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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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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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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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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Cradle Moon Game Lodge

Type: Restaurant and Lodge

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

We were pleasantly surprised by this gem  right on our doorstep, literally 15 minutes ride from where we stay in Honeydew. You enter the game lodge through a security gate and then ride up this short potholed road up the hill that doesn’t look very promising, but as you come over the rise a lush green paradise nestled in a valley opens up before you.


We made a reservation for breakfast outside at the pool. We were shown to our table and ordered our coffees. What a beautiful setting, with a number of rondavels spread out under the trees and some zebra, giraffe and buck roaming free on the grounds. Breakfast was a buffet with anything and everything to eat. What a spread. After eating our fill and enjoying the outside summer air, we decided to take a walk down to the lake.


To our surprise we walked around to the dam wall and found the most beautiful falls. Water gushing over the dam wall after all the rains we have had lately was a sight to behold. We then sat on a bench under the trees and chatted about how lucky we are to experience these beautiful places in nature.

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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.

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.