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May 14, 2018
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Pretoria is home to an impressive amount of activities and things to do with the whole family and couples! 

ADVENTURE ZONE - CULLINAN, GAUTENG 
Adventure Zone offers quite a variety of unique and exceptional services. They are an adrenaline activity provider that facilitates school camps, team building exercises and corporate retreats, as well as a variety of fun, outdoor activities for couples, families and individuals. This includes extreme zip-lining, archery, abseiling & rap jumping, horseback safaris, quad bike safaris and bongo drumming. In short – everything you need to get your heart pumping and the adrenaline flowing

IRENE COUNTRY LODGE - CENTURION, GAUTENG
The historical village of Irene, Centurion is known for the long and winding oak-lined country lane where cows graze in green pastures. 

With lakeside views to rival most paintings, African Pride Irene Country Lodge is a luxury upmarket hotel boasting 75 spacious luxury accommodation rooms, a fine dining restaurant, conference, function and wedding venues, as well as the luxurious and well-appointed Camdeboo Day Spa. 

Guests arrive at a haven of peace and tranquillity, and promptly forget that they are in or even near one of South Africa’s busiest metropolitan areas. If you want to enjoy a singular combination of convenience and indulgence, Irene Country Lodge should be at the top of your list. 


BENTLEY’S LODGE - PRETORIA, GAUTENG
A family-run business that has achieved a stellar reputation as one of Pretoria's premier conference- and wedding venues over the last three decades, Bentley's Country Lodge is an inviting function and lodging destination tucked away in the verdant reaches of the country's capital. 

Here, visitors can sit back and enjoy the seamless service and warm welcome of yesteryear, with all the modern amenities they can dream of. Bright, airy rooms and suites are available to business and leisure travellers, while self-catering houses are perfect for long-term accommodation in Pretoria. 

A stunning chapel and reception venue also makes it a hit among South Africa's most discerning brides. Visit their website to learn more about this beautiful destination.

CASA TOSCANA LODGE - TSHWANE, PRETORIA
Situated in Tshwane, Casa Toscana offers 4-star luxury accommodation that captures the style and character of Tuscany at the heart of one of South Africa's most vibrant cities. 

With a wonderful variety of luxury accommodation packages that cater for a variety of requirements, this exceptional venue boasts 20 beautifully-appointed rooms that are perfect for romantic weekends away in a classic, dreamy atmosphere. 

Casa Toscana also hosts weddings and private functions, offering a turn-key service that includes catering, decor, set-up and more. 

With a choice of on-site chapel and outdoor ceremony locations for an al fresco wedding, and the Rubica hall that can accommodate a variety of events in style and opulence, as well as a gazebo and manicured gardens, there are so many beautiful options that you'll be able to make your dream wedding a splendid reality.

CASTELLO DI MONTE - PRETORIA, GAUTENG
A five-star guest house situated in Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria, Castello di Monte is located in a Tuscan-style estate that portrays pure luxury and elegance and offers spectacular views of the hills in and around South Africa's capital. 

The landscaped gardens with mature olive trees and lavender bushes give an Italian flavour to the African landscape; you will hardly notice that you are in the middle of a bustling city. 

Whether it be for a corporate meeting or a romantic getaway, Castello di Monte offers the perfect setting. Choose from a variety of luxury accommodation options and enjoy every modern amenity you can dream of amidst sixteenth century splendour.

ROYAL ELEPHANT HOTEL - CENTURION, GAUTENG
The Royal Elephant Hotel & Conference Centre is situated on the scenic banks of the Hennops River in Centurion. Here guests can enjoy tasteful North African elegance at its best and revel in personalised service and seamless attention to detail on the part of each and every Royal Elephant staff member.

Tailormade for discerning couples, families and groups of friends who want to enjoy a gorgeous Moroccan atmosphere on South African soil, the Royal Elephant has it all - a stunning venue for private events, themed parties and conferences; an on-site restaurant, wine cellar, cigar lounge and resident's bar; and accommodation options that range from luxury rooms to family suites.

MAGALIES MOUNTAIN LODGE - HARTBEESPOORT, BORDERING GAUTENG & NORTH WEST
Situated between Pretoria and Hartbeespoort Dam, bordering Gauteng and the North-West Province, Magalies Mountain Lodge is a private guest lodge at the foot of the majestic Magalies mountains. 

Here guests can leave the bustle of the city behind to enjoy unspoiled surroundings and indulge in everything from breath-taking outdoor adventures to relaxing spa sessions. The lodge's extensive facilities include stylish, yet affordable accommodation, an in-house restaurant, spa, pub and wedding venue. 

Accommodation is provided in a selection of double rooms and rondavels with a choice of a bath or shower; and there is a range of getaway and lifestyle packages available to suit a variety of budgets. Magalies Mountain Lodge is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic getaway or book a luxury spa day to enjoy with your partner.

VILLA SAN GIOVANNI - PRETORIA, GAUTENG
Conveniently located at Wonderboom Airport in Pretoria, Villa San Giovanni offers well-appointed airport accommodation for discerning work- and leisure travellers, alongside a full complement of culinary destinations to keep you fuelled for your travel adventure.

This includes a beautiful fine dining restaurant with elegant decor and an award-winning wine list; the informal Terrace & Pizzeria overlooking an expansive play area (tailor-made for diners with energetic kids); as well as the trendy J&B Jet Lounge with its own bar, which is perfect for private functions and product launches.

VUSALELA DAY SPA - PRETORIA, GAUTENG
Vusalela Day Spa is truly a unique sanctuary of relaxation and personal rejuvenation, where the proprietors seek to pamper you as never before. Fringed by the beauty of nature and perfectly situated on the banks of the Hennops River, the spa offers an array of pampering experiences that are not to be missed.

There are a variety of treatment packages that include hand- and foot massages, facials, full body hot rock massages, Indian head massages and full body exfoliation. This versatile sanctuary cares for individuals, couples, or groups, so whether you're simply hoping to unwind or looking for a venue to host an indulgent special occasion or corporate outing, Vusalela Day Spa is a top choice.

MENLYN BOUTIQUE HOTEL - PRETORIA
Menlyn Boutique Hotel is one of those rare Pretoria accommodation venues that succeeds in combining luxury and tranquillity with an inimitably artful approach to its overall look and feel. 

Here, discerning visitors can look forward to detailed and personalised service and truly stunning surroundings that have been curated with an expert eye. Conveniently located at the heart of Tshwane, right across the way from the famous Menlyn Shopping Mall, this sought-after hotel is easily accessible from Johannesburg and the OR Tambo International airport, making it the ideal option for both business and leisure travellers. 

The venue comprises 6 Express Rooms, 10 Standard Rooms, 2 self-catering units, 8 Executive Rooms and 1 Presidential Room. The Menlyn Boutique Hotel luxury collection also includes Fifty Seven Waterberg, a five-star lodge in the Welgevonden private game reserve. Guests can also look forward to an on-site restaurant and spa at the hotel. 

The Black Bamboo offers five-star South African fine dining at its best; while the Beauty Within Salon & Spa provides a full range of wellness treatments. The venue is also available for exclusive hire to host boutique weddings of up to 100 guests. For more information, visit their website.

KIEVITS KROON - THE WINELANDS IN GAUTENG - PRETORIA - GAUTENG
Kievits Kroon has 142 stylishly decorated rooms which are fully equipped with all modern facilities. The rooms are detached or semi-detached, and located in clusters around the estate, except for the Executive Rooms, which are housed in a luxury two storey contemporary Cape Dutch building. 

There is secure parking close to all rooms, which are connected by landscaped pathways to the main hotel and conference buildings. A porter service is available to drop off and pick up your luggage on arrival and departure. In-room dining is available from 7am to 10pm. Complimentary bottled water is provided and the minibar is stocked on request. 

There is a nightly turn-down service. You will find Kievits Kroon’s own room amenities in your bathroom, including a body wash, conditioning shampoo and body lotion. Check-in is from 2pm on the day of arrival. Guests are requested to check-out by 10am on the day of departure. Visit their website for more information.

IVORY MANOR BOUTIQUE HOTEL - PRETORIA, GAUTENG
Ivory Manor Boutique Hotel is 5km from the Rigel and Nellmapius offramps in Pretoria and a five-star dining and accommodation destination that redefines the notion of elegance. The space is decorated with exquisitely curated art pieces that feature the talents of Marie Vermeulen Breedt and Diana Greyvensteyn, which create the perfect backdrop for sumptuous meals and events.

Stop in for coffee or tea in the lush gardens, meet up with friends in the whiskey & cigar lounge, or sit down to a romantic dinner prepared by talented chef Liza. Ivory Manor Boutique Hotel is the perfect place to host events ranging from high teas, kitchen teas and birthday parties, to corporate events, wine tastings, cooking classes and more.

The individually decorated deluxe and premier suites promise a lavish stay, with breakfast included in the rate. Visit their website for more information.


WHERE TO EAT IN PRETORIA 

DRINK TEA AT CARLTON CAFé 
Their white chocolate macadamia ‘blondie’ brownies are an institution. If that’s not your thing they have an extensive daytime menu. Carlton Café hosts “Delicious The Food Shop” where you can get all sorts of deli food and specialty food items like TWG Tea’s luxury French Earl Grey, Chamomile and Grand Wedding Tea. 

EAT AT AFROBOER
This unique restaurant is chock full of attitude and delicious food. Order a glass of wine “for a whine”, enjoy the garden setting, breakfast, light or serious lunches and of course their incredible cakes. They change things up in the kitchen “to keep kitchen, ooms, tannies, and copy-cats on their toes”. 

BEST ITALIAN AT ALFIE's  
For authentic italian head to Alfie’s. Locals rave about Alfredo Fiachetti’s traditional Italian Restaurant, the proof is that it’s always full so remember to make a reservation. You can’t go wrong with bruschetta, fresh pasta or rack of lamb.

HAVE A COLD ONE AT THE CAPITAL CRAFT 
Craft beer fans will be in heaven, they add new beers to their collection regularly. Try their new black mushroom and white cheddar burger for vegetarians, add a beef patty if you’re not. Their Crafty bitch hot dog is a winner as is their pulled pork sandwich. 

EXPLORE DUNCAN YARD 
This is the place to pick up a unique antique, or find the right gift in fashionable Hatfield. Breathe in the heavenly scent of fresh flowers from the “Florist @ Duncan Yard”, get your nails done, lunch at Deli on Duncan or at Papa’s Real food. You could spend an entire afternoon here happily investigating all the little boutiques.

DE KLOOF RESTAURANT
More than just a place to eat. De Kloof is uncompromisingly and unapologetically committed to quality food and innovative dishes. Dishes and prepared according to classic European techniques with local influences. 


BE ACTIVE IN PRETORIA 

BUFFELSDRIFT MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK 
Buffelsdrift Mountain Bike Park is located only 15km North of Pretoria and provides a safe and secure riding environment within the confines of the Buffelsdrift Nature Conservancy. Lying on the western boundaries of the Dinokeng area, between the Roodeplaat Dam and the N1 highway, Buffelsdrift Conservancy has become a fairly popular place to visit not only because it is so easy to reach, so close to both Pretoria and Johannesburg, but also as a superb birding spot.  This is due in no small part to the proximity of the Roodeplaat dam, from which an extensive canal system runs, and the Pienaars River that runs through the conservancy attracting birds for most of the year.

ACROBATICS IN THE TREES WITH ACROBRANCH 
Looking for an outdoor adventure to enjoy on your next date outing or family getaway? Look no further than Acrobranch - a treetop experience featuring various obstacle courses (including high ropes, tricky crossings and zip lines) suitable for children, teenagers and reasonably fit adults respectively. Book your spot today to enjoy a fun-filled, active date night, family adventure or group outing – Acrobranch caters for the whole gang. 


69 FUN THINGS TO DO IN PRETORIA BY VIBESCOUT.COM 

Pretoria is home to an impressive amount of family-friendly activities designed to keep the entire family entertained for hours. From zoos to waterparks and paintball arenas, Pretoria does not disappoint on the fun scale. From zoos to waterparks, Pretoria has it all. And because it has such an impressive array, we've put together its own guide. It includes: 

Pretoria Zoo 
Zita Park 
Gotcha Paintball 
StokeCity WakePark 

Whether you’re in the mood to immerse yourself in an African bushveld experience, or you simply need a weekend away; take a look at this guide to some of the best game viewing options near Pretoria and Joburg. 

Our list covers a handful of game lodges, game reserves and nature reserves nearby that promise to keep your bucket list overflowing with ideas. There’s something for everyone wanting to get away from the city for a break. Read more about Vibescout.com.


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CELESTIAL GIFT EXPERIENCES

Established in 2005, Celestial Gifts is an owner-managed online platform with a variety of Blue Chip partners that provides some of the most fun and innovative activity vouchers and gift experiences throughout South Africa. As SA's number 1 experience gift specialists, Celestial Gifts offers a remarkable variety of activity vouchers for couples. Blow your lover's mind with romantic adventures such as dinner in the sky, cooking lessons for two, chocolate tasting for two, scenic helicopter flights with champagne picnics, his & hers massages or spa vouchers, overnight stays with hot air balloon flights, or quad biking or horseback riding complete with a picnic in the bush. Whether you enjoy the great outdoors, or prefer the finer things in life, Celestial Gifts has the perfect romantic activity gift voucher for a wedding or anniversary, Valentine's day or proposal idea, or just a simple date night to celebrate your love.

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