The perfect day out in Harties – What to do and where to stay

Hartebeespoort Dam and the surrounding area is a favourite destination for Pretoria and Johannesburg locals looking for some relaxation and fun out in the country. Here are some great activities which should be on your visit for your next visit: The cableway: Enjoy panoramic views of the Magaliesberg Mountains from the aerial cableway. You can book your tickets online for convenience and don’t forget to take your camera. Horse safari trails: A fun experience for the whole family, these safaris will help you enjoy the scenery of this beautiful area. Ideal for beginners, the horses are gentle, well cared for and well trained. The elephant sanctuary: A highlight for most people – especially if you’re from overseas – a trip to the elephant sanctuary lets you get up close and personal with the biggest animals on earth. Enjoy taking photos, walking with the elephants and getting great insights from the knowledgeable guides. The Cradle Health Spa: If pampering is what you need, then this is the place to go. With great spa facilities and everything from pamper packages to Botox and fillers, there’s no way you won’t leave this spa feeling refreshed. Paddle Power Adventures: Ideal for adrenaline junkies, these white water river-rafting tours will leave you soaked and smiling. A great adventure for beginners and more experienced paddlers alike. Escape the city and stay at Idle Winds Idle Winds is an established wedding and function venue in the Harties area, just 14kms from Fourways. With plenty of accommodation in the form of 58 well-appointed double and twin bedrooms, as well as an internationally acclaimed restaurant, we’re the perfect place to spend your weekend out in the country. For more information on our accommodation and venue, please contact us today and speak to a friendly staff member. Back to accommodation near...

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How to plan the perfect New Year’s Eve celebration

The summer holidays are fast approaching and it’s time to start planning your festivities if you want to miss the rush. If you want to pull off an extra special New Year’s Eve celebration, these are the tips for you: Your guest list: Welcoming in the New Year is a favourite celebration for many people, so it’s important to get your invites out early to avoid conflicting engagements. Once you have made your list, expect around two-thirds of your guests to accept. This will help you decide on the amount of space, food and drinks you’ll need at your party. Venue: Now you need a place to party the night away. Clubs and restaurants will often have their own functions on New Year’s Eve and hosting it at home can be a challenge space-wise – so a private function venue is often the best way to go. They will have a range of spaces to suit different sized parties and often offer comfortable on-site accommodation, so your guests don’t have to worry about driving home late at night. Food: Speak to your function venue’s coordinator to come up with a great menu for the evening. They should be able to cater for dietary requirements and offer everything from cocktail snacks to buffets and sit-down meals. If you have a theme for the evening, your coordinator can assist you in providing matching menu items. Decor: Decorations will make your theme come alive, whether you want something as simple as New Year 2016 or a wild Mardi Gras theme. Start looking for bargains now, as the shelves will start to empty closer to the end of the year. Music: New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to pull together all the best party music – from rock ‘n’ roll classics to the top songs of the year. If you plan on dancing the night away, be sure your venue has a dance floor or one which can be installed in the space you’re hiring. Dance the night away at our private function venue near Johannesburg Idle Winds is a beautiful function venue situated just 14kms from Fourways. With 58 well-appointed double and twin bedrooms, an internationally acclaimed restaurant and a range of different spaces to choose from, we can host anything from small, intimate groups to parties of 250 guests. Our friendly, experienced staff are ready and waiting to assist you in planning and hosting a memorable New Year’s Eve function. For more information about our services, function rooms and venue, please contact us today. Back to function venue near...

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