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May 27, 2018
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North West is an inland South African province that borders Botswana. Its landscape is defined by mountains in the northeast and bushveld scattered with trees and shrubs. The province is home to Sun City, an upscale resort with hotels, a casino, and a water park with a massive wave pool. Nearby is Pilanesberg National Park, with an extinct volcano and more than 7,000 animals, including lions and elephants.  

PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO 

BONA BONA GAME LODGE - WOLMARANSSTAD 
Bona Bona Game Lodge offers an unique four star lodge experience in the fauna and flora rich Northwest Province in South Africa. This privately owned, luxurious lodge is nestled along the N12 Treasure Route and offers its guests an unforgettable experience through their tailored Bona Bona Game Lodge hospitality in true African comfort. When fully booked the lodge can accommodate 119 guests in-house.

Guest can enjoy mouth-watering cuisine next to the homely fireplace on cold winter nights. Bona Bona Game Lodge offer a wide range of activities for business travellers as well as families seeking a well deserved break, not too far from home. The predator park, game drives and encounters with rare species such as sable, rhino and buffalo will make your stay at Bona Bona Game Lodge an unforgettable experience. 

Bona Bona is situated 50km south west of Klerksdorp (27°1‘12’‘S and 26°13’45’’E), adjacent to the N12 Treasure Route in the direction of Wolmaransstad. Approximately 2 hours’ drive from Johannesburg and with their own airstrip, Bona Bona is within easy reach.

ACTIVITIES AT BONA BONA GAME LODGE
Game Drive
Bona Bona Game Lodge hosts four of the big five and is only a stone throw away from Johannesburg. While it’s always a thrill to get up close and personal with some of the bigger game, don’t underestimate the magic of some of the smaller bush creatures and birdlife. Their professional guides will entertain you with facts and figures about the fauna and flora on their farm. As Bona Bona Game Breeders are part of the group of companies guests can experience the manner in which professional game breeding takes place. Their 4×4 Unimog brings back many memories to the older generation of their time spent in the military service while the younger generation will not stop talking about how this strong work horse takes on any terrain. Due to the popularity of the drives trips have to be pre-booked.

Bruidsmark
Their Bruidsmark held each year continues to celebrate their uniqueness. We aim to uphold an easy-going vibe which is enhanced by the exceptional quality of exhibitors.The elegant grandeur of its existence is complemented with great food and entertainment.Couples get to meet SA’s leading wedding specialists in the beautiful and romantic gardens of this sought after wedding venue.

Wine Tasting
There’s nothing better than sitting with friends, in a private and sophisticated cellar, sipping a glass of some of the best’s wineries in South Africa. 

Bush Picnic
Get away from the hasty city life and experience the relaxation that a bush picnic. Bona Bona Game Lodge will create a romantic atmosphere and supply all the necessary table ware and delicious gourmet food.  Spots are carefully selected and situated in a safe environment, guests enjoy privacy whilst being in the open veld. Children are also welcome to join in this special experience.


Predator Experience
Bona Bona Game Lodge is one of the first lodges in Northwest Province to offer guest the experience of a Predator Drive. All facilities are well maintained and the animals enjoy high priority at all times.  Specialist staff ensure animals get the best nutrition and safety rules are applied. Children are not allowed to visit the park without being accompanied by an adult. You haven’t seen Africa if you haven’t seen the mighty lion or heard it’s roar. They offer guests an opportunity to see many of Africa’s predatory species at close quarters. Their predator camp consists of lions, tigers, leopard, wild dogs and hyenas. We have a Predator Drive daily and a predator feed at 10h00 on Sunday’s.

Visit Ruah
Nurture and spoil yourself with Ruah, which means a breath of life. This beautiful lavender farm borders Bona Bona Game Lodge and produces essential oils, creams, candles and so much more. The farm is open for visits and you can show your children the picture of a land of purple lavender. Products are all developed by one of the most renowned cosmetic gurus and are ideal gifts for taking back to your loved ones at home.

BAKUBUNG BUSH LODGE - PILANSBERG 
Situated in the pristine Pilanesberg region, a mere two hours' drive from bustling CBD of Johannesburg and yet enveloped in a tranquil ambience all its own, Bakubung Bush Lodge is a luxurious retreat in a place of breath-taking beauty.

'Bakubung' means 'people of the hippo' and refers to the lodge's close proximity to a much-frequented hippo pool, where guests can view these gentle giants in their natural habitat from a safe distance. 

Located within the vast expanses of the world-renowned Pilanesberg National Park (one of the largest conserves in South Africa), Bakubung is the perfect destination for nature lovers who want to experience African wildlife in an environmentally friendly way.

MAGALIES MOUNTAIN LODGE - HARTBEESPOORT 
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.


MOUNT AMANZI - HARTBEESPOORT
Situated close to Gauteng and near the Hartbeespoort Dam, lies the renowned Mount Amanzi Resort. Well-appointed chalets, a wide range of facilities and the beauty from the banks of the Crocodile River and region combine to create the perfect getaway option, honeymoon destination or wedding location.

The honeymoon suite is well-appointed and tastefully decorated and staff go out of their way to create a wonderful atmosphere, with a few added special surprises.The large swimming pool is certainly a highlight of any Mount Amanzi visit, so be sure to pack your swimming towels and some sunscreen. If you can manage to get yourself out of the lovely pool, there are also a variety of activities available, which include crazy golf, beach volleyball, fly-fishing and hiking. 

We highly recommend a couples massage at the wellness spa to instantly transport you into the Mount Amanzi vibe. Mount Amanzi offers the ideal location and setup for weddings, with the near vicinity to Pretoria and Johannesburg being a major plus point. For more information visit www.mountamanzi.co.za.

UURPAN LODGE - SCHEIZER-RENEKE 
Uurpan Lodge is a 4-star accommodation venue 10km outside of the small town of Schweizer-Reneke. Here, guests can look forward to a tranquil environment, with buffalos grazing nearby as the sun sets on yet another wonderful day. 

The lodge comprises 13 beautifully appointed bedrooms that overlook the fields where game roam freely and features all the amenities required for a comfortable, catered stay. Uurpan also has an on-site restaurant where guests can enjoy their meals, and a full range of activities to partake in throughout their stay. 

This includes everything from game drives and bass fishing, to hiking trails and bird-watching. Not to mention the on-site wedding venue, chapel that complete the picture. In short - a dream destination in a stunning, off-the-grid location.


DISCOVER PILANESBERG NATIONAL PARK 
Among Southern Africa’s fascinating game reserves, Pilanesberg National Park is possibly the most accessible. Situated in the ecologically rich transition zone between the Kalahari and the Lowveld, this vast area promises thrilling big game viewing in a malaria free environment. A wide variety of accommodation is available to suit your needs.

CHIMP & ZEE ROPE ADVENTURE
Mankwe Gametrackers, rope adventure course is a fun outdoor recreational activity that’s certainly not just for kids, it’s great fun for the whole family! The course is made up of various ‘elements’ – from high balancing beams, speedy zip lines, hanging spider nets to jungle rope bridges and much more. It’s designed with specific elements that require a different approach and set of skills to complete. Join us for an exciting and fun packed adventure.

RATES
Duration: 45 min
Cost: R195 per person
Excludes day visitor entrance fees into Sun City and Valley of the Waves A degree of physical fitness is required but if you can run up a flight of stairs, you should be fine. Maximum weight 120kg. Minimum height 1.2m. Visit their website for more information. 

WARTHOGS BUSH CAMP - MAGALIESBURG
If, to everyone’s despair, your idea of a weekend away MUST include your pets, then Warthogs Bush Camp just outside Magalies is definitely the place for you. 

Each one of the 10 self-catering chalets is equipped with a comfortable dog bed, as well as food and water bowls for your pet. This informal camp is situated at the foot of a koppie and there is a wonderful walking trail that extends to the top of the koppie where you can take in the panoramic views of the entire area. 

You could even pack a picnic basket so you can enjoy the view to its fullest extent. The chalets are fully equipped for a self-catering weekend away and there is even a braai area so you can relax together around the the campfire. The spacious bathroom has an original ball-and-claw footed bath ideal for pampering, as well as an outside shower for nature lovers. The swimming pool and lovely lawns are perfect for scrumptious picnics or just simply to relax. Visit their website for more information.

ANN VAN DYK CHEETAH CENTRE
The Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre in South Africa was established in 1971, as a cheetah conservation project. The centre has continued to perform an important role in the preservation and protection of cheetahs and has bred over eight hundred cheetah cubs .

Invite us to visit your school and an Education Officer from the Centre will come and give learners a formal lesson supported by a Power-point presentation, and under controlled circumstances will be introduced to one of our ambassador cheetahs. 

CHEETAH RUN & 3 HOUR GUIDE TOUR
Saturday and Sunday mornings Cheetah Run starts and 08:00 - Booking is essential. 

R510 Adults / Children over 13 years
R390 Children 7 - 12 years

Visit their website for more information. 

MAKE A RESERVATION FOR TWO OR THE WHOLE FAMILY
STEF'S TABLE
You will find Stef's Table, a small intimate restaurant hidden away on the main road of Schoemansville, in a rough-hewn rock building amidst lush greenery. They have two comfortable dining rooms, one with a lovely fireplace for those cold winter's days and nights (seating 24), and the other dining area overlooking the garden. Perfect for date night. 

SIESTA TAPAS BAR & BISTRO 
Siesta Tapas Bar and Bistro is a Spanish Tapas restaurant with an African twist, located in the Hartbeespoortdam area. The word “Tapas” is derived from the Spanish word “tapa” which means to “cover”. The history behind tapas is as unique and interesting as their famous dishes itself: A concept, believed to have originated more than a century ago in Andalusia Spain, where bartenders placed a slice of bread on top of their customer’s glasses in order to prevent fruit flies from drowning in their drink.  This soon became customary to spice up this bread with interesting toppings such as cheese and ham – creating a snack. Soon the diners started to come back for these “covering snacks” and the rest is history.

At Siesta the concept is for their guests to gather around as friends and family, enjoying one another's company, while snacking away on our tapas range of dishes. Their tranquil atmosphere is known for its intimacy, cosiness and rustic ambiance. Guests can enjoy the fresh mountain air outside in the garden or on the deck during warm summer days drinking Sangria. Alternatively guests can snuggle up next to the old grapevine and warm coal stove inside the old house during those chilly winter evenings with a warm mug of Gluhwein.

Legend also has it that the tapas tradition was introduced when King Alfonso X of Castile recovered from an illness by drinking wine together with small dishes between meals. After regaining his health, the king ordered that no drink will ever be served in a taverna unless the beverages were accompanied by a small “snack” or “tapa”. Inquire here
 
Whatever your preference, they have something to tangle your taste buds!

Visit www.wininganddining.co.za for more restaurants in the area. 


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