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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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.

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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.

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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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Nice on 4th

Parkhurst

Type: Restaurant

Website: http://niceon4th.co.za/

We took a nice 30 min leisurely ride out to Parkhurst this morning to this great little restaurant. The home of the original egg basket and a restaurant with a lot of character and charm.

Don’t be surprised at how filling the portions are, they look small and petite but pack a punch on the filling. Great looking and tasty food, served by welcoming and friendly staff.

Try something new at Nice, we tried the Ginger Lemon tea, or try the Devil’s Advocate, Ginger and Chilli infused tea. Some great unique options to choose from. They offer Breakfast, Lunch or an afternoon tea and also do a selection of cakes on sale to take home.

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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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The Fat Zebra

Linden

Type: Restaurant

We absolutely love these small family run restaurants, where the owner is interacting with clients, Kevin was the first person we spoke to right at the entrance. Involved, interaction, serving and a hands on owner manager. Not only does this restaurant have great staff, friendly and efficient (because the owner is) but also amazing food. No wonder there was a waiting queue to get in.

If an unusual breakfast is what you’re after, look no further than The Fat Zebra in Linden. Inspired by Heston Blumenthal’s ‘The Fat Duck’, here on African soil restaurateur Kevin Weisz is in pursuit of the happiness of socializing.

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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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The Whippet Cafe

Linden

Type: Restaurant

Website: https://thewhippetcoffee.com/

We visited the Whippet in Linden this morning for our breakfast run and although it was extremely cold on the bike, this was well worth the trip. The venue was full and a queue waiting to be seated is always a good sign.

We sat outside as the restaurant was completely full, but they gave us nice warm fleece blankets and it was actually quite pleasant, soon other patrons joined us outside.

The breakfast was delicious and unique, we took the Modern Mason Breakfast with poached eggs, mushrooms, pork sausage and bacon. What really got my attention is the various flavors of tea’s and coffees. Anything from Peanut Butter hot chocolate, Chai Latte to pineapple ginger tea.

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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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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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The Grove

Swartruggens

Type: Restaurant

We took an hour and a half ride out through Muldersdrift, Magaliesburg, Derby, Koster to Swartruggens. This was a great ride, the weather was cool and hardly any traffic on the road. We rode past a few sunflower 🌻 farms and decided to stop and take a picture. My mother always loved sunflowers and whenever we see sunflowers we say ‘mom is looking over us’.

The restaurant is right at the entrance to the little town, and offers a farm style, outdoors setting. There is a shop inside the restaurant and a mini bar. The food is simple, fresh and home styled cooking.

We just sat outside under the trees for about an hour, just chatting and enjoying the outdoors fresh air.

The trip on the BMW R1200GS ADV is a smooth, powerful ride and an absolute pleasure on long distances.

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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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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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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.

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The Culinary Table

Type: Restaurant, Deli and shop

Website: http://culinarytable.co.za/

“Where we believe in starting each meal from scratch.” This unique restaurant situated at the Lanseria Centre on Pelindaba Rd, grows all their own fresh produce on the grounds, this gives this restaurant its unique edge. We took a 30 minute ride out The Culinary Table this morning and was shocked to find this beautiful gem right on our doorstep. The outside building is very deceiving but the ambience inside is homely, friendly and inviting.

The breakfast was fresh, looked great and tasted even better. The menu offers some unique options and is well priced for the quality of food. The waiters were all extremely friendly and eager to serve and the restaurant was quite busy. Although it was our first visit to The Culinary Table it was obviously a very popular destination.

We took a walk through the garden to see the fresh produce being grown, and then checked out their deli and kitchen shop before heading out for a trip through Muldersdrift back home.

This was a great experience and one we would definitely tell our friends about and do again in the near future.

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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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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.

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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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Fresh Farm Fusion

At Monaghan Farm

Type: Restaurant

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

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

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


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

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The Fat Olive

Type: Restaurant

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

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


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


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


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

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The Venue Country Hotel

Type: Accommodation and Restaurant

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

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

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


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


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

Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

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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.

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.

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.

Stonehaven on Vaal

Type: Restaurant

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

We took a 45 min ride out to Stonehaven on Vaal in Vanderbijlpark for our breakfast run. The restaurant is set alongside the Vaal River and features indoor or outdoor seating. On a nice summers day it is ideal to take advantage of the outdoor seating where mini gazebos are set up on the grass bank overlooking the Vaal river. This is a beautiful setting on the green grass bank, and if you are lucky you will see some sporting activities like water skiing, jet packs and jet ski’s also pass by from time to time.

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We enjoyed it so much at Stonehaven a few weeks later, we took my dad there for breakfast . (Not on the bike, we went through by car)

Stonehaven restaurant offers fast friendly service, but they also serve a great breakfast at reasonable prices. Well worth the ride out.

Other attractions at Stonehaven, they offer boat cruises, Sunday lunch cruises and sunset cruises on the Vaal River. This has also become a very popular wedding venue.

While we were there we took a walk-about on the boat while it was docked.


There are also some benches along the waterfront to relax on, a swimming pool, a jungle gym for the kids to play on and a small petting zoo to see some farm animals. Fun in the sun for the whole family.

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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.

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.