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Post-lockdown travel goals

May 6, 2020, Author: bianca

At the foot of the Magaliesberg Mountains lies a gem of a place with tree house accommodation that is not only good for the soul, but also super Instagrammable and close to everything you might want to explore in Harties.

Nehema Manor has been one of our travel goals for a while now and with good reason! With it being a mere 40-minute drive from Pretoria, it’s the perfect escape and the ideal breakaway from lockdown as soon as we’re allowed to travel again. The property’s accommodation is self-catering and impresses with stylish décor, attention to detail and ample privacy for that much needed weekend away where you just want to forget about everything else – Coronavirus included. Nehema is located just across from the Harties Aerial Cableway and close to many other touristy attractions in the area. So, get ready to pack your hats and sunglasses, HP as you’ll soon be able to be a tourist in your own country again!

Nehema Manor is a unique bushveld experience. Here you literally wake up to birdsong, surrounded by beautiful, old trees that have been incorporated in the design of their recently launched tree houses. Pete Nelson said: “Tree houses are the ultimate return to nature” and Nehema Manor’s tree houses epitomise this saying without a doubt. Architect Derrick Potgieter made it his mission to incorporate nature into the tree houses that were launched in December 2019. This is one of the reasons the nature elements and lighting in them are so magnificent. They come with perfect views from their patios and outdoor showers and the modern furnishings aid in making it the perfect hideaway for a romantic weekend away. In addition to the tree house accommodation, Nehema Manor also offers three spacious self-catering cottages that have been decorated with an eye for detail and style.

It is here where your heart will find time to rest, your mind will find space to heal and your body will find means to relax. They offer some of the best bushveld spa experiences and they have a beautiful swimming pool for those who don’t mind cold water in May. The lush, open gardens add to the tranquillity of the place allowing you to take in the wonders of nature. Their lawns are perfect for relaxing picnics and beautiful sunsets. Speaking of – Nehema Manor offers romantic picnics that evidently piggyback on Hartbeespoort’s lovely weather, golden sunsets and their beautiful gardens. Guests can contact them for more details on what the menu includes.

It is clear that Nehema Manor’s focus is on allowing you to spend quality time with your loved ones. Their cottages are perfect for families and their tree houses are the ultimate when it comes to romance. They also have romantic packages available that allow you to spoil your partner with an array of indulgences including flowers, champagne, candles, chocolates, sundowner picnics, couples’ full body massages and more.

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Nehema Manor is currently running a post-lockdown winter special to reward you for staying at home. Book and pay a winter breakaway for May or June and receive 25% discount. If lockdown is prolonged, plan ahead and book and pay a spring or summer holiday (September, October or November) and also received 25% discount.

Things to do when staying at Nehema Manor:

Aside from spending time with that special someone or with your family, reading books and taking in what nature has to offer, you can also explore the surrounding area:

Harties Aerial Cableway is one of the activities you can’t miss out on. This is one of the few places where you’ll get some of the best panoramic views of the Magaliesberg Mountains, Hartbeespoort Dam and the surrounding areas. They also currently have an added bonus: If you celebrated your birthday under lockdown, you can claim your free birthday cableway ticket for up to fourteen days after lockdown has been lifted.

French Toast Koffie Kafee, a café that was initially built for the set of the South African film, French Toast lures visitors with its unique and Insta-pretty look and feel, as well as its decadent local cuisine. It also boasts a small-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower and a love bridge that turn up on many Instagram feeds.

If lockdown inspired you to start living life to the full and you’re keen on some proper adventure, visit Attitude4Altitude School of Paragliding and book a tandem flight or go for a paragliding course. Another thrilling way to explore Harties and surrounds.

There is also plenty to do in the area for art lovers. Danie de Jager is known for his large sculptures like life-size Impalas that were erected in Manhattan, New York; life-size bronze camels that stand at the Royal Mirage Hotel in Dubai; a life-size elephant at The Lost City at Sun City and more. A visit to his studio can be arranged by appointment.

If you’re burning to travel again after lockdown, we’d say Nehema Manor is a good call. It’s close, it’s travel worthy and it won’t break the bank (which is probably what most of us are currently worried about). We hope to bump into you soon!

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