What Is It?

The waiting is over and we are so excited because the time is now. The build-up to this incredible event made 2018 a monate mpolaye year, but things are getting, even more, monate this 2019. We are sure you're going to be excited to know that this is the big one yet, giving you a line you cannot resist you'll be glad you bought those tickets. The Bacardi Holiday Club is back and it's time to get out of the city and join Bacardi for this all-inclusive party just outside of Johannesburg! This year, they're keeping it intimate without only 1500 tickets available for sale. But, your ticket is all-inclusive. That's right, you get all your food, drinks and a range of activities included in the ticket price.

You'll also spend the weekend jamming to a lineup full of some of the best artists in the country. The lineup includes:

You're allowed to bring your own tent and pitch it up (free of charge) or choose one of their camping options listed below. So get your tickets today before they sell out!

When Is It?

Friday, 08 March 2019 - Sunday, 10 March 2019 from 12:00.

Where Is It?

Welgelegen Manor, Farm Rietbult R51, Balfour Road, Balfour, Mpumalanga.

How Much Is It?

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased here.

Camping options:

For More Information?

For more information visit Howler, The Bacardi Holiday Club website or simply visit this Facebook page.

Travelling Local Is Lekker!

This August, why not get a little adventurous and explore our magnificent country? From Kruger Park's untamed landscapes and Durban's bustling beaches to the breathtaking mountains of the Drakensberg and scenic Winelands of the Cape, South Africa has a bounty of wonders and sights that rival some of the top destinations around the world. And best of all, it's right on our doorstep!

With a wide variety of local package deals and over 600 travel experts to advise you, Flight Centre are ready and waiting to help you discover some of the hidden wonders around South Africa. And with their new Local Package Guarantee, Flight Centre guarantees to beat your local package price or you get a FREE night's accommodation* – on them!

(*Terms and Conditions apply)

Alpine Heath Resort – Drakensberg

Sometimes we really need to get away from the concrete jungle to unwind and reconnect with nature, and there's no better place to do that than in the midst of the picturesque Drakensberg Mountains! From R 4 590* per person (price based on six adults sharing), retreat to the tranquillity of the mountains and enjoy seven nights of self-catering accommodation at the four-star Alpine Heath Resort. Price excludes flights, car hire, transfers, items of a personal nature, items not mentioned, gratuities and porterage, meals not mentioned, tours/sightseeing not mentioned.

Travel dates: 15 December 2018 – 22 December 2018

Click here to find out more about this deal.

Greenway Woods Resort – Mpumalanga

How about escaping the rush and unwinding in the serenity and beauty of the bush? If this sounds like the perfect getaway for you, then book a relaxing five-night stay at the three-star Greenway Woods Resort in Mpumalanga in a three-bedroom self-catering chalet from R 1 650* per person (price based on six adults sharing). Price excludes flights, car hire, transfers, items of a personal nature, items not mentioned, gratuities and porterage, meals not mentioned, tours/sightseeing not mentioned.

Travel dates: 01 July 2018 – 30 September 2018

Click here to find out more about this deal.

Fordoun Hotel & Spa – KwaZulu-Natal

In need of a quick break away from the monotony of your everyday life? Perhaps some pampering too? This short and indulgent getaway in the Midlands is just the ticket. From R 5 570* per person, enjoy a two-night stay at the delightful five-star Fordoun Hotel & Spa in a Luxury Room. The package also includes return flights from Johannesburg, approximate taxes, two days of AVIS car hire, buffet breakfast daily, a three-course dinner on one of the evenings, aromatherapy massage, His & Hers Dermalogica Facial, foot massage and a floatation session. Sounds heavenly, right? Book your pamper getaway now!

Travel dates: 01 August 2018 – 28 February 2019

Click here to find out more about this deal.

The Spier Hotel – Stellenbosch

Another equally exciting and relaxing option is heading to the beautiful and oh-so-scenic Winelands of Stellenbosch. Here, you can enjoy a magical two-night getaway at the four-star Spier Hotel in a Standard Room from just R 4 890* per person, including return flights from Johannesburg, approximate taxes, two days of AVIS car hire and full breakfast daily. In your down time, get out there and explore the Winelands by doing some wine tastings or simply just driving through the countryside? Your options are endless!

Travel dates: 10 October 2018 – 30 November 2018

Click here to find out more about this deal.

For More Information

For more information about these great local deals, visit www.flightcentre.co.za or call them on 0877 40 50 00. 

Click here to enquire now.

Also, don't forget to check out Flight Centre on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

What Is It?

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

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

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

When Is It?

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

Where Is It?

Mpumalanga, Balfour Road, Balfour, Mpumalanga.

How Much Is It?

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

For More Information

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

Also, check them out on Facebook and Instagram.

Jackalberry Ridge – Marloth Park, Mpumalanga

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

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

Homtini Guest Farm – Garden Route, Knysna

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

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

Ngama Tented Safari Lodge – Hoedspruit, Limpopo

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

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

Glen Eden Ranch – Montagu, Western Cape

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

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

 Kwafubesi Tented Safari Camp – Waterberg, Limpopo

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

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

Ndaka Safari Lodge – Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal

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

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

Marataba Safari Lodge – Thabazimbi, Limpopo

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

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

HillsNek Safari Camp – Amakhala Game Reserve, Eastern Cape

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

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

What Is It?

After a very successful first year, the unique Dullstroom Country Festival is back for yet an amazing time. It is just the event if you're looking to get away from the crowds and spend a relaxing day out in the country with your loved ones. It's all about celebrating good food, great music and the lifestyle of country living. If this sounds like just the thing you need to reconnect with nature and spend some quality time with your family, then why not road trip up to Mpumalanga for a weekend getaway filled with delicious treats, cosy fireplaces, a selection of tastes, new sights and sounds, and plenty of interesting folks? To keep the chill at bay, get your winter jackets and gumboots ready! You can expect everything from the best whiskeys, wines and craft beers to local cuisine and rocking tunes from some of South Africa's top acts, including Albert Frost, Jerry and the Bandits, Simone Govender, Bad Peter and GunShot Blue. Please note, no pets are allowed at this event.

When Is It?

Saturday, 04 August 2018 at 10:00 - 23:00.

Where Is It?

Dunkeld Country & Equestrian Estate, Dullstroom, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost between R 225 and R 425 per person and are available at NuTickets. Ticket prices are as follows:

There are also accommodation options available for the weekend. Click here to find out more.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit their Facebook event page or www.muchomoo.com.

Toy Zone

This specialist mega toy store (yes, mega) stocks everything your child would ever dream of playing with. In the boy's zone is an array of cars and action figures. Meanwhile, doll houses and karaoke sets can be found in the girl's zone. They also have a family zone and cyber zone with board games, TV and computer games, puzzles and so much more. They have numerous stores in Gauteng. Click here to find your nearest store.

The Toy Factory Shop

The Toy Factory Shop, as the name suggests, is a factory shop fully dedicated to the play needs of little ones. Branded toys from Barbie to Ben 10 and Disney can be found here. Not to mention a huge variety of iPod docks and electric scooters. They really have everything a youngster could want and it’s all far cheaper than commercial toy shops. The owner further assures us that the products are not damaged or imperfect in any way. The stock is all end-of-range and new. This means you get great toys at a considerably better price. You can thank us later.

Polly Potter's

Polly Potter's is a family fun business. Their toys are divided into age, gender, pretend play, arts and crafts, educational, puzzles, wooden toys, wheels and other. This way you are given a range that caters to your kids' specific toy needs. Polly Potter's also offers online shopping for your convenience.

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Toys R Us

Toys R Us, well-known and trusted retailer available nationwide, offers a wide range of toy options in their different categories. They also frequently post hot deals and specials on their website. Be prepared, your kids won't want to leave the store once inside.

Babies R Us

Babies R Us is a division of Toys R Us, which specialises in merchandise and toys for babies and toddlers. You get everything from walkers and strollers, to soft rattle toys and wooden building blocks – just in case you have a little architect on your hands.

Hamleys

Founded by William Hamley in 1760, Hamleys has a reputation for delivering only the finest quality toys for kids. Their stores are a child's paradise, offering wish fulfillment deluxe. The store is also well known internationally and its branches in South Africa can be found in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Splurge on your kids in this wonderland.

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Toy Kingdom

Toy Kindgom describe their stores as fantasy wonderlands. With every item your prince and princess could ever want under their roof, they're exactly that. Take a browse through Baby Boulevard (with items for 0–24-month-old's), girls and boys sections, Lego Lane, Barbie House, Princess Place and Soldier Street. Every one of their five stores is unique.  We encourage you to visit each spot to find the one you – and your little one – love most.

Toy Adventures - Pretoria

What started as a small family-run store in 2009 selling only Lego, has now grown into three well-loved toy stores in Pretoria and Centurion. Toy Adventures' focus is on quality toys that give good value for money. They stokc all major brands including Lego, Playmobil, Top Model, Burago and many more. They’ve since expanded into e-commerce, stocking over 6000 products. Check out their online store, as they offer free door-to-door delivery for orders over R499. Find them at Byls Bridge Promenade in Centurion, and Grove Mall and Irene Village Mall in Pretoria.

Remember that our "Top Picks" are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.

Hazyview

Why Travel To Hazyview?

Gateway: Hazyview is a gateway to the southern part of the Kruger National Park. With the magnificent Panorama Escarpment with its glorious waterfalls, forest and panoramic views at God's Window and the Blyde River Canyon, you have more than just one nature-filled adventure to look forward to.

Adventure: Hazyview is the adventure hub of Mpumalanga. There is a variety of adventures you can choose from to keep you entertained here. The range includes anything and everything from amazing experiences on Elephant Rides, to exhilarating experiences while Hot Air Ballooning.

Food: With some of the best eateries in the Lowveld, Hazyview is also known as the gourmet treasure trove. With 28 restaurants and 10 fast food outlets to pick from, you can go from spoiling yourself silly by feasting like a king. Alternatively, grab a quick bite while on the go to your next adventure or retreat.

Accommodation: This beautiful small farm town is also the hotel capital of the Lowveld with 25 hotels and lodges, 25 guest houses, 37 self-catering establishments, and 56 game lodges. There is literally an accommodation venue suitable for anyone and everyone depending on your vacation or get away needs!

Biodiversity: Escaping into nature is probably one of the most relaxing and peaceful things we can do for ourselves, as well as our family or friends. Hazyview proves to be a perfect getaway for reconnecting with nature and animals as it is home to different species of 300 butterflies, 450 birds, 150 mammals and 3 000 plants.

How Far Is It?

Hazyview is just over four hours away from Joburg.

Best Time Of Year To Go

One can visit Hazyview at any time of year. Just note that during summer, it gets extremely hot and during winter, the evenings can be quite chilly.

How To Get There

If it's adventure and road tripping fun you seek, best to drive and explore. Alternatively, you can take a quick 45-minute flight directly to Hazyview.

Have you been to Hazyview? Let us know about your trip!

 

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