2020 has been a testing and trying year. Many of us will spend the holidays at home with no prospects for the beach. Don’t let this dampen your spirit, Gauteng promises festive cheer with some great attractions
Based in Menlo Park, Pretoria, Moroccan House pulls out all the stops. A guest house, function venue, handcraft, and light fitting showroom, rooftop cafe and deli, and Moroccan decor rental and plated catering facility, it is a one-stop-shop.
Guests are welcomed in true Moroccan style with traditional mint tea and Moroccan biscuits. With four beautifully Moroccan decor inspired suites, great care has been lavished on the interiors of each individual room to make your stay memorable.
An extravagant three-course Moroccan breakfast is served in the conservatory, La Riad. Here guests can book dinner relax in front of an open fire or simply absorb the tranquillity under the indoor Karee tree.
For more info, go to www.moroccanhouse.co.za
Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris
You will find Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris nestled in the majestic Magaliesberg area in the Cradle of Humankind Heritage Site.
This peaceful area boasts the perfect weather conditions for hot air ballooning. Bill Harrop’s is the longest established and licensed balloon airline in Southern Africa.
Rates include coffee and biscuits on arrival, a lovely breakfast, a one-hour flight, a celebratory glass of sparkling wine after landing, and a citation for bravery.
For more info, go to www.balloon.co.za
JanHarmsgat Se Agterplaas
The magical, unique venue of JanHarmsgat se Agterplaas is situated on Oak Avenue, Cullinan. Known as a popular art gallery, live music venue, gift shop, and function venue.
The front garden features two metal drag queens made from discarded wire and tins. As you walk into the building, you are greeted by a variety of art-works. The art is made from discarded materials like old kettles, mirrors, and cement, including a totem pole that was inspired by a Terry Pratchett novel.
The ‘Agterplaas’ consists of a theatre which has played host to many famous South African musicians. Guests can enjoy a picnic and just sit and relax in the bohemian setting.
For more info: www.janharmsgat.co.za
Magaliesburg Express Train
Enjoy a day trip to the Magaliesberg Region on a heritage locomotive. Enjoy a picnic next to the historic station after the 2 ½ hour scenic trip.
Passengers can visit the antique shops, pop into the candle dipping shop, or wander down to the beautiful Magalies River.
The journey back is the best part of the day with steep slopes and sharp curves as the train climb from Magaliesberg to Krugersdorp. Departure is from Johannesburg Park station and tickets must be booked in advance.
For more info, go to www.reefsteamers.com