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Good Business Practice for 2018

Opportunities are abound but they are only opportunities if you can commit to them

We all want to get the most out of the year and at the end of 2017 it will be great to look back at the year’s growth and achievements and feel proud about the part we played in making it all happen.

Whatever opportunities we discover along our journey this year, we will all be expecting the same results – namely growth and improvement. To be better and have more – a stronger business, more clients, a bigger paycheck, better personal relationships, better health…
When it comes to everyday business these ‘opportunities’ seldom look like the stuff of dreams – out of the box, ready to go and handed to us on a silver platter. Most opportunities appear barely formed, a glimmer of future potential, and demand our vision, commitment and effort before they ultimately produce results.
Like a mentor needs to teach their pupil well and lead by example, opportunities need an environment of good business practices in which to flourish.

Cast you Goals in stone and your plans in sand

A goal without a plan is just a wish

Since no plan survives contact with reality, we need to be ready to adjust to new information and keep learning. Be prepared to make some mistakes in reaching for a goal. Learn as a team to move on from a mistake and resolve to grow from the experience.

Connect with your team

Nothing happens in a vacuum and no man is an island

A connected, focused and cohesive team is a thing of beauty to see in action. Team Building is an effective tool to forge stronger bonds, trust and improve overall communication and understanding in a team. A strong team will be more likely to realise their goals in a shorter period of time than a weaker team. Instead of using Team Building later in the year as a corrective tool, use Team Building as a tool early in the year to get the team focussed and on track. And then keep the momentum going by planning further Team Building sessions during the year.

Communication is the key

Without communication there is no understanding

One of the most important aspects of good communication is, to be honest. One of the hardest communication skills is the courage to say what you think at the right time and to the right people when it matters most.  Remember listening without formulating your response is the core of effective communication.


Honesty wins the day

If it’s not right don’t do it, if it’s not true don’t say it

We are all accountable for our own actions and it is important to recognise our responsibility in our actions. If you did something wrong or regrettable take ownership of the action and take steps to correct the situation. Things swept under the mat find their way out, usually explosively, and lies get caught out. Honesty can be difficult in the short-term but you will certainly sleep better in the long run.

You need to be the change you want to see” don’t wait for someone else to get the ball rolling, make a personal effort to get the year off to a great start.

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Clear your mind by spending some time Canoeing at Intundla

The best thing about canoeing at Intundla is that once you push yourself off from the grassy banks, you are completely free to relax. There are no interferences from the outside world (make sure you leave your cell phone in your room), no more demands, you are ‘out of reach’. Making canoeing the ideal solution when you want to get away, for a short while, from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Let the stress go and allow your mind to unwind

Canoeing allows you to go at your own speed as slow as you like or to push yourself for a few sprints. Which is good for the blood flow and general mental health. Gliding over the glassy water, focusing on nothing but the light lapping of the water against the hull and the gurgling of the paddle as it is drawn through the water, lets your mind relax in a way that is not un-similar to meditation. The freedom and exhilaration that comes from gliding through the water can be quite refreshing.
Share the experience with your friends and family
The dam at Intundla has several canoes available for use. You can play in the dam with friends or take a scenic trip to get a little workout and to explore the beauty of your surroundings. If you have some fishing gear drop a line and see if you can entice a black bass or two to take the bait. Read more: Fishing for Bass at Intundla

To have a fun time canoeing, you should be comfortable and prepared. Here are some tips to help you get started:
• Wear light clothing and possibly a comfortable bathing suit in case you get splashed or wet.
• Get a hat to stay cool and to protect you from the sun.
• Make sure that you wear shoes that don’t come off easily. If you would like to wear sandals or flip-flops, make sure they can be secured in the back.
• Bring a change of clothes with you so that you have dry clothes to slip into when you leave the river.
• Tie down anything that you don’t want to lose. This will ensure that you don’t lose anything if the canoe happens to tip over.
• Check the canoe before getting it into water to make sure there are no holes or any other signs of damage.
• Make sure that you are in possession of flotation devices and other important gear before getting on the water.
• Load the canoe properly. Keeping the weight low and evenly distributed will allow for maximum manoeuvrability on the water.

Canoeing can be a very rewarding and relaxing experience; especially when you are with good friends. If you are planning on doing this activity, taking precautions will ensure that you have a safe, fun, and comfortable time.

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What to do at Intundla

What to do at Intundla Black Bass Fishing at its Best

What to do at Intundla besides the obvious which is, of course, a lot of relaxation!

If you haven't visited Intundla yet, then what you need to know is that the Lodge is built around a magnificently beautiful dam. This dam is truly something to behold and looks different every single day. So for one thing, you will never get tired of the views at Intundla, from your room, from the pool and bar area next to the dam, or from the exquisite Bush Spa. But the dam isn't only for viewing and once you get hooked on the fishing... (mind the pun)

Black Bass Fishing at Intundla What a Catch!

Think about those lazy summer days, drink in hand, just taking life easy. Well, we know just how to make that happen for you, and we can do even better than that. We'll also give you a helping hand (not literally) with your fishing.

Here are some tips we've picked up from some very (and some not so) experienced fisherman. Promise no fishing stories!

Firstly get the wind on your face. Bass always swim with the current, so it’s better for them to find your bait before they find your boat. (or canoes are excellent for this job)

Blunt hooks won't cut it because Bass are boney jawed devils.

Make sure your worms have had a beating and they'd be more likely to be spotted as bait for the Bass, but leave a little fight in them to work as proper ambush material.

Don't give up! Hey sometimes you're in the right spot, with perfect bait, just keep at it!

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Year-end Venue of Choice

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Intundla is a must-do Year-end Venue of Choice

The end of the year is approaching fast and with that comes the final rush to get everything done in time – including getting ready for your year-end function. If you have not started planning one yet or booked your venue, then what are you waiting for?

Why have year-end functions?

Year-end functions are one of the few methods a company can use to encourage fellowship in the workplace.  It creates an opportunity for employees to communicated and learn about each other and management in informal casual ways – ways that would otherwise not be easy to plan.  It boosts moral amongst co-workers and encourages office spirit.  It is also a great way for owners and managers to show their appreciation for all the hard work, effort, loyalty and dedication that employees give each and every year. It is a small gesture that goes a really long way.

Related article: Recognising the dynamic of a broken team

Choose Intundla

We have created the perfect atmosphere and backdrop that will make your year-end function a memorable one.  We have an experienced coordinating team that is dedicated to helping you create the ideal event that you and your co-workers deserve.

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What we offer

Intundla has 9 conference areas that can easily convert into the perfect venue for your year-end function.  With staff on hand and resources at your disposal, your event can go off without any problems. Intundla is situated on a prime game reserve surrounding with our venue facilities located close enough to Pretoria’s main business district and yet far enough to give you a complete out-of-city experience. We pay careful attention to detail and will help you prepare for your big bash.

I've been here for conferences, trail runs and for relaxation. This place is amazing. Lots of entertainment. Staff is great. Lovely game drives. Beautiful pool and bar area. Would go back any day. - Inge Malan

Try something different

Why not plan a little something extra for your workforce?  At Intundla we also offer team building exercises that include activities such as rock climbing, abseiling, archery, paintball, canoe games and more.   These team building activities are a good way for your employees to have some fun and loosen up before the big event. 

To book your venue, or to find out more about our team building exercises, give us a call.  You will have the time of your life!

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Intundla Celebrates

Intundla Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary after the devastating fire at the Game Lodge

Intundla celebrates 10 years since our new beginning!

In September Intundla Celebrates the 10 Year Anniversary of the devastating fire at the Game Lodge. It was a Sunday morning on the 2nd September 2007, when Teneale du Plessis received that dreadful call with only a few piercing words... "it's burning, it's all gone."

Watching the Lodge burn

So started the panic of that horrible day! At the lodge, some of the guests helped the staff remove furniture from the conference rooms and equipment from the reception area. Some even climbed on the roofs of the chalets in an effort to wet the thatch with garden hoses. Soon though, the gas bottles started exploding and everyone had to retreat to the other side of the dam. From where we simply watched the beautiful lodge burn to the ground within an hour.

Power surge caused the fire

It was later discovered that the fire was started by a power surge. After the initial damage to the Game Lodge and Conference Venue, the fire continued to rage, turning into a 3-day veld fire. The fire threatening to come back and burn what little was left.

Wedding Chapel stood untouched

Once the larger flames had died down and the smoke had disappeared a clear image of the untouched Wedding Chapel with its beautiful garden was an unbelievable site to behold. The path of the fire was clear to be seen and had somehow left the chapel and surrounding garden untouched! This Wedding Chapel still stands today, and many happy couples have said "I DO" in this chapel since then.

Rebuilding

As we rebuilt, all our staff; housekeepers, chef's, barmen, duty managers, everyone was available to help restore the beautiful lodge. Six months after the fire the Lodge and Conference Venue outside Pretoria was once again open for business.

With grateful hearts

In September every year, we remember the scorching heat of that day and the additional heat of the fire and how we had to start over. Today we are grateful we have come so far after this crippling event. Today we celebrate our beautiful bush venue and what Intundla has become!

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You are never too busy for the Bush

Bush Venue Specials at Intundla ... There is something magical about heading out of town to your favourite Bush Venue. The moment your journey starts you can literally feel the stress melt away from your shoulders. For most of us, this doesn't happen nearly often enough! Work and life and just being busy seem to take over. Plus, going to a Bush Venue is a bit of a drive, isn't it?

Close to Pretoria

Actually, Intundla Game Lodge & Bush Spa is pretty close to Pretoria! Intundla offers the perfect getaway, or as we like to call it, The Great Escape! The bonus is that you're in Dinokeng Big 5 Game Reserve territory.

We can't say it enough

This is the ideal Bush Venue where you get to relax; kick back; let your hair down; have a good time; have a great time; enjoy yourself; have fun; make merry (or have a conference, team building or gala dinner); have the time of your life; let yourself go; have a ball; whoop it up; paint the town (bush) red; live it up; have a whale (giraffe) of a time, push the boat out (or canoe), have a rave-up; hang loose; chill out; jol ...

Everything you need in one place

We have everything you need at Intundla.  Restaurant, Lounge, Boma, Wine Cellar & Reception / Business Centre. On the bank of the dam is a swimming pool plus cocktail bar/lounge where you can watch the spectacular bird life or sip drinks while watching the gorgeous sunsets explode over the water. The Game Lodge is built around a dam with 37 luxury en-suite thatched chalets, an Executive Suite, and a Honeymoon Suite.

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Team Strategy Day The Great Escape for Successful Dynamics

Team Strategy Day The Great Escape

Team Strategy Day The Great Escape

Team Strategy Day The Great Escape. It is tough doing the same thing over and over, every day. Still stay focused and energised. Even if you have a very exciting job. Which offers different nuances on a daily basis. You will still get environment or office fatigue.

New Dynamics Fresh Strategy

The main idea behind the Great Escape is that the leader and the team use this day out to experience new dynamics. Something completely different from the norm, which they can take back to the office. A fresh dynamic and brand new strategy. The best way to achieve this is by stepping outside of your comfort zone. Going into a relaxed environment and getting to know your team mates on a more personal level.

Clarify your Goals

It is important to decide beforehand what your main goal for the Great Escape is. For example, if the goal of the day is to encourage all team members to be more participative. Then it would be helpful to get everyone's ideas about the structure of the day's proceedings during the planning process. If the goal is to clarify roles and responsibilities. You need to be very clear about this in the preparation of the day, and of course on the day itself.

Encourage New Dynamics

Be careful not to let the team’s old dynamics limit or influence the new dynamics that you are trying to create. For instance, some of your team might be prone to not speak up and challenge others inside the office environment. They will probably do so even on your great escape. This is why you need a strategy on your day out. Encourage them to discuss and debate with others on their perspectives. Then you are forming a new dynamic in the process.

Choose Team Building Activities that Build

The type of activity you choose matters. You want an activity that actually builds the team. Intundla offers many such team building activities. One that genuinely builds a sense of interdependence and collaboration is cooking a meal together. And then eating it together as a group. Our potjiekos competition in the Boma at Intundla is designed for this purpose.  This might sound primitive. But when people gather and cook together. And then also share a meal together. They become allies rather than adversaries.

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Corporate Events Gala Dinners

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Natural Beautiful Surroundings at Intundla Conference Venue

Natural Beautiful Surroundings at Intundla Conference Venue. Situated in a pristine Private Game Reserve with a perfect tranquil bush setting. Our popular cocktail bar, lounge and swimming pool is on the bank of the dam. From here you can watch the spectacular bird life. Sip drinks while watching the gorgeous sunsets explode over the water.

Natural Beautiful Surroundings at Intundla Conference Venue

Ideal Team building Venue

We have everything you need to host a successful team building event. The grounds at Intundla are ideal for Treasure Hunts, Survivor, Adventure Games. Perfect for all your outdoor Team Building Exercises that require plenty of space and fresh air. We are famous for our Mission Impossible team building. Teams have to work together to get a vehicle across the dam. Come on take your team to the next level!

Outdoor Activities Teambuilding at Intundla

Company Branding at Intundla

There is plenty of room indoors and out for company branding displays. Our friendly staff will gladly assist you to ensure you get the maximum exposure from your event.

Brand Display at Intundla Game Lodge

Corporate Events Gala Dinners

Nothing is too small or too big for us at Intundla. We pride ourselves in hosting the most innovative corporate events. From themed gala dinners, potjiekos competitions, outdoor fitness exercises, survivor games, game drives with a twist, cocktail competitions, rock climbing, canoe games, corporate wellness, and much more.

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Bush Venue near Pretoria

Intundla Conference Venue is only 55 minutes from OR Tambo Airport Johannesburg. And a mere 30 minutes from Pretoria. Situated in the Dinokeng region, Gauteng Province’s Eco Hub. Intundla offers CONFERENCES, TEAM BUILDING, WEDDINGS, FUNCTIONS and SPA TREATMENTS in a natural bush setting. Close enough for your whole team, but far enough to instil complete tranquillity and peace.

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Top Rated Venue Gauteng

Top Rated Venue in Gauteng

AWESOME HOME COOKED FOOD

Stayed overnight for a Business strategy meeting

Friendly staff, awesome home cooked food (all forms of bread, waffles and baked cookies were sublime), great Boma braai, beautiful view, brilliant informative game drive. relaxing affordable massages, spacious rooms and very comfortable beds! - Ilze Wagener

BREATHTAKING BEAUTY

We'll definitely be back!

Spectacular views, an unspoiled home away from home, an oasis of serenity. A Big thank you to team Intundla for your hospitality, beautiful smiles, attention to detail, friendly faces and outstanding service...you made our stay extra special. - Aloha Aloma

SIMPLY EXTRAORDINARY

The staff is friendly and professional

All of us had a most enjoyable stay with you. We want to thank you and your staff for your utmost professionalism. The extent to which your staff went to ensure our every need was met, is simply extraordinary. - Mariza O’Riordan, SSEM

PHENOMENAL WEDDING

Most incredible day ever!

None of it would have been possible without your help. Scott and I really appreciated everything you did for us leading up to the wedding and especially on the day. Your team was amazing and the food was phenomenal!! Everyone was so happy and had such a great time. - Tamarin Perks

Intundla is AWESOME

Now that you know Intundla is AWESOME, BREATHTAKING, EXTRAORDINARY, PHENOMENAL

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Mexican Themed Dinner – a laid-back south-of-the-border Bash at Intundla

Mexican themed dinners are the most fun, or, as one of our guests remarked - frikking amazing! And getting the venue ready is a blast too because for once we don’t have to worry about anything clashing. It’s hard to go overboard when it comes to a Mexican party, and the bolder the colours the better!  So this is exactly what we did for a recent client, Anchor Yeast, for their Event at Intundla - a Mexican celebration, with decorations in hot pink, aqua, and lime, and any other bright and bold colour we could find, and of course we paired the bold décor with matching bright flavours on the menu for our guests. As they arrived, we kept them happy with quesadillas, chips, and guacamole, all washed down with some ice cold Coronas.

Mexican Slang you need to know before your themed dinner

Wey - Only used amongst good friends (which we'll all be after your themed dinner at Intundla), and could mean anything like dude/friend/buddy/you're-the-man. Use it like no wey man! And hey wey!

Estoy crudo - this is not really slang, but a phrase you'll probably use the day after your themed dinner at Intundla, meaning I'm hungover.

Que padre - This you'll use a lot when you tell others about Intundla, and means that’s awesome/really good!

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Most Popular Wedding Venue in Pretoria

Intundla Game Lodge & Bush Spa is in the heart of the Dinokeng Big 5 Game Reserve, just a short drive from Pretoria, but far enough outside the busy city to feel the peace and tranquility of the bushveld. The lodge is built around a dam and is a feast for sore (and probably overworked) eyes! Indulge yourself in the beauty of the Game Lodge surroundings and at the end of another magical day in Africa say a toast to the setting sun from our pool deck. These stunning aerial photographs were taken at a recent wedding held at Intundla and boast the magnitude of the abundant greenery after the rain we've had. 

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Thank you Jean Du Preez for these photos!

 

 

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Drumming as a Team Building Activity – an ancient art remains a very effective tool

The sound of drums stirs up something ancient and primeval, connecting with our subconscious and emotions without checking in with our conscious processes and barriers first. Team Building with drums bypasses inhibitions and creates a platform for effective communication to take place.

Drumming reduces stress

The rhythmic beat of the drums, the feel of the skins and the vibrations allow for individuals to fade into a collective, cohesive group releasing their tension as they let go of their daily worries.

Breaking down barriers

When we are occupied or engrossed in something as consuming as keeping the beat, we stop thinking about ourselves and become more comfortable focusing on the needs of the group. Barriers are broken down - hierarchy, background, gender, race and language, levelling the field and allowing new and stronger connections to be forged.

Cooperation and communication

The beat of the drum has long been used to communicate messages over distances. While this language has faded largely into time, drumming sessions are very effective in setting the scene for further Team Building Activities. When the group is working in unison, where everyone is involved in the process, they will be more accessible, attentive and receptive to instruction and taking on-board new ideas.

Productivity increases

Stress, fear, uncertainty, negativity, self-doubt are all productivity killers. Drumming releases people of these burdens and allows them to realise that they achieved something good as part of a team. Further challenges will be met with more positive attitude as a result of the increased moral achieved during a drumming session.

Client feedback: Just a note to say a massive THANK YOU to the whole team at Intundla. We had a wonderful conference and everyone loved the venue! It's professional, yet relaxed, and the service was great. Staff are all friendly and helpful and the setting is just beautiful. Thank you again!   - Brigitte | Thoughtworks

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Keep these in mind when planning a multicultural wedding

Planning a wedding is a complicated task, requiring nerves of steel to navigate all the possible pitfalls, stay on track and make the right decisions.  Whether the wedding is a small intimate affair or a grand statement of the wedding couple's union, the wedding is always a sacred event.  Trying to cater for multiple religions or cultures can present quite a challenge. While it is important to stay true to the couples closely held beliefs and cultures, a successful multicultural wedding does require a measure of compromise.

Communication is the key

The trouble with people is that they have preconceived ideas and when those expectations are not met there is much drama and hurt feelings. From the beginning of the planning process, keep the cultural and religious influences that will be incorporated into the wedding in the open.

Educate the guests of your intentions

If the wedding requires that the guests wear certain religious items such as a Kippah (Jewish skullcap), inform in advance. Expect a few guests form other cultures to resist and have a backup plan to handle or accommodate their wishes.
If the wedding uses cultural traditions, include a brief explanation of their significance in the wedding program.

Don’t try to please everyone

Having two different weddings to cater for both cultures is expensive. However, trying to cram everything from different cultures into a single wedding ceremony can lead to disaster. Be selective in which traditions to include, a wedding is a perfect event to explore different cultures, so used this moment to introduce the family and guests to some of your cultural traditions.

Be open when approaching a multicultural wedding, as these can lead to some surprising and memorable fusions of traditions, food, outfits, music and décor. Remember, the only person you really need to impress is your partner.

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Be prepared for an office romance and avoid getting compromised

Since the majority of our time is spent in the office, it is inevitable at one point or another a flame will be ignited between you and a colleague. Office romances are frowned on by the bosses for good reason, as the fallout can be disastrous to the team and generally affect the status of the working environment. But, since we are human and allow our feelings get the better of our good judgement, it is wise to be prepared for an office romance before the supressed passion and thrill of being discovered clouds the judgement and leads to a complicated mess.

Keep these tips in mind before plunging into an office romance

Know the rules and understand the consequences.
Reading the company policy on conducting office romances will definitely cool the ardour. Know what the rules are and be ready to accept the consequence if you are planning to start an office romance. The secret will come out eventually and you will have to pay the piper.

...however, if you plan to pursue an office romance....

Whatever happens outside of work stays outside of work

Always socialise outside of the workplace and this includes not arranging a rendezvous close to or in the office.
If you find yourself lingering in the kitchen or near the water station to do some flirting, break the habit and set times after work hours to meet.
Don’t smile, wink, touch or offer any special treatment to the object of your desire during work. However, ‘casual and cool’ you think you are keeping it, your colleagues will notice the sparks and the gossip, rumours and innuendo will begin.

Stay on your own level

Dating someone higher on the corporate ladder can lead to a stagnant career, even if the relationship lasts. The consequences of being discovered can be severe so the boss/lover will not be willing to show any special favour when it comes to promotions.  If fact the odds are good that the boss will treat their partner more harshly as a result of the office romance.

Don’t give the gossips any ammunition

It is difficult not to crow about your newly found love to your colleagues. However, if anyone discovers the office romance (even your most trusted colleagues) you will become the subject of discussion. So keep your own council and resist the urge to post about your romance on social media.

Use your own resources

If you want to send an email, text or make a call, do it at your own expense.  Don’t use your company email account, phone, car or any other perk or benefit on your office romance.

Keep it professional

Not every office romance is destined to end happily ever after. Broken hearts and hurt feelings will create bad vibes in the office environment. Keep your professional mask on when dealing with the person you had an office romance with, and under no circumstances argue or try to exact any revenge in the office.

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Build confidence at the workplace

Build confidence at the workplace

Striving to Build Confidence at work is a lifelong challenge. Contrary to the relative safety of being nurtured by our parents and teachers, the workplace offers little special attention where competition for recognition is fierce, while criticism is freely given. Given that we have to learn at an accelerated rate, mainly through trial and error, it is how we handle the mistakes that make or break our confidence in the workplace.

Look for opportunities to build confidence

Take recognition where and when you can and build confidence on a daily basis. Now you don’t need to go around the office bragging that you got your pin correct at the ATM, but recognise the little things that were achieved during the day – they all add up! When appropriate take the credit for something that you did well, that has been noticed (you can also subtly draw attention to your work that you consider praiseworthy).

Hold yourself accountable

By publicly ‘announcing’ that you are in charge of a given task or project and will ensure it’s completion in a timely manner, you are setting the stage to get recognition for a job well done. Announcing your goals in the workplace will make you seem more confident. Achieving the goals will make you feel more dynamic and build confidence.

Step forward into the limelight

When you keep pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, being the centre of attention will become less intimidating. Before a Team Building, office meeting, work function, etc. have a plan to make a significant contribution. Volunteer to be the team leader, offer some considered advice, network with your superiors. Taking the first step is important, so don’t falter or delay – step forward and build on your confidence first, before someone else does.

Confidence comes from personal development

Keep learning and benchmarking with the best in your field. By setting your sights high and actively striving to be like your favourite people of influence, your confidence will grow with your knowledge. Team Building is a fantastic tool for building confidence outside the workplace.
For example: Intundla’s raft building challenge offers a unique situation where leaders can rise in a team and be recognised for being problem solvers.

Confidence breeds confidence

You are not the only one at work who is struggling to build confidence. The workplace can be a negative environment where performance issues, mistakes, quickly come under attack from peers and superiors. Take the negative out of the criticism and treat the feedback as a challenge and a chance to grow. Rather than being another of the ones dragging others down, be the agent of change and look for opportunities to lift team members up.

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Detox Before your Wedding Day

This is your Big day and you want to look and feel your absolute best! But with all the wedding jitters and stress of planning the wedding of your dreams, feeling, and looking like a bride that has stepped out of a Vogue magazine is no easy task.

At Intundla Game Lodge & Bush Spa we have everything you need for your fairy-tale wedding, stunning accommodation, naturally beautiful surroundings, a romantic chapel, an idyllic honeymoon suite, our magnificent venue for your wedding reception, a large and small Boma for an outdoors wedding reception, but we also boast a Bush Spa. The tranquillity of our Bush Spa offers the perfect sanctuary to help you unwind BEFORE your Wedding.

Take a few extra minutes every day to prepare your body and nourish yourself, this is the best way to achieve that dewy angelic skin, silky hair, strong nails, and flat tummy. Remove simple sugar in all forms including processed foods, sweets, any packaged goods, while incorporating lots and lots of whole foods like veggies (think broccoli, brussels sprouts, greens) as well as eating healthy fats, especially from avocado and fatty fish like salmon. Breakfast smoothies are a fantastic way to get more of the superfoods and will maximise on antioxidant consumption.

The next step would be to book several massage treatments at our Bush Spa in the days leading up to your wedding (why not include your Bridal party). The rhythmic strokes and pressure applied to muscles, tissues, and organs during massage therapy help stimulate the circulatory system, and when pressure is applied to the tissue and fat, toxins are literally “squeezed” out from in between the muscle fibres and cells, and released into the circulatory system for easier elimination. All of this to ensure you look and feel your absolute best!

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Put the energy back into the team with a raft building challenge

It is natural for the energy of a team to ebb and flow, the trick is to sustain the highs and curtail the lows. It is important for the team to take a break, unwind, disconnect from the work challenges, recharge, and return to work feeling energised and refreshed.
However, after coming back from a holiday the pace of work will be notably slower than before the break. The team will take time changing gears and adjusting to the business-as-usual status and will naturally prefer to ‘ease’ themselves back into work. During this period before the team gets back up to speed energies will be low and the team focus will be off, which can be frustrating for the team leader.

Allow some leeway

Expect the team to need some time to adjust after a break. Don’t set any important meetings or demand peak performance for the first few days back at work.

Then take the team for a breakaway

A quick break away to do some early Team Building can get the team revved up and back up to speed faster than waiting for it to happen naturally at work.
Having just had a refreshing break, returning to the usual office life can be a shock to the system. Prevent any post-holiday melancholy from setting in by taking the team out of the office environment and allow the team members to have fun whilst working together. The earlier the better after the holiday will see the team's energy being jump-started, ready to tackle the challenges of the next quarter.

Raft Building Challenge at Intundla

After the recent rainfall, our dam is full again and ready for the raft building challenge. With the hot summer weather, building a raft and pitting your raft and team against the competition is a fantastic way to boost the energy, morale, and excitement of the team, and stay cool (if your raft was less than well built).
After the challenge, your team can retire to one of our bomas to chat by the fireside about the day's events and discuss the holidays. The fireside gathering can be used to look at the plans for the coming period and to remind the team of their importance and their part in the bigger picture.

Having successfully navigated the challenges of the Team Building building activities at Intundla, your team will be ready to tackle the new period.

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Engagement Parties – all you need to know

Congratulations! You’re the lucky girl boasting a sparkling new diamond on your finger and your summer holiday will never be forgotten. You’ve probably been celebrating since your Prince Charming went down on one knee, but there is always room for an Engagement Party! This is a great opportunity to bring people from both sides together in a less formal way before all the serious Wedding planning starts.

Although this is a less formal event you do need to consider a few basics before rushing into inviting everyone.

Bridal Party – Now is the time to start thinking about who you’d like to be by your side on your Wedding day (apart from your future husband of course). If you play your cards right you can engage your Maid of honour and bride’s maids in all your planning right from the beginning. Also note that you can’t invite someone to your engagement party and NOT invite them to your Wedding. Unless you’re planning on having your Wedding in another country and you know they won’t be able to come to that.

Who should host it? – Traditionally the bride’s parents hosted the Engagement party and footed the bill, but we live in a modern society where brides and grooms now make their own traditions. You can decide to host it yourself, have more than one party, and even have a good friend host it (this person will most likely be your Maid of honour). Just remember whoever hosts the party will most likely end up paying for it.

Gifts or no gifts? – People are not expected to bring gifts but there are people who like to give Engagement gifts none the less. If you have your Wedding Gift Registry set up already you could give that to friends and family who ask, but don’t advertise this. You could also choose to have a note on the invitation saying No Gifts. More importantly be discreet and keep in mind that your Wedding is still coming up, and open your gifts after the guests have gone.

Invitations – Your Engagement party doesn’t have to follow the same theme as your Wedding so don’t worry about deciding on your Wedding theme now. You’ll have plenty of time after the party to start planning for your big day. Remember the Engagement Party is less formal so you can even send invitations via email.

This is a very special time of your life, treasure every second, don’t get carried away and always know that people are the most important part of any story. And yes you are allowed to show off and brag about your ring endlessly!

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