Where to stay
Due to the city’s sheer size, there are a host of options to bed down for the night. On this visit I was utterly taken back by a new discovery – possibly one of Joburg’s best kept secrets – the Thaba Eco Hotel. It is affectionately dubbed the green heart of Joburg and not without due and deserved merit! Surrounded by Johannesburg’s Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve, this 4 star hotel will impress even the most skeptical Capetonian. The views from my veranda made me feel like I was in any South African game reserve – despite the fact I was a mere 15 minutes from Golf Reef City and the Apartheid Museum, or 20 minutes from the city center!
After checking in I was driven to my delux apartment – one of four set in clusters along one of the property’s ridges. The eco-friendly blocks are designed to work with the environment, and leave little impact. Of course none of this comes at the expense of design both exterior and interior. The chic apartments are spacious, and from your bed, floor-to-ceiling glass windows on two sides give 180 deg views of the surroundings. I took the header picture from the veranda, of a passing thunderstorm whilst enjoying a glass of chardonnay and mellifluous soundtrack provided by the birds.
The hotel offers in-house eco game drives through their hectors of natural bush, where you get up close with the fauna and flaura, and are given a green education by the conservation officer. You can imagine my surprise when we stopped for a break and out came hot drinks, and the most impressive picnic spread I’ve seen! Talking of suprise, the female half of the couple who were on the drive with me was equally suprised at the marriage proposal at the end of the game drive (from her boyfriend not me)! I landed up taking a impromptu photo shoot for them with the bushveld giving the perfect backdrop. I can understand why the hotel has become a destination of choice for weddings and other functions.
Stylishly scrumptious meals were served three times a day by the exceptionally friendly and engaging staff at the Kraal restaurant, and the outdoor pool was a great way to soak in some sun post-meals. The Sinzinani Spa is conveniently located on site, and I visited for their Relaxing Package: a 90 minute treatment that includes foot exfoliation, face massage, head & scalp, hot stone back, neck and shoulder massage, and Shiatsu pressure points. The very capable hands of my therapist and the glass of welcome bubbly made this a must-do relaxation and indulgence experience at the hotel.
Let’s be honest: where else are you 20 minutes from city center, sitting on a game drive, or have a 14km bushveld trail running track at your disposal? Owners Reuben and Maruis should be rightfully proud of their unique and exciting hotel, which will always sit on my top ten Joburg list.
We visited Thaba Eco Hotel a few years ago, and it already was a great place.
The improvements since then has been noticeable. The gardens and surroundings have been planted with indigenous plants in keeping with the surroundings and is magnificent.
The breakfast buffet is gorgeous with both local and international food. The head chef treated us with his own creations from local produce in the evening. Service is great with friendly and knowledgeable staff all around. Everyone just want to help. The game drive was very rewarding with a good selection of wild life and a nature reserve that is in excellent condition.
Watching the rock badgers from our hotel balcony running around with their babies in tow was a real treat. If in doubt – just go, you will not be disappointed.
It’s been 4 days since our wedding at Thaba Eco Hotel and the memories are still so real.
We honestly wish we could turn back the hands of time.
Thank you so much Devona for all your patience, kindness and efficiency. You were always there when we needed you even up until the day of the wedding. You would always answer the phone with a smile and laugh when we called and you never got tired of us even when we would call you a million times a day.
Devona you are a star and we were indeed sad after the wedding because we now didn’t have a reason to call you almost everyday as we did when planning the wedding.
Thaba Eco Hotel is definitely a must for any couple wanting to get married. Literally every staff member on the premises strives to ensure that all guests are catered for to the best of their abilities. Each guest is really made to feel super special.
Big ups to the Chef!!! Chef is very skilled!!!!! The food was amazing! Our guests could not stopping talking about the food. It definitely is of high standard. And the food makes the wedding. Chef really raised the bar.
As most of our guests said, “This was a Top Billing Wedding” and that is all thanks to Thaba Eco Hotel.
The rooms are amazing, Luxurious and spacious! We are already looking to make Thaba Eco Hotel a regular on our annual weekend-aways. There is just so much to do and it honestly feels like you are on the outskirts even though it is situated in the city.
I honestly can say that there is NO bad thing that I can say about Thaba Eco Hotel.
We would call for the golf cart a million times and each time we were greeted with a smile and amazing service. Reception never got tired of all the calls we would make to them asking for even the smallest things. They were always eager to help. As well as when we would call the restaurant to order in breakfast. They would suggest extras and the service was always quick.
We could go on and on about Thaba Eco Hotel. We LOVE this place and we are glad to have found it.
It is definitely a part of our family now.
Love you guys so much!!!!!
Sizwe & Randy
Good morning Taryn.
My husband and I got married at the Kraal Restaurant on the 18th June we would just like to say thank you to your staff for making it an amazing day. The food was superb the service was awesome all our guests were very impressed.
Kim did a fantastic job in organising everything for us from day one she was very helpful and accomodating even though we only had a small group of family and friends Kim treated us like VIPs.
Both your managers were fantastic.
Even your waitress Josephine was awesome.
Thank you so much for making it so special and perfect for our special day.
We will recommend Thaba Eco to family and friends.
Danny and Maria Isaacs
I had my wedding at Thaba on the 21st May 2016. I have worked in a hotel before however the level of customer service that hotel has to offer was amazing beyond my expectations.
The staff were helpful, well groomed, attention to detail the food was exceptional I could really go on I am so pleased with that hotel. I would definitely recommend this hotel to all my friends and family. I also had a 1 night stay on the 26th May and upon arrival at the reception the staff we friendly welcoming they welcomed me back with a smile.
The room was immaculately clean however the mini had an open beverage which isn’t so bad but again very happy.
Devona my wedding co-ordinator was absolutely amazing throughout the whole process of planning the wedding so a big thank you to her my all of us. She did a great job and made my wedding a day to remember!
Firstly I would like to thank you for making our day a fairy tale come true. It was everything I dreamt it would be and more. You helped make our wedding run smoothly and flawlessly. You were prompt, organized and professional, making things easy and stress free I had complete peace of mind.
We really can’t thank you enough for all of the help, guidance and support you’ve given us over the past months. We truly couldn’t be happier with the success of our wedding day and we have you to thank. You made the whole process so much easier for us. Many of our family and friends told us this was one of the best weddings they have attended, so thank you again for making it possible.
I’d definitely recommend you.
You truly are a an angel. Who gets a wedding co-ordinator that even carries their dress….I did J
Thank you to TYB team as well you all were super stars. Everything was extraordinary.
Thanks a million.
I would just like to Thank every person that made my Wedding so unforgettable. The staff on the day were incredible, attentive and went out of their way- Sandton couldn’t produce better service than you all did.. bathrooms were spotless & cleaned every 15 mins, coordinator Kate held my hand the entire journey- she is the best. The receptionist and set up crew, wow wow wow!
The rooms we got were breathtaking & my international guests still haven’t stopped talking about the place (dont think they will be back at SunCity is one statement they made lol)
Jo’burg has a gem and its definitely this place!!! Dont know why people look any any other place.
So please extend my Thank you’s to all who helped and assisted!
You all made my wedding day a beautiful one!
Kayleigh dos Santos
Good Morning Mr Schoeman
We just like to thank you for making our wedding a dream come true.
Thank you so so much for:
- Your great assistance in making our wedding happen
- Wonderful facility
- Friendly staff
- Amazing service
- Top class rooms
the list goes on and on..,
From myself and Sally we could never express our gratitude enough.
Jama & Sally Khambule
I am so sorry we never for to meet you in person , we owe you so much for making our holiday and my brothers wedding so special for so many people . we have had the most relaxing and fantastic stay at your stunning venue , the resteraunt and staff are the best I have ever encountered and I have stayed in some really good places around the world . All the staff are so genuine and friendly . special thanks to Tristan as help us with a problem with our safe and all my medication was locked inside , he was helpful and professional and all the lady’s and gentleman that work at reception who help with my wife getting appointments for hair and make up and our silly problems like forgetting our phone chargers. The staff even managed to keep secrets like true professionals as my uncle was booked in to the venue in secret as well. I thank you again .
Alan and Jayne aka Mr Gary Williams.
I know this is very late but I would like to thank you for all your professional assistance before and on Kelly and Jon’s wedding day. You were such a big help and assistance. It was such a pleasure to deal with all your staff at the venue.
Thank you for also changing the seating plan !
I would like to compliment the chefs and rest of the kitchen staff and waiters, everything was just perfect.
I will send you some décor pic’s once I get them from the photographer.
Netta – Denim and Diamond Events
THANK YOU very much for being our wedding coordinator – you were the best!!
We even congratulated you over the microphone that night 🙂 We truly had
our dream wedding!!
Thaba Eco Hotel is such an awesome venue, even the smaller details we’ve
noted – we loved everything about Thaba Eco Hotel!
You guys deserve 5 stars!!!
I hope you are well.
I was meant to send this email earlier but with the honeymoon and moving into our new home things have been a bit crazy.
I would just like to thank you for the great service we received at our wedding on 14 June. I was slightly nervous with Candice leaving and having dealt with her all along however you and your team were amazing picking up the pieces ensuring our evening went off without a hitch. I would like to make special mention of Rogan who was absolutely terrific! He really ensured that the entire day run exceptionally smoothly and assisted us so efficiently with any queries we had. He is a great asset to your company.
Our only major concern was the amount of time guests staying over had to wait for the transfer from the venue to the hotel for check in.
I would just like to ask if you perhaps found any table numbers left behind? They were white wooden boards with table numbers written out in words in black?
Nicole & Hilton
To this day, 8 months on, each time we drive past TYB, we both reminisce and exclaim to each other how we’d love to do the whole day over, that’s just how amazing it was! You were such a huge part of making 10 March 2013 one of our most favourite memories ever and we never did take the chance to just express our gratitude to you.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for the time you took and the passion you invested in making our wedding a day we’ll always look back on with immense satisfaction! Your skills were invaluable on the day and the wonderful person you were from the moment you took over our event right to its execution was just such a pleasure to have. Thank you, thank you, thank you. If we do decide to redo our wedding day or have a vow renewal at TYB and you’re still around, you are so our number one choice!
P.S. we’re embarrassed to have waited 8 months to thank you, but we really mean it though, thank you!
Just has the most wonderful weekend at Thaba Ya Batswana and booked the Valentines Accommodation Special, can’t wait to see you again on the 14th, keep up the good work!
What a wonderful place to go and just have the time of your life even if it was just for one night. The place the people and staff were absolutely wonderful. Accommodations out of this world. Food 200% delish!!!! Thank you Thaba Ya Batswana for letting me feel SO welcome!!!Wish to visit you SOON!!!
Good morning Candice,
Once again, how do we even begin to thank you? Words cannot begin to tell you what the day meant to us and your contribution was the biggest.
How do we even begin to say thank you for our magical day?
??Candice and your entire team – our vow-renewal ceremony was THE MOST AMAZING day ever! It exceeded our expectations and more!!??Although it was not a legal wedding (as we are already married) all of our guests said it was the best wedding they have ever been to – and we must agree whole heartedly!??Thaba Ya Batswana will forever hold a special place in our hearts.
We have had the pleasure of hosting my daughter’s wedding at Thaba Ya Batswana. The whole experience was nothing short of perfect. the venue, the food, the service…. all outstanding. a Very very big special thanks to our co-ordinater Candice that made everything happen for us throughout the whole year’s planning to the evening of the reception. Candice, a job very well done!! And also a big thanks to all the friendly staff members on the day.
We would like to thank the team at TYB for making our special day so unforgettable. Please give all our thanks to each and everyone that was part of our day. Nobody can stop talking about the great service, the food that was out of this world and how stunning the venue is.?You guys are all AMAZING!?Thank you so very much!!!!
A big thanks to Candice and the TYB team for making our big day so special appreciate it and ever thankful. To class venue and service.
We would like to thank each and everybody at TYB for being part of our most beautiful day. It was everything and more that we dreamt of. We only got compliments from all our guests and everybody was ranting and raving about the great service, food and how stunning our venue was. Please give our thank you to your ops manager as well.
Have a super day.
Good Day Candace and TYB Team
I would just like to thank you once again for the outstanding service that myself, husband and guests received on the day of our wedding! I could not imagine a better wedding that what your team provided us, from the start of the arrangements, we received amazing service down to the last drink being cleared off the tables. It is by far the best wedding venue that myself and guests would recommend as Gauteng’s No. 1 wedding venue. The day was beautiful and the food and atmosphere was unbelievable!
So from myself, husband and family we would just like to say thank you! Thank you!.
Laureen Stanton & Beryl Barlett
My daughter Deneill and Sergio got married at Thaba Ya Batswana on the 25th May 2013 and I would like to thank the Management and Staff for the excellent service we received throughout the day, nothing was too much trouble. We have had the same response from all the guests at the wedding. The food and the venue was excellent and enjoyed by all. Thank you one and all.
I trust you are all well.
This email is just to say THANK YOU!
Thank you to Nicole Peters for assisting with our wedding planning and all our arrangements, for 18 months you were my pillar of strength I never knew planning a wedding could be so demanding but you stepped up with everything we asked, even postponing your own wedding for a month to co-ordinate ours, Kyle and I can never ever Thank you enough. I hope your wedding is everything you’ve ever dreamed of, may all your dreams come true. We are proud to say that we met as strangers, you became our wedding coordinator and now you’ve become one very special friend. A friendship we will both treasure forever!
To Marius and Taryn thank you for stepping in and accommodating us with our wedding plans wherever you could, thank you for making our wedding so special and so memorable, Our guests could not stop complimenting us on the venue we chose and the service of your staff on the night was just brilliant! The food was delicious and the chef met all our needs and requirements!
Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts for ensuring our wedding was absolutely perfect!
Stephen and I would like to thank you for making our day so special. The venue looked beautiful and was done perfectly. The food was amazing and your staff were very helpful. Well done. I will pop in this week to fetch all our decor etc.
Stephen & Tandi
We are finally back from our awesome honeymoon, I would just like to say THANK YOU to yourself and every single person at Thaba Ya Batswana that played a role in making our dream wedding come true, everything was amazing and exceeded my imagination. Im sad that it is all over now, wish I could re live that day over and over again.
Giovanni and Chantel
Hi Candice and Team,
I would like to thank you so so much for making our wedding magical! Everything went according to plan and it was amazing! Your team was professional at all times from the operations manager to waiters. The venue looked amazing and the food was divine! THANK YOU!
This is to express my gratitude to you Candice and your team (Wonder, Julian, Nicole) for the great service you gave us yesterday. Everyone was very professional, attended to every request with a smile, efficiently and promptly. The co-ordination of waiters, duty manager, golf cart drivers, reception was awesome. Thank you for making Nthabiseng and Thabo’s wedding a memorable event. The family appreciates it.
Just want to thank everyone at Kraal Kombuis for making our wedding a memorable occasion. Everything was of superb quality and expertise and impeccable professionalism on the part of our host Pieter who went the extra mile in every way and his mannerism and promise to deliver really did knock the socks off our feet including our guests they are still in awe with my wedding. The only thing I would have liked was to stay over and would like to suggest that a discount is offered to the bridal couple in terms of the honeymoon evening it would have just made it extra special. But tx u once again it was wedding of the year for my family.
Luv Marilyn and Godfrey Munnick Regards, Marilyn
To all at Thaba Ya Batswana,
We would like to extend a HUGE thank you to each and everyone who played a part in making our Wedding the most memorable day ever! Our day was absolutely stunning and it was all because of you. All your staff were organized, professional, pleasant and helpful! Well done to everyone and I can see why people have such good things to say about Thaba. I would like to say thanks to Theo for arranging the restaurant like you did, all your staff were amazing and every single person who attended the dinner commented on the food, arranging of the restaurant and excellent service!!!!!!! WOW you guys were amazing. We cant say thank you enough for all that you have done for us and we wouldn’t have had such an amazing time if it wasn’t for everyone at Thaba Ya Batswana! You guys really outdid yourselves and went the extra mile for us for that we are extremely grateful! We will recommend Thaba to everyone we know and it is still by far most amazing venue that I have seen! We really cant say THANK YOU enough!! It was truly a dream wedding and more! See you all very soon.
Nadine and Michael Rotunno
Wedding 7th May 2011
Thank you for the most organized event. You surely went above the call of duty in your helpfulness and friendliness. We would like to thank you for making Lorraine’s day the most wonderful day with your assistance and organized staff. Please be assured of our gratitude.
Wedding 26th March 2011
Absolutely magical wedding 30th April 2011 In my first critical email I mentioned that we had looked at 20 or so other venues, now we know why we chose TYB. Not only was the venue and views spectacular, but the service and support we got from Nkina and other TYB staff was of a very high standard. We were not disappointed with the food either, and indeed there were just so many aspects of planning a normal wedding that were just taken care of by TYB and we thank you for that. My business partner will be contacting you sometime in the near future as he wants to renew his marriage vows and is planning to use the same venue. Many thanks and I am sure we will be visiting TYB again!
Duncan and Jean
Huge thanks for a LOVELY function on Saturday. Of particular commendation was the FOOD! Vincent and his sous-chef (and team) produced an outstanding meal! Most of our guests commented on the superb quality and presentation of the food, and many of them are “Italians”, who are used to the BEST foods, and notoriously hard to please! So a SPECIAL THANK YOU to Vincent and his sous-chef (sorry, I’ve forgotten his name). Another SPECIAL thanks goes to Siswe (I think he was the event manager on the day?) – for his professionalism, ‘can-do’ attitude and most competent handling of staff and events on the day. I feel that I need to mention a specific instance, when the wedding cake had not arrived (no fault of anybody at TYB), and in desperation I approached him for help. He was extremely caring about the situation, and immediately went about arranging a cake to be baked and decorated so that the bride and groom would have something to cut. As it turned out, the wedding cake arrived after all – but his caring and willingness to offer a solution to the problem impressed me HUGELY. A better example of GREAT SERVIVE cannot be found – THANK YOU Siswe. The staff in general must also be commended for their friendliness and wonderful attitude, your staff is to be highly commended – we had many overseas guests and TYB made us proud to offer a superb African experience in line with the best in the world.
“Thank you so much! Our wedding was fantastic. All staff were so helpful and accommodating. We couldn’t be happier. Definitely a 5 Star Venue in our books”
Kelly and Ian Bareham
I would like to say a Huge THANK YOU to Taryn, and all the staff that worked the wedding. It is great to see that the TYB Team is making a difference to the weddings/functions that take place at our stunning venue.
I just want to thank you again for all the work you put into my wedding. Everyone commented on how well everything was running and how brilliant the staff at the venue was. I couldn’t have chosen a better venue for my wedding. I also didn’t have one compliant about the food, everything worked out brilliantly except for the DJ but that was out of yours and my control. Thank you again for all your hard work!
A very big thank you for all the hard work and effort in helping make Deanne’s day a big success, everyone was thrilled and had a great time.
I would like to say thanks to you and your team for assisting in making our function such a success. The food was excellent and so was the service. Thanks for your patience and professionalism, and for all the help, advice, guidance and quick thinking especially with the cake LOL. TYB will always be recommended and I am sure that you will see us again.
Regards and thanks
Desiree and family
I hope you are a bit rested after such a hectic week last week. My and I would just like to send their greatest gratitude and thanks to you and your colleagues for such a splendid occasion we had on Saturday. The wedding went very well and everyone loved the food and the venue was superb. Your bathrooms are so great that at one stage I took a few pictures in there as it was pouring with rain and we were trying to improvise. The waiters and waitresses were great and did a good job. Thanks to Mr. Blom as well. He was a real spot and did a great job making sure we were happy. I will definitely recommend some brides to you in future.
Tumi & Tshepo Setshwaelo
Now that the dust has settled, and life returns to normality, I would just like to take this opportunity to express my families sincere thanks for the professional manner in which you handled our daughters wedding on the 17th December 2009. Coupled with magnificent weather on the day, everything ran so smoothly, we could not have wished for better. We got nothing but good responses from our guest, and everybody was blown away with our choice of venue. We certainly were able to show our overseas guest (and there were many) the wow factor, and they could not stop raving about the wedding. Once again a big thank you to you and your staff at TYB. We will not hesitate to recommend TYB to anybody, with you as a contact person.
Thank you for all your hard work and the dedication that went into making Candice’s special day just that. Your expertise and guidance in putting everything together is much appreciated. I would certainly recommend TYB as THE venue to anyone who may be interested. Once again, a heartfelt thank you for everything.
Hope you are well! We just got back from honeymoon so have not been able to mail you yet! We need to compliment first of all yourself! You were a great help, you were always calm, always ready to help and i bugged you quite often in the day!!! Thank you Nkina we enjoyed the wedding so much, the venue was absolutely stunning! Vincent needs to be complimented we got so many calls from guests complimenting that the food was so awesome! They haven’t tasted such good food at a wedding before. The food was fabulous and exceeded our expectations! It was delicious!! To TYB staff who were great on the evening and that took care of the main table and all of its guests, Blom was super! It was absolutely fabulous! We loved the venue, what more can we say it was AWESOME!!!! Have a great day
I have been in the wedding industry for 13 years and I must tell you it was one of the best days for me. You all knew that I was absolutely exhausted, having received the guest list at 11.30 pm. On the Friday night, you stood by me and helped lighten my load! I arrived at the venue on Friday and bless Blom. He and his team workers had set the tables, folded the napkins, orange ribbons and all! Thank you Blom. You are a star, and not to mention you’re outstanding running of the function, on the Saturday night. Jazz and Francois were on the ball. They new exactly what had to be done, what had to be moved, pushed, tugged, twisted, and at what time. Thanks guys you are a great team. Zinhle “THE CHEF” When we came through to discuss the starter she was open to anything we wanted. Accommodating in every way. The complements for the food at the wedding were unbelievable. Tasty and plentiful”, Zinhle ! You and your team outdid yourselves.” Last but not least … Tersia. I was very pleased when you came on board half way through all the discussions. Your pleasant manner and humor made things easier to handle. One thing that co-coordinators of venues do not realize is that a wedding coordinator has influence. If we are treated in a cool and arrogant manner by the venue coordinator, we will not promote that venue. I felt I knew you for years. I could phone anytime, and you were always pleasant and helpful. I cannot thank you all enough. Hope to work with you all again.
All my love.
Kathy Lanitis Dynamic Functions
Good morning Maruis,
This thank you e-mail is long over-due. Better late than never, isn’t it? My husband and I got married at your venue, in Tswana Kraal, on 20 November 2010. It was the best day of my life (like more brides), more so since everything happened just as I had imagined and wanted it. We would like to thank Nkina Ntoahae for the effort and passion she overtly displayed and her hard work in co-ordinating our wedding for it to turn out the way it did. Without her as my dedicated wedding co-ordinator, I would have been lost. My husband often says, Nkina is a very special lady to have managed to work with a control freak like me and live to tell the story. Our friends and relatives haven’t stopped talking about our white wedding and the beauty of the venue. Not forgetting to mention that in January 2010, Nkina helped me host my sister’s 30th birthday party in Tswana Kraal. This I did as a test to see if Thaba Ya Batswana could be fitting to be our chosen venue for our special day. You passed with flying colours. You have a great team there, especially Nkina who transformed my dream into a reality. Attached are some of the wedding day pictures.