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

 

IF YOU KNOW WHAT CLEATS ARE, READ ON. THIS IS FOR YOU…

I have just bought a mountain bike. Its black and green and very pretty. Don’t get excited, my intentions don’t stretch much further than 5km in and around the Cradle of Humankind. My husband suggested that I get a wicker basket and bell for my bicycle…I can see a French loaf and bottle of champagne fitting nicely and the sarcasm was totally lost on me.

So while I am clearly not part of the Argus Cycling brigade, I do recognise a good outing when I see one. And being in the Cradle of Humankind on a mountain bike is right up there with great things to do on a weekend.

I tend to work on a rewards system and therefore clearly planned my cycling route from bistro to restaurant to spa and perhaps back. Cycling is hard work after all.

So my suggested route includes:

  • A cappuccino with Garth Mes and his team at Bidon Bistro in Muldersdrift where there is ample parking for cars and a shower for cyclists. A caffeine kick start may be necessary.

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  • You could then take the long way around (for the serious riders, off course) which totals about 43km on the Cradle cycle route.
  • Or my version would be to  turn left coming out of Bidon Bistro and cycle about 2km down the road, past Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa where they do lovely Sunday lunches,  to Glenburn Lodge and Spa.

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  • Take a left and carry on for another kilometer to the main Glenburn Lodge gate. The lodge has two tracks on the property: the circular routes start and end at the universal sports field close the Glenburn Lodge’s entrance. Both scenic routes are just under 5km and takes the rider along the grass fields, mountain and riverside.
  • Then, move on to Glenburn Spa where Spa manager Geradline Veldman and her team have the most divine Spa package especially made for cyclists: 30 min steam room session | 30 min Swedish back massage | 50 minute CirculaeVine leg treatment

Spa Manager Geraldine Veldman explains the  leg treatment in more detail: “The specialised CirculaeVine invigorating foot and leg treatment uses manual lymphatic drainage techniques: The feet and legs are wrapped in a circulation-booster gel, followed by a hydrating body lotion. A perfect treatment to help relax and relieve tired or aching legs and a definite for anyone who participated in the 947 cycle challenge or does weekend races or leisure rides.”

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Now doesn’t that sound like the perfect training session? I will be on the lookout for kindred spirits on the route – especially those with wicker baskets  and who still have no idea what cleats are…

Book your Spa Cyclist Treat by calling the Spa directly on Tel 011 668 1620 | www.glenburnspa.co.za | www.glenburn.co.za

A WORD OR TWO ABOUT CLEATS – Michael O’Reilly

 http://www.executivestyle.com.au/why-do-cyclists-wear-cleated-shoes-11lm64

GIVE THAT MAN A BELLS!

Now wouldn’t that be the ultimate reward on day two of your conference or corporate teambuilding day?

At Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa this is not unheard of. Conference packages at this luxury lodge in The Cradle of Humankind goes hand in hand with the fly-fishing season. With six fly fishing dams on the property, one would be crazy not to make the most of this opportunity which only lasts until August when winter hopefully departs.

Under the expert guidance of Wayne Sinclair from Sundown Adventures, conference delegates learn the art of tying flies while a whiskey ambassador presents a variety of quality whiskies. He will further teach you to cast just far enough  to reel in the perfect catch for your participation in the trout cook off and wine pairing event.

CLASSIC FLY FISHING EXPERIENCE

Fly-fishing activities can be custom-made to your group size and requirements, but find below some guidelines to a brilliant day out. Spa treatments can be added to this life style package. A fly-fishing guide will instruct guests on the techniques required for fly-fishing.

These include how to:

1) cast and retrieve a fly 2) select a fly by understanding the life cycle of aquatic insects. Teams will then put their new skills to the test when they compete against each other in the “casting challenges”. Teams then have an opportunity to try catch a fish.

Duration 2.5 hours

TROUT COOK OFF AND WINE PAIRING

Enjoy a demonstration on how to prepare and cook a trout. A presentation during which fine wines should ideally be paired with the fish (based on the way it has been prepared). The teams then compete against each other by trying to prepare and cook the best fish.

Duration 1 hour

INTERACTIVE FLY TYING AND WHISKEY TASTING

Experienced fly-fishing guides demonstrate how to tie a fishing-fly while a whisky ambassador presents varies quality whiskies. Guests then have an opportunity to tie their own fly.

Duration: 1.5 hours

Sounds like fun? We think so.

 

For bookings or more info:  Wayne Sinclair | Sundowner Adventures | Cell: 0834140391 | Email: info@sundowneradventures.co.zawww.sundowneradventures.co.za

www.kloofzicht.co.za | conference@kloofzicht.co.za |Tel 011 317 0600

 

 

BEST WEEKEND EVER – GLAMPING IN MULDERSDRIFT.

Hands up those of you who want to take the kids camping but either don’t have the equipment, or the first clue how to set up camp. Or both. I like to think that I fit into the first category but if the truth be told I am in the “both” category. I own a camping fridge that my Dad bought me (which I loaned to him 3 years ago seemingly on a non-return basis) and a Cadac camping gas braai. And that’s the sum total of my camping equipment. And I have no idea how to pitch a tent.

So imagine my delight when I stumbled across Bushwillow Tented Camp while looking for somewhere to take my kids fishing. What was supposed to be a day out fishing (which I also have no clue how to do) on the June public holiday, turned into a camping expedition. Okay not camping – glamping.

Bushwillow Tented Camp is just 20 minutes outside of Johannesburg, and is part of, and adjacent to, the popular Glenburn Lodge estate. I know Glenburn well – my cousin got married there, and as a matter of fact so did I (first time around), at Glencove. But I had no idea that this tented camp even existed.

We arranged an early check in so that we could make the most of our day there, and we rolled in at 10am, car loaded with kids (my cousin’s son also joined us), food and bags. The tents have a kitchenette, as well as a bathroom with toilet, hand basin and shower. There is electricity in the tent, and they are well equipped with 6 beds, lamps, a kettle, bar fridge and (wait for it)…….. electric blankets and a heater! Now that’s my idea of camping – especially in winter.

You do have to take your own cutlery and utensils, plates, cups, bowls, pots, pans etc and bedding, although you can call ahead and ask them to provide bedding.

Once we had inspected our tent, unpacked and sorted things out, we took a short walk down to the river which was about 100m from our tent, and then off we went to fish. Luckily Josh fishes regularly with his Dad and he and his cousin knew exactly what to do with the 6 20160616_124312rods , the bucket of worms, mielie bomb (I still don’t know that that is) and 2 enormous boxes of fishing equipment that his Dad had lent us for the weekend. Amazingly, I remembered (kind of) how to cast a line and taught little Gabi, who decided that she liked this and reeled her line in so fast just so she could cast out again that no fish stood any chance of catching that lure.

Later in the day my Mom and brother joined us – and we went up to the boma at the tented camp to have an early braai. The boma is really cool and has plenty of space for various groups to be up there braaing at the same time. And in true Bushwillow style, if you are not up for making a fire, you can opt for one of the gas braais in the boma!

While we were braaing we took a stroll down to the heated pool below, not expecting it to be particularly heated in winter. But how surprised we were to find it as warm as a bath, and then immediately disappointed that we never had our swimming cozzies with us.
That never stopped the boys though, who swam in their shorts and not to miss out Gabi joined in in her little pink panties.

Back up at the tent we ate, got into PJ’s and spent the evening playing games before jumping into our warm beds. There is a guard on duty 24/7 and so security was never a concern – we even had panic buttons to carry around with us for in case the baboons made a nuisance of themselves, although we never saw any and only heard them barking in the distance.

The following day was spent fishing again, playing putt putt and table tennis. Unfortunately we had only booked in for the one night and eventually it was time to head home. What an awesome place and just a stone’s throw from home. We really had the best time. I appreciate being able to get that out-of-the-city feeling and we got just that at Bushwillow.

For a more information or to make a reservation visit  www.bushwillowtentedcamp.co.za

ABOUT OUR GUEST BLOGGER:

Cara , a single mom of 2 lives in Johannesburg and is our guest blogger today.  She blogs to offer inspiration to other single Moms, and even married Moms who are facing many challenges  simply because their husbands travel on business and work insane hours.She took her little team to go Glamping at Bush Willow Tented Camp last weekend.  For more  entertaining and real-life situations, follow her blog on http://1pairofhands.co.za/

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