Category Archives: Event

Christmas Lunch at Shangri-La

The beautiful country hotel and spa in Modimolle, Shangri-La, will be hosting its annual Christmas Luncheon this year on 25 December 2021. A mouth watering buffet will be available for guests on the day to savour in the new Moroccan Room which opened its doors recently. Bookings are now open … See more >

Shangri-La celebrates 30+ years on Mother’s Day

Shangri-La will be celebrating its third decade in the hotel industry on Mother’s Day 2021 with a special Sunday Luncheon on 9 May 2021. Book to join our birthday celebrations on this momentous occasion. See the menu here. Adults: R220 per personPensioners: R115 per personChildren u/12: R85 per person For bookings call 014 718 … See more >

South of Africa lends a hand on Madiba Day

The annual Madiba Day has presented itself with yet another opportunity for South of Africa to give back to the community, and for 2018 South of Africa is taking another leap to honour and assist those who make a difference in the future of South Africa. A mere 20km outside … See more >

South of Africa celebrates SOA Day with exciting news

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, BELA BELA, 20 APRIL 2018.  The popular hotel chain South of Africa that boasts hotels, cottages and villas in some of South Africa’s most popular yet unexploited destinations, celebrates their second annual SOA Day with exciting news.  SOA (an abbreviation of South of Africa) is celebrated on 20 … 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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >