Heading Out Of The City

It’s pretty easy to get wound up with the hustle and daily frustrations of the city. And I think we become to accustomed to it that we get to a point where we just keep going and don’t think to take a break. Even a day out. It doesn’t sound like much, does it? But it can make the world of a difference if you make the effort! I was lucky enough to head out of the city – just a mere 45 minutes – to this beautiful lodge that has become a client. What they have to offer is insane, so if you need to get out, and want to see something different, make some coffee and keep reading.

Glen Afric Country Lodge is a working farm just 45 minutes from Johannesburg, and it’s beautiful. They have a huge variety of things to do, so whether you just want to have a nice lunch out on the deck, or have incredible experiences meeting the animals, you can do it.

It started out as a private home, and the owners turned it into a lodge. But it’s not just a lodge with animals. It’s also a well-known location for movies and photo shoots. Films such as Mr Bones, There’s a Zulu On My Stoep, Jock of the Bushveld, and series such as Wild At Heart, Carte Blanche, Top Gear and 50/50 have been there. They have various sets from movies and series dotted around the property, and while they’re only shells, they’re pretty interesting to see!

And if you’re looking for somewhere different to give your time and energy, Glen Afric runs a Volunteer Experience. Volunteers spend 2 weeks at the farm, helping with daily tasks and events, and getting really stuck into it. Their main source of volunteers is from Europe, with some Brazilians and Aussies visiting too, but locals are also welcome to join!

The venue is popular for weddings, where couples can get married under the Wedding Tree in the middle of the game reserve, with the animals close by (but not in a dangerous way, they’re all well trained and have an experienced handler on hand at all times.) Once you’ve taken a trip around the place, head up to the main house and get a bite on the deck. The food, drinks and service is excellent, and is definitely conducive to putting your feet up and doing some relaxing.

Sound like your cup of tea? Check out their website, get the directions, hope in the car early on Saturday morning and go! You can enjoy a full day out of interesting things to do, relax and be home before the sun sets.

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