodation
Gaming
Family Entertainment
Theatre
Movies
Conference Venues
Contact Details

Restaurants

Montecasino offers a wide selection of cuisines from their range of restaurants, catering to all tastes and cravings. Whether you're looking for something on-the-go or would like to sit-down and enjoy, there's sure to be a restaurant to delight. Think restaurants, bars, sidewalk cafés, fast food joints, and vino hot spots. Here's just a few must-mentions worth visiting when you're at Montecasino.

Fireroom

For flaming sushi like you've never experienced before, The Fireroom is a must-visit when you're at Montecasino. Their menu is filled with unique textures and unexpected flavour combinations that you simple need to try. And if you're craving something more meaty, then be sure to order the Fireroom's signature beef specialty, the 850g Tomahawk steak.

Visit The Fireroom.

Donatellas

Craving a little bit of Italian flare? Then be sure to grab a table at Donatellas. This popular restaurant just off the casino floor is just the place if you're looking to tuck into some authentic, hearty and oh-so delicious Italian didhes including pizzas, pastas, amazing signature dishes, seafood delights and indulgent desserts to end your meal on a sweet note.

Visit Donatellas. 

La Rosa Mexican Grille & Tequileria 

In the mood for some of the best Mexican cuisine in town? Or looking for a great place to enjoy a fun night out on the town? Be sure to visit La Rosa Mexican Grille & Tequileria. Indulge in a true Mexican experience, complete with sombreros and a wide selection of drinks from their extensive cocktail and tequila menu. As for delightful dishes, take your pick from an array of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas, fajitas and more.

Visit La Rosa Mexican Grille & Tequileria.

Verdicchio

Plan a special date night for two at the romantic Verdicchio restaurant. This is the perfect spot if you're looking to spend some quality time with your sweetheart, while tucking into delectable Italian cuisine and sipping on fine wine from their cellar. This impressive cellar offers diners over 300 labels of assorted varietals, vintages, rare wines and champagnes to enjoy.

Visit Verdicchio.

Click here to view more restaurants at Montecasino.

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Shopping

Did you know that Montecasino offers a selection of unique and interesting stores just off of the casino floor? From clothing and fashion outlets, foreign exchange and golf specialty to beautiful jewellery, geek merch, sweet galore as well as gift and novelty stores, Montecasino has something that'll spark your interest. Here are a few stores to keep an eye out for on your next visit to this exciting entertainment hub.

The Dark Carnival

For all things anime, comic, gaming, merch and more, brought together under one roof, be sure to visit The Dark Carnival! Once an online store, The Dark Carnival has found a home at Montecasino, allowing fellow geeks, nerds and gamers to come together, share their love and passion for various fandoms, shop for merch and more while enjoying the buzz and excitement at Montecasino. Click here to find out more about the opening of the Dark Carnival at Montecasino.

Visit The Dark Carnival. 

Earthstone Fire & Ice

Whether you’re a collector, esoteric healer or novice, Earthstone Fire & Ice offers an extremely impressive selection of semi-precious stones and mineral specimens from all over South Africa. This is just the place if you're looking to buy items such as rough or shaped crystals, colourful beads, pendulums, jewellery, singing bowls, wind chimes, gifts and lots more. This is truly a unique store that you need to visit, even if you just want to take a look at all of the interesting bits and bobs they have on their shelves.

Visit Earthstone Fire & Ice.

Jewel Africa

This is just the store to visit if you're looking to get some advice on diamonds and jewellery. At Jewel Africa, you can browse and shop through a vast selection of loose diamonds, dazzling tanzanite and fine jewellery if you're looking to spoil someone with a gift someone special, as well as an array of African artefacts.

Visit Jewel Africa. 

Big Blue

Offering freehand dye work, attention to detail and signature brands, Big Blue is just the clothing and merch store if you're looking to get your hands on the finest local design. This brand is well-known for its T-Shirtium, which boasting plenty of locally inspired and manufactured t-shirts. This store is a must for all your authentic South African gifts, clothing items, footwear, cool gadgets, novelty products, trendy bags, interesting books, stationery or just something out of the ordinary.

Visit Big Blue.

Click here to view more shops at Montecasino.

Hotels & Accommodation

Why not make the most of your visit to Montecasino with a stay at one of their four onsite hotels? Each hotel boasts its own unique character, so you can take your pick from accommodation that's either opulent, contemporary, eclectic, business oriented, family-friendly or even romantic. Book your stay at one of Montecasino's hotels below and enjoy a wonderful escape from the rush of the city.

The Palazzo

The award-winning Palazzo Hotel is known to be one of the most romantic and elegant hotels in the country, boasting a reputation for opulence and luxury. Here, guests will enjoy accommodation, attentive service, and superior amenities. The Palazzo is an ideal choice for business executives as well as leisure travelers looking to experience only the best that Montecasino has to offer.

Visit The Palazzo Hotel.

The Southern Sun Montecasino

The Southern Sun Montecasino offers its guests not only stylish and comfortable accommodation, but also easy access to the entertainment and indulgence that Montecasino has to offer. It's also within close proximity to other local attractions including he Cradle of Humankind, Cradlestone Mall, Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve, and the ever-popular Sandton City.

Visit Southern Sun Montecasino.

SunSquare Montecasino

The SunSquare Montecasino on the Piazzo boasts 179 room that offers visitors the perfect combination of hospitality, service and comfort. Just like the Southern Sun hotel on the premise, guests will be able to access the Montecasino entertainment hub with ease, as the hotel is just a short stroll away.

Visit SunSquare Montecasino.

hi Monte

Affordable, modern and stylish, hi Monte is just the place if you're looking for a quick weekend escape that will not bust your entertainment budget. The hotel's rooms have luxurious walk-in showers, big windows, blackout curtains, coffee and tea stations, laptop-sized safes, USB ports and 48-inch TVs. The ‘living lobby’ provides space to work and play, and a convenient deli offering for a quick snack or coffee on the run. Click here to find out more about this new accommodation offering at Montecasino.

Visit hi Monte.

Exterior of the Southern Sun Montecasino

Gaming

Montecasino offers visitors a non-smoking and two smoking casinos, complete with more than 1 860 slot machines and 70 tables. You can expect to find everything from American Roulette, Craps, Poker and Blackjack to novelty games like Wheel of Fortune and Life of Luxury. There's something for all tastes and pockets. Click here to take a look at their range of slot machines and click here to see what table games they have available.

Visit Montecasino's casino floor. 

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Family Entertainment

Other than all the amazing restaurants, unique stores and thrills on the casino floor, Montecasino also offers a wide variety of family entertainment perfect for both young and the young at heart. From a game arcade filled with the latest exciting games and the stunning Bird Gardens just outside the entertainment complex to ten pin bowling, laser tag and more, you're sure to find something that'll entertain and delight ever member of the family. Click here to see what Montecasino has to offer families.

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Theatre

Looking for a little bit of comedy to brighten your week with loads of laughter? Or are simply in the mood for a thrilling theatrical experience you'll never forget? Montecasino is home to two theatres – Pieter Toerien's Theatre and Studio and The Teatro – that has hosted many world-class theatre productions over the years. This includes some of the best loved and most popular musicals (think the Rocky Horror Show, Chicago and Rock of Ages), drama, comedy shows and a long list of other local and international performances.

Visit Montecasino's theatres.

The Teatro at Montecasino.

Image of The Teatro from Montecasino.

Movies

Located between the game arcade and the food court is [email protected] Montecasino! Here, you can catch the latest blockbusters with your family and friends. Grab a box of popcorn along with a slushie, and have a movie night out with your kids watching the newest animation on circuit, get your heart racing with an epic action or horror, or just laugh yourself silly with a side-splitting comedy. There's sure to be a movie for all.

Visit Movies @ Montecasino.

Conference Venues

Montecasino offers 15 upmarket, multi-purpose function venues throughout the complex. Function venues range from the elegant Executive Boardroom which accommodate 16 guests to the exquisite Montecasino Ballroom that offers capacity for larger groups of up to 1 000 people. Also, with a variety of on-site entertainment and other offerings, this is the ideal location to impress your delegates.

View Montecasino's conference and meeting options.

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Contact Details

Website: www.tsogosun.com/montecasino

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 011 510 7777

Address: Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways, Gauteng, South Africa

Social Platforms: Facebook | Twitter

Online Fun

Women's Health Fit Night In

It's time to get up off that couch and get active, ladies! Together with adidas and Mitchum, Women's Health will be hosting another FREE epic online sweat session – the Women's Health Fit Night In! The lineup includes Barre with Fiona; Metcon with Mapule; and Step Aerobics with Nomawothi and Angelique. All you'll need is a mat or large towel; a chair, table or counter to use as a barre; light weights (alternatively you can use cans or bottles of water if you don't own weights); a sweat towel and water; and your phone! To join in on the fun, register for FREE on Quicket South Africa.

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Comic Con Africa ONline 2020

In case you missed it, Comic Con Africa 2020 will be going virtual, promising four days of online experiences, live streams, tournaments and more. So, grab that laptop, visit their website and pre-register before 20 September 2020 to ensure that you are ready for this exciting (and different) event! Keep a close eye on Facebook to see who will be featured, what you can expect, and so much more. The Con must go on! See you there.

Comic Con Africa

Fun In Johannesburg

Beach Braai Sundays

Trying to find a great way to send you Sundays? then why not head to The Beach Rivonia for their Beach Braai Sundays! Here, you'll get to enjoy some traditional wood fire pizzas, or even some Shisa Nyama and chicken flatties on the braai. And to top it all off, they've got beer on tap and delicious cocktails to keep you refreshed and live music to keep you entertained. So, why not spends your Sunday at The Beach?

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Yoga In The Park

Enjoy a little fresh air while spending your morning unwinding with a little bit of yoga. Join Yoga Works' Steven, as he takes you through a gentle warm-up, a series of standing poses incorporating strength and balancing work, and some slow and deep stretches to wind down. The session ends with a brief meditation and relaxation to get you ready for the new week ahead. There are limited spots available, so be sure to book and pay online in advance. Cost is R150 per person. Click here for more information about this event.

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Local is Lekker Party at Chicagos's Piano Bar

Ho will you be celebrating Heritage Day, other than braaing up a storm at home? Why not stop by the Chicago Piano Bar and join in the festivities at their Local Is Lekker Party! Sponsored by Richelieu, why not pay them a visit and support local musicians who will be performing 70s, 80s, 90s and South African favourite hits. There will also be drink specials available on the day and a duel DJ battle.

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Benoni Market

The Benoni Market is back, bringing guests, families and shoppers a lovely spot to do a little bit of shopping or to take a leisurely stroll on a Sarurday. This is the perfect opportunity to support local. Here, you'll find everything from food stalls, baked goods and live entertainment to interesting stalls full if unique goodies and much more. Also, your four-legged companions are allowed to join in on the fun. Free entrance to the public. Secure parking inside.

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The Bryanston Organic & Natural Market

Feel like taking a stroll through a market while enjoy various delicious goodies from food stalls and viewing all things arts and crafts? Then be sure to visit the Bryanston Organic & Natural Market. This market specialises in organically grown fresh produce and delicious deli foods. Shop through their wide selection of stalls offering crafts, gifts, jewellery and clothing, all made from mainly natural materials. Why not help independent entrepreneurs by shopping local, here.

Rosebank Sunday Market 

For your safety during these uncertain times, the Rosebank Sunday Market will be up and running every last Sunday of the month alongside its Car Boot Sale. Here, you'll be able to find everything and anything from handcrafted treasures, deli treats and vintage goods to amazing food stalls, arts and crafts, and plenty of African inspired memorabilia. This is a lovely place to round off your weekend on a high note. Visit their Facebook page to keep up to date with the upcoming markets.

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Image by the Rosebank Sunday Market.

Fun In Pretoria

Waffle & Milkshake Buffet

Have a sweet tooth? Then be sure not to miss out on Liquid Coffee & Juice Bar's Waffle & Milkshake Buffet! For R120 per person, guests can enjoy waffles with toppings of their choice as well as the Milkshake Buffet. Additional waffles and milkshakes will be available at extra charge. Do keep in mind that there's limited space available, thus booking is essential. WhatsApp Annerita on 082 575 3470 for bookings and more information.

dessert for breakfast

LeSi Drive-In Date Night

Looking to plan a special date night for you and your sweetheart? Then be sure to book your spot at the LeSi Drive-In Date Night. Here, couples will get to enjoy a romantic drive-in style three-course a la carte dinner, all while keeping all of the social distancing protocals and precautions in place. Booking is essential, so be sure to contact LeSi Restaurant to book your spot. Cost is R250 per person.

Save VS Splurge: Date Night

The Loftus Park Drive-In

Take a trip down Memory Lane and enjoy an amazing movie experience at Loftus Park. They'll be hosting drive-in movies where you can catch films on the big screen from the safety of your own car. The next drive-in movie will be a screening of Joker. Click here to get your tickets now.

drive-in goes bollywood

Pretoria Products Spring Market

Support local makers and creators at the second Pretoria Products Market, spring edition! Visitors will enjoy indulging in good food and shopping quality products. Why not enjoy the arrival for spring by having a picnic in the garden with family and friends while sipping a glass of bubbly. And for your safety during these uncertain times, all the necessary safety protocols and precautions will be adhered to. Entrance to the market is R10 per person and free for kids.

Market Day