Moroccan House

Type: Restaurant and Accommodation

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

We took a 45 minute ride out to Moroccan House this morning for our breakfast run. The weather was clear blue skies with a bit of a bite in the air, made the ride out a very pleasant one.

This is a Moroccan styled house with a rooftop cafe and unique Moroccan cuisine.

I ordered a Kefda Omelette and Heather ordered a Kefda Tagine. We also took their Moka Pot Cappuccino which had a spicy flavour, unusual but nice.

At the heart of the House is also a large function venue which can be used for weddings, birthdays or even a staff function. It has a high roof which opens up the venue and gives it its unique character. This venue is available for hire.

After breakfast we headed to the Union Buildings to walk around in the gardens and take pictures at the Nelson Mandela statue.

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Katse dam

Lesotho

Type: Accommodation and place of interest

We headed out to Katse Dam, Lesotho over the weekend. There were 16 bikes and a back up support vehicle that went with on the trip. We left Johannesburg down the N1 at 05:30am on Friday morning, with a brief stop for coffee and muffins at Villiersdorp.

Then we headed off to Thanda Tau for a buffet breakfast and a fill up for the bikes that needed it. This is a great little pit stop on your way to Durban.

Then we headed down south, through Harrismith and past the Sterkfontein dam to Little Switzerland for some drinks and photos with the Drakensburg in the background.

Then it was back on the bikes to head back around the Sterkfontein dam, through Phuthaditjhaba to Witsieshoek for lunch. But not before we stopped for another photo.

Some awesome pictures, and beautiful weather allowed for magnificent views over the valley. After lunch it was time to get back on the bikes and time to head towards Clarens. But half way through Golden Gate we did a small detour up the mountain to a look-out point and took more photos.

Then back on the bikes through Golden Gate, we headed past Clarens, 8 kms past Clarens to the Ash River Highlands Water Project. This is where the water enters South Africa from the Katse Dam Highlands Water Project. This is the size of the pipe that brings water from Katse Dam to South Africa.

Then back onto our bikes to our final stop in Clarens for the day. Time to refill to prepare for the following days trip, unpack, freshen up, enjoy a sundowner on the deck at the Maluti Mountain Lodge, supper and then bed.

Up early the next morning for breakfast and a quick route chat from our group leader Leon. We had a chance to catch this hot air balloon in the Golden Gate valley.

Then it was time to head to the Lesotho border at Caledonspoort. It was quick and easy through this border post and then on our way to Katse Dam. But not before our mountainous climb through 320 bends as we weaved our way to the top of the mountain. A quick stop for a picnic at the top of the mountain viewing point.

Back on the bikes, down the other side, once again weaving through what felt like another 320 bends. If you were not very comfortable in going through bends before this trip, believe me you would know your bike by the end of this trip. I was amazed at how well the fully laiden GS with panniers, top box and pillion just glided through those turns at 45 degrees. Then we headed towards Katse Dam. After dropping off our bags at our chalets, it was time to head to the information Centre for a tour into the dam wall.

Not only did we go inside the dam wall, but we then rode around to the top of the dam wall, where we stopped and popped some champagne in memory of a fellow rider who passed away just the month before. Then onto our chalets for some r&r before supper.

The next morning again an early start, all the way back through the 600 bends and turns to the Ficksburg border post, back to Clarens for lunch at Rotar Hahn. Then back to Villiers and Johannesburg. We arrived back home at around 4pm on Sunday afternoon with lots of memories and photos of an amazing trip with amazing people. New friends have been made and new experiences shared.

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Morrells Boutique Estate

Type: Restaurant and Accommodation

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

We visited Morrell’s this morning for breakfast and was blown away by the service, the venue, the grounds and the food. If you are looking for excellent service and a beautiful garden, be sure to try out this restaurant.

The chef prepared our breakfast from scratch in the kitchen right next to our table so we could observe him and felt like he was our very own personal chef as there were no other customers in the restaurant.

This was a unique experience and a tasty well presented breakfast that has taken this restaurant experience to one of our top ten.

Website – ‘Whether it be for intimate gatherings or celebratory soirees, Morrells will cater to your every need and make your special event truly memorable. From product launches to lavish gala dinners, guests will be pampered by our quality and originality. We have created a conference venue & event space in Johannesburg where guests experience our venue in all its sumptuousness for any occasion.

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10 Bompas Hotel and Winehouse

Type: Hotel and Restaurant

Website: https://tenbompas.com/

We took a chilled 20 minute ride from Honeydew to 10 Bompas in Dunkeld West this morning. When we arrived here we were pleasantly surprised by the friendliness of the staff and the grounds are beautifully laid out.

We decided to sit outside next to the pool, and you become aware of the peace and serenity of the place, just the sound of birds singing and the running water of the pool fountains.

Breakfast was served in true chef quality, with attention to detail presentation and quality of food. We thoroughly enjoyed being spoilt this morning and have been made to feel like honored guests.

The venue also has function rooms for parties, conferencing and team building events. The Winehouse also gives this venue a unique feature and the grounds transform into a magical place at night.

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al Fiume

Riverside Restaurant

Type: Restaurant

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

We visited al Fiume Riverside Restaurant on Sunday afternoon for buffet lunch. The restaurant has a live band playing during the afternoon, which creates a great vibe at the venue. The restaurant is set alongside the beautiful Hennops River a mere 20 minutes from Fourways.

The restaurant has a normal full functional restaurant, private seating along the river bank or a large outdoor seated area. Food is exquisite and 5 Star chef quality, prepared and presented to seduce the 5 senses. Attention to detail, elegance and style come to mind when thinking about the overall experience.

Bookings are essential.

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Velmore Hotel

4 Star Hotel

Type: Accomodation and Restaurant

Website: http://velmorehotel.co.za

We came across this hotel on one of our breakfast runs around Hartebeespoort and made a note to return and try try it out. The hotel has huge grounds, a few conference venues and a beautiful spa. The building is unique with old rustic designs and the water features add to the ambiance and give it character.


The interior of the hotel has beautiful luxury finishes and we were thoroughly impressed by the food in the restaurant. Normally food in all hotels buffet style is cold, unappetizing, bland and tasteless. We asked if they had an a la carte menu, but to our surprise the buffet was delicious, warm and inviting. The hotel also offers a relaxing bar area with indoor and outdoor seating.


We took a walk around the gardens and found the pool area is designed specifically for weddings and events.

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Le Meridien Hotel

Ile Maurice ~ Mauritius 

Type: Accommodation

Website: http://www.lemeridien-mauritius.com/

We did not visit this one on our BMW R1200GS Adventure, but we celebrated 25 years of marriage here this week and I thought of sharing our experience with you.


Beautiful beaches and sunsets that are out of a magazine… this is really what it looks like here, no photoshop or trying to make it look better than what it really is.

On arrival at the hotel we were greeted by hotel staff that immediately make you feel welcome and offered us a welcome cocktail while they completed the necessary documentation.


Then we were upgraded from a deluxe room to an executive suite, not sure if this was because we are celebrating a very special anniversary. (25 years) We were very surprised and happy for the upgrade.


Nothing can beat a dinner right on the beach with the sound of waves right by your dinner table. The food is signature style quality in look and taste and all the staff are so friendly and helpful, nothing is too much for them or too much bother.

Day 1: was spent getting to know the resort, unwinding at the sauna and reading a book while it rained it the late afternoon. The perfect start to a very relaxed and peaceful break.

Day 2: we decided to take a scooter ride out to Grand Bay, so although it is not on my BMW, the scooter option was a lot of fun and we blended in with the many locals using their small 125cc motorcycles.


Day 3: was spent doing water sports and enjoying the sun, beach and cocktails.


Day 4: we decided to travel a bit further out on the scooter to explore more of the island.

Day 5: we are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary on a catamaran cruise. I will post a separate blog just on this special day.

Day 6: we will be relaxing once again at the sauna, reading a book and winding down.

Day7: we head back to South Africa

Below are some pictures from this beautiful island, walks on the beach and our time here in Mauritius.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Fat Olive

Type: Restaurant

Website: http://thefatolive.co.za/

We took the kids out for an amazing afternoon lunch at The Fat Olive. Situated just behind Lanseria airport this restaurant is a little hidden treasure. Open from Monday – Saturday for lunch and dinner and Sunday for lunch only. It is an ideal family setting next to a small dam, with indoor and outdoor seating.


The venue is ideal for children to explore, climb trees and run around the grass fields. There is jungle gyms and an animal farmyard to explore.


Saturdays and Sundays there is live music on the deck overlooking the dam which creates a great vibe. There is also a beach bar to enjoy a drink and a sundowner, under the trees.


Bookings on Saturdays and Sundays is essential if you want to come and enjoy a relaxing afternoon with family and friends.

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Magalies Manor

Type: Accommodation and Restaurant

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

This beautiful place is only 45 minutes outside of Johannesburg and a great ride out. We went through Muldersdrift, towards Hekpoort and then across to Magaliesburg. The morning air was cool and refreshing, signs of Autumn air fast approaching. On arriving at Magalies Manor we went straight to the restaurant for a buffet breakfast.


Staff were extremely friendly and service was outstanding. After breakfast we took a walk through the grounds and had a look at the facilities and various accommodation available. The grounds were well laid out and the pool looked inviting.


They have various types of accommodation from garden cottages, tented camps, double rooms, family rooms and executive suites. Priced from R1250 per night.

There are some small ponds and paved walkways through the gardens which creates a peaceful, tranquil experience.


Magalies Manor also offers conference and wedding venue facilities and an in-house spa to indulge yourself. What an amazing morning spent with my beautiful wife, we love going out every Saturday on the BMW on our breakfast run.

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Mount Grace Hotel and Spa

Type: Accommodation and Spa

Website: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/jnbmg-african-pride-mount-grace-country-house-and-spa/

We took a ride out to Magaliesburg this morning to African Pride Mount Grace Hotel and Spa. This beautiful 5 star hotel is nestled away in the Magaliesburg mountains, a mere hours ride out of Johannesburg.

We were completely surprised by this beautiful hotel almost hidden away in the mountain and trees. We were escorted to our breakfast table, and offered a warm cappuccino and glass of ice cold water and lemon. Restaurant Twist was an awesome experience and well worth the R255 per head charge for a full buffet breakfast.


After breakfast we then asked reception to show us around the rooms and the spa. We were escorted around the grounds by Billy in a golf cart. There are over 120 rooms on the grounds ranging in price from R2 200 for a Garden room to R4 500 for a Superior room per night.



We were super impressed by the Spa and this would definitely be something we need to try out in the near future.

Leave your stress in the city and emerge from this oasis of tranquility refreshed in body, mind and spirit. There is an outdoor heated jacuzzi, a hydrotherapy garden, floatation pool, steam room, gym and a number of treatment rooms.

This is definitely a place to relax and forget about all your worries.

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Cedar Lodge

Type: Accommodation and Restaurant

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

We took a short ride to Krugersdorp this morning to this most pleasant and beautiful place just over the mountain. A short ride down the N14 to Krugersdorp past Cradlestone Mall and Silverstar Casino, continue up the mountain. Just after you come around the bend at the top you will see Cedar Lodge on the left, just after Bush Ave.

We ordered breakfast and sat outside on the veranda, the service was fast and friendly and the food was fresh and tasty. What an awesome place.


We took a walk through the grounds and were shown a few of the rooms. The executive suites are nice with a bath in the bedroom with spa jets, and all the comfort you need. There are 2 pools to enjoy the summer weather, various sized rooms for conferencing and wedding venues and an outside beer garden.

There is a market every Sunday on the grounds and this is a must see with a number of stalls. Live music plays at the beer garden every Saturday and Sunday creating a great vibe, what a way to spend a Saturday afternoon with some friends and watching the game.

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The Venue Country Hotel

Type: Accommodation and Restaurant

Website: http://thevenuehotel.co.za/

We visited this beautiful place this morning and were pleasantly surprised by the peaceful setting. It is a hotel and Conference venue, but the restaurant offers a great dining experience too.

Lucky for us the morning that we arrived there were no other guests or conference delegates so we had the entire place to ourselves. We were treated like royalty with the waiter and chef preparing a table and food just for us.


The grounds were peaceful and beautifully green from the recent rains. After breakfast we took a walk through the grounds to the pool and had a look at the facilities, conference venue and breakaway rooms.


The Venue Country Hotel is on the R512 Pelindaba Road on your way to Hartebeespoort Dam just before the Lion and Safari Park.

Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

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Kloofzicht

Kloofzicht Lodge and Spa:

Type: Accommodation and Restaurant

Aprox cost: R2370 per room per night

Website: http://kloofzicht.co.za

We were fortunate to have Sunday lunch at this beautiful lodge and spa. On arriving at the main gate on Sunday afternoon we did not know what to expect? Riding down the road to the main lodge we were met by a number of buck (eland, kudu, wildebees, impala and springbok) along the way, almost as if they were welcoming us to their home. The view of the lodge on the dam, from the top of the road was spectacular and set the tone for what was going to be a weekend to remember and a place we would tell our friends about.

The lodge is situated at the feet of the Zwartkops mountain range in the Cradle of Humankind and provides guests with a number of activities to choose from. There is the fine dining experience of the restaurant, relaxation at the spa, fly fishing at one of the trout dams, a walk up one of the trails or just quietly sitting reading a book on a bench – Kloofzicht has it all.


We thoroughly enjoyed our Sunday lunch and decided to spend the rest of the afternoon walking around the dams and watching some newly weds try their hand at fly fishing. Kloofzicht is also a popular wedding venue with the outdoor chapel right on the waters edge, saying your vows to the sound of a mother goose and her babies on the water must be something special.
Try this restaurant or accommodation next time you just want to break away from the city hustle and bustle.

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Valley Lodge and Spa

Breathtakingly beautiful 

Type: Accommodation and Restaurant

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

This beautiful 4 star Country Lodge and spa is situated along the Magalies river in Magaliesburg. This is the ideal wedding venue with its own private chapel on the grounds and large Marquee tent for ceremonies and reception parties.

We found it on a tourism map and decided to take a ride through to Magalies to check it out. Breakfast was great and like any 4 or 5 star venue they offer a full buffet breakfast or menu options. We enjoyed a peaceful breakfast outside on the terrace overlooking the pool.

After breakfast we decided to take a walk through the grounds and possibly see if they could accommodate us for a massage at the spa. Unfortunately they were fully booked for the day and suggested we made a booking in advance. This looked like a state of the art spa and something to consider in the future.


We then walked down to the river and came across a beautiful little chapel in the grounds. They have 76 rooms from superior, luxury to standard rooms depending on your taste and affordability. There are also Conference facilities available.

So this is an all in one venue able to meet and exceed your needs. Take a ride through to Magalies and enjoy the beautiful peaceful scenery Valley Lodge and Spa have to offer.

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Riverstone Lodge 

Type: Restaurant and Lodge

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

We came across this beautiful lodge and restaurant in Muldersdrift. It is literally 20 minutes ride from our place, right on our doorstep but completely overlooked. So today we took a ride out to check it out and we were not let down at all, in fact we were rather impressed.

Cyclists use this venue on a Saturday as there starting point to cycle along the quite outlying roads along the Cradle. So hundreds of cyclists descend on Riverstone Lodge and it is quite a sight. But venture down to the Restaurant for some great food, service and venue.


There is indoor and outdoor seating on the balcony overlooking the Crocodile River. The interior is cool and spacious with tables and couches to relax on with an ice cold beer or cocktail.


We were even more impressed with our waiter Fernando who was a hotel school student, what a fine young man.

All 51 rooms are spacious, modern and beautifully laid out to ensure a peaceful restful stay. Check out this venue if you want to try something new and fresh.

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Die Ou Pastorie

Beautiful old house set in a garden under the trees

Type: Restaurant and guesthouse

Website: http://www.dieoupastorie.com

This beautiful house is situated in Skeerpoort, just 45 minutes ride from Johannesburg. We came through Muldersdrift and Hekpoort, turned right at the t-junction towards Harties.

The restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating, but we chose to sit outside under the trees. It is so peaceful and quiet for breakfast, that we just sat there for an hour or two chatting. The breakfast was great and service was fast and friendly.


We came here in July, so it was right in the middle of winter, scarves and jackets to keep warm and the trees were brown. But this place must be beautiful and green in summer. The owner was telling us that they also have live entertainment on most Saturday’ but to check their website for details.

‘Musical concerts, art exhibitions, historical storytelling and performance art take place while guests dine under the trees, absorbing both the intricacies of the show and the tranquil beauty of their surroundings. Notable performers to visit Die Ou Pastorie include legendary South African musicians Steve Newman, Guy Buttery, Arno Carstens, Greg Georgiades and Dan Patlansky.’ – website

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Beka Idube

Beka Idube tented camp in Dinokeng

Type: Accommodation

Approx cost: R550 per person per night

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

We found this absolute gem of a place about 35kms outside of Pretoria, just North of Cullinan. There are 3 luxury tented camps, each with their own splash pool on the deck of the tent. Two of the splash pools are heated with a wood burning fire furnace next to the tent, while the third tent pool is not heated.
Each tent comes with all the usual luxuries including double bed, shower, toilet and electricity, fully equipped with cutlery, linen, Weber braai and an outside braai and boma.


We took an hour and a half ride out from Johannesburg, but it would be a short 30 minute ride from Pretoria. The weather was nice and cool and hardly any traffic on the roads due to the school holidays. There is about 3kms of dirt roads once you reach the Leeuwkloof turnoff.

The camp is located in the genuine bushveld with free roaming game in the reserve. Having your own watering hole right at your tent, ensures you get front row seats to watching these animals drink at first light. I took a walk shortly after arriving to check out the surroundings and game, and came across a family of zebra grazing in an opening. They would not allow me closer than about 15 metres, before they moved off again.

The owner is also an avid miniature horse breeder and they have a number of miniature horses in their stables. This was really the most peaceful, and restful place we have been to, just what was needed to end off a very busy year.

Although it rained off and on the whole weekend, this was still an enjoyable stay, we caught up on some reading time and relaxed in the heated pool… It also rained the whole way home, first time out in the pouring rain, without our rain gear, but we hardly got wet. I just love the protection the Adventure provides, you are sheltered behind the huge tank and front windshield. Thank you to Chris and Coralezet for an amazing weekend. #twothumbsup

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Rustig 

Rustig on Oostemoed Reserve 

Type: Accommodation and Restaurant

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

We took a 45 min ride out to Rustig this morning it is located about half way between Hekpoort and Hartebeespoort Dam. Rustig is a well-established family farm since 1930, and has various types of accommodation available. The main house, is set against the picture perfect background of the Magaliesberg, there is also a stone house, farm house and luxury tents all form part of the accommodation found at Rustig. There is a large dining hall that can be used for functions and weddings and a communal swimming pool.


We sat on the long veranda and enjoyed the view of the mountain range in the distance, with a cool breeze blowing on this warm summer morning.

We ordered an ice cold water with ice and lemon and then had a look at the menu. We decided on the English breakfast with a cappuccino. The breakfast was delicious and at a reasonable R50 per person.


We just sat and spoke about Christmas, the holidays and our 25 year wedding holiday we are planning to Mauritius in September 2017. The sound of birds singing in the background makes this place a very ‘rustig’ place to relax and chill.


After breakfast we took a short walk around the beautiful gardens, to check out the various accommodations and was pleasantly surprised by the rates. Check out the website for more details. Below is a picture of the tented camp.

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Mokoya Lodge

Mokoya Lodge and Sweet Thyme Restaurant

Type: Lodge and Restaurant

Approx cost: From R400 per person per night

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

We took a 40 minute ride through Muldersdrift and Hekpoort towards Hartebeespoort Dam, to Mokoya Lodge this morning. It was a cool ride as it was overcast and a cool wind was blowing. We turned off onto a dirt road and followed the signs to Mokoya. What a beautiful, peaceful little lodge situated along the Magalies River. We ordered breakfast and sat outside on the terrace with a nice cup of coffee and muesli and fruit. Then we got our breakfast , bacon, eggs, beef sausage, beans and toast. They have their special Mokoya chili sauce which was tasty and not too hot.

We had to try out their hammocks under the trees after breakfast.
We took a walk around the lodge, down to the river and the function lapa. There is a volleyball court on beach sand and a swimming pool for some fun in the sun. There is also a boma down by the river for those warm summer evening socials.

The boma looks beautiful at night with all the candles and fire.

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Clifftop Exclusive Lodge

Clifftop exclusive safari hideawayType: Accommodation
Approx cost: R4,200 per person per night
Website: http://clifftoplodge.co.za/
This premium exclusive lodge is situated 3 ½ hours from Johannesburg in the Malaria free Welgevonden Private Game Reserve in the Waterberg Mountains.
Clifftop Exclusive Safari Lodge is a special place where service is exemplary and luxury is evident. We had to leave our vehicle at the main gate parking and was picked up by the owners in a Land Rover as the road leading up to the main lodge was too steep and rocky.

Each cabin is perfectly positioned along the cliff overlooking the Sterkstroom River to offer exclusivity and privacy. Each cabin has its own splash pool, outside deck and outside bed for those long summer nights.
We were introduced to our very own butler who would look after us for the weekend, he served us dinner in a private setting at the main lodge. We felt like royalty as the other cabins were all fully booked, but we didn’t see any of the other couples. Each couple was served the 3 course dinner in their own private setting at the main lodge. Quite extraordinary and exclusive and romantic all at the same time.

The next morning at breakfast was the first time we managed to see that there were in fact other couples staying over the weekend. (the price includes all meals and game drives) After breakfast we headed on the first game drive of the morning and came across a number of animals including, Lion, Rhino, various buck, zebra, giraffe and a troop of Elephants.

We were looking for Leopards on our game drive but these shy animals avoided being detected, hiding in the rocky outcrops. Out of sight to the untrained eye. The weekend was most relaxing and enjoyable. We got our fair share of game viewing, relaxing, privacy and 5-star service and food. Before we knew it the weekend was over and we were being driven back down to the main gate for our 3 hour trip back to Johannesburg.

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Budmarsh private lodge

Budmarsh 5 star private lodge

Type: Accommodation and restaurant

Approx Cost: R4,000 per room per night

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

We took a 40 minute ride out to Budmarsh private lodge situated in the heart of the Magaliesberg. They offer  5-star accommodation and conference facilities in a country styled setting. This makes it the ideal venue for weddings, conferences and team building events. Or alternatively if you just want to come through and book a private picnic outside under the trees.


Guests can relax around the swimming pool, take a walk, or play some snooker, but this place offers the ultimate in quiet, peaceful tranquility and 5-star service.

We did not stay over but asked to view the  rooms, 3 room types are available at Budmarsh – Luxury, Superior and Superior Suite. (prices are available on their website) We did enjoy their breakfast outside on the patio. It was such a pleasant morning. After breakfast we went for a walk around the complex and the grounds.


It was then time to get on the bike and head out. South Africa vs Australia rugby game was coming on later the afternoon and I was already kitted out in my rugby jersey to support the bokke.

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Lethabo Estate

Lethabo Estate accommodation and restaurant 

Type: Accommodation

Approx cost: from R850 per person per night

Website: http://lethaboestate.com

I was flying out of Lanseria airport and the plane banked to the left to turn towards the south (Cape Town flight) I was sitting at the window and saw a number of dirt roads that I thought myself and my wife could explore on the bike. On arriving in Cape Town I immediately went onto Google maps and started looking for a place we could to ride to on the bike. I didn’t find anything but thought we would go and explore anyway.

That Saturday we got on the bike and headed past Lanseria and took the dirt road just after Kromdraai Road. We went exploring and found this gem on the banks of the Crocodile River just behind Lanseria airport. We pressed the buzzer at the gate and was let in by a very friendly voice on the other end who came out and welcomed us after we parked.

The friendly staff member showed us around the restaurant but due to the fact that we did not have a reservation, we unfortunately could not have something to eat there. But the place looked so beautiful and private that we immediately made a reservation for Sunday lunch. We then asked about the accommodation and was shown some brochures of the rooms, and this is when we fell in love with Lethabo.

Lethabo offers the most private accommodation along the banks of the Crocodile river, with private outdoor areas, picnic spots and beautiful views. This is the ultimate weekend getaway for you and your partner to just relax and enjoy the time alone. Each room is designed to give you ultimate privacy and luxury with indoor and outdoor features for those hot summer nights and cold winter days.

We came back for our lunch reservation on Sunday and was treated like we were the only couple for lunch. Exclusive pampering and a table set out on the deck just where we requested it. Drinks were served and we literally felt like the entire spread was set out just for us. Private picnic spots are also available to be booked along the river bank or set up under the trees. This really was a special treat and one we will recommend to friends and will definitely return to again.

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Askari

Askari game lodge and spa:

Type: Accommodation and Spa

Approx cost: R1430 per person per night

Website: http://askarilodge.co.za

We found this gem by absolute chance. We were just out riding through Muldersdrift and Hekpoort when we came to a t-junction in the road. Left to Magaliesburg or right to Hartebeespoort, we decided to go left. About 3 kms down the road we came across a large Askari Game Lodge signboard and decided to take a look, we have never been allowed in at game lodges before as the bike is either dangerous or noisy. We got to the main gate and asked if we could go in as we wanted to go for breakfast at the lodge. To our surprise they allowed us in.

imageSo we took the ride up to the main lodge, on the way we were able to see many buck, zebra, giraffe and we even saw 2 elephants drinking at the watering hole. WOW what an experience our first viewing on the BMW GS. We got up to the lodge very excited and talking about this unique experience not knowing what else Askari has to offer.

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We were then shown where the restaurant and spa was situated. We were taken back in time to the Voortrekkers with the Ox wagons surrounding the restaurant. They also have an old museum in a barn with numerous old wagons and carts.

The breakfast was a delight at R225 per person for a full buffet and we sat outside on the patio and enjoyed the view. We only realized afterwards that this was a very popular wedding venue and couples select Askari to get married at because you can have your photos taken with these beautiful huge elephants. They also have a nice selection of accommodation available from self catering, to garden cottages and deluxe suites. Check out the Askari website for details.

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Forum Homini

5 Star hotel and restaurant 

Type: Accommodation & Restaurant

Approx: R4 450 per night

Website: http://www.forumhomini.com

We heard about this restaurant from a work colleague and decided to take a look. We arrived at the main gate to the game reserve at Letamo and was informed that you need to make a reservation for the restaurant. This was disappointing but as it was our wedding anniversary celebration we decided to make the reservation for the next week-end.

We received email notifications of our booking and confirmation of payment. On Saturday we then took a second ride out to Letamo game reserve and this time on arrival at the gate our names were on the list. We entered the gate and took the 1.5 km ride down a dirt road to the restaurant and hotel. On arrival it is hidden in the long grass and you would think you are at the wrong place, but clearly marked signage guides you to reception.

The restaurant is built on a small dam and is private and secluded. The waiters and staff are 5 star and professional, and the food is master chef quality. The start of our 5 course breakfast dining experience started with some orange juice, and date yoghurt with sesame and sunflower seeds. Heather and myself looked at the menu and said to each other ‘Kingklip and Venison’ for breakfast? This was confusing as there was no bacon and eggs on the menu. An elderly couple sitting near us were clearly not happy that they could not have bacon and eggs. We decided that this was something we have never done and wanted to explore something new and unique.

Presentation was a work of art on a plate and the combinations of seeds, paste and veggies worked well together. Bringing a taste explosion in your mouth that left you coming back for more. Each portion was exactly what was needed to get to taste each individual item but well balanced to bring it all together.

After breakfast we were pleasantly surprised by a little dessert presented to us to celebrate our 24 year wedding anniversary.

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We then went for a short walk around the hotel and was shown the Presidential Suite at only R5 500 per night you get a beautiful spacious room with a lounge and kitchenette, indoor and outdoor double shower, indoor jet bath and outdoor heated splash pool in your own private garden. This is definitely something to try for the next special event to celebrate.

Then we were back on the bike and took a further hour long ride around the game reserve and witnessed a number of animals on the reserve, zebra, springbok, gemsbok, wildebees and eland.

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Beetleloop

Beetleloop Guesthouse in Nelspruit:

Type: Guesthouse Accommodation

Approx: From R490 per night

Website: http://www.beetleloop.co.za

We have found this guesthouse about 8 years ago and built a friendship with the owners Rina and Piet. Whenever we travel to Nelspruit, Beetleloop is our accommodation of choice. We planned our first long distance trip from Johannesburg to Nelspruit on the bike. We did not want to go on the highway and planned the route through a number of small towns to Nelspruit.

We left Joburg at around 11am and travelled down the N17 past Springs to Bethal, where we stopped for a short water break. Then along R38 to Hendrina where we stopped again for some snacks and energy drinks. We continued along the R38 through Carolina and Badplaas to  Nelspruit. Riding down through the mountains into Nelspruit was beautiful, even after a full day (5 hours) on the road.

This was a unique experience spending the whole day riding with Heather on the back and talking together on our Scala Rider kit brings us closer together as a couple.

What a relief to get to Beetleloop and see Rina waiting for us. She gave us our special honeymoon suite that we always book. The beds are enormous and comfortable and this evening seemed to invite us.

imageThe hospitality is friendly, warm and like family. Breakfast in the morning is always professionally presented and extremely tasty. We absolutely love staying here… There is also so much to see and do in and around Nelspruit, Hazyview, Sabie, Graskop and Pilgrims Rest.

Check out the local maps for things to do locally.

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B’Sorah

B’Sorah luxury tent accommodation:

Type: Luxury tented camp

Approx cost: R630 per night

Website: http://www.bsorah.com

We found this gem by chance, we took a ride out to Harties and I always look to take a new route. Sometimes I check on Google maps for a different route and I try not take the same route back, if you ride out one way you must come back another way. On our way we found a signboard – B’Sorah luxury tented camp. I took down the number and details and called as soon as we got home. I was surprised by the price and availability so we booked for the following weekend.

The Friday when we got home from work, we quickly packed the pannier boxes and hopped onto the bike and left for our weekend away at B’Sorah. Very excited as this was our first time sleeping in a tent. Well a luxury tent with a double bed, bath, shower, toilet and outside kitchenette, fitted with fridge, cutlery and crockery. This was one of the best, most quiet, peaceful weekends we have experienced since before TV. We sat around a fireplace reading and talking and sipping on red wine. The tents are private and secluded in the bush, so if you do not want to see anyone else except the sound of birds and the odd buck roaming past your tent, then B’Sorah is the ideal getaway.

“Hidden among the beautiful bushveld, B’Sorah is home to a luxury safari tented camp and 4×4 campsite. Guests are welcome to explore the farm by foot, or bring your bicycle if you prefer to cycle. B’sorah is a nature lover’s paradise, a place to unwind, relax and get in tune with nature again. Hartbeespoortdam is only fifteen minutes away, and the surrounding attractions, shops and facilities will satisfy every need and keep you busy for hours. For our camp guests, you will hear the francolins’ call at sunset, the perfect accompaniment to your evening barbecue.” – website 

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Kurisa Moya

Log cabin accommodation in Magoebaskloof:

Type: log cabin accommodation

Aprox cost: R1 000 per person per night

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

My wife and myself packed our pannier boxes on the Wednesday night, with basic clothing items to see us through a long weekend in the bush. Early the next morning we loaded the bike (BMW R1200GS Adv) and filled up the tank and got on the road. It is approx 350 kms from JHB, 3 and a half hours ride up the N1 through Polokwane.

“Kurisa Moya is situated in the Limpopo Province near Magoebaskloof. The comfortable and unpretentious Magoebaskloof accommodation is in log cabins, a cottage with views or a spacious farmhouse all found in peaceful, private settings surrounded by mountains, indigenous forest, rivers and bushveld.” – website

The log cabins are set in the forest, secluded and private where you can enjoy a break away from the hustle and bustle of city life. No electricity means no TV and no other technological hindrances. No signal means no phone calls and no internet, just peaceful birds singing in the trees, lots of reading and some beautiful forest walks. This will revitalize body, mind, soul and bring you and your partner closer together. The evenings were spent around the log fireplace (it was winter) and playing games and talking to each other. That is something that you don’t see couples do anymore, just look at couples in restaurants nowadays, everyone is on their phones and iPads. People don’t speak to each other anymore.

This was an amazing getaway and much needed after the past 6 months pressure and turmoil at work. Time seemed to stand still.

The nature reserve offers nature walks, 4×4 trails, fly fishing in the dams, bird watching and home to the Samango and Vervet monkeys high in the trees. There are some key landmarks on the reserve with a Cabbage tree that is 11.65 metres around the circumference at the base of the tree.

Sadly Sunday we had to pack up and load up the bike and start the long trek back to civilization and the city.

This is one to revisit in the future.

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