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Reconfirmation of Flights

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Please keep your invoices as you may claim back taxes paid. You are allowed to claim for any item that you have bought and that you are taking with you back home.

Church

CHURCH - CORNERSTONE ASSEMBLY CHURCH

On the corner Wessels and Park Streets, is the Cornerstone Assembly Church that you will enjoy thoroughly. Walk down Parkstreet (towards the Spar) the church will be on your left hand side. Opposite the Art Gallery.

Starting time: 8:00 or 9:30 or 18:00

these times change with the seasons!

Please Note

- Feel free to take your camera with you. - As the service can last for a very long period, it is quite acceptable for the adoptive parents to leave when they feel the need to do so.

Shelters

WE ALSO VISIT THE BABY BABY SHELTER YOUR BABY CAME FROM

  • Botshabelo
  • Acres of Love
  • Oasis
  • Villa Lubet
  • Polokwane - Ngwana
  • Door of Hope
  • Light House
  • Lesedi
  • Kabod – Witbank
  • Mabopane Project

Menlyn, Brooklyn & Centurion Malls

Menlyn or Brooklyn Mall or Irene Mall or Centurion Mall Visit one of these malls for serious shopping, all under one roof and very safe, have lunch there or just have fun.

To: shopping mall
-Children 1 – 10

From: shopping mall
-Children 1 – 10


Menlyn Regular trading hours:

It is recommended that you do not choose Fridays for shopping at Menlyn as it gets very busy and is uncomfortable.

Monday to Thursday: 9am - 7pm, except of course the restaurants and entertainment venues that will be open later.
Fridays: stores are open from 9am - 9pm / Saturdays: 9am - 7pm / Sundays: 9am - 5pm.

All Public Holidays: 9am - 5pm


Brooklyn trading hours:

Monday - Friday .........................09h00 – 18h00
Saturday ...................................09h00 - 17h00
Sunday .....................................09h00 - 14h00
Public Holidays ............................09h00 - 17h00


Cullinan - Diamonds are a girl's best friend

Buy diamonds direct from the Cullinan Mine at very good prices

Pretoria Zoo

The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa is a proud facility of the National Research Foundation (NRF).

The 85-hectare Zoo in Pretoria houses 3117 specimens of 209 mammal species, 1358 specimens of 202 bird species, 3871 specimens of 190 fish species, 388 specimens of 4 invertebrate species, 309 specimens of 93 reptile species, and 44 specimens of 7 amphibian species.

The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa is the largest zoo in the country and the only one with national status. More than 600 000 people visit the Zoo annually. The total length of the walkways in the Zoo in Pretoria is approximately 6km.

An Aquarium and Reptile Park also form part of the Zoo facility in Pretoria. The Aquarium is the largest inland marine aquarium in the country.

The third largest collection of exotic trees can be found at the Zoo.

You will also find:



  • An animal nursery where some animal babies are housed and cared for.
  • A farmyard area where the animals roam around freely.
  • Rare and endangered animals like sloths, maned wolves, babirusa and many more.
  • Most areas and rest rooms are wheelchair accessible.
  • The security staff are on duty 24 hours
  • There is a restaurant situated centrally in the Zoo, which serves meals and snacks.
  • Various kiosks in the Zoo sell light refreshments.
  • The Zoovenir Shop has something special to take home of those who weren't able to visit the Zoo.
  • The Zoo Choo-Choo Tractor Train takes you on rides through parts of the Zoo.
  • A cable-car ride provides you with a panoramic view of the Zoo and surrounding city.

Visit the Pretoria Zoo's web site

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Pretoria Botanical Gardens

This 76 ha urban oasis is a pristine getaway situated in the eastern suburbs of South Africa's administrative capital, Pretoria.

A 35 m high quartzite outcrop divides the Garden in two sections. Its frosty south-facing section and the north-facing, warmer section present two different worlds to the visitor and botanist. A paved nature trail gives access to the fascinating natural vegetation on the ridge, which boasts a diversity of indigenous fauna and flora.

Fifty hectares of the total area is devoted to developed garden, using almost exclusively South African plants. All the flowering plant species to be seen, including 50% of the country's tree species, make this Garden a botanical tapestry. Visitors are offered a glimpse of different biomes such as savanna and forest biomes. Different theme gardens are being developed.

Visit the Pretoria Botanical Garden's web site

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Pretoria Museum

The Transvaal Museum was amalgamated with the Pretoria-based National Cultural History Museum (also called the African Window) and the South African National Museum for Military History (situated in Johannesburg) on 1 April 1999 to form the Northern Flagship Institution. The Institution is managed by a chief executive officer and a board, which replaced the three separate previous museum boards.

The collecting policy of the Museum covered cultural history and natural history. To expand the collection two circulars were distributed to officials of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek to ask for assistance in obtaining:

  1. Items made by the indigenous inhabitants so as to build up a collection of their artefacts
  2. Items of interest in the field of natural history, including animals, plants, fossils, minerals and ores
  3. Items of European origin and history, in particular those of the Boers and the Voortrekkers

Genesis I: Hall of Life

This is the first of the main halls upstairs, depicting the history of life on earth. It is designed in such a way that it gives a time-based history of the development of animal life on earth, from its earliest beginnings to its present diversity. There are models of primitive animals such as Protozoa, hydra and sea-anemones as well as tape-worms, nematodes and earth worms, molluscs, insects and spiders. There are displays of sharks and bony fish, including the coelacanth that was caught in 1938 off East London in the Eastern Cape. The Genesis I Hall ends with displays on amphibians and reptiles.


Genesis II: Mammal Hall

This hall is all about mammals and their evolutionary history. Included are displays of mammal-like reptiles and dinosaurs. The world famous mammal-like reptiles lived in southern Africa about 270 to 170 million years ago. Displays of early hominids (Australopithecus) and Mrs Ples can also be seen in here. Just before you leave the Mammal Hall, there is a display of the toothed and baleen whales to which dolphins also belong. All these models are 1/10 of their actual size.


Austin Roberts Bird Hall

This hall was named after Dr Austin Roberts who worked as an ornithologist at the Transvaal Museum from 1910 to 1948. On the mezzanine floor there is a display of nearly 870 of southern Africa's birds, numerically arranged according to Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa to commemorate his work.


GeoScience Museum

This museum exhibits a comprehensive collection of materials, precious and semi-precious stones. Although linked to the Transvaal Museum, these displays are provided by the Council of GeoScience.


Visit the Transvaal Museum's web site

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Vootrekker Monument

The Monument was built as a tribute to the Voortrekkers who brought their culture to the interior. The architect of the Voortrekker Monument was Gerhard Moerdijk.

In the Monument's upper dome is an opening through which the sun shines. Each year at 12 o'clock on 16 December (the day of the Battle of Blood River), the ray of sunlight falls on the inscription "Ons vir jou Suid Afrika" (We for thee, South Africa). The words are taken from the song "Die Stem van Suid Afrika" (The Call of South Africa). The ray of sunlight symbolizes God's blessing on the work and aspirations of the Voortrekkers.

The Voortrekkers left the Cape Colony in 1835. After scouts had been sent to the interior, the Voortrekkers decided that the areas which used to be known as Transvaal and Natal, should be their main targets. The Voortrekkers departed in groups, each with its own leader. Louis Trichardt in 1835 was the first to leave the Cape Colony. His party stayed in the Soutpansberg Mountains but Trichardt's hopes of settling here were dashed by malaria and after a year his party decided to trek to Delgoa Bay.

After almost 8 months they reached Lourenço Marques. Trichardt, his wife and most of the party died of fever. Only about 20 people survived and they were later taken to Port Natal.

After Trichardt and Hendrik Potgieter left Cape Colony with a fairly large group of Voortrekkers. They were joined by Sarel Cilliers and his party and together they followed Trichardt's route to Thaba Nchu. Makwana, paramount chief of the Taung and Moroka II, paramount chief of the Rolong were glad that the Voortrekkers had arrived. At this time the Ndebele, a splinter group of the Zulu, were conducting a reign of terror against the Black tribes in the interior.

The Rolong and the Taung hoped that the Voortrekkers would be able to free them from the Ndebele oppression. Potgieter's Trek was attacked by 6000 Ndebele warriors at Vegkop 1836. The Ndebele were repulsed, but they plundered all the livestock and trek oxen. The Voortrekkers were therefore unable to use their wagons. The Rolong sent them trek oxen and food.

Retief trekked towards Natal with most of the Voortrekkers, while Potgieter finally disposed or the Ndebele. The battle take place over a period of 9 days. The Ndebele retreated to the North and established their capital, Bulawayo, in what is now Zimbabwe. They continued their raids, this time against the Shona.

Potgieter was grateful for the assistance received from the Rolong and rewarded them with gifts.

Retief wanted to trek to Natal and on 14 October 1437, accompanied by a group of men, he paid his first visit to Dingane. Dingane was prepared to give the Voortrekkers land in exchange for cattle that had been stolen from the Zulu by the Tlokwa and Sekonyela and that the Voortrekkers were to recover.

The Voortrekkers now began to trek across the Drakensberg Mountains to Natal. About 1 000 wagons were brought over the mountains in a few weeks. Retief, accompanied by 70 volunteers, including his son, went to Umgungundlovo, Dingane's capital, for the final negotiations.

Dingane gave the land between the Tugela and Umzimvubu Rivers to the Voortrekkers. After the treaty has been signed, Retief and his men were preparing to return to the rest of the Voortrekkers on 6 February 1838. During the festivities Dingane ordered his warriors to kill the Voortrekkers.

Retief and his men were taken to the so-called "Moordkoppie" (Hill of Death) outside Umgungundlovo, where they were beaten to death with sticks and stones. Retief was left to the end. He first had to witness how his comrades and his son perished.

The ease with which Retief had secured the stolen cattle from Sekonyela without any violence had also impressed Dingane. He saw the Voortrekkers as a potential threat.

After the murder of Retief and his men, Dingane ordered his warriors to murder the Voortrekkers at Bloukrans. During the night of 17 February 1838 the unsuspecting Voortrekkers were attacked by 10 000 Zulu warriors. About 500 people died in this attack.

Hendrik Potgieter and Piet Uys led a punitive expedition as a reprisal against Dingane. At Italeni Uys and his commando were led into an ambush (18 April 1838). Uys and his son Dirkie, both perished.

Retief and Uys were dead, Potgieter had returned to the Transvaal, and Gerrit Maritz was a sick man. Andries Pretorius became the new leader in Natal on 22 November 1838. He was a strong leader who immediately began to reorganize and motivate the Voortrekkers.

The Voortrekkers made a vow to God. In the vow they swore to God that if He granted them victory over the Zulu they would forever commemorate that day as a day of thanksgiving. They also built a church to commemorate the victory. The vow was made the first time on 9 December 1838 and was then repeated every evening up to 15 December.

By 15 December 1838 Pretorius learnt from his scouts that the Zulu force was close at hand. Dingane was in a position to mobilize a very well organized army of up to 40 000 men. Pretorius's commando consisted of 530 men.

The Voortrekkers decided to form a laager at the confluence of the Ncome River (later the Blood River) and a deep ravine. The Zulu waited until 16 December. Thousands of warriors in the regiments, each with its own colour shield, had surrounded the laager.

The roughly 530 Voortrekkers defeated 12 000 to 15 000 Zulu warriors without one Voortrekker being killed. The Voortrekkers pursued the Zulu as far as Umgungundlovo. There they found the remains of Retief and his men, as well as Retief's satchel with the signed treaty still inside.

The Voortrekkers built the Church of the vow in Pietermaritzburg. Today this small church is a museum.

Dingane became king of the Zulu after he had arranged the murder of his half-brother Shaka. He spared his half-brother Mpande. After the battle of Blood River there were dissension among the Zulu. Dingane's forces were defeated at the hands of Mpande. Mpande was then crowned king of the Zulu. Dingane was later murdered by the Swazi.

Visit the Voortrekker Monument's web site

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Montecasino Bird Garden

Johannesburg's best kept secret Experience the wonder of the Montecasino Bird Gardens - the only facility of its kind in Africa. Here, families and nature-lovers can marvel at:
  • The largest and most diverse private collection of African cycads in the world
  • A collection of over 142 species of birds
  • Montecasino Bird Gardens is home to over 1 000 birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and other small creatures
  • Flight of Fantasy (A breathtaking display of many birds in unrestrained flight during the course of an educational and entertaining 40-minute presentation).

Morning and afternoon shows

Meet some of the colourful characters at the Montecasino Bird Gardens


Oliver our Southern White Pelican

Oliver is the Star of the Flight of Fantasy Bird Show. He is also the biggest the big that we have in our show. Pelicans are known as the scavengers of the oceans and also co-operative hunters. They swim in a horseshoe shape in order to gather fish. They then close that horseshoe, to form a circle and all put their heads into the water at the same time to get as many fish as possible. Their pouch, under their top bill, is not used as a storage devise, but rather as a holding device and is very elastic. Their bottom jaw, attached to the pouch, is very flexible.

Red-Ruffed Lemur

Our Red-ruffed Lemurs, live on the "Lemur Island". Lemurs are unable to swim, and if they got into the water, would simply sink. They are found ONLY on the island of Madagascar and nowhere else. Lemurs are very clean animals and spend a lot of time grooming themselves and each other. The lower incisors (front teeth) and the claw on the second toe of the hind foot are specially adapted for this behaviour. The lower incisors grow forward in line with each other and are slightly spaced. This creates a "tooth comb" which can be used to groom their long, soft fur. The claw is also used for grooming.

Have you ever seen a Sloth?

Well, your chances of seeing this interesting South American animal is pretty good, as it only moves approximately 1 kilometer in a month. Everything they do is slow - it takes about a week for a Sloth to digest one meal. They spend most of their lives hanging upside down in trees, and eat, sleep, mate and even give birth in trees.

Moholoholo our Cape Vulture

Moholoholo was given to us by Brian Jones, who has the Moholoholo Rehabilitation centre in Houtspruit. He was brought in because of severe poisoning. Farmers had been lacing carcasses with poison to get rid of the jackals that were targeting there sheep. Moholoholo and his family of 18 came across a sheep's carcass and ate from it. Moholo was the only one who survived the poisoning. He had to be taught how to walk and fly all over again. He is one of our ambassadors at show.

Our beautiful Chameleons

We have three chameleons on display - one veiled and two oustalets chameleons. Chameleons have very long tongues (sometimes longer than their own body length) which they are capable of rapidly extending out of the mouth. The tongue extends out faster than human eyes can follow, at around 26 body lengths per second. The tongue hits the prey in about 30 thousandths of a second. The tongue has a sticky tip on the end, which serves to catch prey items. The tongue's tip is a bulbous ball of muscle, and as it hits its prey, it rapidly forms a small suction cup. Once the tongue sticks to a prey item, it is drawn quickly back into the mouth, where the chameleon's strong jaws crush it and it is consumed. Even a small chameleon is capable of eating a large locust or mantis.

Some (but not all) chameleon species are able to change their skin colours. Recent research indicates that they do not change their colour for reasons of camouflage, but according to their mood, as even a blind chameleon can change colour as a method of communication, including to make themselves more attractive to potential mates.


Bela Bela (Warmbaths)

Forever Resorts

Ideal for your second week. I also strongly advise where possible to go for 2 nights due to the check in and check out hours.

This is a beautiful break for the whole family. This is one and a half hour's drive north of Pretoria.

The outdoor complex has a series of hot and cold pools set in attractive, landscaped gardens with children’s pool, super tube, water slides, famous wave pool and much more.

This is a little holiday for the family. There are lovely restaurants on site. The accommodation allow for you to self-cater if you so wish. The chalets are spaced Well apart to allow some privacy.

On site is also health spa's if you feel like spoiling yourself to a nice treatment.

These rates are for week days only. I do not recommend weekends as it is extremely busy and more expensive. The prices are approximate as it changes with seasons etc.

Options 1 , 2 or 3 nights

  • Fu-Fi Slide
  • Go-Karts, Mini Quads
  • Pedal Boats
  • Target Shooting
  • Monster Web Climbing
  • Putt-Putt
  • Kiddies Play Park
  • Outdoor Chess
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Main Pool
  • Speed Slide
  • Super Slide
  • River Ride
  • Baby Pool
  • Wave Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Indoor Hydro Pools
  • Squash
  • Tennis
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Lesedi Cultural Village

GET TO KNOW AFRICA AND ITS PEOPLE:

We understand and respect the importance to experience the African roots of your child. Therefore the following tours will equip you with valuable information to answer as many questions as possible that your child might ask you one day..

LESEDI CULTURAL VILLAGE

This is an opportunity to get some cultural information of the tribe that your baby was born from. Here you get to meet some of the members of these Ethnical groups.

This is a 45 minute drive north west of Pretoria. You will be shown the traditional homesteads of the Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Basotho and Ndebele etc.

Includes: traditional welcoming, guided tour, tribal dancing and lunch. Lunch will include 1 beer per adult and 1 cold drink for children.

Your pick-up time will be 10:15 from the guesthouse. You will be back by around 16:00.
















Soweto - Johannesburg

Let the people of Soweto show you Soweto! Soweto is a vibrant city with a culture of its own. Experience life in a black township. Walk the paths of Nelson Mandela and have lunch at a restaurant in Soweto). This is a one-hour drive south west of Johannesburg. Includes: Entrance fees to the Soweto Apartheids Museum, church, lunch. Lunch will include 1 beer per adult and 1 cold drink per child.

You will walk through a part of the “shack areas. Here one of the local Sowetans will take you around. Here it is custom that you give some donation to the person that will show you around.

Due to escalating entrance fees, visit to Nelson Mandela house is optional and for your own account should you chose to go inside.

Pickup will be at 09:00. You will be back at 16:00.















Pilanesberg

Your child is of African descent, which means their ancestors survived in the bush through hunting etc. See the BIG FIVE – while driving on a safari vehicle through the unspoiled Southern African Bushveld. Feel the pulse of Africa. This is a must before you go home.

Includes: entrance, personal guide, game drive (viewing of animals), refreshments and lunch.

















Rhino and Lion Park

This is an ideal trip for those who do not have the time to drive all the way to Pilanesberg. This is truly a mini Pilanesberg. You get to see a lot of animals including 4 of the big five (Buffalo, Lion, Rhino and Leopard). The only one you will not see here is the Elephant.

The park is situated in beautiful Bushveld setting and a great experience for young and old.

You also get to see and touch the baby lions, etc. There is also a reptile park.

Includes: entrance into the park, game viewing, entrance into the baby lion camp and lunch. Lunch will be a light lunch plus 1 beer per adult and 1 cold drink per child.


An Elephant Experience for Life

The Elephant Sanctuary is home to some African Elephants.

The Elephant Sanctuary is home to some African Elephants. This experience includes watching the elephants, walking with an elephant within a forest area, touching, feeding and interacting with the elephants, all in the company of a well-trained guide. Then to the African Market and lunch. Lunch will mean light lunch with 1 beer per adult and 1 cold drink per child.
















Harties Cable Way

This is a lovely half day trip high up the Magaliesberg Mountains with the cable way. Lovely views await you of the surrounding areas and the Hartbeespoort dam.

The fun doesn't begin and end with the cable car ride itself. A trip to the top of the mountain will quickly turn into a day of enjoyment away from the pressures of city life.

On top, you feel as if you are in another world, and there is plenty to enjoy in this small paradise.

Sit under the shade at one of the picnic tables and watch the children play on the jungle gym in the Kid zone play area?

You can do some shopping at the Little Shop at the Top, or just sit back and enjoy nature, taking in the tranquility and the calls of the birds. You may well be lucky enough to see some endangered vultures circling overhead, from the nearby vulture sanctuary.

Include: Fee for cable car to the top and down again, light lunch with refreshments.












Bush Babies - Monkey Sanctuary

The Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary is a privately owned, non-subsidised sanctuary, covering approximately 7 ha, situated alongside the elephant sanctuary in one of the many kloofs of the Magaliesberg mountain range and is one of only eight free-release primate sanctuaries globally. Our primates are received on the basis of public donations, and supported by funding generated by our guided tours and sales of our curios.

Enjoy a walk through this beautiful sanctuary with these little wonders all around you free and happy!

Include guided walk, lunch and shopping at the African Market


Weekender - Pilanesberg & African Market

One Night, Two Days

Be carefree, your last weekend before you meet your precious new baby. Why not sleep over, be out in the wild and enjoy a second honeymoon!


Pilanesberg – As your child is of African descent it is a great feeling to experience the bush of Africa. See the BIG FIVE (lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo) – while travelling through the unspoiled Southern African Bushveld. Feel the pulse of Africa.

The Pilanesberg National Park is situated inside an ancient extinct volcanic crater and also home to over 380 bird species.


DAY ONE

You will stop half way to stock up with water and snacks for the weekend.
  • You will drive through the park to the accommodation
  • You will have lunch before check in
  • After check in you may relax
  • Afternoon drive through the park
  • Dinner

DAY TWO

Early morning game drive – do not get tired – you are here for the experience of a lifetime! After the drive you will sit down for a sumptuous breakfast.

Now you may relax and go for a last swim! You leave again at late morning for the African Market, situated at the beautiful Hartbeespoortdam for FUN shopping of souvenirs made by the African Entrepreneur.

On the way back you will have lunch at the African Market. If you want you may do shopping at the market.

There is also a Spar where you can buy either baby stuff or food for you apartment.

You will be back at the guesthouse at about 17.00, time enough to prepare for the big moment, which you were waiting for!!!

What will be included:
  • Accommodation
  • Wine and Beer with dinner
  • 1 Beer per person at lunch or cold drinks
  • Entrance into the Park
  • Drives


















Other options not to forget:

All the longer trips will be on the website soon, but please contact me if you need any further information.


  • Sterkfontein
  • Rietvlei
  • Maropeng
  • Badplaas
  • Misty Monkeys
  • Warmbad
  • Durban – on the beautiful coast of KZN
  • Gold Reef City. Lots of fun, experience the feeling off what it must feel like to work underground. Experience the anxiety of a rock fall!!! Etc.