Hallmark House, which was built originally in the 1970s as a diamond-polishing centre, is in the heart of the Maboneng district on the east side of the Johannesburg city centre.
Maboneng – which means ‘place of light’ in Sotho – is owned and developed by Propertuity. This exciting and vibrant new neighbourhood has quickly become a destination in its own right. Here you can see the expression of modern day creativity and entrepreneurial spirit in all its urban forms. From art centres, photo walks and commissioned graffiti street art; to street markets, yoga studios and new designer shops. This area is edgy and lively, but also a sheltered environment which you can explore on foot. Enjoy one of the many restaurants and bars or browse through the weekend markets.
This new 4 star boutique hotel, Hallmark House, allows you to enjoy the Maboneng area whether for a few hours or an evening. Or as a base for a couple of days exploring the many delights in and around Johannesburg.
There are 46 bedrooms all decorated in a modern colourful and contemporary style. Each have balconies to enjoy the city views and full bathrooms. The ground floor hosts a restaurant and a boutique craft bar brewery as well as a jazz bar. On the roof there’s a rooftop pool and pool bar where you can take in Johannesburg’s city skyline. Not to mention a gym and spa for your enjoyment.
There is a complimentary shuttle that can take you to various local restaurants (if you’d like a change from Hallmark House’s in-house restaurant). Maboneng is only 20-25 minutes from Johannesburg airport. So from a practical point of view, it’s an ideal place to stay if you only have one night and don’t want to stay in the airport environs. Here you can get a real feel for the vibrant re-emergence of one of Africa’s most dynamic and happening cities…
Hyena Pan Tented Camp is a tranquil tented camp situated in a private concession area NG18, adjacent to the Khwai area. This 350,000 hectare private concession falls within the Okavango Delta World Heritage Site.
This new tented camp borders the Moremi National Park and the Khwai River. And is positioned 12 km north of the Khwai River. It lies within Cathedral Mopane forest overlooking a natural Mopane Pan. The pan is a constant water supply to many species of birds and animals year round. The rains in December to March flood the area creating an enormous water feature. This entices Hippo, Elephant and Buffalo, not to mention the exceptional array of water birds. As the pan shrinks from March through to late November they pump water to the pan from one of their solar-powered boreholes. Game activities include game drives and bush walks.
The eight en-suite tents are raised on stilts. And offer simple comfort, furnished with twin beds, solar generated power and private facilities including gas generated showers.
Also an option is to stay one night at Hyena Pan’s sky beds, an overnight fly camp which allows you to experience the wilds of Africa in safety and comfort. The skybed comes complete with proper flush toilets for example.
You may like to enjoy the Elephant Song Trail which is offered as either a 3 or 4 night walking trail with the first and last nights based at Hyena Pan and the middle night or two at Hyena Skybeds.
Meno a Kwena Camp is situated on the high cliffs overlooking the dry Boteti river on the very edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.
Southern Africa’s largest remaining zebra and wildebeest herds, dependant on regular drinking water, migrate between the Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans and the Okavango. Meno a Kwena is situated on these traditional migration routes with plentiful wildlife, especially during the zebra and wildebeest migration. This wildlife followed by their accompanying predators.
During the dry season (May to November) thousands of zebras, elephants and other wildlife come to drink along the riverbed. This can only be described as one of the most productive drinking spots in view of a camp in Southern Africa. Birding is excellent year round but bird varieties increase and breeding starts during the summer months (September to May).
The Accommodation at Meno a Kwena:
The simple yet stylish, traditional tented camp offers an authentic safari mood with traditional rural African touches. The viewing area high up on white cliffs is the centrepiece of the Meno A Kwena experience. This view is shared by the accommodation tents also on the cliffs’edge looking down to the Boteti riverbed below. Meru tents, each with its own bucket shower and loo, offer an authentic safari experience. The living/dining area is under a large canvas roof where traditional safari meals are served.
Wildlife viewing by 4 x 4 safari vehicle varies depending on where the seasonal wildlife is concentrated for water and food. Experienced, and knowledgeable guides lead safari excursions to different Kalahari wilderness areas within the Makgadikgadi area. This all depends on the wildlife movements. An impressive packed picnic lunch and drinks are provided for these safaris. There is no need to leave the camp during the dry season as most of the wildlife in the area will drink from the waterhole. This is a perfect opportunity for you to take a break from game drives.