Qwantani Resort, a conference venue in The Free State

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The Venue Pages together with First Resorts, Qwantani Resort, a conference venue in The Free State, are happy to announce yet another competition in our Blog ‘Competition Corner’ for a weekend for a family of 4, on a self catering basis, for the forthcoming month.

Read the article, answer the question below, post your answer in the comment section and Voila! You will be in!! We will draw the lucky winner on 31 July 2013.  You must also hit the Twitter Tweet button or Facebook Like button on this post in order to stand a chance to win.  You will find them towards the end of the article.

FACTS AND BACKGROUND

Situated on the banks of the Sterkfontein Dam, 43km from Harrismith, Qwantani Berg and Bush Resort has 53 luxury self-catering chalets. Excellent on site conference and wedding facilities are available, fitted with all the mod-cons one would expect of a venue in this class.

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The restaurant provides home-style meals, with a personal touch, banqueting menus in a private venue, sumptuous buffets and has proudly kept up this consistent standard over the years. Under the management of ‘Coffee’ James, who has been in this industry for long enough to sense guests’ needs and to pay special attention to detail and go the extra mile to make your stay at Qwantani Berg and Bush Resort a memorable one and one you will wish to repeat!
ON-SITE LEISURE ACTIVITIES
There is a daily entertainment programme to amuse the whole family which includes fishing, horse-riding, barge cruises, adventure golf and a swimming pool. Situated in breathtaking scenery, Qwantani is perfect for the discerning visitor or conference delegate, isolated from the hustle and bustle of the city and suburbia.
On site Facilities include:

  • Adventure Golf
  • Barge Cruise
  • Bird Watching
  • Excellent conference facilities
  • Wedding venue
  • Pool Tables
  • Swimming Pool
  • Water Sports
  • Games Room
  • Library
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LOCATION
From Johannesburg and Durban: take the N3 to Harrismith. Take the off-ramp to Bethlehem N5. After 5km turn left to Phuthaditjhaba (Qwa-Qwa) R712. Approximately 20km further turn left at the Qwantani Resort sign (gravel road S20). From Bloemfontein: take the N1 to Windburg. At Windburg take the N5 to Bethlehem. From Bethlehem take the N5. Approximately 40km further take the off-ramp to Kestell and Phuthaditjhaba (Qwa-Qwa) R57. Proceed for approximately 27km and take the Harrismith off-ramp (R712). 25km further turn right at the Qwantani Resort sign (gravel road S20). The first 5km is dirt road, travel carefully as it can become slippery after wet weather. Turn off at the Chevron and Qwantani sign onto a narrow tar road. Proceed for another 13.7km and you will arrive safely at our main gate with another 3.7km to arrive at reception.
GPS Address & Coordinates
Longitude: E 29 deg 00 min 58 sec
Latitude: S 28 deg 49 min 07.5 sec
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MEETINGS, CONFERENCES AND SEMINARS
Qwantani Resort is an ideal location for conferences, spa getaways, weddings and private functions. Tons of space makes team building unique at this venue and includes barge cruises to close your conference day, with snacks and drinks.

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Conference venues offer the following seating arrangements for groups:

  • Cinema style seating 120
  • Schoolroom seating 60
  • ‘U’ shape seating 36

Accommodation
53 luxury 3 bedroom, six-sleeper chalets offer all amenities for your comfort with magnificent views of the Sterkfontein Dam. These include 2 bathrooms, a TV with limited DSTV channels, a fireplace, a private braai area and a well-equipped kitchen with a microwave and oven. All units are equipped with daily amenities
To stand a chance of winning the prize for this current competition, merely answer the simple question below and submit your answers in the comments section below.  You must also hit the Twitter Tweet button or the Facebook Like button in order to enter the draw.  On 31 July we will draw one lucky winner of a weekend for 4 on a self catering basis.
Good luck! We hope YOU are the winner!

How many kilometres is Qwantani Bush and Berg Resort from Harrismith?
Answers to reach us by 31 July 2013.

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Brought to you in the interest of professional conference organising and unequalled hospitality by THE VENUE PAGES in conjunction with FIRST RESORTS QWANTANI RESORT.

Article compiled by Rosalie Howard

Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Spa Resort

Conference venue DrakensbergI recently had the pleasure of being invited to an educational site inspection at one of The Goodersons properties in the Drakensberg, Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Spa Resort.

The last time I went there was probably 5 or 6 years ago and I was pleased to see that maintenance has been kept up at the resort. The rooms we stayed in were large family style self-catering apartments and they had been recently refurbished in both hard finishes and soft finishes.

These self-catering units are very pleasant with satellite TV, en suit bathroom, kitchenette with full self-catering facilities. They are suitable for both leisure guests on holiday or for conference groups. Because each unit has two separate en suite bedrooms conference delegates can lock their door between their unit and the shared lounge area resulting in two separate rooms. But if it is leisure that you are after, then the units are large and very comfortable. Each unit has a deck off the lounge area with beautiful views of the mountains.

The facilities at Drakensberg Gardens are also plentiful and we enjoyed some tennis, a play area for kids, pony rides and numerous walks into the hills. The benefits of these activities for leisure guests obviously speak for themselves and kids can be kept entertained for hours on end taking part in outdoor activities that they probably don’t get exposure to at home. A bit of fresh berg air and some exercise goes a long way in forgetting the TV. But for the rainy day there is DSTV to keep everyone entertained.

For your conference groups these outdoor activities can come in handy if you plan to do some team building or just some light-hearted interactive activities with your group. Often budget does not allow for a full-blown team building programme and the activities available here can be mixed and matched to create a fun-filled day for your conference group without the cost of bringing in a professional team building company. Should you require a team building company though, there is plenty of space and options for them to build a programme for you at Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Spa Resort.

The existing conference venues that I remember from my last visit there have all been maintained to 3 star standards and offer a wide variety of choices in terms of plenary and breakaway rooms. The addition of the new conference venue Mashai is also welcomed giving your group a wider choice now of rooms for your conference delegates. So with a total of two conference rooms and a boardroom seating a maximum of 180 pax in the Rhino room the venue lends itself nicely to mid-sized groups. The accommodation available matches the numbers that can be seated in conference and if need be spill over accommodation can be outsourced to the time share on site.

There is a Wellness Centre on site consisting of a sauna and plunge pool, two Jacuzzis, two steam rooms, a 24 jet hydrotherapy bath (heated) as well as a fully equipped gym with cardiovascular circuit, weight training and juice bar. The Wellness Centre also includes Cellu-Beauty Wellness Retreat, which offers 5 treatment rooms (booking is essential).

For the golfing enthusiast, the Resort prides itself in the renowned Drakensberg Gardens Golf Club, the only 18-hole golf course in the Southern Berg (NGU affiliated). Known to be challenging but fair, the course is ideal for all golfers from seasoned professionals to the first time player.

So if it’s leisure or conferencing you are after give Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Spa Resort a try, you won’t regret it.