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!


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Its always fun when tourism companies light up and make their products entertaining, and easily accessible for the man in the street. The Cradle of Humankind Tourism Company has done just that by introducing a very snazzy App. Wondering what to do in the Cradle of Humankind? Or where it actually is geographically? (No silly, it’s not only Maropeng). Then just download the App which is found on

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With three hotels and Spas in the Cradle of Humankind catchment area, it is only fit for Guvon Hotels to be amongst the leaders in signing up Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa, Glenburn Lodge & Spa as well as Askari Lodge & Spa with the brand new local tourism association.

The Cradle Tourism Company (TCTC), was officially launched on Thursday 31 March 2016 at EnGedi Lodge, which also falls in the Cradle area.

“While we are around 400 plus competing tourism options in the wider Cradle area, we must not lose track of the fact that our main focus as hoteliers within The Cradle is to attract visitors to our destination”, says Group Marketing Manager of Guvon Hotels & Spas Christa Badenhorst. “From a marketing perspective, I am very excited about the packaging of the Cradle experience, which makes it fun and accessible for those who want to visit the area. The Cradle App which contains the Cradle attractions is also a first for our area and will come in very handy for guests who want to explore the multitude of offerings”.

The experiences include:

  • Adrenalin pumping (Adventure)
  • Craft and culture
  • Meet & Greet (Conferencing, Meetings and Events)
  • Spend the Night
  • Stones and Bones (Human Origins and the Evolution of Humankind)
  • Wedding Bells
  • Wildlife Wonders
  • Wine and Dine

The three Guvon Hotels will be sporting experience badges out of several categories in due course as  Guvon Hotels offer a number of the experiences promoted by the TCTC.

Glenburn Lodge & Spa, Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa and Bush Willow Tented Camp are all within easy access (approx. 10km) from Maropeng  where Homo Naledi, was discovered in a cave in The Cradle of Humankind.

Some fun promotional items which were visible at the launch event at EnGedi, portraying the different activities and elements in The Cradle:

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In the world of glamping,  camping may include fluffy gowns as gifts for your guests, faerie light décor, crystal glasses and chilled champagne – the possibilities are endless.

With the latest budget speech still ringing in our ears, budget cuts for conferencing and holidays are frightening reality. Bush Willow Tented camp in Muldersdrift comes to the rescue in more than one way.

Have you heard of the term “glamping”?  Imagine a tented camp, set up already done, with real beds, real linen and little kitchenette, a hot water shower and flushing toilet. All you need to do is to add the final touches to your stay.

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Add to this some ingenious camping cooking ideas and your team or family is set for the time of their lives. First thoughts veer in the direction of desserts – marsh mellows sticks on the fire, bananas cooked in foil with marsh mellows and cinnamon or perhaps just a simple “stokbrood” with delicious apricot jam.

The men-folk will love the opportunity to prepare a fillet or a juicy steak to perfection on the boma braai. Add to this some traditional favourites such as pumpkin fritters (pampoenkoekies) and pap and sauce and your dinner is sorted.

The boma comes equipped with tables, but don’t forget your white table cloths and linen napkins, as well as lanterns for a touch of glamping magic.


Bush Willow Tented Camp has ten tents, each sleeping six guests. For R9 600 a night,  your family or company has camp exclusivity which includes the function/ conference venue for sixty guests, the boma, ten tents, the farm dam and river access. The tented camp rests at the foot of the Zwartkops mountain in Muldersdrift next to the Blauwbank river, on the Glenburn Lodge & Spa property.

If you love the idea, please contact Berlene Ras in sales on Cell 076 455 9826 or

Glenburn Lodge & Spa: Tel 011 668 1600 | Central Reservations: 08611 48866

Terms and conditions apply. Rates are correct at the time of going to press.

For some brilliant glamping ideas, visit these blogs:


Bush Willow Tented Camp – where camping and a bit of glamour meets

Not all of us are naturals when it comes to pitching tents, so imagine my delight when I came across Bush Willow Tented Camp’s glamping concept. No sleeping on the hard floor, no worries about cold showers and a little microwave for a quick fix. May I add that your beverages will always be cold, as the tent comes equipped with a fridge.

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Bush Willow Tented Camp is situated in Muldersdrift only 30 minutes from both Johannesburg and Pretoria. The small tented camp is built on the Glenburn Lodge & Spa property which is surrounded by indigenous bush, at the foot of the Zwartkops Mountains. Two rivers meet on the property making it a wonderful venue for hiking, fishing and bird watching.

The camp’s ten large walk-in tents, sleep between four and six people each on single beds, which is ideal for family stays, especially now during the school holidays from 18 March to 5 April.

For adults who want to glamp in style, we recommend that you dress the tent up a bit for your occasion…no reason why your bed can’t have your own crisp white linen, crystal glasses and fluffy scatter cushions for your special weekend away. String a line of faerie lights or colourful bunting flags across your patio and feel like a million dollars.

The tents include hot indoor showers, its own toilet, bed lamps and lock up facilities. Meals can also be enjoyed in the thatched boma area where one can relax with a glass of wine while your fillet sizzles on the fire.

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In addition, the tented camp can be booked exclusively by a group in conjunction with the full take-up of all the tents, accommodating up to 60 people.

Bush Willow Tented Camp which borders Glenburn and Kloofzicht Lodge are all within easy access (approx. 10km) from Maropeng  where Homo Naledi, a new species of human relative, has been discovered in a cave in The Cradle of Humankind, South Africa.

Special discounted winter rates, where guests have the option of ordering electric blankets  for the stay, are available from our website between May and August.

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Words: Christa Badenhost (Guvon Hotels & Spas |Group Marketing) |

For high resolution images: Brenda Dooge |