SCHOOL HOLIDAYS: FIXES FOR YOUR DILEMMA NEXT WEEK

As much as moms have a love-hate relationship with school holidays, I rejoice. No traffic between 7h00 and 8h00 on the roads. No road rage from sleepyhead mommies in PJ’s with bed hair. My colleague who usually manages to crochet half a blanket on her way from Pretoria to Joburg, is at work before she can untangle the wool. (Read more about our Blankets for Mandela day project)

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As schools close 31 March only to reopen again after Easter, the workforce sighs with relief. Moms, on the other hand, are getting slightly panicky, especially if they are working moms.

WE HAVE SOME SOLUTIONS TO YOUR SCHOOL HOLIDAY DILEMMA:

Take a midweek break and book into Bush Willow Tented Camp with the kids and husband in tow. Set on the Glenburn Lodge & Spa property, this tented camp is more glamp than camp – the tents are already there, equipped with beds, a toilet and small kitchen.  Even hot water is included. Bring the mountain bikes and do the beginners trail with the kids, or get dad to teach them how to fish in the Blauwbank Spruit.

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Should Muldersdrift  feel too close to home,  instead search for Warthogs Bush Camp on Google Maps. Just over an hour from Johannesburg and Pretoria on the outskirts of Magalies, this small Bush Camp allows pets. If Rover and little Ronnie is inseparable, this will bring you heaps of joy. Pets stay for free while humans pay a budget-friendly self-catering rate. Warthogs Bush camp is 2km from Askari Lodge and Spa, and on a Sunday you can watch the two elephants from a distance as they play in the dam in front of the restaurant.

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Glenburn Lodge & Spa has great facilities to keep the kids busy  on the hotel property and at GlenPalms: A putt-putt course, a dedicated games room, tennis courts, play park and obstacle course. Chalets provide a friendly family set-up with self-catering options,  its own braai facilities and a lovely patio, several overlooking the river frontage.

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If by the end of April your nerves are frazzled and you can’t wait to drop the kids with the friendly school teacher, book your Mother’s Day Spa treat. In sympathy, we’ve loaded the special on the website so long, and made it valid from 1 May, for the entire month. You survived the school holidays. You deserve it.

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Editors Note/ Disclaimer: Opinions are totally my own as far as children go. We clearly have something in the drinking water at  Guvon Hotels head office with three pregnancies on the go, so brace yourself for baby boom blogs and news over the next few months. Our latest newsletter even includes baby room decor tips with an Easter theme! Click here to read our Easter newsletter – bunny alert!

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Bookings: Central Reservations Office: Tel  08611 48866 | Email: cro@guvon.co.za | www.guvonhotels.co.za

 

SURE WAYS OF FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE LOWVELD

Is the open road calling you? The peace and tranquillity at Umbhaba Lodge, along with the seclusion of the Lowveld provides a much-loved venue for short breakaways, especially as we head into winter, which is prime game viewing time in the Kruger Park.  With thirty suites each in individual style, many with open log fireplaces, ideal for those chilly winter evenings, Umbhaba Lodge should be tops of your stay-over list while in the Hazyview area.

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While the major tourist attractions such as the Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Pot Holes and game watching in the Kruger Park, seems to steal the limelight while staying at Umbhaba Lodge, it’s worth noting that several waterfalls within the area, makes this hiker’s heaven.   The Lisbon Falls, Berlin Falls, Sabie Falls and Mac Mac Falls are all within 30 minutes drive from Umbhaba Lodge. Start your day with a hearty breakfast on the lodge stoep, strap on those hiking boots, pack a picnic lunch and head off in the general direction of Graskop for a day of scenic beauty.

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The Kruger Park is well-known for game viewing, but did you know that South Africa’s best loved Staffie, Jock of the Bushveld, was born on Voortrekker Road in 1885, which runs south of Pretoriuskop in the Kruger National Park, and is a short distance from the lodge?

A commemorative plaque has been erected to remind us of the bravery of Jock, which has captured the imagination of people for hundreds of year.  The 475-pager “Jock of the Bushveld” was first published in 1907 when it became an instant best seller and a local classic. Since then it has never been out of print and captured the hearts of a new audience with a 3D animation film. Heavyweights such as Bryan Adams and Johny Clegg have thrown their weight behind the ultimate story of a man’s best friend and the intense humanity of Sir Percy Fitzpatrick.

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School holidays are the best time to introduce your kids to the tales of Jock of the Bushveld and reading these stories at night around a fire in the Umbhaba Lodge lounge, your own African Tribal Suites or perhaps while traveling in the car following Jock’s trail, is a wonderful way of spending a few days in the Lowveld and bonding with the kids. (Click here for some great advice on traveling with kids.)

Sight-seeing and game viewing is hard work and enjoying a cocktail, glass of port or ice cold beer in the Burn Out Bar after a day of game viewing in the Kruger National Park comes highly recommended.  With an inviting fireplace, comfortable lounge and a wooden deck with great views, this is the perfect venue to reminisce about the day’s excitement.

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Umbhaba Lodge forms part of the Guvon Hotels & Spa’s group – a leading hospitality group offering a collection of hotels in Gauteng, Northwest and Mpumalanga. All properties offer excellent accommodation, conference, team building and wedding facilities. Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa, Glenburn Lodge & Spa and Bush Willow Tented Camp are in Muldersdrift, in the Cradle of Humankind. Askari Game Lodge & Spa, a Big 5 game reserve, and Warthogs Bush Camp are in Magaliesberg, while Umbhaba Lodge is situated in Hazyview. The Fairway Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort (Randpark Golf Club), and All Suite On 14th (Fairlands) add city retreats to our country collection of properties.

reservations@umbhaba.co.za | Tel 013 737 7636 | Central Res: 08611 48866 | www.umbhaba.co.za

 

 

 

Three luxury bush camp estates planned for Askari Lodge in Magalies.

Located on the magnificent Plumari Private Game Reserve at Askari Game Lodge & Spa, and ringed by the breathtaking mountains of the Magaliesberg, Ukuphila is set to become a leading destination for Gauteng investors and bush enthusiasts alike.

Giuseppe Plumari, CEO of Steyn City Properties and owner of Plumari Private Game Reserve has a dream: to create and share a space where families can take time out from the bustle of Johannesburg and experience the glory of nature together. It’s a dream based on his own experience as a young father, when he would bring his children to his farm, the Plumari Private Game Reserve to have a break from city life.

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The establishment of Ukuphila, a development presenting 75 luxury homes in three well- appointed  camps, has brought that dream to fruition. “This is a first,” says Plumari, noting that the 4 000ha reserve is one of the only Big Five game farms in Gauteng. What’s more, at only an hour’s drive from Johannesburg, Ukuphila is easily accessible, even for those who can snatch only a day away – holidaymakers would have to drive for at least three hours to experience a game viewing destination offering an experience of the same quality. “What makes this place truly special, however, is the fact that most Big Five reserves in the area don’t allow children. In contrast, Ukuphila is all about family. We love the fact that children will learn about nature here; hopefully, we will play a role in nurturing a passion for conservation amongst the next generation of South Africans,” says Plumari.

He reports that careful thought has been given to the planning and construction of the new private bush camps at the game reserve so that it has minimal impact on the land. This pertains to the aesthetic of the homes, too: DBM Architects, who were charged with creating a look and feel for the homes, have applied their ample experience in lodge design to come up with an organic, earthy style which sits softly on the soil.

DBM Architects’ Wynand du Plessis explains that the design takes inspiration from the Transvaal farmhouses of old, which have been reinterpreted in a more contemporary manner. “Ukuphila’s homes aren’t drastically different from the charming old houses in surrounding towns like Hekpoort – think thick stone walls, corrugated iron roofs and wraparound stoeps,” he comments, “but the use of modern materials, like exposed timber trusses and rough-hewn wooden beams, freshens the look.” The design is not only ideal for the environment; it’s also particularly well suited for the climate.

The homes have been positioned to ensure prime views and privacy and may be configured to suit each homeowner’s specific taste. Thus, although architectural guidelines are in place to protect the integrity of the estate and the environment, certain elements may be adjusted; homeowners may select their own colour schemes, for example, and may specify the number of rooms.

The homes – which measure up to 360m² on erven of up to 1 125m² – are designed around a central entertainment hub with open plan kitchen, dining room, lounge and bar. “This forms the core of the house, making for special family moments,” Du Plessis says. The hub opens out onto a wide veranda which is literally part of the bush, thanks to the absence of fences and gates. Again, homeowners can customise this space with the addition of a fire pit or infinity pool.

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The bedroom pods, separated from each other by courtyards, lead off the entertainment hub. Each boasts its own separate entrance, outdoor shower, en suite bathroom and wooden deck. The modular design of the hubs is a special feature, making it possible to isolate part of the home – perhaps to be used by different families holidaying together, or maybe to be rented out to other holidaymakers, creating a passive income stream for homeowners.

The homes are found in three groups of 25, in small nodes especially chosen for their sweeping views. The sites – Kudu Creek, Thorntree Hill and Magaliesview – have their own singular character and atmosphere, since the sheer size and diversity of the Plumari Private Game Reserve means that it is possible to experience many different types of vegetation and scenery during one game drive.

Although game drives are one of the major attractions at this one-of-a-kind reserve, other pastimes are available. Outdoor activities such as target and clay pigeon shooting are on offer. A world class equestrian centre is planned, while Poplar Country Village – another future attraction – will feature a microbrewery and artisanal food market. A breeding programme, established for such rare species as golden wildebeest, adds an extra dimension to an already special destination.

Guests will, moreover, be able to enjoy the four-star facilities of the luxurious Askari Game Lodge, located on site. These include a restaurant, pool and spa facility and, for those who have to mix pleasure with business, a fully equipped conference centre. The property also has its own chapel, making it ideal for weddings. Another highlight is the Plumari Museum, with exhibits tracking the history of the area, from the earliest inhabitants of the Magaliesberg to the brave Voortrekker Boers who established the first farms in the region.

The presence of Askari Game Lodge is significant for another reason, too: it is possible for homeowners to add their bush homes to the lodge’s pool of accommodation, providing yet another avenue for revenue.

“This place has always been a haven for my family, and we are looking forward to sharing its peace and the wonders of nature with others who love the bush as we do,” Plumari concludes.

 

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Press release issued  November 2016 on behalf of the Plumari Group by Marie Yossava | Grapevine Communications | http://www.grapevinecommunications.co.za

For further information, contact Daniela McCormick on 011 431 4092.

For images, contact Christa Badenhorst on christa@guvon.co.za

HOW A SPA HIGH TEA CAN SOLVE YOUR YEAR END PARTY DILEMMA.

Askari Spa, a little hidden gem on the outskirts of Magaliesburg has just launched a High Tea menu. Call me crazy, but I can’t think of a nicer way to spend and afternoon with girl friends nibbling on mini doughnuts, chocolate fudge brownies (my all time favourite way of kilojoule intake) , mini milk tarts and chocolate dipped strawberries. And did I mention the selection of cupcakes – think: red velvet, vanilla and chocolate. Sounds seriously yum to me.

Feeling that you need to go the healthy route – then the cucumber sandwiches and Spinach and feta quiche will work for you. There is also a Tika Pizzamoosa on the menu which I have  absolutely no idea what it is, but my guess would be a cross between a dainty samoosa and pizza? (Mental note to self – have to ask the Spa a photo of what this looks like!)

At R150 a person its a steal – keep in mind that if you plan your day well, you could lay down your sorrows in the capable hands of a miracle-working massage therapist and still see the elephants drinking water in front of the main restaurant  during lunch.

Women rule the world and also the diary, so keep in mind that this also makes an incredible alternative for a year end function for the girls in the office. Send the men for some bush-whacking or a Big 5 game drive at Askari Game Lodge to keep them busy while you drink, pinky in the air, yet another cup of glorious tea.

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Still thinking about the chocolate fudge brownies like I am right now? Thought I should share my easy-peasy recipe with you (courtesy of Food24.com)

Ingredients: 250 g butter | 500 g icing sugar |250 ml good quality cocoa powder |1 egg, slightly beaten |1 tsp vanilla essence | 1 packet Marie biscuits broken into pieces (bash in a packet or use a food processor)

Method: Melt the butter in a large pot until melted. Remove from the heat and add the icing sugar and cocoa. Mix well until well combined and there are no dry bits.
Stir in the beaten egg and vanilla and mix until smooth.
Add the broken biscuit bits and stir until well combined and evenly coated with chocolate.
Spoon the mixture into a greased 24 x 24 cm and smooth out with a spatula.
Once cooled and firm (pop into the fridge to speed up the process), cut into 16 squares and keep in an airtight container.

I told you it was easy !

BOOKINGS AND  ENQUIRIES: spa@askarilodge.co.za | Tel 014 577 2658 | http://www.askarispa.co.za  |Valid 2016

 

52 PLACES IN 52 WEEKS. A BMW-ER TEST DRIVES ASKARI LODGE.

Starting this fresh Monday morning with a lovely guest blog by BMW biker Stuart Crous: onmybmw1200gs.  It is his mission to visit 52 places in 52 weeks and share his experiences with us about  food, accommodation and general comments. 

 

“We found this gem by absolute chance. We were just out riding through Muldersdrift and Hekpoort when we came to a t-junction in the road. Left to Magaliesburg or right to Hartebeespoort, we decided to go left. About 3 kms down the road we came across a large Askari Game Lodge signboard and decided to take a look, we have never been allowed in at game lodges before as the bike is either dangerous or noisy. We got to the main gate and asked if we could go in as we wanted to go for breakfast at the lodge. To our surprise they allowed us in.

imageSo we took the ride up to the main lodge, on the way we were able to see many buck, zebra, giraffe and we even saw 2 elephants drinking at the watering hole. WOW what an experience our first viewing on the BMW GS. We got up to the lodge very excited and talking about this unique experience not knowing what else Askari has to offer.

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We were then shown where the restaurant and spa was situated. We were taken back in time to the Voortrekkers with the Ox wagons surrounding the restaurant. They also have an old museum in a barn with numerous old wagons and carts.

The breakfast was a delight at R225 per person for a full buffet and we sat outside on the patio and enjoyed the view. We only realized afterwards that this was a very popular wedding venue and couples select Askari to get married at because you can have your photos taken with these beautiful huge elephants. They also have a nice selection of accommodation available from self catering, to garden cottages and deluxe suites. Check out the Askari website for details.”

 

Blog and photo credit: https://onmybmw1200gs.wordpress.com/2016/09/11/askari/

SPRING HAS SPRUNG. OR HAS IT?

The tree outside my bedroom window is pushing out hopeful little green leaves and I don’t have to wear my puffer jacket to survive the 100 meter dash between the parking lot and the office front door anymore.

If you are feeling the start of Spring, which is only two weeks away, we have a few Spa suggestions for you. A little bit of forward Spa planning has never hurt anyone…

Spring Signature 2016 - Guvon Spas

FAIRWAY SPA

Enjoy your Spring Spa special while hubby plays a round of golf: 45 minute Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage | 60 minute Facial | 45 minute Classic Pedicure | Spring Mocktail | R850pp

 ASKARI SPA

Spring Indulgent Package

Combine your Spa treats with a Big 5 game drive or relaxed Sunday lunch – book this in addition to the Spa treat: 60 min Body brushing with Aloe Glaze Skin Soothing Body Wrap  | 60 min Massage of your choice | 30 min Spalicious Express Manicure | 30 min Spalicious Express Pedicure |Complimentary tea & coffee with rusks. Durations 3 hours

Price : R850.00 per person OR R1650.00 per couple | Valid from Sundays to Fridays only

 

GLENBURN SPA

Spring Fresh –  Ginger & Lime package 

Swedish Full Body Massage 50 minutes | Jacuzzi Session | Hand Experience 30 minutes | Foot Experience 30 minutes | Spa Lunch | Matisimela Body Butter  gift to take home.

Package Duration:  3,5 hours | R 1100 per person OR R 2200 per couple

KLOOFZICHT SPA

Enjoy your Spring Spa special while hubby tries his hand at fly-fishing:60min Aroma Massage | 75min Deluxe Pedicure | Spa Café Lunch | Spring Gift

Enjoy Spa facilities at leisure | R900pp

All the Spa Spring packages are valid from September to End November.

 

For more info or to view individual Spa treatments, visit our website: www.guvonspas.co.za

 

 

WHEN CUPID STRIKES AT ASKARI LODGE. ELOISE CUPIDO TIES THE KNOT.

Tune into Top Billing on SABC 3 on Sunday at 12h30 for Eloise Cupido’s wedding that took place at Askari Lodge & Spa in June.

We share the sweet love story of South African actress Eloise Cupido and her man, Chris Wilkinson:
When you are on a plane, you’re mostly hoping the person next to you respects your elbow room and doesn’t step over you seven times to visit the bathroom. What you don’t count on, like actress Eloise Cupido, is that you’ll end up marrying your fellow passenger.
The couple decided to tie the knot at this Magaliesburg game lodge, half a world away from Auckland, New Zealand where groom Chris Wilkinson is from and a far way from the Klein Karoo where the bride grew up.
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Making her television debut years ago on SABC’s Vetkoekpaleis, today Eloise is a presenter, MC and voice artist who’s written and produced her own album. Chris is a mineral exploration consultant who struck gold in his fiancé. Eloise had never been up Table Mountain so that’s where Chris proposed.

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When Chris first Googled Eloise, he hit the jackpot while his online presence was non-existent. So it has stayed – and their differences work! When it came to a venue, the             Big 5 Askari Game Lodge & Spa offered to host the wedding and did a top job.

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To view more real life weddings at Askari Lodge and other Guvon Hotel venues, visit our amazing Pinterestboard:  https://za.pinterest.com/guvonhotels/real-life-weddings/

For more info on weddings at Askari Game Lodge & Spa – click here

Tel 014 577 2658 | http://www.askarilodge.co.za

FRIDAY IS BRAAI DAY!

I have this little jingle running amok in my head. It may have something to do with the fact that its a Friday, almost lunch time and that I am looking at pics of the new Bush Braai venue at Askari Game Lodge in Magalies where we spent a gorgeous lazy lunch last week this time.

After an eventful game drive where I almost landed on our MD’s lap after misjudging the game drive vehicle’s force going downhill, we ended at a breathtaking clearing a few kilometres from the main lodge. The Bush Boma is in  forest and  red rocks from the farm have been used to demarcate the area with a hip-height wall all around. The fire pit is surrounded by cut tree trunks and benches – a lovely rustic set up inviting you to sit down and immerse yourself in the stillness.

Our lunch consisted of a simple gourmet burger selection, fresh from the grid, and the most delicious pancakes, berry coulis and cream dessert. (Confession time: I had two. So did the GM from Fairway Hotel).

The Bush Boma area will be the venue of choice with year end functions coming up and GM Graham Shipway explained that braai and spitbraai menus would be more suitable for this venue. When booking the Bush Braai for a year end function, a portion of the menu price will go toward the Askari Rhino Fund.

The Bush Braai and game drive package is available for overnight as well as day guests and pre-booking is essential due to the limited number of people the  area can accommodate.

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Before you light your braai fires at home tonight, have a look at our Proudly SA Braai Pinterest Board for some great ideas. The Bacon wrapped corn is on my wishlist – what a delicious treat for braai!: https://za.pinterest.com/guvonhotels/braai-proudly-south-africa/

 

Enquiries:  www.askarilodge.co.za | Tel 014 577 2658 | reservations@askarilodge.co.za

 

 

 

 

25+ Tips and Car Activities for Traveling with Kids.

School holidays are around the corner – moms are you ready for this? Pack the kids and the hubby and take a few days to visit Umbhaba Lodge next to the Kruger National Park. Great winter specials are available – Ask for our best rate and last minute specials on Tel 013 737 7636 | http://www.umbhaba.co.za

Enjoy this wonderful blog packed with 25 tips from a mom who has obviously done this before (apparently with three kids and two cats in tow – respect!)

Our favourite tips is no 25: “My favorite trick for long road trips is a stash of small novelty gifts. They are exciting for kids, break up the monotony, and don’t break the bank! Learn how to make your own Travel Tray and read more tips on how to survive a road trip with a toddler.”

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25+ Tips and Car Activities for Traveling with Kids

  1. Have a nighttime dance party in the car with music and glow sticks. That and 9 more tips for traveling with high energy kids. – Creekside Learning
  2. Think about everything you might need at an overnight stop or for our overnight stays and then pack it all in one suitcase. Put that suitcase in LAST when you pack the car and it will be easy to grab. Read more about Road Trip packing here. – KC Edventures
  3. 25+ Tips for Traveling with Kids: Family road trip activitiesFor more confident, cooperative little travelers, you can start preparing kids for long journeys by chatting about what to expect in the weeks beforehand as well as during the trip itself, with this Toddler Travel Timetable from Kids Play Space.
  4. When traveling with kids, be sure to carryboredom busters! Printables make great quiet activities without taking tons of room. – 3 Boys and a Dog
  5. Pack an activity bag for each child, with a few wrapped new items in each. The thrill of opening a new item (even if its just a dollar store sticker book and a pack of stickers) every half hour or so will make the time fly by. –Study-at-Home Mama
  6. On “shorter” trips of 6 hours or less, plan for the child’s nap to land in the middle of the trip, and get gas (change diapers, take a potty break) just while they are getting sleepy so you don’t wake them up too soon. It takes us about 4 hours of highway driving in our minivan before we start to get low on gas, so we plan accordingly. – Kid World Citizen
  7. When traveling on long car rides, make simple magnetic lap boards and glue magnet strips onto markers and crayons so they don’t fall out of reach. Then print a variety of free games and coloring pages to keep the kids busy. Find additional road trip activities for kids ages 2-8 here. – The Measured Mom
  8. An ice cream container can be filled with things you don’t want smushed or smashed (like crumbly crackers) and then packed in your suitcase. Once you get to the beach, it makes a great sand bucket! For more unexpected ideas on what to pack for the ultimate family beach vacation, check out this post (and the free printable list). – Nate & Rachel
  9. For long car trips, pre-pack snacks in individual servings. Bring a small cooler for drinks or anything else that needs to stay cool. That way, when hunger hits, you’re ready. Plus, the snacks are much healthier than what you’d find in a convenience store! – Creative Family Fun
  10. Don’t leave dirty nappies on the roof. After a side of the road quick nappy change, I may or may not have left the nappy on the roof of the car. – Canberra Mummy
  11. Bring lots of travel activities, books, and DVDs. The key to traveling with kids is to change it up. For an hour, let them look at books. Next hour, have them play with a travel game. And next, let them watch a DVD. Read seven more great tips for traveling with kids. – I Can Teach My Child
  12. Pack just the most necessary things you and your children absolutely can’t do without. Your children only need that many outfits and toys! – Little Artists
  13. If you’re travelling with babies, try to work around their routine. E.g. leave for a car journey just before nap time if they’re able to sleep in the car (most babies will.) – Snotty Noses
  14. Busy bags” and what I like to call “the stranger effect” are golden! Learn more about both of these tactics for traveling with young kids. – Montessori en Casa
  15. Bringing along easy to pack, play anywhere activities is a must. Two of our favorites are the preschool rhyming game called “Little Mouse, Little Mouse” and our free printable Road Trip Activity Pack. -Playdough to Plato
  16. When you see a fun opportunity at a road stop… fight the urge to rush forward and instead say YES. – Let’s Lasso the Moon
  17. When traveling with toddlers and preschoolers in the car, bring toy cars, a cookie sheet and an Are We There Yet? Map. Read all about it and see photos here. – Growing Book by Book
  18. Always bring a variety of activities for the kids! Busy bags are awesome. Before we head out on a road trip, I assemble a collection of five or six busy bags for Yaya. If she doesn’t whine for the hour, she earns a new busy bag. Read more great suggestions here. – Africa to America
  19. Always have a shoe spot in the car (makes bathroom stops so much easier!) Read more road trip tips and tricks here. – Peace But Not Quiet
  20. To keep kids occupied in the car, make them a travel binder filled with fun activities. – The Sunny Patch
  21. Check out this free Road Trip Journal printable – Peace But Not Quiet
  22. 15 wonderful sing-a-long CDs to make the time FLY past with the kids during a car trip.- JDaniel4’s Mom
  23. Check out these 3 ways to turn a travel experience into a learning experience. – iGame Mom
  24. We make sure to stay flexible and have emergency funds when traveling with 4 kids and 2 cats. The Air Force sends us to the neatest places every few years! – Royal Little Lambs
  25. My favorite trick for long road trips is a stash of small novelty gifts. They are exciting for kids, break up the monotony, and don’t break the bank! Learn how to make your own Travel Tray and read more tips on how to survive a road trip with a toddler. -It’s A Long Story
  26. I chuckle when I think about how my perspective of “normal” and “safe” have changed since my two littles have joined in on our adventures. Traveling with kids can be stressful, or it can be fun. Most likely it will be both, but I like to do everything in my power to aim for fun. Read more tips on fun travel with kids here. – BonBon Break
  27. Pack plenty of things to keep them entertained, both while travelling and while on holiday. My kid wake up very early as they are excited so something quiet to keep them amused in the early mornings is a real necessity! Colouring books or even a small set of Duplo work really well for this. Check out some of my favorite products for travelling with kids. – In the Playroom

AND if you’re traveling with a toddler or a little baby, rest assured… it gets easier. My top piece of advice for you? Take a breath and repeat that, “It will get easier.”

For ongoing family-friendly tips be sure to follow my Traveling Mama Pinterest board.

UMBHABA LODGE (HAZYVIEW) | TEL 013 737 7636 | www.umbhaba.co.za

IS THAT AN ELEPHANT IN YOUR “SELFIE”?

5 fun things to do in the ‘wild’ this school holiday.

Sometimes the old adage “If you can’t beat them join them”, is a good bit of advice when dealing with kids and social media. Introduce your social-media-savvy kids to a new experience – one where they will be able to get in touch with nature.

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Leigh-Anne Nanguia recently took her little group of girls for a day with the Big 5 and reported back: “Thank you all so much for a most amazing day.  Please send an extra thank you to Dumisani who really looked after us. He was so patient and obliging and answered ALL the girls’ questions. We had a most incredible day from beginning to end and would not hesitate to recommend a kiddies party at Askari.”

MUST DO FUN ITEMS:

  1. Start your kiddies outing with a tour of Museum where kids can see how great granny and gramps lived.
  2. Take fun pics with mock skulls from the Cradle of Humankind area, or in front of the old ox-wagons.
  3. Watch the elephants splash in the elephant dam. Take a selfie and be the envy of your friends on Facebook!
  4. Dig into a delicious Hamburger and chips or hot dog and chips, with juice for lunch.
  5. Learn all kinds of interesting facts during a special kiddies formatted 1 hour game drive and then cool off in the swimming pool on a sunny day.

Adult supervision is required at all times and Askari Lodge recommends age groups between 6 and 16, when kids will understand and enjoy the day the most.  Aside from being a wonderful birthday surprise, this is also an excellent school outing and an educational element can be built into the museum visit and game drive.

Host your busy bunch at Askari Game Lodge in Magaliesburg, where from R120 per child will keep them occupied for the better part of the day. The outing can be tailor-made by Pat Naude, our friendly reservationist.

For the moms or teachers who accompany the group, we recommend checking into the Spa for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. Just remember to book this treat in advance. See www.askarispa.co.za for a treatment list and current specials.

Please note that this package is only available in the week. Booking is essential and can be made by calling Askari Game Lodge & Spa on 014 577 2658/9Askari Game Lodge & Spa is.

 www.askarilodge.co.za