As much as moms have a love-hate relationship with school holidays, I rejoice. No traffic between 7h00 and 8h00 on the roads. No road rage from sleepyhead mommies in PJ’s with bed hair. My colleague who usually manages to crochet half a blanket on her way from Pretoria to Joburg, is at work before she can untangle the wool. (Read more about our Blankets for Mandela day project)


As schools close 31 March only to reopen again after Easter, the workforce sighs with relief. Moms, on the other hand, are getting slightly panicky, especially if they are working moms.


Take a midweek break and book into Bush Willow Tented Camp with the kids and husband in tow. Set on the Glenburn Lodge & Spa property, this tented camp is more glamp than camp – the tents are already there, equipped with beds, a toilet and small kitchen.  Even hot water is included. Bring the mountain bikes and do the beginners trail with the kids, or get dad to teach them how to fish in the Blauwbank Spruit.


Should Muldersdrift  feel too close to home,  instead search for Warthogs Bush Camp on Google Maps. Just over an hour from Johannesburg and Pretoria on the outskirts of Magalies, this small Bush Camp allows pets. If Rover and little Ronnie is inseparable, this will bring you heaps of joy. Pets stay for free while humans pay a budget-friendly self-catering rate. Warthogs Bush camp is 2km from Askari Lodge and Spa, and on a Sunday you can watch the two elephants from a distance as they play in the dam in front of the restaurant.


Glenburn Lodge & Spa has great facilities to keep the kids busy  on the hotel property and at GlenPalms: A putt-putt course, a dedicated games room, tennis courts, play park and obstacle course. Chalets provide a friendly family set-up with self-catering options,  its own braai facilities and a lovely patio, several overlooking the river frontage.


If by the end of April your nerves are frazzled and you can’t wait to drop the kids with the friendly school teacher, book your Mother’s Day Spa treat. In sympathy, we’ve loaded the special on the website so long, and made it valid from 1 May, for the entire month. You survived the school holidays. You deserve it.


Editors Note/ Disclaimer: Opinions are totally my own as far as children go. We clearly have something in the drinking water at  Guvon Hotels head office with three pregnancies on the go, so brace yourself for baby boom blogs and news over the next few months. Our latest newsletter even includes baby room decor tips with an Easter theme! Click here to read our Easter newsletter – bunny alert!


Bookings: Central Reservations Office: Tel  08611 48866 | Email: |



Fresh from a date night last night with my one and only, reading Ane Malan’s article “Romance does not take a vacation” on Date Night Ideas SA, made me think.  The sentiment is a good one because love shouldn’t take a vacation. It should be an everyday bread-and-butter essential in your life.

Fast forward to the real world where your husband works 12 hour days and fills the rest of the time with some random sporty activity. The washing machine breaks and it seems that the ceiling is about to collapse. Sadly the blue colour on the Plascon swatch looks nothing like the real thing – the bright turquoise bedroom wall gives me a headache when I lie on my left side. These are the times when romance definitely is on vacation. Absent With Out Leave.



Romance needs a vacation as much as slap chips need vinegar.  The one is unthinkable without the other. We need to get away to remind ourselves why we fell in love in the first place. Without deadlines and pressures, surrounded by a beautiful natural setting, we take a step back and realise he is still looking pretty good for his age. His jokes are still funny. And he brews a mean espresso.

Journalist Susan Haydn delivers a compelling argument for relationships in  5 Things you need to know to live happily every after. The take home for me is

“Make kindness the default mode. What you have is special and might not come around again, so guard it with your life.

With Easter around the corner, take your romance on vacation. Book that special getaway; lie down on a Spa bed and massage the cares away. Heck, even a picnic in your back garden with a string of fairy lights mimicking the view of Cape Town at night from Blouberg will do the trick. Take your love on a vacation. Something or someone worth this much is worth the investment.

Click here for Easter accommodation specials at Glenburn Lodge & Spa, Fairway Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort, Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa

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(Click HERE to read the lovely “  Romance does not take a vacation”. )



FEELING THE XMAS SPIRIT YET?  May we recommend a Me-gift for Christmas?

We are all hearing the tick-tock of the holiday clock as we are counting down to sunny beach days of doing absolutely nothing, for extended stretches of time.  A little me-gift before the 25th of December is absolutely in order.

Honey Souffle, brown sugar, egg nog and home-made cookies  make the mouth water in anticipation, and so it should as they are all elements from some of the spa packages available from the Guvon Spa group, this December month.

If you are ready to pamper away the stress of a year of hard work and long hours, the Christmas Spa  packages range start at R650 per person.

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Guvon Spas consist of Askari Spa (Maliesburg), Kloofzicht Spa and Chicama Spa (Muldersdrift) and Fairway Spa (Fairway Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort), each with its own tailor-made Xmas spa package.

Add a game drive at Askari Game Lodge & Spa, a round of golf at The Fairway Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort to your spa day. Or maybe sundowners at Little Foot Bar at Kloofzicht Lodge or a lazy Sunday lunch at Glenburn Lodge is more your scene?

Please see for info or contact the spas directly to make a booking.

Central Reservations: 08611 48866


Words by Christa Badenhorst | Group Marketing & PR: Guvon Hotels & Spas

For hig –res images or further info: Brenda Dooge on

Askari Game Lodge breaks ground – ten new family units at the Big 5 game lodge.

Askari Game Lodge & Spa in Magaliesburg, home to the Big 5, is expanding. Ten new double units will be added, increasing the lodge capacity to 50 rooms.

The new family suites are positioned behind the amphitheatre and Plumari Heritage Museum and is separated from honeymoon suite and dam-facing units with a new pool area and kiddies play area.


According to managing Director Kosie Pansegrouw, extension of the room capacity was planned from inception, but phase 1 only included the Conference Centre.   “Due to high demand from leisure as well as corporate clients we now feel that the time is right to proceed with phase 2. The addition of ten new luxury family chalets will cater for the corporate market as well as to afford families the opportunity of experiencing Askari Game Lodge & Spa together.

The 162 m² chalets have been designed to complement the traditional farmhouse style of Askari Game Lodge. Architect Wynand du Plessis, from DBM Architects explains that materials such as rough-cast plaster, natural stone and a corrugated iron roofs were used and express an old world charm:  “Details such as antique clay pot chimneys and rustic timber elements, contribute to the traditional design.  The chalets are intended to continue the old-world atmosphere that is created by the many antiques and ossewaens (ox wagons) on display at Askari Game Lodge and in the Heritage museum.”

Expected completion of this phase is March 2015.


Words by Christa Badenhorst | Group Marketing & PR: Guvon Hotels & Spas

For high –res images or further info: Brenda Dooge on