New Years Eve – Seafood Extravaganza at African Pride Irene Country Lodge

26th December 2011 at 9:41 pm

Make this year’s final meal one to remember. Invite friends and family over for a dinner party for an Evening under the stars, with seafood delacacies that will leave your mouth watering for more. Click here for the menu…

R600 per person sharing, I know I can do with a night away!

24th December 2011 at 11:04 am

African Pride Irene Country Lodge offers luxury accommodation in the heart of Gauteng, South Africa’s Economic Capital, the historical village of Irene, Centurion is known for the winding down oak-lined country lane where cows graze in green pastures, you will arrive at a haven of peace and tranquillity, and you will defiantly not think that this hotel is in Centurion, Pretoria or Gauteng for that matter!

Current Promotions: Sizzling Summer Promotions

With lakeside views to rival most paintings, African Pride Irene Country Lodge is a luxury upmarket hotel, this hotel boasts with 74 spacious luxury accommodation rooms, fine dining restaurants, conference, function and wedding venues, and also boasts with a luxurious upmarket day spa called Camdeboo Day Spa. View our Camdeboo Current Promotions

Irene is a suburb of Centurion which is conveniently situated between Midrand and Pretoria. Making the travel to the Union Buildings in Pretoria a mere 15 min drive away and the travelling to Sandton in Johannesburg a 30 min drive, now with the new Gautrain, Gauteng’s new rail system for “People on the Move” these journeys are even more convenient, Centurion Gautrain station is situated at the Centurion Shopping Centre only a 5 min drive away.

Head on over to our website on Irene Country Lodge to read more about this amazing property! And the winner of the Christmas Lunch with skydiving Santa Clause is…

19th December 2011 at 10:22 pm

Prunella Williams

WIN! Congratulations to Prunella Williams who has won a Christmas Lunch at African Pride Irene Country Lodge valued at R1,500.00 – the prize includes:

•Christmas lunch for 4 people (2 adults 2 children)

•Two soft drinks per person

•Gifts delivered by Santa Clause for the little ones

•Complimentary access to partake in the Kiddies entertainment and view Skydiving Santa. – Skydiving Santa Clause is coming to Irene this Festive Season! – This year African Pride Irene Country Lodge will have their very own Santa Clause dressing up like Jolly St Nick and jumping out of an airplane to come and surprise the little ones on Christmas Day. …

14th December 2011 at 11:03 am – Skydiving Santa Clause is coming to Irene this Festive Season! – This year African Pride Irene Country Lodge will have their very own Santa Clause dressing up like Jolly St Nick and jumping out of an airplane to come and surprise the little ones on Christmas Day. ….

WIN! One lucky reader can win a Christmas Lunch at African Pride Irene Country Lodge valued at R1,500.00 – the prize includes:

  • Christmas lunch for 4 people (2 adults 2 children)
  • Two soft drinks per person
  • Gifts delivered by Santa Clause for the little ones
  • Complimentary access to partake in the Kiddies entertainment and view Skydiving Santa.

To enter, simply click here and press the “like” button to become a fan of Irene Country Lodge  on Facebook before 19 December and the winner of this amazing prize will be announced on Facebook soon after.
Terms and conditions: – Prize valid for 4 people only (2 adults 2 children). – Prize does not include accommodation – Competition closes on Monday, 19th December 2011. – Winner will be contacted via email and Facebook. – Prize valid for Christmas Day 2011 only.
For more information on the Sizzling Summer promotions or to make a booking at Irene Country Lodge, follow their contact links along the right hand side.

Arrive Alive South Africa | Road safety tips for the festive season

12th December 2011 at 5:22 pm

Irene would like to wish all road users a safe festive season on the road, do not think that it is not going to happen to you, please follow suggestions below to keep you safe on the roads of South Africa. Looking forward to your safe return.

1 Obey the rules of the road and carry you drivers license with you.
2 Plan the route to your holiday destination and give your self enough time to reach the destination
3 Make sure that your vehicle is in a roadworthy condition before departure. All lights and indicators, windscreen wipers, brakes, steering, exhaust system and tyres should be carefully examined for faults.
4 Do not overload.
5 Try to avoid driving after dark if possible.
6 Have a good rest before you embark on your journey
7 Take safety breaks every 2 hours or 200km
8 Do not drink and drive
9 Try to recognize potentially dangerous drivers on and pedestrians alongside the road and keep well clear of them
10 Be visible – drive with your lights on
11 Headlights should be dipped well before an approaching vehicle is within range of the main beam.
12 Always wear your seat belt and see that everyone in the car is wearing theirs.
13 Drive defensively
14 Stay within the speed limit at all times
15 Only overtake when it is absolutely safe to do so
16 Maintain at least a 2 second following distance – this distance should be increased at night, in foggy or rainy conditions and when the road is wet.
17 Expect others not to be as obedient to the law as yourself
18 Be courteous towards fellow road users – keep your temper and resist the temptation to retaliate
Share these suggestions with your family and friends – And may you and your family have a happy and safe festive season!!
[Advice from]
What do I do in an Emergency?
•Know the Emergency numbers
Police: 10111
Ambulance: 10177
Emergency: 112
ER24: 084 124
Netcare: 082 911
•Where do I report Bad Driving?
National Traffic Call Centre Number: 0861 400 800
Assist Emergency Response Units by
Ensuring they have information on hand when calling – accurate address details and nature of the incident.
Landmarks are useful and if no street names exist, agree on a meeting area at a specific landmark.
Allowing emergency vehicle right of way to respond to the emergencies and giving way timeously.
Allowing access to the scene of the incident and patient/s.
Send someone to meet the vehicles, ensure that security at entrance points are made aware of emergencies in complexes,
Switch on some outside lights if incident is at night
Clear access routes and lock away any dangerous or vicious domestic animals.
•Help is at Hand!
Road Safety Information on your Mobile phone –

Skydiving Santa Clause is coming to Irene this Festive Season!

10th December 2011 at 3:00 pm

Every year around this time, we start to see some pretty great stories and photos involving people dressed up like Santa Claus.  But Santa has been done to death hasn’t he? How can one improve on the fattest lie told to children? Well this year African Pride Irene Country Lodge will have their very own Santa Clause dressing up like Jolly St. Nick and jumping out of an airplane to come and surprise the little ones on Christmas Day. Let us hope our Santa Clause does not land in the water.

African Pride Irene Country Lodge has a whole program planned for this special day, from kiddies entertainment for the little ones with their very own kiddies buffet, to our sky-diving Santa Clause dropping in to deliver some gifts.

If you want to make a mini holiday out of the long weekend, click the link to see what amazing Sizzling Summer Promotions are on offer.

Limited space is still available out on our Gazebo overlooking the lake so if you had your heart set on an outside venue this Christmas phone now 012 667 6464 or click here to send us your enquiry.

To see what delicacies the Executive Chef, Ryan Houston has in store for you click below:

Christmas Adult Menu                     Christmas Kiddies Menu

Irene Dairy Farm  – Reviews – Johannesburg Live

6th December 2011 at 9:26 pm

Irene Dairy Farm  – Reviews – Johannesburg Live.

Enjoy the perks of farm-style living on this authentic farm without doing any of the hard work.

Think back to playschool and try recalling one of your favourite songs:  Old McDonald had a farm, with a moo moo here and a moo moo there and a chick chick here and a chick chick there. You will find all this at the Irene Dairy Farm where the farmer is not Old McDonald but Farmer van der Byl.

As the name would suggest, the farm is set in the picturesque village of Irene and a stone’s throw from the Irene Craft Market.  As you enter the farm gates you are greeted by a whole family of chickens happily and carelessly roaming around.

The farm boasts both a dairy shop and two great eateries to choose from: The Barn and Deck.

Interestingly, the Dairy shop is one of the last places in Gauteng that still sells ‘raw’ certified milk straight from the resident cows. People visit especially to purchase gallon buckets of farm fresh milk. The Dairy shop is also well known for its luxurious thick cream which is a must for any fresh scone and jam.

The two eateries’ speciality dish is always on the menu and comes highly recommended.  It’s ‘home-made chicken pie’. No wonder they need all the chickens!

If this is not for you then the Barn does a lunchtime braai with truly South African fare. However if it’s something lighter you are looking for the dairy shop has a great selection of lunchtime treats and then you can picnic outside on the lovely lawn amongst the chickens and the cows.
Tell:             012 667 2326       /             012 667 4822
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 | Irene becomes Cashless!

5th December 2011 at 10:28 pm | Irene becomes cashless

We all know the feeling; you’re filling up your car or purchasing refreshments from a corner café, when suddenly you realise you don’t have any cash. “Are you sure you don’t take any cards?” you desperately ask. A regretful “no” sends you frantically searching for the closest ATM with your tail between your legs.

But it is not just our society that’s becoming increasingly more cashless. All around the world, consumers prefer the convenience and relative safety of paying with plastic. Similarly, suppliers and shopkeepers enjoy reduced risk on many levels when their clients pay with cards.

In keeping with this global trend, and leading the way in the South African hospitality industry, African Pride Irene Country Lodge has recently announced that it has become a completely cashless operation. All payments at this elegant establishment are now made by debit or credit card only.

Located in the leafy village of Irene, just metres away from the famous Irene Dairy Farm, which has also adopted a cashless policy, Irene Country Lodge has established itself as a firm favourite among business and leisure travellers. A quick hop onto the R21 takes you from the Lodge to OR Tambo International Airport in just 25 minutes. And yet, when you’re at the Lodge, each one of your senses will tell you you’re in the heart of the countryside. But were the Lodge’s guests ready for such an innovative change? “Some visitors were somewhat sceptical at first, but our guests can only benefit from this new system,“ says Cecilia McKay, General Manager at African Pride Irene Country Lodge.

The Lodge is known for offering its visitors true comfort and convenience, and the new cashless system will prove no exception to this tradition. In addition to the ease of paying by card, this change also offers numerous safety advantages. That all corners of our country are affected by crime is an unfortunate reality and, subsequently, a cashless zone is a far safer zone.

This groundbreaking decision also makes sound business sense for the owners and operators of African Pride Irene Country Lodge. Not only will this transformation eliminate the need for issuing and locking away cash, therefore greatly reducing any risk of vandalism and theft, but it will also make for smoother internal operations. Practical, more reliable and wholly controllable, this progressive move truly sets African Pride Irene Country Lodge apart from its competitors.

An extensive roll-out plan has been put in place to ensure a seamless transition process. Guests who might have encountered problems before with their cards not being recognised need not worry, as all types of cards will be accepted. Upon check-in, guests’ cards are authorised, ensuring hassle-free transactions for the duration of their stay. Should a refund be necessary, this will be paid directly into the guest’s bank account (in the case of a debit card) or refunded directly back into the credit card.

“We are also looking at implementing a smartcard system, whereby guests can transfer money onto a card, which they can then use throughout the lodge,” Cecilia explains. “This card can then also be used for future visits.” A smartcard system would be of enormous benefit to the Lodge’s large number of regular guests.

While African Pride Irene Country Lodge is at the forefront of the South African hospitality scene, guests will find old-worldly standards of elegance and luxury are upheld at this establishment. Whether it’s fine dining, classy lodgings or just true tranquillity you’re after, the Lodge – with its sumptuous surroundings and soul-soothing country scenes – is an ideal choice.

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