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Destination Irene

little Village Situated in the heart of Gauteng (South Africa’s Economic Captital) lies the historical Village of Irene. Well known for its long, winding, oak-lined country lanes here you will find peace and tranquillity – which will soon help you realise why Destination Irene is my favourite place to be.

Irene Country Lodge offers five star luxury accommodation with delectable cuisine from its Meadow Green Restaurant, overlooking a large tranquil dam. And whether you visit for business or leisure, Camdeboo Spa allows you the time to put your hooves up and relax.

Apart from the beautiful settings and outstanding service, Bill (my husband) and I have been enjoying all that Destination Irene has to offer since we were calves grazing in the Irene Dairy Farm fields many moons ago.

Of course, a visit to the Irene Farm across the road is a must, with its wonderful Farm Shop selling delicious fresh milk. This is where the locals, often carrying the old fashioned gallon pails, purchase their supplies.

Over the years we have watched our fields grow and develop into the bustling ‘’Farm in the City’’ it is today – changes which have seen us enjoy our surroundings even more. Our own family has grown too and we can assure you (from first-hoof experience) that whether you are looking to host your wedding, treat your family or enjoy some alone time with your better half, Destination Irene has it all.

The two restaurants on the Irene Farm (the Deck Restaurant and The Barn Restaurant) will ensure your taste buds are satisfied whilst enjoying the views of the busy farmyard and dairy stable (built in about 1880 and which is still used today to feed us, the milking herd of the Irene Estate, as it has been every day for over a century).

I’ve put together this Destination Irene magazine to help you explore all that Irene has to offer. Insight into our history, craft markets, a game of golf, wildlife, shopping, kids entertainment – I’ve covered it all in this 2016 issue and I am positive your stay in Irene will be unforgettable. My recommendations include a stay at African Pride Irene Country Lodge which was built and opened in 1998 (just after Bill and I fell in love). African Pride 2

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A leisurely stroll around the Irene Farm and African Pride Irene Country Lodge will leave you falling in love with my favourite place. But don’t take my moo-tivation for it! Grab your copy of Destination Irene, arrange your visit and see for yourself… I am so excited to share all the moovelous options Destination Irene has to offer you. Till we meet in the pastures,

The Dairy Cow


Haven of peace and tranquility

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Romantic Rendezvous Luxury accommodation in the heart of Gauteng (South Africa’s Economic Capital), within the historical village of Irene, Centurion. Known for its long and winding oak-lined country lane where cows graze in green pastures, you will arrive at a haven of peace and tranquillity, and you definitely won’t think that this hotel is in Centurion, Pretoria or Gauteng for that matter! With lakeside views to rival most paintings, African Pride Irene Country Lodge is a luxury upmarket hotel, boasting 75 spacious luxury accommodation rooms, a fine dining restaurant, conference, function and wedding venues, as well as a luxurious upmarket day spa known as Camdeboo Day Spa.

This package includes superior accommodation, breakfast in our Meadow Green Restaurant, a five course dinner, a picnic lunch under the oak trees and selected spa treatments. Also included in this package is complimentary use of our day spa aqua facilities.

Spring into Summer and Winter Weekend Getaway

These packages include luxury accommodation, breakfast and dinner in our Meadow Green Restaurant as well as spa treatment credit to the value of R250 per person to use at our award winning day spa.

Leisure Getaway

This package includes luxury accommodation, a scrumptious breakfast buffet in our Meadow Green restaurant, 10% discount on all other meals in our Meadow Green Restaurant and a 10% discount on any treatments booked at the Camdeboo Day Spa. TERMS & CONDITIONS APPLY

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Camdeboo Day Spa & Restaurant, surrounded by lavish gardens and a Stinkwood Tree forest which lends the spa its name, is housed in a centuryold building. The spa is part of the African Pride Irene Country Lodge, a haven of luxury and relaxation. This pristine and intimate spa offers skin and body treatments designed to soothe the mind, rejuvenate the body, and transform your mental and physical stress into total relaxation. Offering 4 treatment rooms (of which 2 are double treatment rooms), 2 Gatsby Garden Spa outside treatment rooms, private change rooms, a steam room, sensation showers, sauna, fully equipped gym, outdoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, relaxation areas, juice bar and outdoor treatment areas, you will be completely immersed in our calm environment.

Camdeboo’s philosophy is to bring a sense of balance with

Camdeboo Day Spa, Nellmapius Drive, Irene, Gauteng | Tel: 012 667 6464 6

a gracious culture steeped in hospitality, high levels of service and attention to detail. True to the Irene tradition, Camdeboo has developed their own signature product range, MILK. The MILK products are fitting - not only for a spa next to a dairy farm but because like Camdeboo itself, they are an intensely soothing and refreshing product range. A range of unique rituals and treatments have also been designed around MILK to give you a pure and wholesome experience.

Signature Treatments: Signature MILK Massage

Milk is one of Mother Nature’s greatest gifts which reverses the skins aging process. Start with a full body exfoliation, warm aromatherapy compress and a MILK Cream body wrap. Unwind with a full body massage using our MILK range or take your spa experience home with your personal MILK gift.

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Camdeboo offers various treatments with the focus on rejuvenation and health. You are sure to experience the best that nature has to offer, with a twist of modern sophistication and luxury. Four treatment rooms (of which 2 are double rooms), a techno gym, a steam room, sauna, outdoor pool, heated jacuzzi and restaurant all add to the spa experience. Camdeboo’s philosophy is to create a sense of balance, with a gracious culture steeped in hospitality, where high levels of service and attention to detail will guarantee a sense of relaxation and inspiration.

• Heated jacuzzi • Relaxation areas • Café during the day

Children over the age of 16 are welcome.


Use of all facilities is included when booking any treatment. Treatment facilities include: • 2 Single Treatment Rooms and • 2 Double Treatment Rooms Complimentary areas for all guest use: • Techno gym • Sensation showers • Steam room • Sauna • Outdoor swimming pool • Pool lounger area

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Amazing promotions at CAMDEBOO DAY SPA

Men’s Self Heating Sugar Scrub Treatment A self-heating sugar back scrub with steam followed by a Back neck and shoulder massage to dissolve all tension in the back, neck and shoulder area. Using a unique application of muscle relief gel, this massage offers stress relief and total relaxation. Your 3-in-1 Monthly Maintenance Plan This Package allows you to tailor make your own monthly maintenance plan allowing you sufficient time to sit back and relax whilst we do the rest. Choose from our Deep Cleansing Facials, waxes and then end off with a spa manicure or pedicure accompanied by a superb nail colour of your choice. Ladies Day Off Camdeboo Day Spa offers tailor-made packages for kitchen teas, stork teas, secretaries’days or any other women’s group outings. Because we know not everyone in your group will want to have exactly the same treatments on a spa visit, we’ve decided to let you choose your spa experience.

Spend some quality time together with one of our indulging couple’s treatments. The treatments are ideal for couples, friends or family who would like to take some time out and enjoy a few precious moments together.

Date Night Breakaway from the madness and treat yourself and someone special to a unique Full Body Massage for two in our couples treatment room. Followed by a romantic dinner and a bottle of our selected house wine in our renowned Meadow Green Restaurant. (Date Night valid on Wednesdays only). Sunset Romance Make an evening of it and celebrate the end of your day with our exclusive sunset experience. You and a partner will be treated to a delicious snack platter and a bottle of bubbly whilst enjoying the beautiful sunset and surroundings of our Camdeboo Day Spa. After sunset make your way to our couples treatment room where you will be treated to a Twice as Nice Full Body Massage for two. (Sunset Romance only valid on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Summer months only).

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Irene Dairy FARM SHOP

Do you remember when milk was delivered to your door and the cream rose to the top? Do you want to experience it again?

Then look no further than Irene Farm Shop! It is still renowned for its certified raw full cream milk, as well as low fat and fat free. Our famed rich thick cream is also available fresh every day.

The Irene Farm Shop is open 365 days a year as we wouldn’t want you to miss out on your favourite treats when enjoying the company of your family on public holidays and weekends. The Farm Shop is open from 08:00 till 18:00 and we sell a wide range of exclusive goodies. We have listed just a few below, but you are welcome to come through anytime to see (and taste) for yourself. •

A wide range of homemade cookies, rusks, cakes, sweet loaves and the best milk tart in town.

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Irene Farm famous homemade pies and gourmet lunch sandwiches. Locally cured biltong and drywors. Variations of ice cream, slush puppies and fresh popcorn to enjoy on the farm or on the go. Homemade jams, pickles, relishes and a large range of Peels honey products; as well as locally produced honey and fresh honeycomb. A wide range of imported and local cheeses and cold meats. Pasta’s and pasta sauces. A healthy section including wheat and gluten free, as well as sugar free products. A varied selection of coffees, (beans, ground and instant) and teas as well as iced coffees. Assorted beverages including Frankies old fashioned range, homemade ginger beer, Elgin iced teas and fresh fruit juices. Assorted sweet treats for young and old.

IMPORTANT: Please note that Irene Farm does not accept cash for payment. It does however accept all major credit and debit cards. Only food and beverages purchased at Irene Dairy shop or restaurants may be consumed on the farm

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The Irene

village market The Irene Village Market is an art market offering true South African hand made products, delicious deli food and live music. Browse over 250 exhibits with wares ranging from art and craft to clothing, delicacies, antiques, flowers and curios.

The market, 27 years old and which has received many accolades from the likes of various magazines and newspapers, provides an environment bringing together artists and patrons alike while offering excellent family entertainment and contributing to the rich historic and natural heritage of Irene Village. Only original art and craft are traded with exhibitors and their wares undergoing a strict selection process. The market is famous for its rustic, ‘old-world’ setting, just a stone’s throw from the Village of Irene on the banks of the Hennops River.



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Country Club

The Smuts House


The Museum was home to Gen Jan Smuts for over 40 years. The house is a unique museum that reveals much about the life and spirit of this great statesman. Smuts served his country as a freedom fighter in the Anglo Boer War and was a Member of the British War Cabinet throughout World War I and World War II. Winston Churchill said of him “He was one of the most enlightened, courageous and nobleminded men of the 20th century…. A man who fought for his country but who thought for the whole world”. The Smuts House Museum is full of military artifacts, letters, photographs, medals, books, maps and mementoes from all three wars.


Anne Anspach (General Manager) 012 670 9017


Website: smutshousemuseum

Opening hours:

Admission fees:

Newly introduced midweek golf membership, starting from as little as R480 per month will

give you the time to do the delegated tasks by the chief of the house! If you have more time on your hands, there are various other membership options that will meet your expectations. Let Centurion Country Club be your choice of hosting your conference, function or birthday party. For more information, contact Nicola van Heerden on 012 665 9601 or email Nicola@

R20 for adults, R10 for pensioners and children

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08h00 to 15h30 every day except Good Friday, Worker’s Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

From the baby chair to the Zimmer frame, Centurion Country Club will fit your needs. Not just the golfer, but the businessman, resident and socialist will be blown away by a paramount experience.

Ouma Isie’s Tea Garden: open daily, (except Mondays) for teas and light meals, with special Buffet Lunch on Sundays. The Oubaas Walking Trail: a circular walk of 2,3km up to the Kopjie and Smuts’ Monument. An Arboretum and Place of Quiet. Tranquil Picnic spots in beautiful, shady areas on the grounds. Catering for functions and events in peaceful, secure surroundings. 15






HISTORY The Rietvlei Nature Reserve developed out of the Rietvlei water scheme. The reserve is primarily responsible for the conservation of the Rietvlei Dam catchment area and the accumulation and distribution of drinking water. The Rietvlei Dam was built during the Great Depression and completed in 1934. It lies on the Six Mile Spruit and is supported by the Marais Dam which serves as a sludge dam for this larger dam. The dam wall as well as all the other brickwork was done entirely by hand. During those difficult years of the depression, workers were only too happy to work for four shillings per month. All the soil was carted away by mule carts, evidence of which are the numerous horseshoes still found on the koppie across from the yacht club. During a two year programme started in 1988 the dam wall was raised and other improvements were made. The dam has a surface area of 204.13 ha and a storing capacity of 12.024 million m³ when full. An additional supply of water comes from four natural springs within the Reserve, a spring on the adjacent private property and from five boreholes on the dolomite areas in the reserve. Today the Rietvlei Nature Reserve provides 15% of Tshwane's water requirements, estimated at 41 million litres of water per day. City Council of Pretoria acquired the farm (Rietvallei) in 1929. The Rietvlei Nature Reserve is currently owned and operated by the City of Tshwane and situated south east of Tshwane, in the Gauteng Province of South Africa. At 1 525 metres above sea level, the reserve covers a surface area of approximately 4 000 ha or 40 km². The capacity of the reserve to support 1500 to 2000 head of game is well reflected in the extensive herds of locally indigenous antelope (Black Wildebees and Blesbok). Among the historical sights in the Reserve is an old homestead dating back to the early 1900's, a stone rampart built by British forces during the second occupation of Pretoria and three groups of graves on which some of the epitaphs are still legible. Three types of recreational sport are exercised at the Rietvlei Dam including yachting, canoeing and angling. The yacht club is located northwest of the Rietvlei Dam and the angling area is on the northern and western shores. Motorboats are not allowed as the noise disturbs anglers, birds and game and also poses an oil pollution threat to drinking water. Sound nature conservation principles are adhered to in the management of the reserve. Roads in the reserve have a multi-purpose function. They are used by visitors to view game and by management to patrol the reserve, carry out maintenance and prepare firebreaks. The boundary fence patrol road or firebreak is 35 km long. Altogether there are 91 km of roads in the reserve. The veld management program includes an annual burning program which creates a rotational grazing system. It is also necessary to provide additional salt and mineral licks in winter to further ensure the movement of game within the available space of the reserve.


Times of admission: 05:30 to 19:00 every day of the week. Entrance gate on Nellmapius (Dam) road. Toilet and braai facilities are available. Overnight facilities include camping and self catering chalets. Fish caught in the dam include: catfish, yellow fish, carp and tilapia. No canoes or baitboats are allowed. For enquiries call (012) 480 9944 Mountain bike trails: 6 and 7 Km trails


The reserve entrance is situated via the Olifantsfontein road. Game may be viewed on 30km of tarred road and 10km of dirt roads. Bird hides, toilets and braai facilities are provided along these roads. Overnight facilities are available to visitors with bookings for horse trails and hiking trails


Access for club members only. Please call (012) 345 3576 for more information.


Availability and times will vary according to bookings. All bookings must be made two weeks in advance at tel (012) 358 1811 at the Rietvlei Nature Reserve. Access is from the Olifantsfontein Road (M57). The lapa can accommodate between 30 and 200 people. There are attendants at the entrance gate and at the lapa itself who will stack fires. Firewood is supplied and power points, an icemachine, stove, walk-in refrigerator, cushions and toilet facilities are also available.


The Reserve has a typical Highveld climate, receives an annual average of 724 mm rain during summer and has dry winters with regular frost at night. The local vegetation type can be described as the central variation of Bankenveld, creating open grassland on gently undulating hills. Peat wetlands such as the one in the reserve are rare features in the Southern African landscape. Indigenous trees occur in small groups. In areas where trees do not grow, shale formations are conspicuous.

Game viewing tours lasting two hours may be booked in advance. Visitors must provide their own bus/kombi while a qualified guide accompanies the group.

As a result of previous farming activities, which disturbed the soil, several exotic plants occur in the reserve. Invader trees such as the black wattle (Acacia mearnsii) represent a serious threat. These trees, imported from Australia, have no resident natural enemies on the reserve which allows them to spread aggressively.


The most important geological formation is lava, which extends in a broad band from north to south through the reserve. This gives rise to heavy red loam soil suitable for good grazing. Belts of shale and quartzite run on either side of the andesitic lava, which give rise to grey loamy soil. The eastern part of the reserve consists of dolomite covered by shale and chert. Apart from 73 grass species occurring on the reserve there are also more than 500 herb and forb species. In a good year an average of 2 000 kg of grass and 1 300 kg of other herbaceous plant material (dry weight) is produced per hectare.

The Reserve also offers guided overnight hiking trails. Please book trails two weeks in advance. Facilities include two overnight rondavels with beds and mattresses, hot and cold water, basic cooking utensils and firewood. The route covers a distance of 21kms across a 4000ha terrain supporting some 1500 head of game. There are several historical sites to see on the route. Daily hiking trails are also available.

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Day rides and overnight rides are available. Day rides last approximately four hours and overnight rides 3 days. It is possible to book alternative times in advance. Guides accompany riders and each rider is provided with their own horse, saddle and saddle bags. The route covers a distance of 36kms.


Game drives cater for groups of 10 - 12 or 18 - 20 people. Firewood and

blankets are supplied. Game is tracked from open gameviewing vehicles by spotlights. Visitors must supply their own food for a braai at the Fish Eagle Lapa.


Nature conservation officials offer educational programmes to school children and other interest groups.

GENERAL INFORMATION Gate times: Summer (September - April) 05:30 - 19:00 Winter (May - August) 07:00 - 18:00 Entrance to the nature reserve will only be allowed until 1 hour before closing time. Guides must be booked two weeks in advance. Bookings are only necessary for the overnight facilities, tractor and game drives, horse trails and guides. Please note that our facilities are nature oriented, and no parties and functions are allowed. Bookings: Tel: (012) 358 1811/2 Fax: 086 516 5798 E-mail: Management:Riaan Marais


Tel: (012) 440 8316 Fax: 086 516 5798 E-mail:

Rietvlei Nature Reserve PO Box 1454 Pretoria 0001

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Country Club Surrounded by Century old oak trees and a country feeling, you might think you are on holiday when you are actually just a 5 minutes’ drive from Centurion city. We pride ourselves in going the extra mile when providing service excellence in all we do. We are involved in the following sports: • Golf • Tennis • Bowls • Cricket • Squash

Find us at the following shopping centres: Irene, Brooklyn, The Grove, Forest Hill, Sterland, Centurion, Kolonnade

Special group rates for bookings of golf days applies. We also offer function and conference packages for all occasions. For more information, contact 012 667 1081 /



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FOOD & DRINK Cape Town Fish Market Cappuccinos Deeghuys Doppio Zero Fleisherei Just Jo (Ex-Isabella’s) KFC Pick ‘n Pay Pick ‘n Pay Liquor Romans Pizza Simply Asia Spur Wakaberry Woolworths Food

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HOME & FURNITURE Biggie Best Granny Goose Persian Loom Vendange White House HEALTH, BEAUTY & FITNESS Barber@Southdowns Clicks Pharmacy Gary Rom Hairdressing Intercare Intercare Day Hospital Skin, Body & Health Renewal Irene Style on Cue Terri Metic Nail & Beauty The Sweat Shop

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Centurion Theatre

CLOTHING Intrigue Boutique Pick ‘n Pay Clothing Solomons Fashion

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SERVICES ABSA Bank E & D Cellphone repairs & acc. Macmillan Optometrists PostNet Servoclean Car Care

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Athletics Club Irene Athletics Club welcomes visitors to train with their club, where they are serious about their R(f )un. Their club house is nestled between the serene beauty of the Irene Dairy Farm and sprawling city of Centurion. If you love running, walking and just living life, contact Irene Athletics Club to join in the R(f )un.

Virgin Active

Remaining races for 2016 include: • Modern Athlete Irene Ultra and Half marathon - 10 April 2016 (the club’s first time presenting Ultra) • Clover Irene Spring Race (21.1km, 10km and 5km) - 24 September 2016 • King Price Irene Farm Race (21.1km, 10km and 5km) - 29 October 2016 • Time trials take place from the clubhouse, on the Irene campus of the Agricultural Research Council, every Tuesday at 17h30 (17h15 in Winter months ie. May to August). There is an 8km time trial route, a 6km and a 4km. The club has a social evening on the first Tuesday of every month. Runners from out of town are welcome to participate in our time trials as a visitor. Like us on Facebook for more information (Irene Athletics Club) or visit our website,



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of the Rail Friends of the Rail are TshwanePretoria and the nation’s premier steam heritage railway club, looking after the city’s heritage steam locos and running steam train excursions for 25 years. Passengers experience a ‘living museum’ environment when taking one of our excursions. We have two excursion options:

Cullinan Trip

Our vintage Diamond Express steam train, departing from Hermanstad at 08h00 sharp, will take you to Cullinan. Once there you will have up to 4 hours to relax, explore the town, browse the boutiques and enjoy a leisurely lunch.

Jacaranda/Tshwane Xplorer

This 2 hour steam train trip is in and around Pretoria as well as up to Irene. Covering a distance of 60 km’s, you are invited to bring your picnic basket on board. During this trip you will be able to see almost all of the tourist attractions of Pretoria, such as the Voortrekker Monument, Freedom Monument, Loftus, the Union Buildings, University of Pretoria, etc.

To book a steam train trip, please contact: Sales office and general enquiries, 012 767 7913 or 082 098 6186 ,



Concentration Camp ANGLO-BOER WAR: 1899-1902

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The siege of Pretoria during the AngloBoer War took place on 5 June 1900 after skirmishes in the present Centurion. Lord Roberts subsequently decided to outmanoeuvre the defending Boers south of Pretoria by following the course of the Hennops River to approach Pretoria from the west. A fort was built on Irene’s highest koppie (now known as Cornwall Hill) by the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. In order to break the spirit and the infrastructure of the Boers, the British implemented a “Scorched Earth Policy”, destroying farms, burning homes and killing or taking livestock. This left thousands of woman and children homeless, who were then driven into more than 31 concentration camps, situated all over the Boer republics of Transvaal and the Orange Free State, as well as in the British colonies of Natal and the Cape. The camps were usually located close to railway lines.

The Irene concentration camp was opened on 2 November 1900. The population of the camp increased rapidly and refugees were housed in tents under extremely poor conditions. On 6 April 1901 a team of woman volunteers from Pretoria started a nursing corps. Henrietta Armstrong kept a camp diary which was published in 1980 by the HSRC. This act of love led to the founding of the SA Womens Federation (SAFV) on 19 October 1904. 26

Although peace was declared on 31 May 1902, the camp was only officially closed during 1903. Piles of rock in the Camp Cemetery indicate the original graves. Only some of these had tombstones. Over the years some of the tombstones were removed and some were lying around. As a consequence most of the graves could not be identified. In 1958, at the request of the Women’s Federation (SAVF), the SA Council on War Graves turned the cemetery into a garden of remembrance. The cemetery is today a national heritage site, under the protection of the SA Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA).

For more information and details about regular tours, please contact Cilliers du Preez on 083 325 9768. 27


Looking for the perfect venue? Then look no further as we offer a unique yet more affordable venue for your wedding.

Across from African Pride Irene Country Lodge is the iconic Irene Dairy Farm, a 120 year old working Dairy farm which now offers a unique, yet more affordable venue for your wedding. It boasts two ceremony venues, an open air lawn area and a converted 100 year old hay barn that has a rustic charm unparalleled anywhere in Gauteng. Irene Farm also offers two reception venue - an open reception area shaded by giant oak trees and comprising of 12 seat benches to offer something a little different as well as a more conventional 80 seat indoor venue situated in the old barn building.

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Barn Restaurant outside •

120 Guests Banqueting Style

Barn Function venue Inside •

80 Guests Banqueting Style

The Bales •

120 Seats Cinema Style

The Lawn Enclosure •

120 Seats Cinema Style

IMPORTANT: Please note that Irene Farm does not accept cash for payment. It does however accept all major credit and debit cards. Only food and beverages purchased at Irene Dairy shop or restaurants may be consumed on the farm

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The hotel, the ultimate in style and luxury, overlooks one of Gauteng’s most beautiful lakes set in a lush meadow with an old world rustic charm, ensuring a warm friendly welcome for your guests while Irene provides the perfect setting for this special day.Whether it’s an alfresco breakfast overlooking the lake or a more formal dining experience in one of our well-appointed function rooms, this day for YOU and your guests is sure to be a memorable one.

Venue Sizes Library Room • •

40 Guests Banqueting Style with a Dance Floor 60 Guests Banqueting Style without a Dance Floor

St Andrew’s • •

80 Guests Banqueting Style with a Dance Floor 100 Guests Banquet Set-up without a Dance Floor

Nomadic Tent •

150 Guests Banqueting Style with a Dance Floor

The Gazebo • •

60 Guests Banqueting Style without a Dance Floor 100 Guests Cinema Style

Along an oak-lined lane, triggering memories of a more relaxed bygone era, lies African Pride Irene Country Lodge, a relative “newcomer” to these serene surrounds of the village of Irene, but never-the-less already established as if it had been there as long as the village itself.

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Every event is a celebration IN DESTINATION IRENE

Are you planning to have an engagement party, kitchen tea, stork tea, birthday celebration, anniversary or just a romantic dinner? Find out how we can make your event special - we will be happy to assist.

Sundowners at the gazebo, bathed in gentle sunlight, lend a tranquil touch to the already magical surroundings at African Pride Irene Country Lodge. We have a variety of different private venues, varying in size from small intimate venues to our larger Nomadic which is ideal for

big groups. We also offer a variety of Mezze Platters, Cocktail Menu, Plated Menu or Buffet Menus that can be served. Our private venue hire includes staffing, set up, cutlery and linen (white chair covers and white table cloths).You are welcome to bring decorations relating to your event or we will gladly get you quotes from our preferred suppliers. We also have a lovely Spa on the premises. If your guest’s book for treatments in the Spa, we could serve Mezze Platters, drinks, etc… and you can enjoy all the Spa facilities for the duration of the treatments. The Spa has a lovely restaurant where the tables will be set according to the size of your group. Across the road at the Irene Dairy Farm, the farmyard has proved to be such a hit that it has become the venue of choice from small parties to big events - each one a special occasion to us as we love playing host to your important functions. We have a range of kids’ party facilities, wedding venues, teambuilding areas and a 100 seat conference centre.

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With a gracious atmosphere in iconic surroundings, there isn’t a moment of your life that the Irene Dairy Farm doesn’t have space for. The Irene Dairy Farm is open from 08:00 till 17:00 seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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After settling into your room make your way to our Lakeside Bar and enjoy a view which challenges most paintings.

Or alternatively make winter your favourite time of the year and enjoy the warmth of our Oak Bar as you snuggle up in front of one of our cosy ďŹ replaces.

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Within a beautiful country setting, offering scenic sunsets over the local lake which is abundant with bird life, the newly renovated Meadow Green Restaurant situated in African Pride’s Irene Country Lodge, is a fine dining experience like no other. Well known amongst both local and international diners, this fine dining restaurant boasts 120 seats, an enclosed veranda and a walk-in glass wine fridge which contains some exciting ‘Vins de garage wines’ amongst its international selection. The addition of a central console within the dining area will streamline the new buffet menu which includes a variety of individually portioned starters and desserts. For diners who prefer to order off the a la carte menu, the restaurant caters to every palate from a strong focus on well matured meats to health conscious choices for vegetarians and vegans alike. Although breakfast and lunch are also served, it’s the Meadow Green Restaurant’s scrumptious buffet dinners and famous Sunday lunches that draw diners to it.

African Pride Irene Country Lodge, Nellmapius Drive, Irene, Gauteng | Tel: 012 667 6464 38

Popular buffet and carvery offerings at the restaurant’s themed dining experience evenings are recommended for family and friends. Saturdays Evening Under the Stars will satisfy seafood lovers with a Seafood Extravaganza. Our Sunday Carvery will ensure you a wonderful ending to your weekend with an extensive spread and entertainment for the kids. Set in the picturesque suburb of Irene, both local and international diners are spoilt for choice. Whether it is a quiet, romantic dinner for two, a business prospect needing to be impressed or a treat for friends and family, The Meadow Green Restaurant offers an exceptional fine dining experience.

African Pride Irene Country Lodge is pleased to reopen The Meadow Green Restaurant as a compliment to its luxury upmarket status.

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The Barn Restaurant at IRENE DAIRY FARM

The Barn Restaurant is a 300-seat open-air venue situated under 100 year old oak trees, also offering a small intimate seating area situated in one of the original Barn buildings from which the restaurant takes its name.

The Barn restaurant has become the quintessential family hangout. Jungle gyms and antique tractors steal the hearts of kids by the dozen, whilst parents get to sit down and tuck in to an extensive and delicious weekend lunch buffet.

With a gracious atmosphere in iconic surroundings, there isn’t a moment of your life that the Irene Dairy Farm doesn’t have space for. Hope to see you under the oak trees soon!

For some, the farmyard proves to be such a hit that it becomes the venue of choice for special occasions and big events. We love playing host to your important functions and have a range of kids’ party facilities, wedding venues, teambuilding areas as well as a fully-equipped conference room.

IMPORTANT: Please note that Irene Farm does not accept cash for payment. It does however accept all major credit and debit cards. Only food and beverages purchased at Irene Dairy shop or restaurants may be consumed on the farm

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The Deck Restaurant at IRENE DAIRY FARM

The Deck Restaurant is a smaller, more intimate, coffee shop style restaurant situated adjacent to the Irene Farm shop. It can accommodate 54 patrons. The Deck Restaurant serves an a la carte menu including a wide range of freshly-made breakfast and lunch options whilst retaining a light, bistro vibe. The menu was carefully created, with fresh and hearty homey foods. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, try the scones with the famous ‘’Irene Farm’’ thick cream (an Irene Farm Shop favourite and a must-have when you are visiting the farm).

Operating Hours:

08h00 - 17h30, 7 days a week, 365 days a year A la Carte Menu available.

Please note the Deck Restaurant does not accept bookings and works on a first come, first served basis.

IMPORTANT: Please note that Irene Farm does not accept cash for payment. It does however accept all major credit and debit cards. Only food and beverages purchased at Irene Dairy shop or restaurants may be consumed on the farm

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dining in the area

Shouthdowns shopping centre, Shop 15, Cnr John Vorster avenue and Karee road, Irene Tel: 012 665 2074 46


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how to keep the kids entertained

How to keep

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how to keep the kids entertained

Kids Corner


Allow the little ones to join in on some fun with our Kiddies Program which runs during the day time as there are lots of exciting activities to keep them busy all day long such as a jumping castle, egg races, musical balls and Hoola Hoop competitions to name but a few. Alternatively accompany them for an afternoon of Fun in the Sun as they spend the day splashing around at our Kiddies Swimming Pool.


Take the effort out of planning a family getaway by choosing African Pride Irene Country Lodge’s all-in-one Family Fun package! Kids enjoy breakfast in the morning whilst staying for free in their own complimentary luxury inter-leading room. This package includes luxury accommodation and scrumptious full breakfast buffets for the whole family, all kids’ activities in our Kids Corner and a complimentary inter-leading room for the little ones.Also, for the parents, it includes complimentary use of the Day Spa aqua facilities

African Pride Irene Country Lodge, Nellmapius Drive, Irene, Gauteng | Tel: 012 667 6464 52

where young adults over the age of 16 years are welcome (including sensation showers, sauna, steam room, jet pool, technogym, swimming pool and sun lounger area). When you and your family arrive at African Pride Irene Country Lodge, we’ll greet you with a welcome drink and lay out the program for fun-filled days together. At night the Hotel offers in-room movies for the kids, with two hours complimentary childminding services while you take the evening off to relax and enjoy more adult company. The next morning there’s breakfast for the whole family together, after which the kids entertainment will be available so the little ones can enjoy the entertainment while you go to bask in an atmosphere of pure relaxation at our Camdeboo Day Spa - an oasis of tranquillity that will relax you so thoroughly that you are likely to forget that the world exists outside of its walls. Spend the day lounging around. This amazing family package ensures that the little ones enjoy the weekend as much as Mom and Dad. Terms and Conditions Apply.

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Irene Dairy Farm is a picturesque gem that nestles between the sprawling cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg. A visit to this old-style, storybook dairy farm is a must. Started in 1895, the van der Byl family (currently in their fifth generation) have run the Irene Dairy Farm since its inception and it has become an iconic landmark in the Gauteng countryside. The Dairy Shop sells certified raw milk (one of the last places to do so) that is produced right here on the Irene Farm. The old gallon buckets of fresh farm milk are a sight unique to Irene. The Shop also has a wide range of cheeses, cakes, rusks and other fresh fare, including a favourite of the locals who frequent the shop is the Irene Dairy’s unique and luxurious thick cream which can’t be found anywhere else and is a must for scones with afternoon tea. Moving through the farmyard, visitors should stop by the Deck or the Barn Restaurants, both of which serve a wide variety of freshly-made

how to keep the kids entertained

The farm in the city

Fun for the little ones at IRENE DAIRY FARM

breakfast and lunch options. The Barn Restaurant, which retains so much authentic ambience because it is situated in one of the original farm barns, also serves sumptuous breakfast and lunch buffets every weekend. In addition, the Barn boasts a 100seat conference and function venue, perfect for weddings, year-end functions and staff parties. Functions at the Irene Farm Conference Centre enjoy the same top-class food and service that the Barn Restaurant offers. At the Irene Dairy Farm the little ones can experience a full working dairy farm, from viewing the cows being milked to playing driver on the old red tractor. You can relax and enjoy our well known scones and cream while the little ones play and enjoy one of our jungle gyms. We have a variety of venue options and reasonably priced menu selection from picnic style to tea and cake options. You will certainly find what you are looking for.

IMPORTANT: Please note that Irene Farm does not accept cash for payment. It does however accept all major credit and debit cards. Only food and beverages purchased at Irene Dairy shop or restaurants may be consumed on the farm

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Ten Pin Bowling

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Looking for somewhere really spectacular to spend your leisure time? Forest Hill City is the answer to all your shopping, dining and entertainment dreams. At Forest Hill City, the kids will never be short of something exciting to do. In fact, there are so many exhilarating ways to spend their time, they will need to come back again and again just to experience them all! Watch the latest blockbusters at one of the first Ster Kinekor new concept cinemas, put on some skates and head to the Olympic-size ice rink that’s large enough to host international events or practise your aim at the ten-pin bowling alley. Forest Hill City is home to a heated wave pool where kids can catch a wave, body board and 60

work on their surfing skills. The pool has four exciting levels to choose from, and perfectly emulates ocean waves − without any sharks of course! So whether it’s hot or cold, winter or summer, you can test your surfing skills in the heated water (a surf shirt is provided but needs to be returned after the session). Located near the food courts, hungry water lovers can pop in for a bite to eat between waves. The pool is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Highlights include: Haute couture boutiques and popular fashion stores • Convenient fast food court and fine dining restaurants • Olympic-size ice rink • Stateof-the-art movie theatres • Game arcade • Ten-pin bowling alley • Amazing wave pool 61

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day/night trips


Tours and Safaris Ulysses Tours and Safaris, based in Centurion, is an incoming tour operator, specialising in tailor-made itineraries for up-market FITs, groups and pre- and post conference tours, airport shuttles and general chauffeur driven transport.

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Services include: • • •

Personal meet-and-greet service Private (door to door) airport transfers Scheduled full and half-day tours

Scheduled full and half-day tours include: •

Cullinan Diamond Mine Surface Tour: Enjoy a tour of the Premier Mine, opened in 1902, where the world’s biggest diamond (3106 carats) was discovered in 1905, and a 507 carat diamond in September 2009! Pretoria Capital City Tour: Pretoria, Capital of the ZAR, the Union of South Africa, the Republic of South Africa and the new South Africa. One of our stops is at the Union Buildings, home to the president’s office, from where you can delight in a panoramic view of the Jacaranda City.

Lesedi Cultural Village: Lesedi The Place of Light - is a multi-cultural African village, an hour’s drive from Pretoria and Johannesburg. Rhino & Lion Park: Situated in a World Heritage Site, The Cradle of Humankind, this 1 200-hectare park is home to over 700 head of game including white rhino, lion, buffalo, cheetah, wild dog, hippo and crocodile. Soweto Township: In Soweto, South West from Johannesburg, you will catch a glimpse of the lives of its estimated 3 million residents. Pilanesberg National Park: A mere two hours from Centurion, this malaria-free 58 000 hectare park (the fourth largest in South Africa) is situated on the eroded remains of a 1,2 billion-year-old extinct volcanic crater and is home to the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant), as well as more than 365 bird species. Cradle of Humankind: The Cradle of Humankind - declared a World Heritage site in 1999 - is a 47 000-hectare area in the western part of Gauteng Province with around 40 different fossil sites where several of the world’s most famous and important fossils have been discovered.

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Irene Village, located in the Centurion district, is steeped in history. Originally known as Doornkloof Farm, Irene Estate was established by Alois Hugo Nellmapius before being bought by Johannes Albertus Van der Byl (better known as ‘’Berti’’) in 1895. Perhaps the farm’s most illustrious occupant was former Prime Minister, General Jan Smuts, the man who crafted the draft of the Covenant of the United Nations. General Jan Christian Smuts bought a third of the original Doornkloof Farm in 1908.

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Irene was first proclaimed a township in 1902 by Bertie Nellmapius and he renamed the farm after his daughter, Irene. Today it is officially part of the municipality of Centurion and even though the population has grown considerably, neighbours still know one another and find time to chat, all in an extremely relaxed and safe environment. The Irene Golf Course, between Irene Dairy Farm and Smuts House, was originally laid out and started by Bertie Van der Byl and Jan Smuts around 1911. This remains one of the few golf courses in Gauteng where playing

golf is still like a walk in the country. Other landmarks in the area include Irene Primary School which celebrates its 115th Birthday this year and Irene Homes which cares for the mentally handicapped. Places of interest include Smuts House Museum and the Irene Concentration Camp of which both provide an enlightening insight into the history of our lovely village. Today the village is home to African Pride Irene Country Lodge and Irene Dairy Farm, with the land owned by the Van der Byl family who are now in their fifth generation. The family have been responsible for building up the herd of dairy cows on the farm, as well as planting hundreds of trees long before environmental consciousness became fashionable. The Van der Byl family have been instrumental in preserving the farm and village feel Irene offers, and we hope you enjoyed exploring it as much as we enjoyed sharing it with you… Thank you for visiting our lovely village.

Destination Irene 2016 is proudly published by TLG Publishing (Pty) Ltd. All information, contact details and pricing is correct at time of going to print and TLG Publishing (Pty) Ltd will not be held responsible for any error or dispute arising from the information publishing in Destination Irene 2016 magazine. For further information contact Tracey Garde on 082 460 6007 or 66


Irene Estate Offices, Nellmapius Drive, Irene, Gauteng 012 667 1000 68

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