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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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.

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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



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.

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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.

Bookings: Central Reservations: 08611 48866  or







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