Ox Wagon Lodge

Type: Accommodation and Restaurant

Website: http://www.oxwagonlodge.co.za/

Situated on the koppie just before descending into Hartebeespoort, Ox Wagon Lodge is hidden away in the bush.

‘This living museum and private hideaway for nature lovers is where you relive the romance of the early Pioneers and Jock of the Bushveld era. The Oxwagon Lodge is a unique concept combining original ossewa with some modern comforts, in an atmosphere of friendliness, bird song and beautiful trees.’ – website.

Below is a picture of the quaint accommodation and the view from the lodge over the Hartebeespoort valley and dam.


Each Lodge has an ossewa attached to it and this is the bedroom or at least the bed where you will sleep for the night like Jan van Riebeck or Simon van der Stel…

This makes this a very unique experience and something you will remember for years to come.


The restaurant and bar area is situated in the middle of the half moon shaped accommodation so you feel what it felt like in those days when the ossewa provided the only form of protection against the enemy and animal predators.

The Ox Wagon Lodge offers a special experience for parties, conferencing, weddings or just a romantic weekend away for two. The Ox Wagon Restaurant serves Sunday lunch including oxtail potjiekos, real farm bread baked in an old handmade oven and other traditional dishes.

Thaba Moshate Hotel

Peermont Metcourt Hotel and Casino 

Type: Accommodation

Website: http://www.thabamoshate.co.za/

We were lucky enough to win a 2 night stay at this luxury Hotel and Casino in Burgersfort. We chose the long weekend to spoil ourselves and rode through Friday morning. It was a 3 and a half hour ride through Emalahleni, Middelburg, Steelpoort and finally onto Burgersfort.

On arrival we were pleasantly surprised at this little piece of luxury situated just on the outskirts of the main town, far enough out to be away from the city, but close enough for the convenience of dropping in at the shops for a bottle of wine.


Rooms are comfortable with mood lighting, large screen TV and all the necessities like hairdryer, safe and a coffee station in the room. The restaurant offers buffet and al a carte menu options and there is more than enough variety and choice to delight your fancy.


We took a ride out to Dullstroom passing through Lydenburg on Saturday, this was an hour and a half ride out through the Waterfall pass. Parts of the road were very bad with huge potholes on a stretch of road, but the most beautiful scenery riding through the mountains.


We had waffles at The Waffle Co and a walk through Dullstroom to the various arts and crafts shops, this was a great day out. The ride back seemed shorter than going there, because we went on the highway going back so the roads were better.

Saturday afternoon we watched the rugby SA vs France in the 2nd test and then turned in for an early night, watching movies with popcorn and a bottle of red wine.

Sunday (Fathers Day) it was time to pack up and head back home.

Harvard Cafe

At Rand Airport 

Type: Restaurant 

Website: http://www.harvardcafe.co.za/

We visited Harvard Cafe this morning on our breakfast run and enjoyed the warm gas heaters in the venue. The atmosphere was warm and inviting with live music provided by Jimmy the resident musician.


The buffet breakfast is reasonable at R89 per person and tasty. They offer a comprehensive menu including burgers, pizza’s fresh from their pizza ovens and a great steak. Enjoy sundowners or try their craft beers while light aircraft fly overhead.


There is seating inside and outside with tables close to the runway. There is a children section whereby children can play on a jungle gym whilst the parents enjoy their experience at Harvard Café.

Just around the corner is the South African Airways Museum for just R35 per adult, this is a great little piece of South African history.

Cafe Hemingway’s

Type: Restaurant

Website: http://www.cafehemingways.co.za/

We visited this absolutely amazing restaurant and bistro at Kyalami Downs centre. If you are looking for an exquisite dining experience with an international chef, attention to detail and fantastic service. You need to try this one at least once… but having visited it once you are sure to return again and again.

Cafe Hemingways 2Gavin the manager is personally involved and moves around from table to table making guests feel welcome and well attended to. We came through for a breakfast but was served an experience, everything was freshly made, and tasted perfect.

The attention to detail, with homemade jam, nuts in the little cookie with your cappuccino, soft butter with your toast and soft music in the background makes for a most relaxing morning.

They also serve a high tea with the most amazing cakes, pastries and delicacies that will keep you coming back for more. The secret room hidden behind an old bookcase can be hired out for special functions and seats up to 12 people comfortably for a private dining experience.

Cafe Hemingways 3

Bambanani

Family restaurant in Melville

Type: Restaurant 

Website: http://www.bambanani.biz/

We visited Melville, 4th avenue this morning and found this amazing family restaurant that offers a great child minding service whilst mom and dad enjoy a peaceful meal around the fireplace. There is a huge play jungle gym in the back of the restaurant and a great outdoor deck and garden area, or you can sit inside in one of the many nooks and cranny’s.


We thoroughly enjoyed our breakfast here and the food was fresh, tasty and appetizing. Staff were extremely friendly and we noticed all staff were focused on the children and making the children feel safe in a fun environment.


We would definitely recommend this restaurant and come back for a second visit.

Espresso Caffe Bistro

In Parkhurst

Type: Restaurant

We have tried something different this week and found this awesome European style cafe along 4th Avenue in Parkhurst. It has a great vibe, great food and friendly staff.


There are a number of small boutique style shops, cafes, bistro’s, pubs and restaurants along this short stretch of road, giving it character and unique atmosphere. People walking their dogs stop by for a drink before continuing on their journey.

A great place for a breakfast or light lunch and supper in the early evening.

Fresh Farm Fusion

At Monaghan Farm

Type: Restaurant

Website: http://www.freshfarmfusion.co.za/

Situated on Monaghan Farm behind Lanseria Airport is the most spectacular hidden paradise called Fresh Farm Fusion restaurant. This feels like a piece of paradise was dropped off for us to use in the middle of the dry winter bushveld.

A great atmosphere and great food at Farm Fresh Fusion makes this the ideal spot for a family lunch or a peaceful breakfast with your partner. I love the outdoor set up and outdoor feel you get indoors. Service was fast, food was fresh and the price was just right.


Monaghan also offers plots for sale for farm style living just a mere 20 minutes outside the city. With excellent security and plots from 1,500sqm to build your ideal home on in the country with Curro private school on the farm – makes for an enticing offer. We had a look at their show house… isn’t this just beautiful.

Ramkiki Lodge

Type: Accommodation and Restaurant

Website: http://www.ramkietjie.co.za/

This farm style wedding and conference venue set in Ruimsig, Honeydew is literally 7 minutes from our house. It is a beautiful little bit of paradise hidden along the Wilge River banks.


They have a quaint little restaurant on the grounds called Ramkietjie. We were spoilt to be the only guests at the restaurant for breakfast because the venue was hosting a conference and all the conference delegates were checking in at reception.

They have a beautiful chapel on the grounds to be used for weddings…


There is also a pool bar on the other side of the river overlooking the grounds, ideal for pool parties and a Saturday afternoon chillax around the pool, or order one of their famous wood fired pizzas and enjoy a cool refreshing beer.


Breakfast was freshly served, and a Full English breakfast for only R80 is well worth it. Thabiseng the restaurant host was friendly, helpful and a pleasure to deal with.

Make a booking at 011 958 0503.

Amazingwe Lodge

Type: Accommodation, Conference and Spa

Website: http://amanzingwe.co.za/

This Lodge is hidden away on the Magaliesburg mountains in Broederstroom. It is the ideal breakaway from the hustle and bustle of the city, to get into the bush for some tranquility and rejuvenation. The Lodge offers various room types depending on your needs, including family rooms with a well equipped conference facility to handle your business needs too.

This is also a beautiful wedding venue with magnificent views over the Magaliesburg valley.

For the adventurous one, they also have a zip line tour down the gorge at Ama Zwing Zwing with guided zip line operators guiding you along the way. A lot of fun for the whole family.


We enjoyed the buffet breakfast in the restaurant and took a walk through the grounds to have a look at all their facilities.

This is a great place to just get away from it all and relax on top of the mountain.

Leopard Lodge

Type: Accommodation and Restaurant

Website: http://www.leopardlodge.co.za/

We visited this beautiful gem hidden away against the Magaliesburg mountain in a forest gorge overlooking the Hartebeespoort Dam. It transports you from the hustle and bustle of the city to a tranquil secluded tropical forest where the sounds of the bird life is all that is heard. It’s just a short 55km drive from Sandton and 60km from Pretoria, but well worth the trip.


We took a ride out from Honeydew, through Muldersdrift, Hekpoort and along the R560 through Skeerpoort to Leopard Lodge this morning.


On arrival at the main reception, it was evident that excellent service is lived here and the friendly staff were waiting on our arrival welcoming us to the restaurant, and our table. There is a rustic wooden bar, conference rooms and a large veranda which transforms into one of the wedding venues available at Leopard Lodge.


After breakfast we went and sat outside under the trees overlooking the Hartebeespoort Dam. What a magnificent view, they also have an outside boma with tables and chairs to sit and relax and enjoy a fresh garden salad or a light lunch.

An a la carte menu is offered from Wednesdays to Saturdays and a buffet lunch is available every Sunday. Picnics can be arranged for those who prefer a light meal in the bush. (Advance booking required).


We also took a walk through the gardens to the outside chapel which has a unique view which overlooks the dam in the background. We had to take a picture here to show you… maybe one of the best places to tie the knot.


I would strongly recommend Leopards Lodge to any of my friends or family as a place to add to your bucket list, as we attempt to visit 52 places in 52 weeks, this is definitely one we will return to.

Check out their website for accommodation rates and availability.