Escape to the Bush with your Valentine

Escape to the Bush with your Valentine

Time to impress that special person in your life

Every woman (and man) deserves a little Valen-time and what could be better than a relaxing the day at the Spa. Not just any Spa but Intundla Game Lodge and Bush Spa.  With breathtaking surroundings and a calming environment, Intundla Game Lodge has created a peaceful Bush Spa that is guaranteed to leave you feeling rejuvenated, refreshed and relaxed.

If you have not experienced our spa, here's what you can expect:

Full Body Aromatherapy Thai Massage

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils that are extracted from parts of herbs and plants that contain natural properties of the plans themselves. Such oils aid in reducing anxiety, ease depression, boost energy levels and reduces pain, only to mention a few. Essential oils are massaged into the body, thus improving general wellness in the body and makes for a great way to spend a day. The majority of our spa massages include the use of highly beneficial essential oils.

Reflexology

For those who have not yet experienced a reflexology session, you are missing out.  By massaging certain areas under and around your feet, also with essential oils, it improves the treatment and detox of various areas and organs in the rest of the body.

Hot Stone Massage

Intundla Bush Spa offers two hot stone massage treatments.  The first is a hot stone full body massage that includes the use of smooth stones that is used to massage the body while increasing circulation and easing muscular tension.  Alternatively, you can enjoy a Hot Stone Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage which has similar benefits to the Full Body Hot Stone Massage and is equally relaxing.

Relaxing Facials for men and women

We have not forgotten about the hard working men that deserve just as much me-time as women.  For this reason, we have created a facial package just for men. This treatment includes a 30 min back, neck and shoulder hot stone massage and will instantly help you relax.  The facial treatment focuses on cleansing the skin and will leave any man feeling invigorated – a perfect way to unwind.

The Intundla Bush Spa is open from 08h00 – 18h00 and booking is essential. Contact us at 012 735 9913 today to book your spot and start your me-time!

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The Perfect Marriage Proposal

She is going to want to hear it! Make sure you Say it Right with the Magic Words: "Will You Marry Me?" And remember to Practise! Practise! Practise!

Fun Wedding Facts

  • * The Princess Cut Diamond was first created in 1980 and is still the most popular non-round shape for a diamond ring.
  • * The average length of an engagement is 14 months.
  • * The word "bride" comes from an old proto-germanic word meaning "to cook".
  • * Most married couples are happiest in their third year of marriage.
  • * The longest recorded marriage lasted 91 years and 12 days.
  • * Gamophobia is the fear of getting married or being in a relationship.
  • If you get married at Intundla your chances of a successful marriage is 100% better than couples who get married elsewhere.

 

The Perfect Marriage Proposal

Already gone down on one knee?

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Country Wedding Venue

Get the true bushveld wedding experience

If you are lucky in love and getting married soon then you should consider a unique bushveld wedding experience at Intundla Game Lodge.  There is nothing more romantic than when a couple gives their I do’s in the heart of nature and, if your lucky, a beautiful golden sunset as your backdrop.

It’s a money saver

Now more than ever brides and grooms are looking for different wedding venues and ideas that will make their special day even more exciting – all without ending up in debt and exceeding the budget.  Unlike indoor venues, a bushveld wedding helps you save money by not needing to spend money on major décor items such as draping for walls and such – offering you the opportunity to spend money on finer details.  A major benefit to any bushveld wedding is that it comes pre-decorated with beautiful scenery that serves as a unique backdrop while the lively birdlife and beautiful nature ads to your atmosphere – a perfect way to celebrate your special day with family and friends!

The Indundla experience

Intundla’s reputation for hosting beautiful weddings has grown tremendously over that last few years and has become one of the most popular venues for those wanting something different.  With complete packages and options, brides and grooms are spoilt with choices which serve as more than just a venue, but also adventurous activities for the groom and groomsmen and relaxing moments for bride and bridesmaids in a beautiful spa. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy walking trails, bird watching, canoeing or simply relaxing by the pool.  If you are looking for something more adventurous, you can book a game drive, go abseiling, archery, black bass fishing, and paintball. Accommodation is available for the guests and they are welcome to participate in all activities.

Book today!

Summer and Autumn are busy times as the weather is perfect for a country wedding. However, to book the perfect wedding venue during "Wedding Season" especially over a weekend requires some planning in advance as there is a high demand.  Book your bushveld wedding with accommodation today and avoid disappointment. Talk to us, tell us what you have in mind and we will work with you to make your day a day you will never forget!

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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!

We have some awesome Holiday Weekend Specials but Book Now or this might just be the ONE that got away!

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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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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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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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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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Wedding Cards What to Write

This is the season for Weddings and most of us will attend at least one wedding over the next couple of months. If you’re not one of the poetic types and often get stuck when writing your good wishes for the newlyweds, we are here to help.

Congratulations or Felicitations?

Thankfully we no longer live in a time where it is thought that a woman is lucky when asked their hand in marriage, rather both the man and woman are seen as lucky to have found each other. But there was a time when writing congratulations might have offended the bride-to-be because it was thought of as congratulating her on actually landing a man!

For the most part, writing the wedding card is all about making your words heartfelt. Below are some of our favourite wedding wishes. Feel free to use them and add your own words for that special touch.

May your joining together bring you more happiness than you can imagine.

Our marriage advice: Always kiss the cook, whoever cooks DOESN’T clean.

May the Lord bless you and keep and surround you with love in your new life together.

Your union is a blessing, may it only grow stronger as the days go by.

The love you share is immense and sweet. May your love never fade away.

The love you share is an inspiration to everyone who knows you. We wish a world of happiness to the beautiful couple.

Your wedding day will come and go, but may your love forever grow.

Wedding Tip: Include a wedding quote in your card, especially when you don't know what to say.

“Insomuch as love grows in you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.” ~ St. Augustine

 

“Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Love, friendships, fruit and wedding memories

Chéri and John Barrett tied the knot at Intundla Game Lodge & Bush Spa on Saturday 24 September. Their wedding photographer, Sharon from Imaginary Photography, calls this one of the most beautiful weddings she's captured, and as you can see from the wedding photographs, she really did a superb job at collecting their memories in her lens. The flowers and wedding décor were done by Szoosh, our in-house décor specialist, and fun fruit names were given to the tables at the wedding reception. Congratulations once again to this beautiful couple on your wedding and best wishes on this wonderful journey, as you build your new lives together.

Some trivia, soon after Chéri and John Barrett got hitched at Intundla, another John Barrett got married on the other side of the world in Georgia, USA.

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Intundla Wedding Venue - Symbolic Meaning of Wedding Traditions

The real meaning behind wedding traditions

Today we may not think twice about ordering the confetti or embarking on a ‘treasure hunt’ to ensure we have all the traditional items for the wedding. Despite being fun to make sure you have something borrowed or blue, these traditions symbolize more than good fortune for your wedding and a happy-ever-after with your partner.

Something Old
Generally, an item of jewellery shows that despite changing your surname, you are intend stay connected to the family and are honouring your roots.

Something New
If you buy something then you are showing that you have plans for the future. Wearing something new to the wedding is for good fortune.

Something Borrowed
When someone lends you one of their possessions it is because they trust you to take care of it and return it in good condition.  It symbolises a bond, relationship and support from your friends that will endure beyond your wedding.

Something Blue
This will most likely be a garter and although you need to flash some leg for the guests to see that you are keeping the tradition, it actually symbolises faithfulness and loyalty.

And some money in your shoe
This is not to stop you from making a clean getaway in case you have second thoughts before the wedding. Putting money in your shoe is to wish you wealth on your new journey.

The gift of a ring
The wedding rings are exchanged to symbolise never-ending immortal love. Placing it on the ring finger comes from the ancient belief that there is a vein on that finger, the Vena Amoris, which flows directly to the heart.

Throwing of confetti
As the couple departs the chapel, the guests shower the couple (traditionally) with seeds or grain, blessing the union to be as fruitful and fertile as the seeds themselves.

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The Alternative Bridal Party

This is your BIG day and you can’t imagine your wedding day without your best friends by your side. Traditionally the bridesmaids and groomsmen are picked to be your support group, your A-team, your wedding day front line. They get to wear bridesmaid dresses that look the same and stand by your side at the altar. And mostly those bridesmaid dresses are a fit all sizes .. but they never do!

We’ve looked at alternative ways to make your wedding unique and still include all your besties, while at the same time making them feel special.

Instead of having a bridal party up at the altar in matching attire, ask your best mates to wear a certain colour so they stand out at your wedding. They will feel treasured and you can even mention them in the program.

Don’t be limited by the age or gender of your bridal party. There is no rule that all of a bride’s best friends need to be women around her age, so why leave out your best bud who happens to be male, or that dear old lady that has stood by you through your whole life, even though she is 30 years older than you.

If you have too many best friends and choosing just a few for your bridal party seems impossible, invite all your best friends to get ready with you the morning of your wedding, they can even ride with you to the ceremony and then can take their seats in a reserved row behind your family. This way you get to include them all and they will be thrilled to play an important role at your wedding.

We have the best in-house Wedding Coordinators to offer help and advice with all your Wedding needs.

Image courtesy www.sweetwaterportraits.com

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The most Romantic Wedding Venue in Gauteng

This magnificent Lodge and place we call home is very dear to our hearts. There is just something magical about it. Perhaps the magic comes from all the vows that have been said here, all the promises made, all the love declared ...

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Visit Intundla as part of the Dinokeng Game Reserve

Cant believe i took this? #giraffe #dinokeng #dinokenggamereserve #southafrica

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Natural bush veld – This is not a commercial game reserve but has the feeling of natural bush veld inhabited by species that have always lived here. The reserve is a mixture of private homes , lodges and large tracts of grassland or thorn veld, crisscrossed by roads of differing quality, with frequent spottings of zebra, kudu and other antelope and the occasional giraffe.

Less than 120km from the center of Johannesburg is the Dinokeng Game Reserve, this reserve is a collection of privately own lodges, and the only free roaming Big 5 Game Reserve in the province.  This fabulous reserve is near Hamanskraal and features a self-drive route which allows those who like to navigate their own way through the bushveld to do just that.

Although this is a Big 5 Reserve you cannot expect to find them all in one day, but they are around in small numbers, the elephants and buffalo may be encountered in large groups because of their tendencies to form herds, and there is an impressive variety of other large animals to be spotted such as giraffe, zebra, eland, kudu, blesbok, impala and warthog.

Over 300 species of birds have been recorded in the greater Dinokeng area, and for us, the most exciting birds at present are a pair of Martial Eagles, they are a rarity in Gauteng and Eagles generally raise only a single chick every year.

The dam at Intundla offers a perfect viewpoint and is a watering hole to many animals like Kudu, Warthog, and Meerkat as seen in the video below.

We watched a whole bunch of Meerkat’s coming to have some much needed water this afternoon. They are incredibly cute! #meerkat #bushliving #intundla #animalsofintundla

Posted by Intundla Game Lodge & Bush Spa on Monday, 17 October 2016




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Intundla’s Bush Spa a Place of Tranquility in the heart of Dinokeng

The Spa showing off today. Gardens looking beautiful and have some lovely ladies here for a Spa day #spa #intundla #relaxation

Posted by Intundla Game Lodge & Bush Spa on Saturday, 22 October 2016

Troné Schoeman gave us a star rating - We went to the spa and had lunch at the restaurant, we also went canoeing and went for a game drive, saw a lot of animals. Very nice place and the staff are excellent!! Will definitely go back! They also have the cutest dogs.

Herb & Vegetable Garden at the Bush Spa

 

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Game Lodge Helicopter Flip

Give your Romance a lift with a Helicopter Flip to Intundla Game Lodge and Bush Spa

This is one that needs to go on the bucket list – a helicopter trip to Intundla Game Lodge and Bush Spa. Although, don’t wait too long to tick this one off your list, as this outing is the perfect spoil, turning a special occasion (or just an ordinary day) into one filled with memories and wonder.
The trip begins early morning at Wonderboom National Airport with 360 Aviation.  As the helicopter takes off you are treated to a wonderful birds-eye view of the country. Since Intundla is close to Pretoria, located in the Dinokeng Big 5 Game Reserve, the trip is short but packed full of majestic scenery.
Once you land at Intundla, the bush sounds, scents and tranquility will cause all the stress to melt away, leaving you to enjoy your special moment together.
There are several packages available ranging from a sumptuous Bush Breakfast, spa treatments and a game drive, depending on how much time you have put aside to be spoiled.

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Romantic game lodge wedding proposal

A master in the art of romance proposes at Intundla

Romance is certainly not dead and recently we were enlisted in helping a master in the art of romance to propose to his intended.
Romance is hard to quantify it is more than just the action of handing over a red rose or heading off to a fancy dinner, it can be encompassed with-in a single simple gesture such as holding out a hand to lead a girl to the dance floor or involve so much more… Any act of romance needs to have a feeling - be emotionally charged and make the recipient feel like they are the most loved person in the world…we all know it when we see it.

There is this saying: “you may not be the only person in the world, but you may mean the whole world to one person”.

Goodguyswag describes a romantic act as being “unexpected, thoughtful, uncommon, impractical, heroic, emotional, spiritual, and sensual.” They go on to give some tips for the guys.

Perhaps our master of the art of romance also read this GoogGuyswag article as he is certainly well versed in the subject matter…The couple arrived early at Intundla for a canoe trip on our dam with its green grassy verges and lovely tranquil scenery. We helped prepare a pick nick and let them head off for some undisturbed quality time. The couple returned for a romantic Thai full body massage and a Thai foot massage at our Bush Spa.
While the couple were being spoiled and pampered from head to toe, the staff readied the honeymoon suite (as per instruction) with a sprinkling of rose petals in the shape of a heart on the bed surrounding a gift. If this was to be the end of the spoil, it could easily have been said that the girl felt completely romanced…but there was more to come.
The couple were picked up for a game drive and taken to the top of the mountain that rises behind Intundla Game Lodge and Bush Spa, where champagne was popped and so was the question.

We wish you both the most wonderful of blessings and were honoured to have been able to be part of this magically romantic time.

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What NOT to do the night before your wedding

This is a tough one – with all that still seems to need attention, the expectations (and copious amounts of free advice and input) from the close family – what you do or don’t do on the eve of your wedding could cast a shadow on the next day’s celebrations. So keep your calm, poise and above all your sanity by following these tips.

Don’t change the plans
The nerves will be spiking the night before the big day and your ability to make any rational decisions will be taking a sabbatical from all the current chaos. Trust that your plans were made when you were in a saner state of mind and resist the urge to change the seating plan, décor, vows, etc.

Don’t try to commit anything to memory

The night before the wedding your mind will be very distractible and will skip from one track to another seemingly at random, like an old CD or record you dug up from when you were still single. Trying to memorise guest names, their peculiar habits or requests, or even your wedding vows will just lead to frustration.

Don’t succumb to peer pressure
The anticipated joy and excitement and mental state of mind (see above) will make you more susceptible to suggestions from your peers. Their comments and ‘helpful’ suggestions will have you tied in knots if you lend your ear to a relative or friend for too long… Like confessing to some infraction, feeling or secret or trying all manner of ‘home remedies’ to get rid of a blemish or spot.

Don’t party too hard

We all know that trying to function on a hangover and very little sleep the day after is no fun. Ideally, the groom and bride should have had their fun on their bachelor(etts) parties. So avoid bleary looks and bloodshot eyes in the wedding photo album by taking it easy and having an early night.

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