Midlands Trip

Ulysses Centurion bike club

Type: Travel and accommodation

We met at the Samrand Shell garage N1 South at 05:30am for departure at 06:00am. We were 18 bikes in total and left after a short word by our club President – Blackie and prayer by Flip. We travelled down the N1 to the Engen at Villiers for a short break and a warm cup of coffee. Temperatures were set to drop to 5 degrees on route.

We then departed Villiers and took the R103 to Harrismith, where we stopped for breakfast just after 9am.

We enjoyed a 2 hour break, leg stretch and toilet break, after breakfast and after a fill up, we were on our way to Sterkfontein dam for a group photo.

There was a thick low lying cloud that made visibility very poor, thick fog made the road wet and slippery through the Oliviershoek pass. Then we stopped at The Pig and Plough Restaurant for something to eat…

After lunch it was off again through the Midlands Meander and final leg to St Ives accommodation for our first night. We ended the evening at the Boma restaurant for supper, drinks, jokes and few snuife. (dankie Johan) A total of 560kms travelled for the day.

Day 2 started with breakfast at 8am and a 9am start, all riders geared up for the day ahead. We were joined by a further 4 bikes who rode down later, making the group 22 bikes in total. (the largest Midlands trip to date)

Route: Howick, Boston, Bulwer, Underburg, Himeville Arms for a quick drink to cool down as the temperatures reached 28 degrees. Onto Donnybrook, Ixopo, and Richmond, we hit some tight corners through the pass, but all arrived safe for lunch at Eston Farmers Club. Then it was time to head back through Pietermaritzburg, a quick stop at Howick Falls for a group photo and onto St Ives. A total of 360kms covered today.

Day 3 started with breakfast at 8am and a 9am start, all riders geared up for the day ahead.

We headed back through Pietermaritzburg, Wartburg, Dalton, Greytown, Mooirivier, Rosetta and onto Nottingham Road and Bierfassl Restaurant for lunch and some stopped at Rawdons Hotel and Brewery for a drink before heading back to St Ives. A total of 250kms covered today.

Day 4 started with breakfast at 8am and a 9am start, all riders geared up for the day ahead as we head back home today.

Route through Mooirivier, Estcourt, Ladysmith, Newcastle, Volksrust, Standerton, Heidelburg and home. We were fighting the wind the entire way home, with wind gusts up to 12kph, but at least it was a nice hot summers day with no rain… A total of 580kms travelled today.

A total of 1,750kms travelled in 4 days… all arrived safely home after a wonderful long weekend.

At the bottom of this blog, you can scroll all the way to the bottom to view all the places we have visited over the past 3 years. Click on the name of the restaurant and it will open up, where we went and our experience of the place. Hope you enjoyed this blog, hope to see you out and about soon.

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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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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.

At the bottom of this blog, you can scroll all the way to the bottom to view all the places we have visited over the past 3 years. Click on the name of the restaurant and it will open up, where we went and our experience of the place. Hope you enjoyed this blog, hope to see you out and about soon.

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.

At the bottom of this blog, you can scroll all the way to the bottom to view all the places we have visited over the past 3 years. Click on the name of the restaurant and it will open up, where we went and our experience of the place. Hope you enjoyed this blog, hope to see you out and about soon.

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.

At the bottom of this blog, you can scroll all the way to the bottom to view all the places we have visited over the past 3 years. Click on the name of the restaurant and it will open up, where we went and our experience of the place. Hope you enjoyed this blog, hope to see you out and about soon.

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.

At the bottom of this blog, you can scroll all the way to the bottom to view all the places we have visited over the past 3 years. Click on the name of the restaurant and it will open up, where we went and our experience of the place. Hope you enjoyed this blog, hope to see you out and about soon.

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.

At the bottom of this blog, you can scroll all the way to the bottom to view all the places we have visited over the past 3 years. Click on the name of the restaurant and it will open up, where we went and our experience of the place. Hope you enjoyed this blog, hope to see you out and about soon.

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.

At the bottom of this blog, you can scroll all the way to the bottom to view all the places we have visited over the past 3 years. Click on the name of the restaurant and it will open up, where we went and our experience of the place. Hope you enjoyed this blog, hope to see you out and about soon.

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.

At the bottom of this blog, you can scroll all the way to the bottom to view all the places we have visited over the past 3 years. Click on the name of the restaurant and it will open up, where we went and our experience of the place. Hope you enjoyed this blog, hope to see you out and about soon.

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.

At the bottom of this blog, you can scroll all the way to the bottom to view all the places we have visited over the past 3 years. Click on the name of the restaurant and it will open up, where we went and our experience of the place. Hope you enjoyed this blog, hope to see you out and about soon.

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.

At the bottom of this blog, you can scroll all the way to the bottom to view all the places we have visited over the past 2 and a half years. Click on the name of the restaurant and it will open up, where we went and our experience of the place. Hope you enjoyed this blog, hope to see you out and about soon.

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.

At the bottom of this blog, you can scroll all the way to the bottom to view all the places we have visited over the past 2 and a half years. Click on the name of the restaurant and it will open up, where we went and our experience of the place. Hope you enjoyed this blog, hope to see you out and about soon.

Clementines

Restaurant in Clarens

Type: Restaurant

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

We took a ride through Vanderbijlpark, Sasolburg, Heilbron, Reitz and Bethlehem to Clarens for a weekend away. We rode through quite a big storm at Heilbron, but the bike with its Road and Rain setting handled well. When we pulled off to put on our rain gear the storm moved over and we just hit heavy rain and wind.

We heard about Clementines from a few friends as the place to eat at when in Clarens. So although we were staying at the Golden Gate Hotel some 15 kms out of town, we took the ride through to go check it out.

On arrival, a sign met us at the front door. Fully booked, seat only available after 19:45

Which was a good sign, informing us that the food was great, the people love the place and this was the place to be. So we sat at the bar and waited half an hour for a table to open up.

We were shown to our seat and were surprised by the noise in the restaurant. Everyone talking, laughing and enjoying a good family meal, I don’t think we saw anyone sitting on their cellphones last night. This is a family restaurant with great hearty food that just encourages talk, laughter and enjoying the company of those you having dinner with.

We both ordered the oxtail, slow cooked for 3 hours and the meat just fell off the bone. This was a delicious meal that I would recommend to all who venture out to Clarens and dine at Clementines. After dinner the chef came out of the kitchen to speak to patrons, what a nice touch, and a great way to end the evening.

It was then time to get back on the bike and head back to our hotel.

At the bottom of this blog, you can scroll all the way to the bottom to view all the places we have visited over the past 2 and a half years. Click on the name of the restaurant and it will open up, where we went and our experience of the place. Hope you enjoyed this blog, hope to see you out and about soon.

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.

At the bottom of this blog, you can scroll all the way to the bottom to view all the places we have visited over the past 2 and a half years. Click on the name of the restaurant and it will open up, where we went and our experience of the place. Hope you enjoyed this blog, hope to see you out and about soon.

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 Potato Shed

At Newtown Junction

Type: Restaurant

We decided to venture into town today to this hip new venue in the heart of Newtown.


The vibe is amazing, the setting is perfect and the food is exceptional. Trying out the Calamari, Chilli corn and the Red beef burger. We are even trying the Soweto Gold – Gogo Ginger Ale, first for us and absolutely loving it.

I would highly recommend a trip to Newtown and to pop in at the Potato Shed for a bite to eat.

At the bottom of this blog, you can scroll all the way to the bottom to view all the places we have visited over the past 2 and a half years. Click on the name of the restaurant and it will open up, where we went and our experience of the place. Hope you enjoyed this blog, hope to see you out and about soon.

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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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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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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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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Cradle Restaurant

Cradle Restaurant:

Type: Restaurant

Website: http://thecradle.co.za

We found this restaurant tucked away at the back of the Cradle of Humankind on the Kromdraai Road to Lanseria. You enter through a gate to the game lodge and ride up a dirt road to a parking lot and then the restaurant sends a golf cart to fetch you and take you down the side of the hill to the restaurant.

We enjoyed a hearty breakfast with a beautiful view of the valley and the game reserve from the long balcony of the restaurant. Waiters were friendly and professional and found this to be quite a treat, as it was not too busy.

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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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