Category Archives: Activities

The Spa at Abalone House reopens in time for summer

The Cape West Coast with its bracing ocean, windswept beaches, endless views and dramatic sunsets is the perfect summer destination. Summer days through to the evenings finds the picture-perfect fishing village of Paternoster transforming into a landscape of breathtaking beauty. The Abalone House & Pool Villas, one and a half … See more >

Year End Function options for everyone

  It’s time to toast to 2017 BOOK YOUR YEAR END FUNCTION AT SELECT VENUES South of Africa offers a variety of venues for your Year End Function. Whether you’re looking for a budget friendly self-catered boma with views of the bushveld or a 5 star exclusive deck with superb seaviews … See more >

Shangri-La and Birdsong’s chapels showcased in Lekkeslaap.Co.Za blog

South Africa’s favourite local online booking platform, Lekkeslaap.Co.Za, published a blog on their website of their 15 favourite chapels in South Africa that looks like they’re straight from a fairy tale.  South of Africa’s hotels, Shangri-La and Birdsong Cottages, count among the 15 nationwide chapels who has been bestowed with … See more >

Abraham Kriel Kinderhuis Kunstefees, Shangri-La

The Abraham Kriel Kinderhuis will be hosting their annual “Kunstefees” at Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa from 2 to 4 June 2017. Join the Food & Wine pairing dinner on Friday night with the singing chef Kevin Leo (cost R250pp) or visit on Saturday for entertainment by SA’s top artists starting … See more >

We celebrate our first “South of Africa Day”

20 April 2017 marks the celebration of the first “South of Africa Day”.  Brought about to strengthen the bonds of camaraderie and enhance the morale of the South of Africa employees, “South of Africa Day” landed the 20 April slot with a very good reason: it is the birthday of … See more >

Year End Functions 2016

South of Africa has announced a series of Year End Function packages at six of its properties, ranging from the luxurious 5-star Abalone House in Paternoster to the self-catering bush venue Birdsong Cottages outside Modimolle. The Year End Function packages range from a venue-only option to an all inclusive 24-hour … See more >

Enjoy movie night at Shangri-La this December

Shangri-La outside Modimolle will be entertaining young and old this December with their unique “Movie Night” offering, showing a selection of films during the holiday season.  Kicking off on Saturday 19 December 2015, the Indaba Conference Venue has been transformed into a relaxing cinema – complete with big screen and popcorn machine! … See more >

The Secret to Shangri-La

South Africa, Limpopo; If the rat-race is wearing you out and you need a break not too far away from the city, possibly with the kids in tow, then Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa (a mere hour outside Johannesburg and 14km from Modimolle) has everything you need and much more. … See more >

Paternoster Yoga Retreats

Revitalize your soul!  Following the recent success of the first Yoga Retreat hosted by Abalone House & Spa in August, the excitement is growing with the announcement of  additional accommodation at the Paternoster Cottages during the October 2015 Yoga Retreat. Experience the West Coast in a way you never have. Abalone … See more >

New Putt Putt course at Shangri-La

The 4-star Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa on the outskirts of Bela Bela and Modimolle will soon be boasting its very own Putt Putt course.  This 9-hole mini golf course is a fantastic new addition that adds to the charm of Shangri-La becoming the Waterberg’s number one destination for family … See more >

Healing Earth Spa at Abalone House receive 2016 World Luxury Spa Nomination

Since opening its doors in October 2013, the Healing Earth Spa at Abalone House in Paternoster has become synonymous with the 5-star luxuries and pampering guests have come to expect from this West Coast boutique hotel. The Healing Earth Spa at Abalone House has been nominated for the 2016 World … See more >

The Bela Bela 2015 Events Calendar

If you’d like to plan your vacation around sporting events, or if you are just an outdoor enthusiast, why not visit our EVENTS section where you can find a comprehensive list of outdoor activities taking place in the Bela Bela area during 2015. Massive sporting events included in our Bela Bela … See more >

kranskop druiwefees

Kranskop Druiwefees

The annual Kranskop Druiwefees festival will take place from 8 – 10 January 2015 just outside Modimolle in the Limpopo Province.  The event promises to draw even more visitors this year with a massive line up of well known performing artists, a great selection of stalls as well as the … See more >

New Year’s Eve celebrations with South of Africa

If you’re looking for an event of note to join, why not book your tickets for the New Year’s Eve West Coast Braai at Abalone House & Spa in Paternoster or the Avatar / Toga Dress Up New Year’s Bash at Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa in Modimolle. Visit the … See more >

Flower Season commences on the West Coast

South Africa’s West Coast is a popular tourist destination during the months of August and September, when the beautiful flowers bloom and cover the country side with blankets of colour. Paternoster, home to the luxurious Abalone House & Spa, the exquisite Seaside Cottages, the flamboyant Oppidraai and the rustic Kliphuisie, is … See more >

Shangri-La opens its brand new Spa

The renowned Waberberg Country Hotel, Shangri-La, has crossed the threshold into the international hospitality arena. In response to the high demand from its loyal patronage of the past 24 years, the romantic Country Hotel in the heart of the bushveld has opened its very own Spa!  The long awaited move now elevates … See more >

Our 13 highlights of 2013

Today there are only 13 days left before 2013 is over. We reminisce about the year gone by by sharing our 13 highlights of 2013. 1) NEW SOA LOGO We launched the brand new logo of South of Africa, alongside its new slogan, at this year’s Indaba in Durban, May … See more >

Rotary Christmas Market at Elephant Springs

The annual Christmas Market of the local Rotary Warmbaths Club in Bela Bela opened its doors for the first time at Elephant Springs this holiday season.  The event took place from 13 – 23 December 2013. This annual superb event brings together crafters and exhibitors from all around the country.  … See more >

Introducing Facebook videos

South of Africa’s social media platform on Facebook and Twitter have recently been treated to the publication of various video snippets from our properties.  If a picture speaks a thousand words, then a video would be a million. Our followers on Twitter and likes on Facebook have been spoiled with … See more >

Taking care of our animals at Birdsong Cottages

Because of the superb bushveld location of Birdsong Cottages, a variety of wildlife is found on the premises.  The well being of our animals is a very high priority for South of Africa, and we have taken advantage of the generous assistance of farmers and nature lovers in our immediate surroundings. Birdsong … See more >

Shangri-La’s Heritage Restaurant participating in Restaurant Week 2013

Shangri-La Country Hotel’s Heritage Restaurant has joined the annual international event Restaurant Week South Africa. Restaurant Week South Africa will be held nationwide for the first time, after it has been successfully organized in cities like New York, London and Shanghai. The official partners are American Express, SAfm, Peroni, Good Fellas, … See more >

Paternoster’s Abalone House and Spa now in a class of its own

Renowned five-star boutique guesthouse, Abalone House has crossed the threshold into the international hospitality arena. A coveted and highly-acclaimed Reuben’s restaurant along with an esteemed Healing Earth Spa opened today –  elevating Abalone House to new heights of luxury, decadence and service. The finest local cuisine and spa products are … See more >

Big excitement with Reuben’s at Abalone House

The opening of Reuben’s at Abalone House in Paternoster on 1 October 2013 has already created a social media frenzy.  In time for the opening, the esteemed Chef, Reuben Riffel, ventured to Paternoster for the official photo shoot of his new restaurant at Abalone House. Photographer Adam Letch, world renowned … See more >

Shangri-La’s new “Labyrinth of Appreciation”

Created as a living tribute to the generous support of Dr Bruce Copley for his on going life-changing contribution to all at Shangri-La Country Hotel since 1991, the Labyrinth of Appreciation was opened by owner Johan Jansen van Vuuren on 13 September 2013 in the presence of Dr Bruce Copley … See more >

Wedding Expo Exhibition

South of Africa exhibited at the Wedding Expo held at The Dome, Northgate, Johannesburg, during 24 & 25 August 2013.  Our representatives introduced all of our magnificent wedding and honeymoon facilities in both the Limpopo Province and Western Cape. South of Africa’s superb corner stand was busier than ever, boasting our new branding, … See more >

Brand new Boma at Birdsong Cottages

Birdsong Cottages is proud to present its brand new Boma.  This fantastic new venue in the heart of the bush has been declared open by the owners of South of Africa this past weekend and christened the “Edwin Cameron Boma” in honour of Justice Edwin Cameron, the Constitutional Court justice and life … See more >

Flower Season Update

The latest West Coast Flower Report supplied by West Coast Tourism has caused a renewed interest in the Flower Season in Paternoster.  There are two locations in Paternoster ideal for viewing the flowers, being the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve and Pelgrumsrust (on the road between Paternoster & Vredenburg). The types … See more >

Dr Bruce Copley returning to Shangri-La

Dr Bruce Copley will be returning to Shangri-La for yet another extraordinary Holistic Learning Holiday from 10 – 13 September 2013. He has been presenting this programme aptly described as a “going away that feels like coming home” for the past 23 years at Shangri-la. According to Dr Copley, “our … See more >

Rotary Christmas Market

Elephant Springs to host Rotary Christmas Market

The annual Rotary Warmbaths’ Christmas Market will be held at the Elephant Springs Hotel in Bela Bela this upcoming Festive Season, from 13 – 23 December 2013. Exhibitors from all over the country bring their hand made arts and crafts to the public in this unique fund raising event. The … See more >