Category Archives: Event

The Abalone Pool Villas in Paternoster opens

There has never been a better time to visit Paternoster than now.  South of Africa is proud to announce the official opening of their brand new Abalone Pool Villas in the heart of the West Coast fishing village on 17 July 2017. Previously trading as the Seaside Cottages, the renovated … 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 >

Farewell Seaside Cottages, Hello Abalone Pool Villas

With winter on the doorstep of the West Coast, Paternoster is about to embrace another season of indoor indulgence.  Winter is also the season when the lifecycle ends of many flora that adorn our coast line – only to be reborn when Spring arrives.  South of Africa’s two Seaside Cottages … 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 >

What’s new this Christmas at South of Africa?

You will be pleasantly surprised at all the wonderful changes at South of Africa’s hotels and cottages this festive season. If you needed a reason to slam the door behind you and head on out to enjoy your summer vacation, our exciting changes make for the perfect excuse …. not … See more >

South of Africa visits Indaba 2016

The international trade show Indaba, held annually in Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, once again took place during the Mother’s Day weekend this May.  South of Africa’s Marketing Manager, Egmond du Plessis, attended the Indaba 2016 on behalf of South of Africa. “It is always a treat visiting the Indaba, and Indaba 2016 … See more >

South of Africa celebrates 2015 Gatsby-style

Celebrating a record-breaking 2015, South of Africa’s senior management joined in the Year End Function celebrations at Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa on 9 November 2015. The event, which was an entire day affair, started off with a meaningful walk in silence at Shangri-La’s Labyrinth, whilst the music “Theme from … See more >

Shangri-La wins 2 prestigious Lilizela Tourism Awards

Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa received two prestigious provincial Lilizela Tourism Awards on 24 September at the Tzaneen Country Lodge.  These Awards recognise and reward tourism players and businesses who work passionately and with pride to deliver a world class product and service and whose delivery grows South Africa’s global … See more >

Happy Heritage Day and National Braai Day

From all of us at South of Africa, we wish all our guests, families and friends a happy Heritage Day and a tasty Braai Day!  A beautiful post on Facebook by our favourite chef, Reuben Riffel, sums up this celebration on 24 September 2015: “Today we get to reflect on … 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 >

Elephant Springs & Shangri-La adverts on ANN7

Africa News Network7 (ANN7) is South Africa’s newest 24-hour news channel focusing on constructive, nation-building stories in the interests of building a culture of unity and pride in SA. The Elephant Springs Hotel & Cabanas in Bela Bela and Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa has partnered with this leading news channel … See more >

South of Africa launches great competition with Modi Mall

You can win one of five great holidays at select South of Africa properties when you make any purchase at the Modi Mall in Modimolle, write your name and number on the back of the till slip, and deposit your slip in to the provided entry boxes located around the mall. … See more >

South African Brandy rocks with style on the Cape West Coast

South Africa, Paternoster; THE West Coast and brandy are not exactly unacquainted; in fact, they go together like Paternoster and crayfish. What the West Coast hasn’t experienced to any significant extent, however, is a combination of fine brandy, local food and sumptuous living. And who better to present this glorious … See more >

SOA at Exclusive Getaways Workshop

South of Africa is attending the Exclusive Getaways workshop in Cape Town today, 12 March 2015, and is represented by our professional consultants from AI Marketing, under the lead of Mrs Annette Ashley. The workshop promises to be a fantastic networking opportunity for all present, and a great platform from … See more >

Let’s take a “Selfie” promotion

Get a complimentary glass of house wine / local beer or soft drink / milk shake with the SELFIE promotion this Easter at our participating Restaurants. Take a picture of yourself (and your partner!) with your dinner, tag the name of the hotel that you are at and upload it … 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 >

South of Africa at Meetings Africa

In recent years, the global meetings industry has begun to recognise Africa as a sought after destination. Meetings Africa showcases Africa’s diverse offering of services and products where African associations and African meetings industry professionals can partner to help transform our continent. South of Africa is attending this unique event … See more >

Month of Love Newsletter out now!

South of Africa’s Check out our Month of Love newsletter is out and on its way to your inbox now. The Valentines themed newsletter is filled with a selection of romantic stay over packages, intimate Valentines Day dinners, as well as news about our recent guest review awards and our Last … 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 >

Happy New Year!

South of Africa wishes one and all a prosperous 2015!  It was an absolute pleasure welcoming both new and returning guests during 2014.  This year promises to be a fantastic year and we look forward to spoiling you again, being at your service and helping you create memorable moments at … See more >

Merry Christmas from South of Africa

South of Africa wishes all their guests, employees, suppliers, friends and families a blessed Christmas Day filled with peace and love.

South of Africa Festive Trading Hours

The festive season is upon us and to ensure all our guests and suppliers  that wish to reach the South of Africa head office and Central Reservations are in the know, we present our festive trading hours: 24 December 2014 – Open 8am to 12pm 25 December 2014 – Closed 26 December … 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 >

Celebrate our Heritage

South of Africa wishes all of its guests, suppliers, friends and colleagues a wonderful Heritage Day on Wednesday 24 September 2014.  Enjoy National Braai Day and travel safely wherever you go on this public holiday.

Celebrate Women’s Month with South of Africa

South of Africa is celebrating Women’s Month with an array of fantastic getaway offers that will make her feel extra special!  From the BFF-breakfast at Abalone House & Spa in Paternoster, to the pampering spoils of the new Spa at Shangri-La in Modimolle, we have it all this August. South … 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 >

Hayden Quinn at Abalone House & Spa

Paternoster’s luxurious 5-star destination in Paternoster, Abalone House & Spa, was the featured location in last night’s Hayden Quinn South Africa episode.  Broadcast on SABC 3 at 21:30, the weekly show cdelicious cuisine, incredible local ds unique and diverse cultures. Rugged foodie and MasterChef Australia contestant Hayden Quinn travelled across our … See more >

SOA at Funama Wedding Expo

South of Africa’s Limpopo portfolio showcased its wedding venues at the annual Funama Wedding Expo in Polokwane this past weekend 26 &  27 July 2014. Our beautiful stand was designed by in-house Project Manager and Interior Designer, Mr Johan Esterhuizen.  Feedback on the stand was extremely positive, with wedding enquiries already … See more >

Koi Pond Venue opens at Birdsong Cottages

The addition of the brand new Koi Pond Venue at Birdsong Cottages is taking this beautiful property to new heights.  Serving as both a restaurant &bar and wedding reception venue or function venue, the delightful Koi Pond Venue is named after its striking feature – the indoor Koi Pond. Seating … 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 >

Celebrate Father’s Day with South of Africa

Every year we celebrate our parents with two special holidays during May and June.  With Mother’s Day recently passed, the upcoming Father’s Day on Sunday 15 June 2014 is an exciting day for all. Celebrate this special day with Dad at any of our properties nation wide.  Abalone House & … See more >

Photo sessions at SOA’s portfolio

The past two weeks South of Africa’s guests might have seen scurrying in certain corners of our properties, and the odd flash of a camera light.  As recently reported on Facebook, we’ve been extremely busy with a photo session at each of our seventeen establishments, taking photographs of a variety … See more >

Sonstraal School representatives and children with Shangri-La Management

Shangri-La’s Wine Tasting Dinners helps worthy cause

The award winning Shangri-La Country Hotel just outside Modimolle holds their monthly wine tasting dinners on the first Saturday of each month.  Already established as a culinary destination of choice in 2013, for both local and national visitors, Shangri-La’s first wine pairing dinner of the year was held on the 1st of … See more >

Month of Love Packages

We are proud to announce our superb Month of Love Packages for our Valentines- themed  celebrations this February. Make your choice from our romantic secluded destination Shangri-La Country Hotel in Modimolle, the luxurious 5-star Abalone House & Spa in Paternoster, or the comfortable Elephant Springs Hotel in Bela Bela.  Each … See more >

Happy New Year 2014

From all of us at South of Africa, we wish you a fantastic 2014 and a blessed year ahead.  We look forward to welcoming you into our midst in the coming year. With love and respect, from all of us at South of Africa.

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 >

Spend Christmas & New Year at Abalone House

If you are planning to spend Christmas in Paternoster, join us for our exquisite Christmas Eve Dinner and Christmas Day Lunch.  Chef Aviv Liebenberg has conjured up a mouth-watering menu that celebrates the festive season in a tantalizing way.  Pay only R550 per person for the Dinner or Lunch. If you wish … See more >

“Kollig” features Reuben at Abalone House

Sensational Afrikaans television programme “Kollig” featured celebrity chef Reuben Riffel in a lengthy interview on the kykNET & kie channel in their episode broadcast on 15 October 2013 at 21:00. Reuben was interviewed on site at Abalone House, and discussed his decision on launching his brand new restaurant here, spoke … See more >

Photo Erik Brits

The “SOA” Road Trip – Part 1, Abalone House

During the next couple of weeks South of Africa will be publishing reviews by Capetonian travel journalist Erik Brits, who recently went on South of Africa’s first “Road Trip” to experience everything we have to offer.  Erik journeyed from the elite 5-star Abalone House in Paternoster, Western Cape, all the way … 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 >

Shangri-La’s unique Drum

Being synonymous with Shangri-La, Dr Bruce Copley of AAHA Learning recently donated a unique drum to Shangri-La for use by staff and guests.  This very drum was used in the first South African corporate drumming session which Dr Copley and his associate, Phil Richardson, presented at Shangri-La in 1991. Corporate drumming has evolved … 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 >

Bravo! episode filmed at Abalone House

The team behind the famed kykNET programme “Bravo!” recently filmed an episode of this beloved Afrikaans TV show at Abalone House in Paternoster on the West Coast. Presenter Hannes van Wyk named the stay of the Homebrew Films team a memorable experience. Filming took place on Monday 12 August 2013. … See more >

Tuine & Tossels features Shangri-La’s gardens

Local television show Tuine & Tossels featured the lush gardens of Shangri-La Country Hotel outside Modimolle in their 26 June 2013 broadcast. Presenter David Viljoen interviewed our beloved Magogo, Mrs Anndeline Jansen van Vuuren, mother of owner Johan Jansen van Vuuren. The feature focussed on the beautiful setting of Shangri-La, … See more >