Is the open road calling you? The peace and tranquillity at Umbhaba Lodge, along with the seclusion of the Lowveld provides a much-loved venue for short breakaways, especially as we head into winter, which is prime game viewing time in the Kruger Park.  With thirty suites each in individual style, many with open log fireplaces, ideal for those chilly winter evenings, Umbhaba Lodge should be tops of your stay-over list while in the Hazyview area.


While the major tourist attractions such as the Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Pot Holes and game watching in the Kruger Park, seems to steal the limelight while staying at Umbhaba Lodge, it’s worth noting that several waterfalls within the area, makes this hiker’s heaven.   The Lisbon Falls, Berlin Falls, Sabie Falls and Mac Mac Falls are all within 30 minutes drive from Umbhaba Lodge. Start your day with a hearty breakfast on the lodge stoep, strap on those hiking boots, pack a picnic lunch and head off in the general direction of Graskop for a day of scenic beauty.


The Kruger Park is well-known for game viewing, but did you know that South Africa’s best loved Staffie, Jock of the Bushveld, was born on Voortrekker Road in 1885, which runs south of Pretoriuskop in the Kruger National Park, and is a short distance from the lodge?

A commemorative plaque has been erected to remind us of the bravery of Jock, which has captured the imagination of people for hundreds of year.  The 475-pager “Jock of the Bushveld” was first published in 1907 when it became an instant best seller and a local classic. Since then it has never been out of print and captured the hearts of a new audience with a 3D animation film. Heavyweights such as Bryan Adams and Johny Clegg have thrown their weight behind the ultimate story of a man’s best friend and the intense humanity of Sir Percy Fitzpatrick.


School holidays are the best time to introduce your kids to the tales of Jock of the Bushveld and reading these stories at night around a fire in the Umbhaba Lodge lounge, your own African Tribal Suites or perhaps while traveling in the car following Jock’s trail, is a wonderful way of spending a few days in the Lowveld and bonding with the kids. (Click here for some great advice on traveling with kids.)

Sight-seeing and game viewing is hard work and enjoying a cocktail, glass of port or ice cold beer in the Burn Out Bar after a day of game viewing in the Kruger National Park comes highly recommended.  With an inviting fireplace, comfortable lounge and a wooden deck with great views, this is the perfect venue to reminisce about the day’s excitement.


Umbhaba Lodge forms part of the Guvon Hotels & Spa’s group – a leading hospitality group offering a collection of hotels in Gauteng, Northwest and Mpumalanga. All properties offer excellent accommodation, conference, team building and wedding facilities. Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa, Glenburn Lodge & Spa and Bush Willow Tented Camp are in Muldersdrift, in the Cradle of Humankind. Askari Game Lodge & Spa, a Big 5 game reserve, and Warthogs Bush Camp are in Magaliesberg, while Umbhaba Lodge is situated in Hazyview. The Fairway Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort (Randpark Golf Club), and All Suite On 14th (Fairlands) add city retreats to our country collection of properties. | Tel 013 737 7636 | Central Res: 08611 48866 |





Time for regrouping before or even just after the wedding day is not a nice to have, but essential.

At the moment I am totally surrounded by brides-to-be. At the office, in our close circle of friends – everywhere you look, weddings are being planned fast and furiously. And can we write books about their experiences – from venue disasters to half-made wedding dresses. If it wasn’t such a source of frustration to the brides, it would certainly have been roll-on-the-floor funny.


Friedel Esterhuizen  opted on two Minimoons just after her wedding day.  She cleverly planned her wedding for a Thursday, which resulted in massive venue hire savings. Friends are all putting in two days leave and what would have been a quick wedding has turned into a long weekend celebration.

As Director of The Cleaning Studio as well as Lifetree Wellness Solutions, and mom  of three kiddies under ten, her life is a flurry of activity. “Duane and I decided on two Minimoon weekends just after our wedding, for the simple reason that both our businesses require our full attention at this stage. In a month from now everything would have settled down and we will be on our way for a three week Honeymoon in Thailand.”

As a wellness expert Ms Esterhuizen is acutely aware of the benefit of keeping body and soul in sync and often does so in a Spa environment. “Spa packages are wonderful ways of rejuvenating as a couple and preventing stress-related burn out”.

Weekdays provides the perfect opportunity for business owners to fill their energy tank at a Spa.  Guvon Spas offer wonderful specials on their website, ranging from seasonal specials to promotional days and special occasions. For bookings or more information:

Bookings with individual spas:

Askari Spa 014 577 2658 | Chicama Spa 011 668 1615 |

Kloofzicht Spa 011 317 0600 | Fairway Spa 011478 8000



This press release was first issued  30 July 2014 and forms part of the Throwback Thursday Blogs. Info and rates have been updated.

Wedding Photographs courtesy of the new Mrs Friedel van Tonder. | Words by Christa Badenhorst | Group Marketing & PR: Guvon Hotels & Spas.|  For images or further info: Brenda Dooge on



at San Martinho Beach Club, when booking your wedding at Glenburn Lodge.

Glenburn Lodge in Muldersdrift and the Beekman Property Group have teamed up to offer two romantic honeymoon prizes in Mozambique to brides and grooms who book their wedding for March to August 2015, in  the months of February or March 2015.

In order to qualify for the lucky draw, the bridal couple needs to pay a non-refundable R13 000 deposit towards their wedding as stated in the terms and conditions. This will be redeemed against the total wedding bill. For those who take advantage of the winter wedding special in June and July (no venue hire, with suppliers discounts), this is a win-win situation.

Voted as one of the top wedding venues in Gauteng, Glenburn Lodge has three wedding venues with guest capacities ranging between 60 and 250 guests.

Glenkyle overlooks a spectacular waterfall, and is situated on the Blaauwbank River, while Glencove is nestled on the Crocodile River in a beautiful country garden setting. Glenwillow is situated at the foot of the majestic Zwartkops Mountain in the Bush Willow Tented Camp. A range of menus to suit your taste and budget is available and our wedding team will gladly show you the facilities in order to make your decision.

After your wedding at Glenburn Lodge, it is off to San Martinho Beach Resort for a week of rest and relaxation in the beautiful town of Bilene, which boasts a stunning natural lagoon that is 13.7km long and 3.7km wide at its widest point.

Situated just north of Maputo, this is the perfect setting for this splendid resort, which is set on 43 exclusive hectares of land. The resort currently comprises of 8 Luxury Duplex Beach Front Apartments and 2 luxury Villas set on the property’s spacious indigenous forest.

The resort offers an escape into an invigorating atmosphere of vegetated sand dunes, pristine white sandy beaches and the signature natural lagoon. Immerse yourself in local activities such as snorkelling and early morning fishing with the locals.

Please contact Lee-Ann for a wedding site inspection. The bookings for this wedding competition close on 31 March and the two winners will be announced on 2 April 2015 on the Glenburn Lodge Facebook page.

Terms and conditions:

  1. The competition runs from mid Feb to end March.
  2. Closing date for wedding bookings: 31 March 2015
  3. Book your wedding for the months March, April, May, June, July or August, in February or March.
  4. Pay a non-refundable R13 000 deposit towards your wedding day.
  5. This will qualify you for the lucky draw for a 7 night honeymoon at San Martinho Beach Club in Mozambique. 2 prizes will be drawn.
  6. Two lucky winners will be announced on 2 April 2015.
  7. The two honeymoon prizes are sponsored by Beekman Property Group who are fully responsible for the delivery of the prize contents to the two winners.
  8. This is a self-drive prize and excludes transport to the resort.


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

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

To book a site inspection at Glenburn Lodge: Lee-Ann Tel 011 668- 1600