Marataba

Marataba

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One of the advantages of living in Africa is going on safaris. The kids simply love it and now that they are older it’s easier to manage the early morning wake up calls! We discovered Marataba Safari Lodge when Brian bidded on a school auction and won. It’s only a 4 hour drive from Joburg so the road trip is manageable. It’s located near Waterberg at the Marakele Park, Thabazimbi. For those concerned, it is malaria free. So a quick weekend getaway is definitely possible. We were surprised that many of our SA friends have never heard of it but I guess it’s mainly a lodge that caters to tourists.

We can’t say enough great things about them. The service, accommodations, food, and drives were all exceptional. Our guide, Andre, was amazing and the kids absolutely loved him. He was so knowledgeable and the kids asked him a million questions. They love animals and it probably helps that Wild Kratts is their favorite show. They are walking animal dictionaries. You can ask Becket almost anything and he knows and when you ask him how he knows…he says the Wild Kratts! LOL They even had afternoon activities for the kids so the adults can relax. The landscape is one of the most beautiful that we have seen as they have water and mountains. It’s rare to find this combination. There’s something about getting back to nature. It’s magical. It also helps that you sleep like a baby….we think it’s the air!

Marataba was so magnificent that we went back again in April when my parents came to visit. So this one is a keeper. If you’re adventurous and don’t plan on taking the kids, they have a brand new eco lodge, Marataba Trails Lodge, that caters solely to walking safaris. Definitely something Brian and I plan to do….one day!

Voodoo Lily

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The name of this restaurant was enough to entice me to give it a try and it didn’t disappoint. Been here a couple of times for breakfast and the food has always been good, service delightful and ambience nice as they have indoor and outdoor seating. I prefer outdoor and the weather in Joburg can’t be beat…even in winter it’s hot out!

So, when they announced that they were serving sushi that was definitely a reason for me to go back. Look, sushi in Joburg is not sushi in NYC and I have finally made peace with it! Now, I’m happy enough to just get my sushi fix.

It’s a win win for all though as they have a diverse menu and for those on the banting diet this is your place. It’s kid friendly as there is a small jungle gym across the street and they have a kids menu. The milkshakes are kid approved and my husband’s order of the deconstructive wrap was absolutely delicious as I was too late in taking a pic before he finished it!

place: Voodoo Lily Café

where: Birdhaven, 64 St Andrew Street & Wrenrose Avenue

my take: a safe bet anyday