Casalinga

Muldersdrift

Type: Restaurant

Website: https://www.casalinga.co.za/

We drove through to Muldersdrift on Sunday afternoon for lunch with the kids, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The restaurant was fully booked, this is always a good sign. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and the food was absolutely delicious. Sunday afternoon buffet comes highly recommended…

Quote – “Casalinga means housewife.
Everything we have at Casalinga is lovingly home-made.
We want everybody who comes through our doors to feel at home on our beautiful organic farm.”
– Jenny De Luca (owner and founder)

There is a large indoor and outdoor seating area and the restaurant also caters for weddings, parties, functions and special events. A great Italian Restaurant with a great atmosphere and great Italian food, like home cooked food Mama Rossa style.

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Life Grand Cafe

Hazelwood, Pretoria

Type: Restaurant

Website: https://www.lifegrandcafe.com/

We took a 45 minute ride this morning to the trendy suburb of Hazelwood in Pretoria. Life Grand Cafe is an experience rather than just a restaurant. Food is exquisitely prepared and presented in a way that keeps you coming back for more.

The waiters were eager to serve, friendly and on hand to cater for your every need. Restaurant decor was inviting and modern, I was even impressed with the cleanliness and quality of the entire establishment, toilets, condiments, tables and menus. Unfortunately we have visited some restaurants where the menus are sticky, dirty and the condiments have old hard sauce still around the spout.

Care and attention to detail makes a world of difference, well done on a great overall experience. We would definitely recommend this for your next visit.

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Pestana Lodge

Malelane, Mpumalanga

Type: Accommodation and Restaurant

We recently visited Nelspruit for a weekend away on the bike and decided to take a 30 minute ride out to Pestana Lodge for breakfast. What a beautiful Lodge, situated about 70m from the Kruger National Park Southern Gate, or a mere 800m from the Malelane Gate.

The Lodge has a stunning wooden deck overlooking the Crocodile River, which acts as a border between Mpumalanga and Kruger. We watched as a number of elephant, and buck came down to the river to drink. There were also a number of hippo already in the river.

We had a breakfast buffet, which had a big selection and variety of cold and hot foods on offer. It was a hearty breakfast for the price and well worth the ride through from Nelspruit.

They offer various forms of accommodation in this 4 star resort and with the Kruger just a few meters away, you can arrange a safari to go and see the wildlife literally on your doorstep.

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Tashas

Menlyn on Main

Type: Restaurant

We decided to ride out to Menlyn in Pretoria this morning as it was a beautiful cool Autumn morning. Just enough cool air and blue skies and the sun was out. Not hot enough to be uncomfortable and not cool enough to need something warm underneath, just a perfect Jozie day.

The ride took us almost 45 minutes along the N14 from Muldersdrift, traveling at about 100kph to take in the scenery and enjoy the beauty all around us. We tend to get in our cars or on our bikes to reach the destination, and we forget that part of the journey is the journey not the destination. Slow down and take it all in.

We arrived at Menlyn on Main at about 9:30am and they have such a nice variety of coffee shops and restaurants to choose from. We have been to Old Town Italy before (see blog below) and so we decided to check out Tashas.

They offer indoor and outdoor seating and can accommodate large groups around large tables or intimate small tables for couples. It has a great vibe and staff are friendly and efficient. The food is tasty and well presented and at a great price. Really great venue and we were very happy with the choice of restaurant this morning.

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Amathole trip

Eastern Cape bike trip

Type: Travel and Accommodation

Day1: Centurion Ulysses bike club arranged this trip and we met at the N14 Petroport on the Krugersdorp highway. There were a total of 9 bikes with 15 members who left on Friday morning 26 April 2019 at 9am.

After a short word from our Road Captain Loftie on the route for the day, a quick prayer for safety on the road, we were off on our 2,500km journey over the next 6 days. Day 1 took us past Krugersdorp and Randfontein towards Parys, where we stopped for a coffee and leg stretch.

Onwards to Kroonstad, Welkom, Theunissen, Brandfort and first overnight stop in Bloemfontein at Sangiro Lodge. A great late afternoon spent sitting outside on the grass, with a few drinks and laughs, with some Ostrich, Guinea fowl, Blesbok, Springbok and even a Giraffe in the background as the sunset. We got cleaned up, had supper at the lodge and straight to bed after a long day on the road.

Day 2: Our club President Blackie joined us, making it 10 bikes with 17 members. We left Bloemfontein at 8am for Wepener where we had breakfast at the Lord Fraser Guesthouse.

A quaint little town easily overlooked and hardly stopped at. Some antique furnishings and wooden floors made this a special stop over for breakfast. After breakfast we took a look at their bar and few pictures taken under the large oak trees before setting off again.

We were then off past the town of Zastron, passed through Aliwal North, Lady Grey, Barkley East towards Elliot, and stopped at Mountain Shadows Hotel for the evening. Once again, we gathered on the porch of Frikkie and Zelda to enjoy a few sundowners, laughs and some of us managed to watch the Bulls vs Stormers game… (not allowed to say who won this encounter) Once the sun went down it got rather chilly and so it was time to freshen up and go for supper.

Before supper we enjoyed a few games of pool, while the ladies sat around the fireplace and enjoyed another drink.

Day 3: After breakfast we left at 8am for the next leg of our trip. We journeyed down the Barkly Pass, and on towards Elliot, Ngcobo, Tsomo, Ndabakazi, passing many small villages towards the Kei River mouth, and ultimately ending up at Morgan’s Bay for fresh Fish and chips at The Deck Restaurant for lunch.

Then it was time to get back onto the ‘ysterperd’ for our trip along the N2 past East London, through King Williams Town to Hogsback. We were booked in at the Hogsback Inn, a total of 1,550kms completed so far. We freshened up and met in the bar before supper. Had some fun, chatting and played a card game where we had to answer some questions about ourselves and some very interesting (tor) answers.

Day 4: After breakfast we took a brief walk into the small town of Hogsback, took some group photo’s and then it was off again to our next destination.

We went through Alice, Fort Beaufort and stopped at Baddaford Farm Stall for some refreshments before setting off for Queenstown for lunch at the Spur.

After lunch we pushed our bikes hard back to Aliwal North where we would spend the evening at the Riverside Lodge. A beautiful lodge set next to the Orange River, as the sun set at the end of day 4… we prepared once again for supper. A pity the kitchen could not prepare the perfect 300g steak for Fred.

Day 5: After a quick breakfast and word from the Road Captain it was time to get back on the bikes for our final destination. Can you believe how quick this trip has taken?

It was off through Rouxville, past Zastron, Wepener and right towards Ladybrand, where we stopped for a quick coffee. Then on through Ficksburg to Fouriesburg, for some biltong at the local Butcher and a lunch stop at Fouriesburg Country Inn.

Then it was off to Clarens for our final destination. The beautiful trees lined the road with the autumn leaves making it a spectacular ride of various colors against the mountain backdrop. We pulled into the Maluti Mountain Lodge in Clarens for our final stop over.

Day 6: We were up early for breakfast and packed the bikes ready for our final leg home. As a few of the riders had never been through Golden Gate Nature Reserve, we decided to make a day of it.

We headed through the Golden Gate to Harrismith, then onto Warden and stopped for a coffee in Villiers. Said our goodbyes and sent each one off with well wishes as we then left at our own pace back home. A total of 2,600kms covered over 6 days… what a memorable trip with friends.

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Jackson’s Real Food Market

Bryanston

Type: Restaurant

Website: http://jacksonsrealfoodmarket.co.za/

We took a 40 minute ride out to Jackson’s this morning in Bryanston on our breakfast run. This is a great food market with a vibey restaurant.

Food was fresh and inviting and staff were friendly and efficient. It is a small family run business where the owner has seen the need for fresh chemical free food, which is the backbone of their philosophy and success.

Locally sourced organic produce and hormone free grass fed meats. This is real wholesome food at a great price. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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Glenburn Lodge

Muldersdrift

Type: Restaurant and Accommodation

Website: https://glenburn.co.za

We took a 20 minute ride out to Glenburn Lodge this morning, to have breakfast at the restaurant. Breakfast was a buffet with everything you need from yoghurt, fruit, breads, croissants, cheeses, to hot breakfast options including bacon, eggs, mushrooms and sausage. Help yourself to as much as you want, order tea, coffee, juice or water to finish it off.

Glenburn Lodge has large beautiful grounds and is situated along the crocodile river with a small waterfall feature at the bottom of the grounds. The beautiful gardens are laid out for you to take a leisurely stroll though, or just sit under the trees and relax.

Glenburn also offers accommodation in various forms, there are hotel rooms, garden cottages or a tented camp site. They have a number of conference venues and a chapel for weddings and a number of reception venues for small or large groups. Glenburn Lodge is a one stop for all your personal or business needs.

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Dockside Cafe

Hartebeespoort Dam

Type: Restaurant

Website: https://docksidecafeharties/

We took a leisurely ride out to Hartebeespoort Dam today to Dockside Cafe inside the Caribbean Beach Estate. Located right on the dam and alongside the golf course, it has beautiful views from the restaurant.

Bookings are essential to gain access into the Estate.

They offer a buffet breakfast on weekends or you can order al a carte but you need to ask them to make it fresh or else they just dish up from the buffet for you anyway. Then the eggs and bacon are hard as it has been lying in those warming trays… but nothing like a beautiful hot summers morning with green grass and blue waters to look at while eating your breakfast.

After breakfast we took a short ride to the Harties flea market and bought some memorabilia for my bar and then headed home.

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The Serene Boutique

Rivonia

Type: Hotel and Restaurant

Website: https://thesyrene.co.za/

We visited the Serene Boutique Hotel in Sandton this weekend, and had breakfast at the Elm Tree Restaurant. It is a small quaint hotel just off Rivonia Road. Serene and intimate, professional luxury and comfort all in one.

The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating and the food was classy and the staff friendly.

We had breakfast outside under the Elm tree and found we could just sit and chat for hours it was so beautiful and peaceful. The food was delicious and well priced with a generous portion. Sometimes you go to the Boutique Hotels and the portions are so small and so expensive.

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Riboville Restaurant

Midrand

Type: Restaurant and Accommodation

Website: http://riboville.com/

We took a short 30 minute ride out to the Waterfall Equestrian Estate in Midrand this morning to Riboville Restaurant. This is a 5 Star Boutique Hotel and Restaurant. Bookings are essential.

‘Riboville’s boutique hotel, conference venue and restaurant is the perfect blend of urban luxury in a country setting.

Overlooking a lush polo field and tranquil dam which attracts bird life all year round. Located in an equestrian estate, Riboville’s lavish double-volume barn design, echoes this setting with the equestrian-themed art and decor.’ – website.

We thoroughly enjoyed the English breakfast from the a la carte menu and the pricing was reasonable at R90 per person. The breakfast was freshly made and beautifully presented to compliment the beautiful view over the polo field. Sabelo, our waiter was friendly and efficient, offering us excellent service.

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The Usual on Grant

Norwood

Type: Restaurant

We took a 40 min ride through Greenside, the trees were beautiful and green covering the road like a forest tunnel. Heather loves riding through these roads lined with trees. Then we went through Rosebank and onto Norwood.

The Usual offers an extensive Breakfast menu catering for various options from bacon, macon, salmon and vegan. The food was delicious and well presented and staff friendly and helpful. I would recommend this for a lazy Saturday morning breakfast to just sit and relax with a good coffee.

They have indoor seating and some tables outside on the pavement, we sat outside for breakfast as it was a beautiful day.

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Ala Turka

Type: Restaurant

Website: https://www.yadahcastle.com/

We held our end of year staff party at Ala Turka Restaurant in Irene and what a great venue and vibe that is created at the venue. From the site of the Yadah Castle it looks impressive and interesting, to the beautiful gardens, large comfortable lounges and bar area, to the upstairs restaurant.

It is a Turkish Restaurant, serving Lebanese, Turkish and Greek dishes, this ornate restaurant has Bedouin-style booths. Turkish decor and themed music make this a unique dining experience.

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Black Bamboo

Menlyn

Type: Restaurant and Accommodation

Website: http://www.menlynhotel.com/

We made a booking at the Menlyn Boutique Hotel Restaurant called Black Bamboo for our Saturday breakfast run and we were pleasantly surprised by the professionalism of this establishment.

We took a 45 minute ride out from Honeydew to Menlyn and the ride was pleasant as it was already nice and warm with a cool breeze blowing.

The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating with a number of unique art pieces decorating the hotel and restaurant common areas. This makes it a unique experience and beautiful location to sit and relax with family or friends.

Breakfast was beautifully presented, extremely tasty and at a great price.

After breakfast we took a ride through Pretoria to the Voortrekker Monument to have a look at the History of the Voortrekkers. We were pleasantly surprised by the monument and the views over Pretoria is breathtaking.

After a walk around the monument, we had a quick drink at the onsite restaurant and then it was time to get back on the bike and head back home.

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Swaziland trip

Type: Travel and Accommodation

Day 1: We went with 18 bikes and 31 people to Swaziland on an Adventure bike trip over the weekend. We left on Friday morning and took the N4 from Pretoria towards Belfast, we met at the Diamond Hill Sasol garage at 8am.

Once everyone arrived and filled up and had a refreshing drink, we were ready to head onto Alzu for breakfast.

After breakfast we headed out to Belfast, where we turned off to Carolina. Although this the road is 10kms further, it is a better road with no pot holes. Then it was onto the Oshoek Border post. Just after the border post we stopped at the Ngwenya Glass factory, where we had lunch and watched some glass ornaments being made.

After lunch it was back on the bikes and a short trip down the road to our accommodation for the first evening at Hawane Lodge, where we stayed in these cute little thatch roof huts. Sundowners around the pool and a relaxing afternoon.

Day 2: The next morning after breakfast we left for Maguga Dam for a short stop at the Maguga Lodge overlooking the dam, and then onto the dam wall, across to the lookout point and then a ride around the dam.

Then it was onto the Swazi Candles stop where we enjoyed lunch at the Sambane Coffee shop, and a time to browse the various curio shops for something to take home. It was also very interesting to see candle making at another level.

After lunch back on the bikes to Siteki Hotel which is in the furthest Eastern part of Swaziland close to the Mozambique border. The accommodation was great as all our rooms were overlooking the swimming pool. Once again everyone got in the pool with drinks and sundowners after a long days ride.

Day 3: After breakfast it was time for the 550km trip back to Pretoria. On the bikes, this time we went through a beautiful forest ride to the Nerston border post. Through Amsterdam, on to Carolina where we stopped for lunch, through Belfast, back to Middelburg where we stopped for petrol and greet everyone before heading home.

This was a truly great trip with a great bunch of people. Glad we could complete the 1,200kms without any incidents and look forward to the next one.

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Oppie Oewer chalets

Tzaneen

Type: Accommodation

Website: https://m.facebook.com/Oppie-Oewer-Chalets-Camping-and-Adventure-Biking-1441179176183386/

We went with a small group of friends to Tzaneen for the weekend and stayed at Oppie Oewer chalets. What an amazing trip, we met at the Petroport just outside Pretoria. We headed up the N1 to Toeka se dae just before Bela Bela for breakfast.

Then through Bela Bela, Modimolle, Mookgophong and Mokopane. We bypassed Polokwane onto Tzaneen. There was no rush as we had the whole day stopping for lunch at Euphoria Golf Estate, and several stops for leg stretch and comfort breaks.

On arrival at Oppie Oewer we unpacked the bike and settled into our log cabin situated along the Letaba River. There was time to freshen up for supper and relax on the outside deck and bar area with an ice cold drink.

Oppie Oewer is a Camping and Adventure biking venue, the owner Gerrit takes adventure bikers on tours around the Magoebaskloof forests and tours to local interesting sites.

We set out on Saturday morning with a slight drizzle, but as the ride continued the rain got heavier and the fog got thicker. This proved more difficult to go off-road into the forests. So we decided to continue on the tar roads at about 60 – 80 kph. Winding down the Magoebaskloof pass we came across a biker who underestimated the wet roads and lost control into the side barrier. Luckily he was not going very fast and was not hurt.

We then decided to head out towards Phalaborwa where it was not raining. We headed out to Leydsdorp (the smallest town in South Africa) with only 7 outer buildings and a population of 4. Were we stopped for lunch, and we were amazed at how fresh and good it was given the location of this seemingly deserted little town.

We then headed out to one of the largest Boabab trees in South Africa, which is just about 2kms down the road from Leydsdorp.

We then headed back to Tzaneen, late afternoon and once again in time to freshen up, have a drink at the bar and enjoy a steak for supper.

Sunday morning we were up early, and after breakfast we headed to Haenertsburg for a fill up and then back on the road home bound.

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Idle Winds

Type: Restaurant and Accommodation

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

We took a 45min ride out to this beautiful restaurant and Conference Centre for our breakfast run. They also offer over 50 rooms accommodation on the property with conference facilities and beautiful gardens.

The venue also transforms into a beautiful wedding venue.

We thoroughly enjoyed Patrick’s hospitality, he reminded me of a butler who wanted to please his guests by going out of his way, and nothing was too much trouble.

The large signboard on the road states they are only open from Monday to Saturday for Lunch and Dinner. But they are also open for breakfast daily. Contact the restaurant and make a booking.

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Thaba Eco Estate – Kraal Restaurant

Type: Restaurant and Accommodation

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

We took a leisurely ride through to Thaba Eco Estate this morning along the N12 towards Alberton, taking the Kliprivier Drive offramp towards Mall of the South. It was a beautiful Spring morning with temperatures set to rise to 29 degrees by this afternoon.

Vegetation at Thaba was all still brown and dry from the cold winter here on the Highveld but I am sure this must transform into a beautiful green, lush paradise during the summer rains.

We sat outside in the gardens under the gazebo which was great as we had the whole outside to ourselves. The restaurant was fully booked for breakfast.

On the weekends the restaurant serves a Breakfast buffet and it is a huge spread of cold meats and cheeses, breads and biscuits. Many dry cereal options, fruit and yoghurt, hot meals include sausage, bacon, mushrooms, peri peri livers, eggs, omelettes and toast. Various juices, water, tea and coffee also available, all this for only R210 per person.

We thoroughly enjoyed the morning and would definitely like to try out their lunch buffet over a weekend or their Spa for a treatment or massage.

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Pearl Harbour

Lonehill

Type: Mediterranean Restaurant

Website: https://www.pearlharbour.co.za/

We took a half an hour ride out to Lonehill this morning to Pearl Harbour restaurant. What a great venue especially for big sporting events as they have big screens, a great bar, a large restaurant seating area and a sushi bar with conveyor belt.

We thoroughly enjoyed our breakfast and the price was actually very reasonable for the portion sizes.

they even have a small seated section in the restaurant with beach sand on the floor, which gives it that real Mediterranean look and feel.

The service was amazing and we found our waiter to be attentive and aware of our every need.

Overall a great restaurant and I would definitely recommend it…

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Hulala Lakeside Lodge

White River

Type: Restaurant and Accommodation

Rates: From R1,260 for 2 per night

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

We booked a weekend breakaway for my wife’s birthday and decided to ride through on the bike. We were quite excited about this trip as it has been 3 months since our last long trip together.

Pannier boxes were packed the night before, Heather had to go work the Friday morning and left at 6am to be back by 11am. This gave me sufficient time to get the bike filled up and final checks that all is good for the 4 hour trip from Johannesburg, through Emalahleni, Middelburg, Belfast, Nelspruit, White River and finally to Hulala.

On arrival at Hulala we realized that there were only 2 couples checking in on the Friday, us and another couple. But they were having a dinner party at another venue, so basically we had the entire resort to ourselves. It felt as if we hired out the entire resort and had the waiters there all to ourselves.

We took 2 chairs down to the lake and a good bottle of red wine and watched the sunset before dinner. In the distance you could hear a Fish Eagle flying over the lake, but other than that it was peaceful and so quiet. Not a breath of wind and not a sound could be heard. We were out in nature and away from the city.

The 3 course dinner was delicious and we got the 3 kitchen staff and the 2 waiters to sing for Heather’s birthday. It was a special night, the walk back from the restaurant to the hotel room was chilly and a bite in the air, but we knew there was a fire going in our fireplace in the room.

The next morning we got up around 08:30 and had breakfast outside on the deck, overlooking the pool and the gardens.

After breakfast we then took a walk around the gardens and decided to take a canoe out onto the lake. What a beautiful day, out on the water with the sound of birds in the trees, blue skies and smooth calm waters.

After the canoe trip, we took a blanket and cushions and set up a picnic under the trees and read a book and just relaxed the afternoon away. Nothing like some good R&R in a great place with no-one else around. At 5pm I then went in to watch South Africa take on England in the 2nd test, we ordered some ciders from the bar and watched the game.

After the game it was time for dinner, and there was another family who came through for dinner. Again a delicious 3 course meal, and back to the room with a roaring fire in the fireplace.

The next morning it was raining slightly, so we had to run up to the restaurant under the trees to breakfast. A cold wet misty morning, not great for getting back on the bike for a 4 hour trip back home.

It did not rain long and half an hour into the trip back, it stopped raining and once again we had clear skies and dry roads.

We arrived back late Sunday afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Looking forward to our next trip to Swaziland on the bikes with a group of us going in October.

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Afro-Boer

Type: Restaurant

Website: https://www.afroboer.co.za/

We have been told about Afro-Boer by friends and have struggled to get a booking. They are that busy. A great restaurant at No1 Meerlust Road, Equestria, Pretoria.

It took us an hour ride out to this amazing restaurant from Honeydew on the West Rand, but a great ride in the warm Autumn Jozi mid-morning. On arrival the parking lot was already full of cars, this is always a good sign. We have been to a few restaurants where we were the only guests for the morning and then you know why when you get your breakfast.

The restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating and has a lot of space to enjoy a large family sit down around the large centre table. Staff are extremely friendly and helpful, creating a great vibe in the restaurant.

Food is started from scratch and therefore takes time, but is fresh, warm and tasty. Well worth the extra 10 minute wait. Quaint little boards decorate the place, giving it its unique character. “Never trust a skinny cook” hangs in the kitchen.

We thoroughly enjoyed this restaurant and will definitely pay it another visit in the summer.

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Olives and Plates

Wits Club

Type: Restaurant

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

We had to book for this one as they are always fully booked. We took a 30 minute ride down Beyers Naudé to Wits University to Olives and Plates Restaurant. It was a chilly morning on the bike with a bite in the air.

We thoroughly enjoyed this restaurant with the professional service and customer centric focus. Food presentation was at chef quality standard, great looking and tasty food.

I took the Canadian French Toast and Heather took the Open Toasted Rye with poached egg. The food was delicious and well balanced with sweet and savoury, crunchy and smooth, fresh and natural all in one plate.

The restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating and a strong Cape Dutch setting underneath the trees.

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Under the trees Cafe

Lyndhurst

Type: Restaurant

Website: http://schafflers.co.za/

We took a 45 minute ride through to Lyndhurst this morning to Schafflers Garden Centre to their Garden Restaurant called ‘Under the trees’.

The Restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating and it is beautiful and peaceful outside under the trees next to the water feature. I love sitting outside where the sound of birds and running water has a calming peaceful effect on ones soul.

The restaurant also has a small curio shop, florist and skin therapist on site. The Garden Centre also offers all kinds of plants and shrubs for your garden. This was a great morning outing for breakfast, just the two of us. Quality time together.

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Moroccan House

Menlyn

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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The Factory on Grant

Norwood

Type: Restaurant

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

We took a 45 minute ride through the beautiful suburb of Greenside and Rosebank to Norwood. The Factory on Grant promotes outdoor living spaces, with small boutique stores leading off the courtyard of the restaurant. They call it ‘anti-mall’ which literally means get out of the big city malls and into the country and the outdoors.

The Factory is a place to meet and enjoy, to be inspired and to share ideas over breakfast, lunch or supper. We don’t want a static venue and hope that it evolves over time and we also plan to have regular changes in themes and moods to keep it alive and interesting. – website A place to just sit and enjoy the company of a friend or loved one, outside in the courtyard under the umbrellas or inside on one of the couches.

Food was fresh, and tasty and well presented. I enjoyed an Eggs Benedict and Heather took the Traditional breakfast. Their cappuccino’s were also delicious, not too strong, just right.

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Blue Crane Restaurant

Nieuw Muckleneuk

Type: Restaurant

Website: https://www.bluecranerestaurant.co.za/

We booked a table at the Blue Crane Restaurant this morning for breakfast on the deck overlooking the small dam and bird sanctuary.

The restaurant has a few seating options, indoors, upstairs bar, upstairs deck overlooking the dam, on the deck downstairs, outside garden area or around the boma.

Breakfast was delicious and well priced with great service. We enjoyed the morning sitting on the deck, and had a visitor pop by our table.

Cappuccino’s were great, and we had a Traditional breakfast and a Kingfisher breakfast which was tasty. I would definitely recommend this for a family fun day out, come through and watch the game in the sports bar or a quiet romantic dinner.

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Possums

Craighall

Type: Restaurant

Website: https://www.possumsonburnside.com/

We tried this quaint little restaurant in Craighall this morning and thoroughly enjoyed the outside patio. Set in a garden, under umbrellas and a covered patio, it really is a great setting.

The food was great and the staff extremely friendly and helpful. We orders the usual and was pleasantly surprised by the presentation and how tasty the food was. Breakfast run breakfast.

Try Possums for a delicious lunch or a romantic dinner, their Sunday lunch also looks like a great option. I will definitely return here for another meal.

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Old Town Italy

Menlyn on Main

Type: Restaurant

Website: http://oldtown.co.za/

We visited this beautiful Italian styled restaurant and in-house bakery in Menlyn on Maine this morning.

There is a great Italian flare to the place and the fresh smell of the bakery fills the restaurant. The staff are friendly, helpful and attentive. The food is fresh, tasty with an Italian touch. This is a unique dining experience and well worth the 45 min trip up the N1.

They even have their own Gelato bar offering a whole range of flavors. They also have an old bar where you can just sit and relax with a glass of Italian wine, a cocktail or a whiskey.

We thoroughly enjoyed the breakfast and would recommend it to family and friends.

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Craft

In Parkhurst

Type: Restaurant

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

We visited the retro Craft restaurant in Parkhurst this morning. This restaurant has a unique feel about it and you get the feeling that you have been transported back into a bygone era when handcrafted, good quality goods were made.

Leather, copper, wood and brick help compliment the overall ambiance and decor in the restaurant. They also have a real old fashioned pub, which looks like a great place to sit with friends and enjoy a good game of soccer.

The food was freshly made and time and care taken in preparation and presentation. The food portions were generous and thoroughly enjoyable and tasty.

“People want to be taken back to an era when one only bought ingredients and not mass produced meals, an era when craftsmen took immense pride in their vocations and things were made with love rather than measurement, with care rather than science, an era when quality and individuality was a common given” – website.

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Gabriella’s tea room

At La Cucina Di Ciro

Type: Restaurant

Website: http://gabriellastearoom.co.za/

“Gabriella’s Tea Room’s goal is to bring you and your family through a journey to Hungary and Italy, and WOW your taste buds with my delicious family recipes” – website.

This restaurant came recommended by a friend, and so we came through this morning to check it out and we were pleasantly surprised by ambience, food and service.

The restaurant has a real Italian feel and vibe and the food is not your normal menu but freshly made European traditional foods and fresh bakes.

The breakfast restaurant is situated behind the La Cucina Di Ciro Restaurant which offers lunch and dinner meals located in Parktown North.

Come over and try out this great little restaurant, it was quite full this morning so perhaps booking a table might be necessary to avoid disappointment.

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Katse Dam Trip

Ulysses bike club to 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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The Living Room

Type: Restaurant

Website: https://www.livingroomjozi.co.za/

The living room in Maboneng is an urban rooftop garden oasis in the city. This beautiful restaurant is situated on the 5th floor of Main Change Building in the Maboneng Precinct. For lively music, great specialty food and a great vibe book a table at this social venue.

The Living Room has a great view over Jozi and you can enjoy some sundowners and cocktails as you watch the sun set over the city skyline.

Food is fresh and tasty, we had the crispy chicken pasta bowl and the duo of mini beef burgers. There is a variety of finger snacks, tapas, wings, fries, and bites. We thoroughly loved the restaurant and would recommend it to anyone looking for a fresh hip new hangout.

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Arbour Cafe and Courtyard

This great little cafe is situated in Birdhaven just behind the Wanderers stadium. It looks very small and only a few tables, but when you walk through the restaurant and up the stairs past the kitchen, you got out into a courtyard where there are a number of tables outside

We had a tasty breakfast and it was freshly made with a great cappuccino. Service was fast and friendly and we had a good morning ride through Greenside and Rosebank through the streets lined with large green oak trees. We just love the tranquility of this ride.

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Il Giardino

At 44 on Stanley

Type: Restaurant

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

We visited this beautiful garden restaurant in Milpark, Johannesburg this morning.

Voted as one of the top ten restaurants in Johannesburg by Eat Out, Getaway, Travelstart, Media24 etc. il Giardino strives to provide the best service, fresh food and a lovely atmosphere all year round – website

Il Giardino is situated at the 44 on Stanley complex and has a number of beautiful Olive trees that you sit under in the courtyard. The rustle of the trees and the sound of the water feature make this an ideal place to sit and relax. Whether you meeting a friend, having breakfast with a work colleague or enjoying a lunch with your favorite person, il Giardino offers you the perfect setting and ambiance.

They are now open for breakfast and we were pleasantly surprised by how quickly the restaurant filled up after 10am. I would recommend this quaint little Italian restaurant for your next outing, I always say get out of the shopping centers and try something new and different. Visit new places and interesting restaurants for different and unique experiences.

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Rooftop Cafe

Type: Restaurant

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

We visited Rooftop Cafe this morning on our weekly Saturday breakfast run. We were a bit concerned being the only customers there, but as we ordered another couple came in and by the end of breakfast there were another 2 couples.

Remembering that this is the quiet week between Christmas and New Year and most people have vacated Johannesburg for the sea. It was a pleasant morning as it was slightly overcast and being a rooftop restaurant this was the ideal weather to enjoy the outdoors and great meal.

We tried something different as we always do the standard English breakfast, but this morning we tried the French toast and was pleasantly surprised by the presentation, the flavours and the price. This was probably the best French toast I have eaten anywhere. We had to meet and compliment the chef.

I do love doing these breakfast runs each Saturday we try and visit and experience a new place each week. If you scroll all the way to the bottom of this blog you will see the list of 65 places we have been to so far. Click on the name and read about the place and our experience of it.

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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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La Boqueria

Type: Restaurant

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

We popped in at La Boqueria Restaurant for a Thursday evening dinner, because they are not open for breakfast. They open 11am – 11pm and so we thought let’s give them a try on a quiet midweek night. As we pulled into 3rd Avenue in Parktown North, the road was full of cars from the top right down the road for about 500m and all the side roads were full too.

On finding parking and taking the long walk up the road to the restaurant, on arrival we were informed the restaurant was fully booked for the evening, but also fully booked for the next 2 weeks. We asked if we could sit at the bar and wait for a table, the hostess kindly agreed but warned us it could be a long wait.

The bar was full and we found a seat on a couch, settled in with a drink and just soaked in the atmosphere and pure vibe inside the restaurant. We soon became aware that this was clearly a hot spot and droves of people flocked here for a social night out of good food and friendship.

2 hours later we were shown to our table and settled in for some steak and queen prawns. The food did not take long to be prepared and the waiter was extremely aware of our every need. He observed that we began to share our food and immediately returned to the table with another steak knife for my wife. Small details not often observed in other restaurants, most waiters you need to ask for this and that and then wait to get it.

Service was outstanding. The food was chef quality. The atmosphere created inside the restaurant was homely and welcoming. No wonder they are fully booked every night of the week, for the next 2 weeks.

Try something new, get out of your comfort zone and frequenting the same places. We are creatures of habit and go to the same malls, the same shops, the same restaurants and follow the same route to work each day. I say, get out and explore, you never know the new amazing adventures that await you.

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Moyo at Zoo Lake

Type: Restaurant

Website: http://www.moyo.co.za/moyo-zoo-lake/

We popped in at Moyo at Zoo Lake this morning for breakfast. We were pleasantly surprised by the mere size of the restaurant and realized they are also a function venue for staff parties, weddings, and birthday parties etc. They have a few function halls and different sized rooms to cater for various sized groups. They also have a large marquee tent outside which also seats various sized groups.

Breakfast was great with a breakfast buffet this morning at R119 per person eat as much as you like, is well worth it. They also offer a full al a carte menu.

After breakfast we took a walk around the lake and many groups were already arriving to set up picnic and braai spots on the grass. This looks like a great place to just chill for a Saturday afternoon braai or picnic.

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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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Melissa’s

Quaint South African home styled cooking in Dainfern, Fourways

Type: Continental Restaurant

Website: https://www.melissas.co.za

We found this quaint little restaurant by chance as we were actually looking for a different place. But we were pleasantly surprised. This little restaurant offers hospitality, a homely and truly South African vibe. The setting is casual and lends itself to conversation, with some single chairs around a large table and some smaller 4 seater and 2 seater tables.


The food and the service was exceptional and what makes Melissa’s great is everything is freshly made from scratch just like you would do at home.

There are also a number of cakes, breads and biscuits available for sale… gifting is also on sale from the shelves around the shop. This is a unique concept and franchise opportunities are available.

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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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The Kitchen Bar

We came to a local restaurant today at Design Quarter in Fourways.

Type: Restaurant

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

This is a really great restaurant with a great menu and a great vibe. The staff are friendly and efficient and the food is generous and delicious.


Great outdoor and indoor seating for all occasions, and with 520 seats available it makes this restaurant one of the biggest in the country. We came on a breakfast run this morning and ordered a traditional breakfast and a KB Bacon Rosti breakfast. The portions were large and very tasty.


They offer an extensive menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner and everything in between. Their platters are also a great alternative and a great selection of platters and cocktails are available.

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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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Vovo Telo

Bakery and Cafe in Harties 

Type: Restaurant

Website: https://www.vovotelo.co.za/

We visited Vovo Telo Restaurant in Hartebeespoort and was pleasantly surprised by the venue, service and food. It was a great morning out on the bike.


It is a relatively small cost little restaurant but exceptional service. They have indoor and outdoor seating with a huge tree in the parking lot that you can go and smoke under. They also have an inhouse bakery that makes breads, rolls and other pastries.


I would recommend Vovo Telo for a visit when in the Harties area. 5 out of 5 from us.

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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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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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Blos Cafe

Type: Restaurant and Conference venue

Website: http://bloscafe.co.za/

We heard about this amazing restaurant from Byron and Jean (work colleagues) and decided to take a look. It was a beautiful early morning ride through to Pretoria East and we can already feel the early morning air is cooler than it was a few weeks ago. Is winter fast approaching?


The restaurant has a warm country feel, with a veggie garden out front growing all kinds of fresh herbs and veg. Once inside you only then witness the long wooden deck that extends the entire length of the restaurant outside with a backdrop of indigenous trees.

We sat outside on the balcony.


Service is fast and friendly with a number of waiters awaiting your orders. The menu was extensive and caters for just about everyone’s taste from a hearty full breakfast, to Banting options, fruit and muesli and even if you just want a coffee.

We thoroughly enjoyed the Standard Blos breakfast, everything was prepared fresh and tasty.

Next time you are looking for an outdoor peaceful restaurant where you can sit, relax and enjoy the company around a great meal, try Blos Cafe.

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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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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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Whispering Oak Garden Cafe

Whispering Oak Garden Cafe in Cullinan

We took a nice 2 hour ride out to the small mining town of Cullinan just on the outskirts of Pretoria. On arriving in the small town it is immediately evident of the sole dependency of the Cullinan mine. There are quite a few touristy type attractions, like the mine tours (above and below the ground tours) and the many quaint, little restaurants and curio shops.

The place to be is definitely all happening in Oak street. But don’t take the ride out to Cullinan and then not experience riding through the town and the rows of beautiful trees making an archway of greenery.

We stopped at Whispering Oaks garden cafe, 94 Oak Street, Cullinan for breakfast. They have a homely seating arrangement outdoors under some lapa’s and big sun umbrellas.

The waiters were fast, friendly and engaging. The food was warm, freshly made and scrumptious. (sadly we have come to realize that not all places serve fresh food, and they compromise taste for speed) It is never good to do this as you chase your customers away.

A restaurant we have been to has this tag line above the door ‘the food will be remembered long after the wait’ I personally would rather wait an extra 10 minutes for freshly made eggs than eat a rubbery egg that has been heated up 3 times.

We thoroughly enjoyed the breakfast and then walked through a few of the curio shops. There is a nice ‘vibe’ in Cullinan with live music playing at the one outdoor restaurant, an artist was painting at the one restaurant and lots of old antiques and things to see…

Take time out of your busy schedule to give this small mining town a visit.

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