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

For Easter Spa specials, visit

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



HOT CROSS BUNS AND GIANT CHOCOLATE BUNNIES have bumped frilly hearts and red roses right off the shop shelves!

Treat your family to a unforgettable Easter getaway from  3 to 6 April! Breakaways are available from R300 per person sharing with great game reserve and city retreat options available. Let the family Easter fun begin!

Bookings: Central Reservation 08611 48866/

 Easter accommodation specials Guvon hotels


2-6 April 2015

R 990.00pp per sharing per night


2 game drives

1 elephant experience included per person. 

Min 4 nights stay

Add R100

and receive a  30min back neck and should massage.

(R 1090.00pp sharing per night)  

Min 4 nights stay


24-27 April 2015  and  30 April – 3rd May 2015

R 990.00pp sharing per night


1 game drive

1 elephant experience included person.

Min 3 nights stay

Please note:

Families with children will enjoy the family game drive.

Children’s rates apply.

For spa bookings you can contact our spa manager Judy on 014 577 2658/9 ext 417




R1200 per apartment

For max 4 people (self-catering)

Valid: 1 April – 3 May

Tel 011 750 7600



R1150 pp sharing or single, per night


Valid 1 April to 3 May.

Tel 011 317 0600



30% discount on accommodation

20% discount on conferences

Valid 1 April  – 3 May

Tel: 011 478 8000



30% discount on B&B packages

Min 2 night stay

Choose a dinner, bed and breakfast stay and qualify for 40% discount   Standard hotel rooms and Garden Suites

Min 2 night stay

T&C: Above not applicable to Chalet stays.

Valid 1 April  – 3 May

Tel: 011 668 1600



R795 pp sharing per night; Standard and family rooms

R895 pp sharing per night: Tribal Suites

Dinner, bed and breakfast

Min 3 night stay

Valid 1 April  – 3 May


Tel: 013 737 7636