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Golfing by the waters of the Letaba

This is the time now to take out your golf clubs from the closet and treat yourself to a great round of golf at the Fairview Par 3 golf course.

This gem is situated on the embankment of the Letaba River, and golfers can enjoy and appreciate the beautiful natural environment while progressing through the course.

Golfers can opt for a few private lessons from our inhouse Pro – Uncle Ray Earl or relax and unwind at the newly opened Fairview Clubhouse Restaurant and Bar, where light meals are served during the day.

Golf balls, pegs and some other utilities can be bought at the Fairview mini Pro-shop.

For more information contact Burtram Thomas – burtramthomastzn@gmail.com / 0833578862

For the love gin – An uplifting experience

Join us on a day trip to the award winning family owned  Old Packhouse Gin distillery, 15  km from Tzaneen, where one can enjoy a guided tour of the distillery, and thereafter sit down at the imposing long table in their tasting room to taste 3 or 4 of their award winning artisan gins.

Itinerary

  • Departure late Saturday morning at 11h00 from Fairview Hotel
  • Arrive at The Old Packhouse Gin Distillery
  • Friendly and easy-going gin crafter, Marc Dando will take you on a guided tour through the distillery and will answer every question
  • The tour will lead to the imposing tasting room where guests can taste 6 of the award-winning gins while Marc explain what makes a good gin and the best ways to serve your gin
  • Guests will be treated to a pre-packed picnic lunch at the distillery before returning to the Fairview Hotel

About the Old Packhouse Gin Distillery

The Old Packhouse Distillery is situated on a farm in Tzaneen, South Africa, at the foothills of the Wolkberg mountains.

“We are an artisanal gin producer & manufacturer. Only the finest ingredients are used in our small batch gin, exemplifying low-veld country living.

The Old Packhouse Distillery has won several international and national gin and spirits awards with our hand-crafted gin.

We also firmly believe in supporting our local communities and make use of all- natural and locally produced ingredients. We support the EWT (Wildlife Endangered Trust) as well as the Shared Universe Foundation (NPO) who are in partnerships with various parks and the government which are dedicated to ensuring that the endangered wildlife is conserved for future generations as well as establishing conservation awareness among the people  of South Africa and beyond.”

Packages:

Day excursion:

For the love of GIN, an uplifting experience

For 6 guests

  • Shuttle transportation, to the Old Packhouse Gin Distillery
  • R 555.00 pp
  • No children under 18

Less than 6 pax

  • Shuttle transportation, to the Old Packhouse Gin Distillery
  • R 655 pp
  • No children under 18

Includes complimentary bottled water

Cash bar available

For the love of Gin – luxury weekend package (2 nights)

Including:

  • Accommodation in a luxury spa suite at the Village at Fairview, including a complimentary fruit platter and sparkling wine on arrival.
  • Old Packhouse Gin distillery tour
  • Dinner at the Fairview Clubhouse Restaurant & Bar on Saturday evening
  • Breakfast on Sunday morning at the Fairview Clubhouse Restaurant & Bar
  • A 45-minute couples massage at the award-winning Zen Spa and Rasul, on Sunday morning.
  • A complimentary late check out time at 14h00

R 3500.00 pp / night

(Excluding- Beverages / Gratuities / Laundry)

For more information contact : info@fairviewhotel.co.za

Visit our webpage : www.fairviewtzaneen.co.za

For the love of nature – Day trip / Flagship weekend package

Fairview Hotels, Spa & Golf Resort supports responsible tourism and hereby offer our flagship weekend package to the discerning guest, who also share an appreciation for our natural heritage.

For the love of nature – A big 5 experience

Join us on a day trip to the SanWild Wildlife Sanctuary, only 60 km from Tzaneen, and experience the wonder of the natural African bush.

Itinerary

Departure: Saturday morning at 8h00 – Fairview Hotel

Returning: Saturday afternoon

Arrive at the Sticky Tongue Luxury Private Bush Camp at Sanwild,

Welcoming, coffee and rusks

Depart on a two hour game drive, on a SanWild game viewer, accompanied by an accredited wildlife guide who will be assisting the group with information on the sanctuary and what it has to offer, as well as on the natural fauna and flora of the area while driving through the 2600 ha wildlife reserve.

Return to base camp, freshen up.

Sit down to a typical South African bush-brunch, on the large wooden deck, overlooking the drinking hole, while roaming animals come and go to quench their thirst.

Guests can relax at the rock pool and lapa bar and enjoy the peaceful surrounds of the African bush before returning to Fairview Hotel late afternoon.

 

About SanWild Wildlife Sanctuary

In South Africa’s Limpopo Province there is a magical Wildlife Sanctuary where the animals own the land and humans are merely the caretakers. Here rescued wildlife has been set free in a protected reserve to live their lives wild and free.

Situated in the heart of the sanctuary is the SanWild Safari Lodge. Here you will find much more than just another wildlife experience. Awareness tourism is a brand-new concept for the discerning guests that would like to learn more about modern-day conservation and the daily challenges wildlife sanctuaries face to protect the wild animals in their care.

Successful wildlife rescues and rehabilitation was instrumental in repopulating this 2,600 hectare Big Five wildlife reserve and species found in the protected refuge include: Impala, Kudu, Blue Wildebeest, Eland, Waterbuck, Common and Mountain Reedbuck, Grey Duiker, Nyala, Giraffe, Burchell’s Zebras, Steenbok, Sharpe’s Grysbok, Klipspringer as well as the Big Five.

Some very elusive and rare creatures like Pangolin and Aardvark have also chosen of their own accord to make this protected reserve their home. Wild leopard, cheetah, buffalo, and rhino roam freely on the sanctuary as does a herd of rescued elephant.

Visitors can also see many small predators like serval, caracal, and civets. SanWild’s large predator sanctuary is home to lions rescued from South Africa’s sordid canned lion breeding and hunting industry. The lions live in large natural habitat enclosures in their respective prides and are cared for by the sanctuary’s staff.

Packages:

 For the love of nature – day excursion:

For 6 guests

  • Shuttle transportation, 2-hour game drive, bush brunch
  • R 755.00 / adults
  • R 555.00 / children under 12 yrs.

Less than 6 pax

  • Shuttle transportation, 2-hour game drive, bush brunch
  • R 855.00 / adults
  • R 655 / children under 12 yrs.

Includes complimentary bottled water and coffee

Cash bar available

Big 5 luxury weekend package (2 nights)

Including:

  • Accommodation in a luxury spa suite at the Village at Fairview, including a complimentary fruit platter and sparkling wine on arrival.
  • Full day Big 5 excursion on Saturday, including a bush brunch and game drive
  • Dinner at the Fairview Clubhouse Restaurant & Bar on Saturday evening
  • Breakfast on Sunday morning at the Fairview Clubhouse Restaurant & Bar
  • A 45-minute couples massage at the award-winning Zen Spa and Rasul, on Sunday morning.
  • A complimentary late check out time at 14h00

R 3500.00 pp / night

(Excluding- Beverages / Gratuities / Laundry)

For more information contact : info@fairviewhotel.co.za

Visit our webpage : www.fairviewtzaneen.co.za

 

 

 

For the love of history and heritage – A nostalgic experience

Day trip / Flagship weekend package

Fairview Hotels, Spa & Golf Resort supports responsible tourism which include supporting the promotion of our South African heritage and history, and hereby offer a day trip or flagship weekend package to the discerning guest or family who also share this appreciation.
Join us on a day trip to the historical town of Leydsdorp, as well as to the Giant Baobab Tree, only 53 km from Tzaneen, and experience old-world nostalgia while a guide offers you first-hand information on historical background, activities and attractions in the area.

Itinerary

Depart Saturday morning at 8h00 from Fairview Hotel to Leydsdorp Kapiri Hills hotel

Welcoming, coffee and rusks

Commence on a 2 – hour guided tour and enjoy a fascinating walk through the current Leydsdorp ghost town. Ruins and remains of corrugated iron buildings, pubs, a Hotel,
State House (referred to as the Kruger House, because old President Kruger used to stay here in his visits to Leydsdorp), Government Building, a Police station and Jail, hospital, nurses quarters and the spooky mortuary, The old Dickinson bar where they kept the deceased in the cellar, now home to Sandy the Ghost.

The tour ends with a visit to the historical mine shafts on the farm, and guests can
also, enjoy viewing a variety of wildlife species roaming freely on the land.

Return to the Leydsdorp Kapiri Hills Hotel and freshen up

Guests can quench their thirst at the quaint old-world hotel pub while the story of Stanley the ghost is told often.
A three-course buffet lunch is served in the imposing hotel dining room
Guests will depart after lunch for a quick stopover at the Giant Baobab tree before
returning to Fairview Hotel in Tzaneen.
About Leydsdorp and the Giant Baobab…

Leydsdorp – Smallest proclaimed city in the country (probably in the world!)

Just off the R71, 53 km south-east of Tzaneen lies, Leydsdorp, smallest city ever proclaimed as such in South Africa.
Leydsdorp is a historic town with beautiful old buildings to admire, one being the historical hotel (Build-in 1891) and bar, which still has the classic old-world feel to it.
The history of Leydsdorp started as early as 1870 with the discovery of gold, the extent of which was fully recognized in 1887/8, starting the second gold rush in South Africa.
Hundreds of claims were pegged out and about 600 prospectors were active in the area.
Leydsdorp was named in honour of President Paul Krugers secretary of state, Dr William Leyd (Dutch descendant). Paul Kruger was a keen hunter and visited the area regularly, in fact, he enjoyed it so much that when he had to sign a few important documents that were only allowed to be signed in a city, he proclaimed Leydsdorp an official city. Leydsdorp was once the capital of the Lowveld and home to the first newspaper, The Leydsdorp Leader.
Once a thriving mining town, Leydsdorp was virtually abandoned when gold was discovered on the Witwatersrand, and quickly became known as a “Ghost Town”.
Today the little town is well-positioned, only 30 minutes’ drive from Tzaneen, and surrounded by game farms which mean ample game viewing when visiting.
More interesting sites which could be visited in and around Leydsdorp Hotel boasts the historical mine shafts and wandering through the ghost town.

The Giant Baobab Tree at Leydsdorp

South Africa Limpopo Province is well-known for the legendary Baobab trees.
Baobab trees have come to be steeped in legends of the local people who reside in the
province. The gnarled bark and bulging branches of the Baobab trees truly capture the spirit of Africa and offer an outstanding theme for photographs.
The Baobab tree (Adansonia digitata) has one of the longest life spans of Africa’s trees
which is believed to be up to 2500 years old. These massive trees are succulents and contain some 80% moisture.
These fascinating trees are known for more than just their unusual upside-down look; they are also beneficial to both man and animals. Each Baobab is said to support its very own ecosystem teeming with life, providing both sustenance and shelter for a diversity of life. Birds and bees frequently make their homes in the trunk of older hollow Baobab trees, as do many other little creatures. Baboons in the area dine on the tree’s fruits whilst elephants munch on the leaves and bark for moisture and food. Bushbabies and fruit bats also frequent the Limpopo Baobabs, playing a vital role in the pollination of the trees’ flowers. The flowers of Baobabs last for just 24 hours, dropping off and providing food for antelope on the ground. Humans have also found several uses from Baobabs. The best known is the use of the fruit with its tartaric acid flesh and white powdery pulp for use in a drink. The fibrous bark has been used for centuries for rope, baskets, and mats. In recent years it has also been used for cloth, paper, and ceiling boards. Even the seeds of the Baobab fruit can be used for a sort of coffee drink. The trunks of Baobabs have even served as homes for people.
The Leydsdorp Baobab was used as a fridge back during the age of the gold rush, with a the measured temperature of 22 degrees inside the trunk.
This beautiful Baobab is simply majestic, and still growing at a pace of approximately 10 mm per year. Enthusiastic visitors can climb up the provided wooden ladder to where the branches start or into the trunk where the cavity offers shelter inside the trunk. An entry fee is charged to visitors at the kiosk on the site

Packages:

 For the love of history and heritage – day excursion:

For 6 guests

  • Shuttle transportation, 2-hour “Ghost Town” and Mine shaft tour and lunch
  • R 755.00 / adults
  • R 555.00 / children under 12 yrs.

Less than 6 pax

  • Shuttle transportation, 2-hour “Ghost Town” and Mine shaft tour and lunch
  • R 855.00 / adults
  • R 655 / children under 12 yrs.

Includes complimentary bottled water and coffee

Cash bar available

Heritage and history – luxury weekend package (2 nights)

Including:

  • Accommodation in a luxury spa suite at the Village at Fairview, including a complimentary fruit platter and sparkling wine on arrival.
  • Full day Heritage and History excursion on Saturday
  • Dinner at the Fairview Clubhouse Restaurant & Bar on Saturday evening
  • Breakfast on Sunday morning at the Fairview Clubhouse Restaurant & Bar
  • A 45-minute couples massage at the award-winning Zen Spa and Rasul, on Sunday morning.
  • A complimentary late check out time at 14h00

R 3500.00 pp / night

(Excluding- Beverages / Gratuities / Laundry)

For more information contact : info@fairviewhotel.co.za

Visit our webpage : www.fairviewtzaneen.co.za

Festive season at Fairview Hotel, Tzaneen

2020 Christmas menu

This Christmas season will as always be celebrated in style at the Fairview Hotel!

True to this time of the year, the hotel will also be decorated in a traditional festive theme, and the highlight will surely be on Christmas day when the ever so popular Fairview Christmas Lunch will be served.

Due to popular demand, the buffet lunch will be served in the Limpopo Hall, where tables will be allocated and reserved according to pre- bookings.

The focus on the Christmas buffet will be on a tasty, fresh, and well-prepared spread which offer old time favorites for every taste.

Book your Christmas Lunch now at Fairview Hotel

082 900 5166 / reservations@fairviewhotel.co.za

The Fairview Clubhouse – Exciting new addition to the Fairview Collection

It is said that for a business to stay at the forefront of constant growing competition from co-competitors in their field, a new and exciting addition should be added at least once in 25 years!

And that is exactly what we at Fairview Hotel did by developing the Fairview Clubhouse during 2020!

Situated at the most scenic spot on the 26ha property, on the embankment of the Letaba River, overlooking the Fairview Par-3 golf course, this spectacular venue offers the perfect location to enjoy a quiet drink with friends after a challenging day of golf, having an intimate meal or hosting your private function .

The Fairview Clubhouse, Restaurant and Bar is open for hotel and spa guests, as well as for the public.

The restaurant serves scrumptious breakfasts on weekends, and lunch and dinners from Tuesday to Sunday.

The fully stocked bar, wine display, open air pit braai area and wood-fire pizza oven are all unique features which make the Fairview Clubhouse a venue to rave about!

For more information or reservations contact us:

Mobile: 082 900  5166 / reservations@fairviewhotel.co.za / www.fairviewtzaneen.co.za

Fairview Hotel – Grand lady of Limpopo

The Fairview Hotel in Tzaneen, is situated on 26 ha of fertile farmland, surrounded by flourishing avocado and banana farms, only 2 km from the Tzaneen CBD.

This beautiful country hotel offers four and five star graded accommodation, conference, and wedding facilities, two restaurants with bar facilities, a luxury day spa and par 3 golf course.

Being close to town but also on the larger property with all the facilities make the options for tourists as well as for business travellers so much more favourable, and an easy choice for accommodation in the area.

Accommodation boasts Luxury Spa Suites at the five-star graded Village Hotel on the golf course, and Luxury Rose Rooms, Hotel suites, Standard Hotel Rooms and Self-catering Family Units at the four-star graded Fairview Hotel.

For the more outdoor inclined, the property offers two swimming pools and ample opportunities for cycling, hiking, and birdwatching. Many indigenous trees have been identified and tagged on the property, and 27 different species of Cycads can be viewed in the gardens. The newly developed Fairview Clubhouse, on the embankment of the Letaba River, offer a luxurious experience of the African natural environment, with an abundance of birdlife, small wild animals roaming around and the occasional Hippo who will show himself and then return to the deep pools of the rumbling Letaba River.

For more information visit www.fairviewtzaneen.co.za

2020- A year to remember

We are approaching the last few weeks of 2020, and it feels if we were taking part in an enormous and most exhaustive race!

But we have made it, the end is in sight and we all see forward to 2021 to be a prospective “better year “for all of us in the industry.

At Fairview Hotel in Tzaneen, we are most grateful to announce that we could restart our operation and are currently again running almost on 70% of the previous year’s figures, we have all our staff members back at work and not one of our staff or next of kin was infected nor deceased by Covid – 19.

The Fairview Hotel and all its staff members see forward to host you as our guest during this coming festive period and in the new year, and will continue offering the warmest hospitality, great service, and the best value for money.

For more information or reservations contact us

Mobile : 082 900 5166 / reservations@fairviewhotel.co.za / www.fairviewtzaneen.co.za

Queen of the Lowveld

Shout out to the Queen of the Lowveld
The Fairview Hotel situated in Tzaneen, Limpopo, is celebrating 21 yrs. in the industry this year.

This stately Country Hotel is owner driven and prides itself by the way each guest is treated and the fine detail which is offered to every aspect of the service delivered by the friendly and well trained staff.

Wine cellar at Fairview

Andre and Marinda Thomas started this “hobby” in 1996, after returning to their beloved hometown, Tzaneen, where Andre decided to start off his career as a lawyer.

The couple agrees that a strong communal vision, a passion for the industry, a sense for good quality, style and design and value for money were the building blocks for the success achieved over the past two decades.

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Today the Fairview Hotel is part of The Fairview Collection, which includes the four star graded Fairview Hotel and Conference Centre with thirty luxurious hotel units as well as self-catering holiday chalets, the five star graded Village and Spa which boasts ten luxurious spa suites adjacent the well-appointed Zen Spa and Rasul, situated on a secluded hill overlooking the Fairview par-3 golf course on the one side and the beautiful Letaba River on the other side.

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Guests can enjoy the rich ambience and comfort of their accommodation, the relaxed atmosphere in the cosy Le’Thaba restaurant and patio bar, or for the more outdoor inclined, a stroll on the twenty six hectares of beautiful farmland with adjacent banana plantations, will leave one relaxed, revived and rejuvenated.

Unique selling points of the Fairview Collection are conveniently situated on the outskirts of the second largest town in Limpopo, only one hour’s drive from the Kruger National Park, spacious surroundings with lush gardens, an abundance of indigenous fauna and flora, various types of accommodation to suit every client’s requirements, two swimming pools , conference and beautiful wedding facilities, excellent a ‘la carte restaurant and function facilities, a wine cellar with a selection of the best South African estate wines, free parking, safe environment, pleasant climate all year round, friendly and competent staff and free Wi-Fi for guests.

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The Sothho People

The Sotho are a widespread and diverse people in South Africa, with large numbers living in neighboring Lesotho as well as across the central sections of South Africa. Loosely related to the Nguni tribes of the region, the Sotho nation was largely agricultural, tending crops and livestock for their traditional livelihood.

Did you know?

The Sotho clans were melded into a kingdom by King Moshoeshoe in the early 19th century.

It is estimated that there are approximately seven million Sotho people living in South Africa, making them the second largest ethnic group in the country. There are another three million or so who live outside the country, mainly in neighboring Lesotho.

The Sotho people are generally divided into three distinct tribes: Southern Sotho, Northern Sotho (or Pedi) and Tswana. Like those of their Nguni cousins, Sotho traditions have relied on a combination of livestock and crop cultivation for food.

Many Sotho still herd livestock, usually on horseback and display exceptional riding skills, making them the cowboys of the southern African plains.

The men are also skilled artisans using metal, leather and wood, while reeds and grasses are used to weave baskets. A man’s status is determined by his relationship to the chief, his age and his standing in the community. Women, meanwhile, are responsible for the homestead and agriculture.

Though polygamy is no longer as common as in the past, Sotho culture does allow a man to have more than one wife. Each wife has her own homestead, ranked in order of seniority.

The Sotho people live in villages divided into kgoro − where different households are built around a central area in which the kraal, graveyard and ancestral shrine are situated. These villages, ruled by a chief, can grow to accommodate thousands of people.

The Sotho are recognized for their thick blankets and conical hats. Wherever you go in traditional villages the men wrap themselves in a blanket, covering their trousers and shirt. These blankets carry great significance, closely linked to the important moments and milestones of a family’s life.

As with other African tribes, there is a wide belief in the ancestral spirits who are honored at ritual feasts. In a corner of each lapa in a Pedi village, where a symbolic flower grows, a man will sprinkle home-brewed beer and snuff on the ground to invoke the ancestors for help and good fortune.