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

 

 

 

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

FANCY A BIT OF KRUGER PARK GAME VIEWING WITH YOUR CONFERENCE?

CONFERENCE SPECIAL FOR GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AT UMBHABA LODGE.

Umbhaba Lodge in Hazyview has just launched a special Government conference rate of R895pp which includes overnight accommodation, breakfast, dinner and two soft drinks per person!Umbhaba Lodge government conference specialWith the lodge just 5 minutes from the Phabeni Gate of the Kruger Park, daily game drives is a must. Pack your iPad for business and your iPhone for wildlife photography and get over to Umbhaba Lodge while availability lasts.

Bookings: reservations@umbhaba.co.za | Tel 013 737 7636 | Central Reservations: cro@guvon.co.za | Tel 08611 48866 . For further specials please see http://www.umbhaba.co.za