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

 

CLEVER IDEAS FOR PET-FRIENDLY WEDDING DECOR AT WARTHOGS BUSH CAMP.

There are some insanely cute and clever ideas when it comes to pet-friendly weddings. Every single time I pin new images to our fabulous Pinterest board, I have a #feelgoodfriday. (Yes, I do know its only Tuesday today!)

Part of the fun of having a pet-friendly wedding at Warthog Bush Camp is the many ways which the theme can be rolled out and incorporated  into your wedding:

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1 – Make your table numbers dog-centric. Use all those cute puppy photos and mad moments for personalised table numbers.

2 – No cake is complete without a memorable cake topper. Make yours one to remember with  a fun figurine of your favourite pet.

3 – In the spirit of giving, share the love with a wedding favour to take home. Your guests’ furry friends would be most impressed. It certainly beats another engraved wine glass which will just gather dust on the guests’ shelf.

4 – Keeping it real with wedding decor at a Bush camp is a must-do. Ambrosia Events did this wonderful rustic, proudly South African set up for us at Warthogs which we love to bits. Let the creative Christina Roussetis in on your pet-friendly wedding ideas:

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For more inspiration on pet-friendly weddings, visit our fun Facebook page! www.warthogs.co.za |Tel 014 577 2658

 

 

WARTHOGS PET-FRIENDLY BUSH CAMP – A SHOWSTOPPER AT THE WEDDING EXPO.

“We were not prepared for the tremendous response we received this past weekend at The Wedding Expo”, says Christa Badenhorst, Group Marketing Manager of the Guvon Hotels and Spa group. “Collaborating with the SA Guide Dogs Association, we created a genuine showstopper of frolicking puppies and gorgeous Golden Retrievers who guided their owners along the Wedding Expo isles, with cute wedding signs around their necks”.

Warthogs Bush Camp just outside of Magaliesburg recently opened its doors after a refurbishment and the announcement that this small bush camp will be pet-friendly, has been received with huge excitement from the general public.

Wedding Expo guests were delighted to know that their much-loved pets can now be part of their wedding ceremony as a ring bearer. Excitement mounted as brides starting to realize that  ”Save the date” photos and engagement shoots with their pets in tow, now is a real possibility.

Warthogs Bush Camp just outside of Magaliesburg lends itself to family gatherings, weddings, and action-packed weekends filled with nature-themed activities such as trail runs or mountain biking. Tucked away in the Magalies meander, an hour’s drive from both Johannesburg and Pretoria, Warthogs Bush Camp has 10 chalets accommodating 20 people sharing. The ambiance of the dining area, outside lapa and rock pool allows you to escape the buzz of city life and enter the tranquil African bushveld.

Big 5 game drives and Spa treatments are available from our sister property, Askari Game Lodge & Spa just 2km down the road. Warthogs itself has a selection of Kudu, Blesbok, Rooihartebees and off course warthogs. Bird clubs love this venue with its dedicated walking routes and often book the entire lodge for birding weekends.

Guest staying at Warthogs Bush camp are welcome to enjoy Askari Lodge’s Big 5 game drives and Spa facilities although pets will not be allowed on the property as it is a fully fledged Big 5 game lodge.

“We recommend that camp exclusivity is taken by guests which opens up a world of possibilities for your weekend, as the dog breeders clubs and dog trainers can vouch for”, Badenhorst noted. She further urged dog owners to keep an eye on their pets as on any farm or bush camp, there are snakes at the lodge.

Badenhorst hinted at a future collaboration between themselves, the Wedding Expo, The SA Guide Dogs Association and suppliers in order to offer an all paid for wedding for sight-impaired person in the coming year. More info about this exciting initiative will be released once plans have been finalised.

For fun pet posts and Pins, do join the Warthogs Facebook page and visit our “The pleasure of Pets” Pinterest board!

All Guvon Hotels properties were present at the Wedding Expo offering their excellent wedding services to prospective brides and grooms:

 

 

 

 

 

MY HUMANS ARE GETTING MARRIED AT WARTHOGS BUSH CAMP:

If you can’t bear the thought of walking down the aisle without both your best friend and fiancée, you should stop by Warthogs Bush Camp in Magaliesburg.  The pet friendly Warthogs Bush Camp is now open for weddings with your furry friends as ring bearers, confetti carriers and givers of wet sloppy kisses to anyone within arm reach.

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Set just 2km from Askari Game Lodge & Spa in Magaliesburg,  Warthogs Bush Camp  is a wonderful venue for bush-weddings as they are quite happy to tailor-make any event to suit your requirements. If bush hospitality and simplicity is your thing, you would love the unpretentious but hearty brunch on offer which includes pap, wors and eggs, to dinner themes around braai menus, spit braais and potjiekos recipes.

“As I approached the venue, my creative mind kicked into high gear”, says Christa Badenhorst, Group Marketing Manager of Guvon Hotels & Spas. “The main reception area is an impressive thatch dome and this is the ideal spot to welcome your wedding guests with a special wedding themed cocktail and small canapes or snacks.”

“I can imagine lining the wooden deck and wooden walkways which meander along the rock pool area with  floating white Chinese lanterns,” Badenhorst continues. “We recommend that camp exclusivity is taken for weddings – this opens up a world of possibilities for your wedding weekend. Aside from having a free hand in decorating the venue to you hearts delight, wedding guests can enjoy a range of outdoor activities from walking trails, to mountain biking and 4×4 tracking (upon prior arrangement). Kiddies will enjoy the rock pool, table tennis and volleyball and are encouraged to bring their mountain bikes for a bit of roughing it in the countryside.”

The large multi-purpose Bush Lapa wedding venue caters for up to 120 people when seated. Its drop down canvas sides creates a cozy atmosphere even in winter within this spacious thatch structure.

Wedding guests stay over in ten individual chalets which all have small wooden decks and are decorated in earthy tones, all set within a tree canopy. The bathroom with its outside shower is a real treat and brings guests just a touch closer to nature.

This small bush lodge is tucked away in the Magalies Meander, an hour’s drive from both Johannesburg and Pretoria. Wedding rates and bookings can be arranged by calling Pat or Andre on Tel 014  577 2658/9. See www.warthogs.co.za for more info and images of this beautiful property.