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14 Places to stay Wat erb er g                                                                                            ...
Retreat destination and leisure magazine
Retreat destination and leisure magazine
Retreat destination and leisure magazine
Retreat destination and leisure magazine
Retreat destination and leisure magazine
Retreat destination and leisure magazine
Retreat destination and leisure magazine
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  1. 1. re treat D EST I N AT I O N & L E I S U R E M AG A Z I N E FREE EXPERIENCE THE WATERBERG Where to stay and what to do WIN WIN WIN - Gorge swing and two nights at Vic Falls - Open water diving course for two - Digital cameras - Beauty treatments - Books the waterberg issue YOUR GUIDE TO SA’S BEST HOLIDAY SPOTS Retreat 3
  2. 2. 2 Editorial Retr eat 3 f you love the bush, but have small kids or simply hate taking malaria tablets, I the Waterberg is an ideal option. Unspoilt Bushveld and home to the Big 5; we explored Bela Bela, Modimolle, Vaalwater and Lephalale during our road trip. Editor Suzanne Grobler We review two brilliant GPS devices and also tell you about a couple of Deputy Editor Renier van Vuuren fantastic new South African travel books – one focusing on mountain passes and poorts and the other on lighthouses. Two copies of each book, beauty treatments Advertising Renier van Vuuren > 073-166-1515 for 10 lucky readers, an open water diving course for two, and a weekend’s renier@smartpublishing.co.za accommodation at Vic Falls with a gorge swing for two thrown into the mix, are Anneke Kirchner > 083-301-9134 up for grabs in this issue. anneke@smartpublishing.co.za Check out our brand new Retreat Guide section at the back of the mag for a Key Accounts directory of places to go and things to do, and keep an eye out for our next issue Suzanne Grobler > 083-742-6370 which will focus on Gauteng’s shopping malls, restaurants, activities, and more. suzanne@smartpublishing.co.za Design & Layout I am standing in front of the lighthouse at Cape Agulhas situated at the most southerly point in Brett Wilson Africa. Send me a picture and letter about your ideal “retreat” to stand in line to win great Canon Esta van Niekerk cameras (p4). – Suzanne Grobler <suzanne@smartpublishing.co.za> Contributors Mike Joubert Thomas McKinnon Inside Suzanne Grobler Linda Pretorius Christina Rupp Regulars Hanleigh Daniels Coenraad Rall 4 Letters Renier van Vuuren 18 Retreat Traveller’s Tales 19 17 23 30 Charl Beukes 19 Food & Wine: Recipe Raymond Grobler 30 Industry News Accounts & Subscriptions Ronel Keet > 012-362-2732 Road Trips Distribution 6 The Waterberg: Unspoilt Bushveld Renier van Vuuren > 073-166-1515 renier@smartpublishing.co.za Places to stay: Waterberg Business Manager 12 Thaba Monaté George Grobler > 083-460-0402 george@smartpublishing.co.za 13 ABBA Game Lodge 6 15 14 Bateleur Tented Safari Lodge Published by Business Traveller 15 Zuikerkop Country Game Lodge Lifestyle: Décor SMARTPUBLISHING 16 www.livingspacetoday.co.za MASS MEDIA SPECIALISTS Books Distributed by 17 Lighthouses of South Africa 17 A Guide to South Africa’s Mountain Passes and Poorts smart distribution Facial Therapy | Chemical Peels | Reflexology Tools for the bush Liposun Africa Slimming | Acrylic/Gel Nails 20 TomTom XXL Copyright © 2010. All rights reserved. No material, text or NEW! Brush-on Instant Tan 20 Navigon 6310 photo graphs may be 21 Ovi Maps ease holiday reproduced, copied or in any Soft laser light therapy for treatment of: other way transmitted without frustration the written consent of the • pigmentation, age spots, skin rejuvenation and wrinkles publisher. Opinions expressed • strechmarks, scarring, infections and hair removal Eco Smart are not necessarily those of the publisher or of the editor. We 22 Titbits • sports injuries and recovery recognise all trademarks and 23 Betta Lights Solar Power logos as the sole property of Lighting Solutions their respective owners. Retreat shall not be liable for any errors or for any actions in reliance Competitions thereon. All prices were correct at time of going to print. 17 Book give-aways 17 Win beauty treatments 22 Win an open water diving course for two All photo 24 Win an adventure-filled re treat and video D EST I N AT I O N & L E I S U R E M AG A Z I N E weekend for two at Victoria equipment Falls used by Retreat is sponsored by: Retreat Guide 25 Accommodation / Activities 28 Products / Services Retr eat 3 www.r etr eatmag.co.za M a r c h/ Apr i l 2010
  3. 3. 4 Letters Dear Retr eat 5 Letters Dear Retr eat Dear Retreat, Hi Retreat, I have very dear friends with a This picture is of our “anniversary” W in ni ng Ha ppy Snap & Lett er game farm in Natal near retreat. We spent a beautiful and Empangeni, and once a year I relaxing weekend on the Harte- am fortunate enough to spend beespoort Dear Retreat, time with them, away from the dam. The stress of what it means to live pic is of my I happen to live near the Kruger and love to visit the and work in Johannesburg. husband on park at every opportunity I get. Like so many people I My encounters with God’s the banks love unwinding in nature. On this particular day we had creation during these times are of the dam. been driving around the middle of the park and a source of refreshment and It is only 45 decided to head south toward Crocodile bridge. As we quietness that goes a long way min away Hi Retreat, made our way down we bumped into a herd of to helping me just pull myself from JHB elephant, the little ones were so hot that they were towards myself. but once This picture was taken early lying at their mothers feet asleep in the midday heat. One morning last April, I got up just as the sun was rising to see if you are there it’s like you are far morning in the Pilansberg Nature We gently moved on there was any game at the waterhole near the cottage I was staying in. This away from the hustle and bustle! Reserve. We don’t very often get and met another photograph of the rising sun is a wonderful reminder of just how privileged we What a treat! the opportunity for the whole vehicle looking a little are to live in Africa – a continent where some of the most spectacular sunrises Karen Lochmberg family to be able to go away for lost so we told them and sunsets can be seen. The freshness of a new day is exciting! Despite the a weekend together, but this was about the wonderful many problems we may face living in this country, we are always guaranteed one of the few lucky ones. The sighting we had just that just as the sun sets on one day with all its challenges, the sun will rise other problem is to get had, they said they again the following morning and we have fresh opportunities to meet new everybody out of bed early in had had a pretty challenges and rise above our circumstances with a positive outlook. the morning to go on a game interesting sighting a Naomi Binns drive (you can imagine the little further down the moans and groans). road of a dead impala So, this was worth the and cheetah in a tree. complaints, coming over the We immediately mountain and finding these hot headed in the direc- air balloons right in front of us. tion they had told us It was a spectacular view. Hi Retreat, and sure enough Anneliese van Aardt bumped into the sight- This photo was taken on a ing. We sat and looked recent trip to Letaba in the through the binos for A close second, well done. Kruger National Park. Letaba is a while and decided to head off when suddenly a big a magical place set roughly halfway up in the KNP. Dear Retreat, tom leopard jumped into the tree and started to eat the impala. All this took place in full daylight at 14h00 Bushbuck roam freely in the camp, such as this one having a On Women’s Day I had planned to ±100 m off the road. Hi Sean, much needed drink from the take my partner on a surprise It truly is the best sighting I have ever experienced, pond outside the Elephant escape to Durban Ushaka Marine one can only wonder at what happened to the poor Wow, what an awesome Museum in the extreme heat. World, but had to opt for a lower cheetah, but it looks like it and the leopard had a moment to have captured in Due to Letaba being further budget yet equally fulfilling outing punch-up, judging by the leopards right eye. pixels! This is certainly a once north, there are less tourists which makes it more of a relaxed place than to the Pretoria Zoo. We had lovely The scene amazed us as predator can become prey in a lifetime experience. some of the busier camps further down south. weather and learnt a lot about in a flash, it also showed the harshness of nature, its Congratulations on winning the The campsite was lovely and clean, and not busy at all. During the mid- marine living and wildlife. The day beauty but above all its endless mystery. second of five Canon PowerShot A470 cameras (sponsored afternoon drive, the temperature hit 40° C! Thank goodness for aircon. went by and as the Zoo was about Sean Hensman by Canon). –Suzanne We will most definitely be visiting the KNP again next year, and hopefully to close, some of the animals were see that “ghost” of the bushveld, the Leopard, as it avoided us yet again. oozing sounds as if to say to us: Chris Van Wyk “Goodbye and thank you for visiting”. The trip was a spiritual and therapeutic experience. “Retreat” Reuben Rankapole Happy Snap Hi Retreat, & Letter This photo was taken during our visit to Mabula lodge in the Competition Waterberg district in the Limpopo region. Being so close to the Rhinos and other animals was by far the most wonderful and 5x prizes of R1499 each Grand prize of R9999 fulfilling experience I have ever had. We learned so much about the animals and the way they live. One thing that I always remember is the way the hyenas relate to each other and the fact Win a Canon PowerShot A470 every issue for the next 3 issues of Retreat magazine Sponsored by: that they have a sense of love and unity among themselves (and by sending us your picture and letter combo with the theme “Retreat”. Only the that they mate for life!). best combo will win! All the entries will go into the draw for the grand prize (a Canon During our trip I felt so renewed and relaxed away from traffic EOS 450D) which will be announced in Retreat 7. Happy snapping! and all the city has to offer. I have indeed enjoyed myself. We can learn so much from the animal kingdom; tolerance, love and Send your “Retreat” Happy Snap & Letter combo to the Editor at unity. Competition runs from Retreat 2–7. Helen Tladi letters@retreatmag.co.za (Please ensure your pics do not exceed 2MB). Competition open to SA Residents only. Retr eat 3 www.r etr eatmag.co.za M a r c h/ Apr i l 2010 Retr eat 3 www.r etr eatmag.co.za M a r c h / A p r i l 2 010
  4. 4. 6 Road Trips Wat erb er g 7 Road Trips Wa t e rb er g The Waterberg: Bela Bela (Warmbaths) Unspoilt Bushveld F rom the N1 take a left onto the R516 and you’ll soon enough find yourself in Bela Bela (formerly Warmbad), South Africa’s premier hot springs resort town. For this month’s Road Trip we packed the car and set Bela Bela is known for its temperate off to Limpopo’s unspoilt Waterberg district. climate, and as a family holiday destination it comes highly recommended. f it’s magnificent Bushveld you’re after, then your heart will I find rest in Limpopo’s rustic Waterberg. Running from the south of the province to the west on the border to Botswana, Two resorts dominate the scene, both equally entertaining. Forever Resorts is where most of the hot springs action is. the Waterberg mountains stretch for more than 14 500 km². 20 000 litres of water per hour, naturally Due to its ruggedness a lot of land cannot be cultivated, so the heated to 53ºC, makes it way into the Waterberg is home to a massive amount of game and bird beautifully developed resort. The resort species. In fact, the Waterberg Biosphere was the first region sports a vast amount of water sport in the northern part of South Africa named as a Biosphere activity including water ski-ing, tubing Reserve by UNESCO. and super tubes. camping and self-catering facilities The Waterberg is also extremely accessible, with the N1 Klein Kariba is one of the best kept makes it one of the most popular Modimolle (Nylstroom) highway out of Pretoria and Johannesburg your primary route. resorts in South Africa. Their beautiful resorts in the country. Picture: Reuben Heydenrych If you can, try to stay in one of 7 km up the (curvy) road from Bela the beautiful wood cabins over- looking the dam. 2 Bela you’ll find yourself in Modimolle, the commercial centre of the Waterberg Two game reserves near Bela district. On your way try to stop at one Bela that are testament to the of the many roadstalls to try some of Waterberg’s beautiful wildlife are the region’s lovely peaches, watermelon Mabalingwe and Mabula game or grapes on offer (or their mampoer if lodges, while a multitude of they stock it!). During January smaller game lodges are dotted Modimolle plays host to a Grape around the area. A final mention Festival, with good reason, since locals must be made of Zebula Golf will tell you this region produces some Estate and Spa, South Africa’s of the sweetest grapes in SA. only 5-star golfing resort, situated just outside Bela Bela. >> Continues on p 8 >> Villa Olien Guesthouse is set in Modimolle, in the Waterberg region, some 130 km north of Pretoria, surrounded by splendid hot mineral springs, peaceful nature reserves and a choice of game farms. ♦ Seven luxury villas available ♦ Each can accommodate five guests sharing in twin or double rooms ♦ Spacious lounge with television and individually controlled satellite channels ♦ A fully equipped kitchen is available for self catering purposes ♦ Scrump ous breakfast prepared by our professional chef on request ♦ Private braai facili es are available and each unit is surrounded by its own in mate evergreen garden ♦ Each unit offers safe parking in lock-up garages ♦ 4 km away from the Waterberg Conven on Centre Self Catering Villa R1 600 per night max five persons www.villaolien.co.za Tel: 083 443 2118 | Fax: 014 717 3772 | Email: guesthouse@villaolien.co.za
  5. 5. 8 Road Trips Wat erb er g 9 Road Trips Wa t e rb er g Modimolle (Nylstroom) << From p 7 << Vaalwater For bird lovers getting your binoculars out at Waterberg Eiendomme Properties Nylsvley bird and nature reserve is a must, since a massive 370 different bird Attie Louwrens Jan Blignaut species can be found 083-236-4387 083-355-2144 there. Nylsvley is situated ajlouwrens@telkomsa.net 014-755-3760 to the north of the town, with SA’s largest flood- plain vlei forming part of SEBE SEBE Lodge the reserve. The Marekele National Park “Place of Peace and Tranquility” near Vaalwater offers four of Sebe Sebe Lodge lies on the banks the big five including Lion of the Limpopo River, near and Leopard, Various properties from 21 to 8 000 and is also Lephalale on the Botswana border: ha. Game, cattle, irrigation farms and home to the small holdings. Fully developed and largest colony • Perfect for weekend breakaways of Cape undeveloped farms available. All Vultures in SA, • Overnight spot enroute to Botswana properties on the Waterberg plateau. with about 800 • Conference and func on venue breeding pairs. Between Modimolle and Vaalwater we found a beau- tiful waterfall hidden away off the road, A trip to Thaba Kwena will be a treat for the kids. It is the which seemed largest commercial crocodile farm in the southern hemisphere ideal for a and plays host to some 22 000 crocodiles. They get fed every quiet little Saturday, so make sure you go then. Crocodile meat (tastes picnic. like chicken we think), and skin are available to buy. Anglers should get a line wet in the Donkerpoort dam, just outside Modimolle, where you’ll find Carp, Bream, Black bass South Africans have enjoyed the Waterberg since the as well as Barbel. Stone Age, when the first inhabitants settled here about three million years ago. With its large amount of game reserves, camping sites, dams and a lot of local flavour, all in a malaria free area, the Waterberg should be on Vaalwater your “top 5 places to explore” list. 1 km from Bela Bela you’ll find yourself in Vaalwater, right 6 on the edge of the Waterberg Biosphere. The Waterberg Nature Conservancy was established in 1990 to conserve more than 150 000 hectares of Waterberg habitat. It plays host to a number of animal species and incorporates local farms and nature reserves, as well as a number of rural villages in the area. Close to Vaalwater you’ll find St John’s Church. Built in 1914, the church, with its thatched roof, was designed by Sir Herbert Baker, also of course • Numerous game species and other wildlife responsible for the Union Buildings. • Home to abundant bird species For those looking for an “opskop”, Vaal- • Wide range of ac vi es: game viewing, water lets its hair down night drives, fishing, mountain biking, bush with the annual Water- berg Game Festival. It’s walks, hun ng can be arranged. timed to coincide with the last game auction of Contact Sebe Sebe Lodge the year, and takes place from 23 to 25 +27-83-456-6940 September. Email: sebesebe@telkomsa.net M a r c h/ Apr i l 2010 Retr eat 3 www.sebesebelodge.co.za
  6. 6. 10 Road Trips Wat erb er g Lephalale (Ellisras) The heartbeat of the Waterberg bushveld Diverse Lephalale, previously known as Ellisras, is situated on the northern side of the Waterberg Biosphere. Only three hours from Gauteng, Lephalale is one of the last big towns you’ll pass through on your way to the South African / Botswana border at Stockpoort, situated 70 km further north, and Groblersbrug, about ± 110 km away. It has become a major stop-over for safaris into Botswana, but as a des na on on its own, Lephalale is definitely well worth pursuing. Into the wild… reserved past time, over 300 bird Facing a bright future… Driving through this beautiful region it’s species can be viewed in the Lephalale Lephalale is not only about the past or easy to see why Lephalale has become region, with quite a few rare and unique the present, but also, very much, about synonymous with the Bushveld. Here species on display. the future. Eskom is building a new dry- you’ll find miles and miles of untouched The Lephalale region truly caters for cooled, coal fired power station, called nature, ancient trees and rolling every need. Everyone is welcome here: Medupi, in Lephalale. Another big player landscapes that whisper of memories from the discerning tourist looking for in the energy field, Sasol, is currently made under the wide African sky. This is five star lodge luxury, (flown in via the undertaking a feasibility study to build a big five country, while an evening camp Lephalale airstrip), to the come-with-a- new coal-to-liquid fuel (CTL) plant in the fire is never far away. About 250 game tent, braai-all-weekend camper looking region, while Anglo American has also farms are scattered across the region, for care-free peace and quiet under the been investigating possibilities in the with rustic to five star experiences on amazing Bushveld stars. area. All these operations are conducted offer. Game viewing, eco-tourism and with a well managed impact on the trophy hunting are big draw cards for Where it all started… environment. both local and international visitors. All As a town Lephalale is not particularly Lephalale continues to capture the this with the peace of mind that old. Established on the farm Waterkloof true spirit of the Bushveld. There is Lepahlale is a malaria free area. in 1960, Ellisras was named after the enough space here for nature and man, original farm owners Patrick Ellis and traditional values and modern Sporty… or not? Piet Erasmus. The growth of the town development, to co-exist. Once you have Those looking for thrills and spills are owes a lot to the development of the felt the heartbeat of the Waterberg, you well catered for, since a wide range of Grootegeluk Coal Mine. It is currently will feel it calling you back for ever adventure sports are offered in the South Africa’s largest coal operation and more… region. Teeing off on an 18 hole also the world’s largest coal ‘evergreen’ golf course, rock climbing, beneficiation complex. You may also Contact mountain biking, hiking, 4x4ing, micro- come across Matimba, the largest direct Visit www.lephalaletourism.co.za, lighting, boating and fishing are just a air-cooled power station in the world, www.lephalale.com, call 076-238- few of the sports to get the adrenaline which is supplied with coal from 0342 / 014-763-2193 or email info@ pumping. For those looking for a more Grootegeluk. lephalaletourism.co.za for more info. Retr eat 3 www.r etr eatmag.co.za M a r c h/ Apr i l 2010
  7. 7. 12 Places to stay Wat erb er g 1 3 Places to stay Wa t e rb er g some action. A and has a braai, as well as water and putt-putt course, electricity. The scullery and ablution jungle gym and blocks are kept clean through-out the trampoline are day. there for both the Thaba Monaté young and the Contact ABBA Game Lodge If you are looking for a break-away with the family in the midst of 1100 ha young at heart. With all this on offer, Thaba Monaté has game farm, then ABBA Game Lodge is the perfect choice. ABBA is situated To do a lot, or Swimming pool What is a resort without a nice swimming pool? very competitive prices. Visit their web- site at http://thabamonate.co.za, email thabam@ctec.co.za or call them on 014-736-2291/4131. Game or fish? just outside of Modimolle (Nylstroom) next to a natural dam, far away from any big city hustle and bustle. not to do a lot Thaba Monaté offers two, with holiday goers being able to relax next to both a cool water pool (fitted with a crossbeam for watersports) or a cold water pool with a heated section. Having these to cool you down when 10 km north of Bela Bela, Limpopo, you’ll find the sun is at its yourself in the outer reaches of the Waterberg. hottest makes a big difference. Situated here on the edge of small hills is the lovely Thaba Monaté bushveld and nature resort. Here The Bush Pig Inn At the end of the the choice is yours – you can take your me to day a relaxing drink unwind and make your way through their 400 ha of Natural dam wildlife on offer. There is no fence is in order, down at There are a couple of standout features separating the camp from the game, bushveld, or partake in what could be your most the Bush Pig Inn. at ABBA, one of them being the lovely and we encountered Impala roaming With DSTV on offer ac ve holiday ever. dam located on the doorstep of its self- very close to the camping area (don’t you won’t miss that catering units. It’s small enough not be worry there are no predators in the important Super 14 imposing, while being big enough not to mix). From the caravan sites you have a clash, while there is be mistaken it for a splash pool. A big view over a big part of ABBA’s 1100 ha day, so cooling down in the pool can be also a pool table benefit of the dam is that it is only open of grassland. Here one finds a wide a very soothing experience. There is available if the Game viewing for fishing to people camping at ABBA. variety of buck species, including Eland, also a heated pool for those with cold rugby doesn’t keep you entertained. The There is truly a lot to keep yourself, and Anglers can look forward to catching Kudu, Njala, Waterbuck and Springbok. blood running through their veins. fully licensed restaurant offers a the kids, busy with at Thaba Monaté. Carp, Barbel, Bass and Kurper in a You can also catch a glimpse of the Holiday makers looking for a tad more delicious breakfast as well as an á la First and foremost is the fact that it is a quiet, relaxed atmosphere. The name of Zebra and Giraffe, while the Bush pigs adventure can go canoeing or pedal Carte menu during the day. game farm, with access to the beautiful the game though is catch and release, come and go as they please. The game boating on the dam, while mountain surroundings and wildlife through a and for those looking to take their catch can be viewed while hiking through the bikes can be hired to explore the game Corporate booking and facilities number of ways. The twice daily game home, the much larger Donkerpoort game park, or simply from your front lodge via pedal power. Old faithfulls like Corporate companies looking for drives are always a popular choice, dam is literally just round the corner. porch, since they roam around the the trampoline, a volleyball court and conference facilities will find Thaba while 4x4 enthusiasts can also explore lodge. If the game is not enough, outdoor chess offer an easy way to pass Monaté a perfect choice. The Big Five the game drive routes on their own. If Wildlife consider the multitude of bird species or the time. For the smaller kids, there is boardroom offers seating for up to 150 you’re up for the challenge you can While some might enjoy the fishing, 52 tree species growing on the farm. enough to do at the children’s people, with a range of seating styles attempt to tackle the routes via others will delight in the amazing playground and farmyard, while they available, including U-shape, Cinema, mountain bike, while hikers have two Caravan camping can also enjoy a ride on the tractor and Boardroom and Schoolroom. The follow- walking trails to explore. ABBA’s neat caravan stands are a big trailer. ing conference aids are also available: The Koedoebessie trail lasts two and treat, since it’s not everyday that you proksima and screen, flip charts with a half hours, while the more challenging have a thatched roof to park a caravan The Warthog’s Den pens, white boards and white board Kiepersol route takes five hours to under. There are 15 of these sites, each For evening entertainment the markers. Audio visual technology such complete. Some of the game along the equipped with their own braai and Warthog’s Den is always open. The as a DVD player, VCR, overhead routes include Kudu, Nyala, Red Duiker, electricity. There is a comfortable space dining area is fully licensed, and an á la projector and a television can also be Klipspringer, Blue Wildebeest, Warthog, between all sites, and clean communal Carte menu is on offer, while breakfast booked. Zebra and Giraffe. As expected, bird ablution facilities are situated close by. can be enjoyed in the morning. There watching is also top-notch. are pool tables available for those up for Chalets Self-catering an eight-ball challenge. Thaba Monaté offers secluded, beautiful, Fishing and sport There are eleven self-catering chalets The on-site shop will provide you with thatched chalets that either sleep two, Just a short walk from the main available, we recommend the four everything you need during your stay, four or six people. These chalets include reception area you’ll find yourself chalets overlooking the dam. Holiday including milk, firewood, sweets and a braai area with linen, a microwave coming across the local dam, stocked makers can relax in these fully furnished cooldrinks. oven, stove and fridge. To keep the with Bass and Carp. If you are up for a thatch roofed chalets, available in 2, 4, bushveld atmosphere intact, there is no spot of fishing there are canoes for hire, 6, and 8 sleeper arrangements. Contact television or radio on offer. while you can also try to catch them ABBA game lodge has very decent from the banks. (A catch and release Activities prices for their caravan stands and Caravan and camping policy is in place.) There is a lot for any family to do at thatched self-catering units. Contact The caravan and camping facilities at If this is not enough to keep sport ABBA, making it ideal for vacationers them on 014-717-2362 or visit Thaba Monaté have attracted campers fanatics happy, there are also squash, either on a weekend stay or on a longer www.abbagamelodge.co.za for more from across SA. Each site is spacious, tennis and volley ball courts ready for break-away. It can get hot during the info. Retr eat 3 www.r etr eatmag.co.za M a r c h/ Apr i l 2010 Retr eat 3 www.r etr eatmag.co.za M a r c h / A p r i l 2 010
  8. 8. 14 Places to stay Wat erb er g 1 5 Business Traveller F r e e S t a t e Bateleur Tented Safari Lodge Honest bushveld comfort Ernest Hemingway famously said: “All I wanted to do now was get back to Africa. We had not le it yet, but when I would wake in the night, I would lie, listening, homesick for it already.” This by the man who popularised the word ‘Safari’ in the West, when he we was enjoying Africa in fully-furnished and accommodated East-African Dining Safari tents, now commonly Breakfast, lunch and known as Hemingway-style dinners are simple tents. and refreshing and enjoyed in the open Advertorial Lapa dining room. There is truly W hile you can only truly experience the bush if your lodgings are a tent, there is no reason why this tent something special about enjoying one of the dishes less than 100 m from plains game like Wildebees and Sable, Open spaces enchance open minds shouldn’t be anything but comfortable. quenching their thirst at the watering Bateleur Tented Safari Lodge, hole in front of the lodge. Other activities situated on the foothills of the Beyond the usual facilities and activities, Waterberg Mountains in the Limpopo Pontoon cruise Bateleur offers Big Five game drives and Province, offers this true bushveld Sundowner Pontoon cruises can be night drives, walking safaris, game experience. With nine Hemingway-style enjoyed on the Palala river while tracking and casual fishing. tents, complete with ensuite bathrooms admiring a true bushveld sunset. The To make the stay unforgettable you and airconditioning, a little R&R in Palala river is ideal for bird watching, can also enjoy off-lodge activities like an rugged-luxury is assured. casual fishing and crocodile spotting. outing to the White Lion project; Elephant back safaris and a visit to an Honest comfort Clay pigeon shooting archaeological pots site. Each tent is furnished with a double Shouldering a 12 gage in the cool bed, rattan furniture and a bar fridge. morning hours and Basic Conference Facilities The well adorned bathrooms are fully spraying orange disks Seating 40 delegates, equipped with all that is necessary to ‘full of lead’ is a real Bateleur offers basic ensure a comfortable stay. stress reliever. conferencing facilities in true bushveld style from ituated just outside Clocolan, between Restaurant R175pp (includes lunch and snack and drinks mid- S the wide landscapes of the Eastern Free State, Zuikerkop Country Game The lodge’s upmarket restaurant offers exclusive dishes like “Brie wrapped in morning and afternoon). Lodge is ideal for a function or conference bacon, accompanied by sun-dried AT TRE Other facilities include a swimming pool, jacuzzi, with a difference. Far away from the city’s rush, tomatoes, drizzled with an exotic strawberry pesto,” giving you a taste of RE lapa bar and boma. Zuikerkop allows you to clear your head Zuikerkop’s unique way of spoiling their and invite innovative ideas to make the guests. Rates most out of your conference. The lodge R595 per person sharing hosts a practical and stylish conference Accommodation or R695 per person sharing venue, equipped with the latest Guest accommodation includes two- (including breakfast, dinner and a game technology in projection hardware, sleeper rondavels, double- and twin- drive). Self-catering options are seating up to 80 delegates. sleeper chalets, and one charming available at R395 per person. Groups of up to 80 can also use the honeymoon suite. open air boma to brainstorm or to relax Contact and mingle around a warm fire. A deck, With the right balance of tranquility, Bateleur has too much to offer for just a which overlooks the private reserve, is good service and attention to detail, one night stay – a weekend is needed to excellent for crisp outdoor breakfasts or Zuikerkop proves to be a great getaway truly experience the African bushveld cocktails at sunset. and a premium conference and function and the warm and welcome hospitality venue. offered by Bateleur Tented Safari Lodge Activities Conference packages, which include and its staff. Outdoor activities include game drives on a light lunch and refreshments, are For more info, contact them on 014- their 1200 hectare estate, hikes for a available from R250 per person. 763-4064, 082-529-5997, email at more upclose experience with the more For more information contact them info@bateleurlodge.co.za or visit their than 20 species of game roaming the on 083-389-0587, info@zuikerkop.co.za website www.bateleurlodge.co.za. property, swimming or miniature golf. or visit www.zuikerkop.co.za. Retr eat 3 www.r etr eatmag.co.za M a r c h/ Apr i l 2010 Retr eat 3 www.r etr eatmag.co.za M a r c h / A p r i l 2 010

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