WARTHOGS PET-FRIENDLY BUSH CAMP RATED “HIGHLY RECOMMENDED” BY AA

“Our committee was unanimous in awarding your establishment an AA Highly Recommended endorsement status in the category Game & Nature Reserve for the coming year,” Priscilla Mabilisa of the AA advised this week.

Anton Early, manager at Warthogs Bush Camp welcomes this award and recognition: “Warthogs is one of the few unspoilt camps in the area where one can truly relax and just get in touch with nature, with your human and dog companions by your side.

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By becoming part of the AA Quality Assured Accommodation Programme, Warthogs Bush Camp is now part of an internationally recognised and trusted brand, one that guarantees integrity and transparency.

Warthogs Bush Camp was acquired by the Guvon Hotels & Spas group mid 2016 and is 2km away from Askari Game Lodge & Spa, the Big 5 property in the portfolio. This small bush lodge is tucked away in the Magalies Meander, an hour’s drive from both Johannesburg and Pretoria,  and is known for bush hospitality and simplicity. Enjoy a hearty, unpretentious brunch which includes pap, wors and eggs, to dinner themes around braai menus, spit braais and potjiekos recipes. Although bed and breakfast is available, many guests opt for the self-catering stays.

A range of outdoor activities from walking trails, to mountain biking and 4×4 tracking (upon prior arrangement) are available. Kids will enjoy the pool and are encouraged to bring their mountain bikes for a bit of roughing it in the countryside. A large multi-purpose Bush Lapa venue caters for up to 120 people when seated. It’s drop down canvas sides creates a cozy atmosphere even in winter, within this spacious thatch structure.

Guests stay over in ten individual chalets which all have small wooden decks and are decorated in earthy tones, all set within a tree canopy. The bathroom with its outside shower is a real treat and brings guests just a touch closer to nature.

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Recent upgrades to the camp included the repainting of the exterior, upgrading the pool, addition of braai facilities, the addition of a boma area and upgrades to the function venue and entertainment area. New linen and self-catering items have been put in place to enhance the guest experience.

A number of camping sites and ablution blocks are being added at the moment and upgrades of the mountain top picnic site will soon be completed.
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WARTHOGS PET-FRIENDLY BUSH CAMP – A SHOWSTOPPER AT THE WEDDING EXPO.

“We were not prepared for the tremendous response we received this past weekend at The Wedding Expo”, says Christa Badenhorst, Group Marketing Manager of the Guvon Hotels and Spa group. “Collaborating with the SA Guide Dogs Association, we created a genuine showstopper of frolicking puppies and gorgeous Golden Retrievers who guided their owners along the Wedding Expo isles, with cute wedding signs around their necks”.

Warthogs Bush Camp just outside of Magaliesburg recently opened its doors after a refurbishment and the announcement that this small bush camp will be pet-friendly, has been received with huge excitement from the general public.

Wedding Expo guests were delighted to know that their much-loved pets can now be part of their wedding ceremony as a ring bearer. Excitement mounted as brides starting to realize that  ”Save the date” photos and engagement shoots with their pets in tow, now is a real possibility.

Warthogs Bush Camp just outside of Magaliesburg lends itself to family gatherings, weddings, and action-packed weekends filled with nature-themed activities such as trail runs or mountain biking. Tucked away in the Magalies meander, an hour’s drive from both Johannesburg and Pretoria, Warthogs Bush Camp has 10 chalets accommodating 20 people sharing. The ambiance of the dining area, outside lapa and rock pool allows you to escape the buzz of city life and enter the tranquil African bushveld.

Big 5 game drives and Spa treatments are available from our sister property, Askari Game Lodge & Spa just 2km down the road. Warthogs itself has a selection of Kudu, Blesbok, Rooihartebees and off course warthogs. Bird clubs love this venue with its dedicated walking routes and often book the entire lodge for birding weekends.

Guest staying at Warthogs Bush camp are welcome to enjoy Askari Lodge’s Big 5 game drives and Spa facilities although pets will not be allowed on the property as it is a fully fledged Big 5 game lodge.

“We recommend that camp exclusivity is taken by guests which opens up a world of possibilities for your weekend, as the dog breeders clubs and dog trainers can vouch for”, Badenhorst noted. She further urged dog owners to keep an eye on their pets as on any farm or bush camp, there are snakes at the lodge.

Badenhorst hinted at a future collaboration between themselves, the Wedding Expo, The SA Guide Dogs Association and suppliers in order to offer an all paid for wedding for sight-impaired person in the coming year. More info about this exciting initiative will be released once plans have been finalised.

For fun pet posts and Pins, do join the Warthogs Facebook page and visit our “The pleasure of Pets” Pinterest board!

All Guvon Hotels properties were present at the Wedding Expo offering their excellent wedding services to prospective brides and grooms:

 

 

 

 

 

BEST WEEKEND EVER – GLAMPING IN MULDERSDRIFT.

Hands up those of you who want to take the kids camping but either don’t have the equipment, or the first clue how to set up camp. Or both. I like to think that I fit into the first category but if the truth be told I am in the “both” category. I own a camping fridge that my Dad bought me (which I loaned to him 3 years ago seemingly on a non-return basis) and a Cadac camping gas braai. And that’s the sum total of my camping equipment. And I have no idea how to pitch a tent.

So imagine my delight when I stumbled across Bushwillow Tented Camp while looking for somewhere to take my kids fishing. What was supposed to be a day out fishing (which I also have no clue how to do) on the June public holiday, turned into a camping expedition. Okay not camping – glamping.

Bushwillow Tented Camp is just 20 minutes outside of Johannesburg, and is part of, and adjacent to, the popular Glenburn Lodge estate. I know Glenburn well – my cousin got married there, and as a matter of fact so did I (first time around), at Glencove. But I had no idea that this tented camp even existed.

We arranged an early check in so that we could make the most of our day there, and we rolled in at 10am, car loaded with kids (my cousin’s son also joined us), food and bags. The tents have a kitchenette, as well as a bathroom with toilet, hand basin and shower. There is electricity in the tent, and they are well equipped with 6 beds, lamps, a kettle, bar fridge and (wait for it)…….. electric blankets and a heater! Now that’s my idea of camping – especially in winter.

You do have to take your own cutlery and utensils, plates, cups, bowls, pots, pans etc and bedding, although you can call ahead and ask them to provide bedding.

Once we had inspected our tent, unpacked and sorted things out, we took a short walk down to the river which was about 100m from our tent, and then off we went to fish. Luckily Josh fishes regularly with his Dad and he and his cousin knew exactly what to do with the 6 20160616_124312rods , the bucket of worms, mielie bomb (I still don’t know that that is) and 2 enormous boxes of fishing equipment that his Dad had lent us for the weekend. Amazingly, I remembered (kind of) how to cast a line and taught little Gabi, who decided that she liked this and reeled her line in so fast just so she could cast out again that no fish stood any chance of catching that lure.

Later in the day my Mom and brother joined us – and we went up to the boma at the tented camp to have an early braai. The boma is really cool and has plenty of space for various groups to be up there braaing at the same time. And in true Bushwillow style, if you are not up for making a fire, you can opt for one of the gas braais in the boma!

While we were braaing we took a stroll down to the heated pool below, not expecting it to be particularly heated in winter. But how surprised we were to find it as warm as a bath, and then immediately disappointed that we never had our swimming cozzies with us.
That never stopped the boys though, who swam in their shorts and not to miss out Gabi joined in in her little pink panties.

Back up at the tent we ate, got into PJ’s and spent the evening playing games before jumping into our warm beds. There is a guard on duty 24/7 and so security was never a concern – we even had panic buttons to carry around with us for in case the baboons made a nuisance of themselves, although we never saw any and only heard them barking in the distance.

The following day was spent fishing again, playing putt putt and table tennis. Unfortunately we had only booked in for the one night and eventually it was time to head home. What an awesome place and just a stone’s throw from home. We really had the best time. I appreciate being able to get that out-of-the-city feeling and we got just that at Bushwillow.

For a more information or to make a reservation visit  www.bushwillowtentedcamp.co.za

ABOUT OUR GUEST BLOGGER:

Cara , a single mom of 2 lives in Johannesburg and is our guest blogger today.  She blogs to offer inspiration to other single Moms, and even married Moms who are facing many challenges  simply because their husbands travel on business and work insane hours.She took her little team to go Glamping at Bush Willow Tented Camp last weekend.  For more  entertaining and real-life situations, follow her blog on http://1pairofhands.co.za/

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