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Weekend breaks from Gauteng – top 5 things to do in 5 provinces
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Weekend breaks from Gauteng – top 5 things to do in 5 provinces

The bonus when it comes to living in Gauteng – over and above the fat salaries, larger cars (dense traffic, and press of people) - is the access to just about anywhere. North West, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Free State and KwaZulu Natal are all on your doorstep, give or take a few kilometres, and weekend breaks away from it all are easy because of it. Here are our favourite weekend breaks - the top 5 (+one) things to do in 5 provinces ... NORTH WEST Hartbeespoort Dam, Magaliesberg and the Pilansberg are literally on Johannesburg's back doorstep. Harties is the destination of the average biker's...
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5-Star Spas of Gauteng
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5-Star Spas of Gauteng

The locals and visitors of Gauteng are invited to indulge in world-class treatments at the hands of trained therapists at one of the 5-star health spas in this bustling province. Of course, there are many more spas, but a 5-star experience really does offer something very special. 54 on Bath, Rosebank This elegant urban hotel in Sandton insists on the best possible standards so that guests are pampered into forgetting the stresses of everyday life. Because it is small and intimate, the service is very personal, with attention being paid to charming attention to detail. The superior cuisine...
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Joburgs best delis and farmstalls
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Joburgs best delis and farmstalls

When the nights are closing in and the weather's nippy, long lunches and fireside dinners with friends are on the menu – preferably laden with real slow-cooked food. Delis and farmstalls are the new way to stock your shelves with food fit to share with friends, and worth the detour. Many of them stock locally supplied and home-made goodies that not only look beautiful, but also taste good. They're the budget equivalent of eating out, and in, as delis and markets supply nosh that is as easy to use for picnics as it is to translate into plate-filled fare at home. And perfect for the typical J...
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The Gautrain
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The Gautrain

Johannesburg, in the province of Gauteng, is known as the commercial capital of South Africa. It is abuzz with arts, culture, politics, shopping, and plenty more. It is also home to the OR Tambo Airport, an international airport that welcomes the vast majority of international visitors to South Africa every day. In response to the massive amount of local and international travel and tourism taking place, the Gautrain was constructed. This is a mass rapid transit railway system that extends for 80 kilometres and links Johannesburg, the OR Tambo Airport and Pretoria Accommodation. There ar...
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I Love Waterkloof Ridge Because …
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I Love Waterkloof Ridge Because …

Hi, I’m Anna-Marie Trollip from Kelkiewyn B&B and Selfcatering in Waterkloof Ridge. Waterkloof Ridge, a suburb of Pretoria. Although there are a few small suburb malls, Waterkloof Ridge is best known for its up-market homes and luscious gardens Pretoria has a lovely climate. WHEN THE WEATHER'S GOOD, I LIKE TO to garden, walk or play golf.  We are less then three km from three golf courses, namely Pretoria East Country Club (in the middle of Waterkloof Ridge!) Monument (down the road) and Wingate Park. The beautiful golf course of Woodhill is about 10 minutes drive away. WHEN THE ...
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I Love Brooklyn Because …
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I Love Brooklyn Because …

Hi, I’m Marlene from Brooklyn in Pretoria, Gauteng. BROOKLYN IS BEST KNOWN FOR the luscious green Jacaranda trees, especially when in bloom in October. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT the University of Pretoria because the buildings are old and full of character as well as new if you prefer the modern design.  There are also beautiful, manicured gardens. THE BEST wedding PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT Magnolia Dell. OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT The Blue Crane Restaurant where the children can have a ball with a hundred year old tortoise. WHEN THE WEATHER'S GOOD, I LIKE TO be outside either walk...
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I Love Craighall Park Because …
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I Love Craighall Park Because …

Hi, I’m Liz Delmont from Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse in Craighall Park, Johannesburg, Gauteng. Craighall Park IS BEST KNOWN FOR best known for its great central location in the huge sprawling city of Joburg. It is an ideal base for the business and leisure traveller as it’s 10 minutes from Sandton as well as Joburg Central and close to restaurant and shopping nodes of Rosebank & Parkhurst. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN with either with Zac and Catherine who work here at Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse, or with random passers by in a Joburg street – no picture will better capture the spirit ...
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I Love Rosebank Because …
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I Love Rosebank Because …

Hi, I’m Marina van Tonder from 201 Macedon in Rosebank, Sandton. Rosebank IS BEST KNOWN FOR its cosmopolitan lifestyle. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT the African Craft Market with one of the colourful African artists. THE BEST happy snap PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the rhino sculpture. OTHER SNAPS AT the Roof-Top Market. WHEN THE WEATHER'S GOOD, I LIKE TO sit outside Vida E with a coffee and watch the daily people parade. WHEN THE WEATHER'S BAD, I LIKE TO snuggle up at Doppio Zero for fantastic pasta. I THINK THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT IS anytime, BECAUSE Rosebank is ...
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I Love Carlswald Because …
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I Love Carlswald Because …

Hi, I’m Sonia Grobler from Bag End Guest House in Carlswald, Midrand. CARLSWALD IS BEST KNOWN FOR its country feeling, big plots, bicycle and horse riders. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT with a lion cub at Lory Park Zoo. THE BEST wedding PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT 64 Main rose garden. OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT Papachinos Restaurant and MonteCasino. WHEN THE WEATHER'S GOOD, I LIKE TO go for a walk. WHEN THE WEATHER'S BAD, I LIKE TO sit by the fire at Wild Olive Cafe. I THINK THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT IS spring, BECAUSE everything is green. MY FAVOURITE BREAKFAST SPOT IS...
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I Love Kempton Park Because …
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I Love Kempton Park Because …

Hi, I’m Karen Swanepoel from Nkanga Lodge in Kempton Park on the East Rand in Gauteng. Kempton Park IS BEST KNOWN FOR OR Tambo International, Africa’s busiest airport, which is located in Kempton Park. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Kempton Park Golf Course; this is where Ernie Els learned to played golf when he was growing up. THE BEST outdoor PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT Modderfontein Conservation Park which is home to 253 different bird species, small populations of Black-Backed Jackal, Steenbok, Duiker, Genet, Zebra, Black Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest, Blesbok, Reedbuck and Highveld spri...
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I Love Randburg Because …
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I Love Randburg Because …

Hi, I’m Judith from Idwala Guest House in Randburg in Gauteng. Randburg IS BEST KNOWN FOR Cresta Shopping Mall, great concerts at the Coca Cola Dome, shopping and outdoor fun at Brightwater Commons, excellent Johannesburg golf courses and a lot of good restaurants and bars. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Northcliff Hill, just 5 min from Idwala. You will enjoy a 360 /degree panoramic view on Johanesburg as background. THE BEST nature-background PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens or at Emmarentia Dam. OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT the splash pool at Idwala. WHEN THE...
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I Wanna Go Camping! 5 Great Spots in Gauteng and the North West Province
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I Wanna Go Camping! 5 Great Spots in Gauteng and the North West Province

Gauteng is the smallest of the provinces – barely encompassing Johannesburg, Pretoria and Vereeniging before flowing over its western boundary into North West and to the east into Mpumalanga. It's also the busiest province, arguably the wealthiest, and probably the one for whom weekend escapes are possibly the most vital (all that weekly angst, stress and traffic doth fairly strained individuals make). Finding a campsite not inundated by all and sundry is something akin to hens' teeth. Camping is something Gauteng and the North West are not known for. Whilst they don't have the beaches o...
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I Love Beaulieu Because …
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I Love Beaulieu Because …

Hi, I’m Glenda from Glenda’s Guest Suites in Beaulieu, Midrand, Gauteng. Beaulieu IS BEST KNOWN FOR being a wonderfully quiet and peaceful residential area, in the heart of one of Gauteng’s fastest growing business areas, Midrand. We are so close to all the action and yet far enough for our guests to feel like they are in a bush getaway. We also have Kyalami Racetrack close by, one of the country’s best Golf Courses, Kyalami Country Club, as well as The Transvaal Horse Society, home of the world famous Lippizaner horses. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN IN in our lovely garden at any time – it...
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I Love Hurlingham Because …
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I Love Hurlingham Because …

Hi, I’m Trish from Hurlingham House in Hurlingham. Hurlingham IS BEST KNOWN FOR being a peaceful and safe suburb, yet it's only 3km from the heart of Sandton. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT the statue of Nelson Mandela in Mandela Square. THE BEST architectural PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the Sandton CBD. OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT Zoo Lake. WHEN THE WEATHER'S GOOD, I LIKE TO sit at our swimming pool or in a sidewalk cafe. WHEN THE WEATHER'S BAD, I LIKE TO go to Sandton City Mall. I THINK THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT IS spring or summer, BECAUSE the trees in Hurlingham are beau...
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The Best of Local Fayre on Saturdays at the Jozi Food Market
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The Best of Local Fayre on Saturdays at the Jozi Food Market

If you live in the Greenside area of Johannesburg and are looking for somewhere a bit more novel than the local supermarket for your weekly groceries why not give the Jozi Food Market a try?  Open every Saturday from 08h30 to 13h30 and conveniently located at the Pirates Sports Club you can expect to be greeted by artisans and stall holders happy to share their love and knowledge of food. The Jozi Food market offers a wide selection of food; take your pick from the 50 delicious recipes that Soup ‘n Stuff has perfected (who doesn’t love soup on a chilly day) while Sue’s Karoo Lemon Cordial (...
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