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Review: Riboville, Waterfall



Situated in the heart of Johannesburg’s northern suburbs, Riboville is nestled within the prestigious Waterfall Equestrian Estate. A five-star destination perfectly located in proximity to the city and only a five-minute drive from the Mall of Africa.

Riboville’s boutique hotel, conference venue and restaurant is the perfect blend of urban luxury in a country setting.

Overlooking a lush polo field and tranquil dam which attracts bird life all year round. Located in an equestrian estate, Riboville’s lavish double-volume barn design, echoes this setting with the equestrian-themed art and decor.


Riboville offers a unique rural respite from the stresses of city life.

Durbanite had the pleasure of staying a night at Riboville.

“Arriving at Riboville, you felt as if you were transported into another world. As the gates opened, with what was the concrete jungle of Johannesburg was simply transformed into beautiful greenery. Ducks were swimming in ponds and horses were walking around… It was truly bliss.

Built to feel like as if you were in a stable, we entered the reception area of Riboville and were greeted by Barry, the hotel’s manager. He offered us drinks and escorted us to a waiting area while our booking was being prepared.

After our drinks were finished, Barry kindly showed us to our room for the night. We were told we had a suite on the top floor facing the field which made for beautiful sunset views.

We walked into our room and immediately I fell in love.

Barry showed us where we would witness the most beautiful sunrise and sunset from the balcony.
We could see now why Riboville is the place to be!


After we settled in, we took a stroll around the hotel and outside to where there were horses being ridden. Coming from Durban, we felt as if we were in the beautiful countryside of the Midlands!
Riboville truly felt like a magical destination, and one would never think we were in the concrete jungle.

For dinner, we opted for room service purely so that we could sit in front of the balcony in our own room. This is fantastic for couples who prefer to dine without the hassle of getting ready and going out.


Nick chose to have the rib-eye steak while I chose to have a beef fillet, accompanied by a lemon meringue dessert.
The food was incredibly delicious as we enjoyed a romantic dinner for two with the most beautiful view.

Riboville also hosts a Jazz and Lunch event on the first Sunday of every month. Visitors can enjoy a delectable three-course lunch out on the rolling lawns whilst swaying to the sounds of contemporary jazz bands.  Pre-bookings are essential for this monthly event and it is already set to become a definite ‘brag factor’ calendar item for discerning Jo’burgers.

All in all, we had a lovely stay in Riboville and wish we could have stayed longer!

We would like to make special mention of the service at Riboville during our stay. The staff were very helpful and went out of their way to ensure our stay was great.”


Everyone loves a good story, and even more so when the story is real and results in something magical. As at 1 April, Tinstwalo at Waterfall will become known as Riboville. This well-known establishment, set in the natural countryside just a short drive north of Johannesburg, has been acquired by successful entrepreneur and restauranteur of the Codfather fame.

A culmination of a ‘dream-come-true’, George Sinovich, who has always had a passion and love for the hospitality and food industry, will take over the reins at the newly branded world-class boutique hotel, conference venue and restaurant.

The Sinovich’s incredible story began in 1974 when a bet placed on a horse called Riboville, who was 20-1 outsider to win in the Durban July, turned out to be just the right bet, when through a series of extraordinary events, the horse romped to the finish line four lengths ahead of the nearest rival, a feat which has never been matched. This extra-ordinary win turned out to be a crucial financial windfall to the Sinovich family, a family who have transformed through the generations from farmers to land developers, to restauranteurs and now hospitality provider with an instinctual eye for excellence. Their new five-star stable is not only about betting on a good business horse, it is something symbolic of the spirit of this family. A soul of success and the stamina it takes to transform intangible luck into a true fortune.

It is, for this reason, the establishment at Waterfall will be known simply as Riboville.

The family’s legacy is one that echoes a sense of striving with a touch of very good timing and by always having a dream and a sense of vision to identify opportunities that others may not see, the purchase of this equestrian establishment is steeped in the Sinovich family destiny.

Talking at a recent business breakfast about his new acquisition, George had this to say. “After building successful and reputable restaurant businesses (The Codfather) and operating in hospitality for decades, the opportunity to purchase this world class establishment and transform it into a real winner is not only about an investment, it is about true inspiration. Inspiration, at a point in history where the triangle of timing, chance and opportunity have come together again to change the future. We are looking forward to delighting our guests at Riboville and we can’t wait to get going!”

Whilst Riboville has some exciting plans to enhance the establishment in the near future, it is proud to continue to deliver five-star accommodation in its 16 spacious suites, diverse and luxurious meeting spaces in fully serviced, well-equipped conference rooms and an exclusive boardroom, and culinary experiences second to none.

To book Riboville for your next stay in Johannesburg:


Lodge Reception:
+27 11 234 2456

General Manager:
Willem Schaap
+27 11 234 2456

Cnr R55 & Maxwell Drive, Waterfall Equestrian Estate, Waterfall City, Johannesburg

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Honeymoon in the most romantic place in KZN



Planning the ideal honeymoon can be exceptionally daunting, not to mention expensive, but if you’re looking local, and want to continue the romance long past your wedding day, Granny Mouse Country House & Spa is a definite contender! Renowned for being one of the most romantic getaway destinations in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, this idyllic retreat offers the perfect setting for a romantic honeymoon, with its tranquil atmosphere, breathtaking scenery, world-class facilities and attentive staff.

Granny Mouse’s accommodation is luxury at its finest, ranging from their secluded garden rooms, nestled in their spectacular gardens, to their sprawling deluxe suites with private balconies overlooking the Lions River. Each and every room has been designed with comfort and luxury in mind, and are equipped with large bath tubs and aromatic bath salts and oils for those intimate evenings in.

Following the excitement of the wedding, what could be better than relaxing in their on-site, state-of-the-art spa, which offers an extensive range of treatments and therapies, including hydrotherapy to replenish your mind and body before you have to get back to reality?

One of the standout features of Granny Mouse is a culinary haven, offering guests a diverse range of delectable experiences. From their fine-dining restaurant, Eaves, with its sophisticated menu of modern fusion cuisine, to their open-sky Bistro, providing a more casual dining experience, and their wine cellar, which is undoubtedly the perfect spot for a romantic dinner for two. These, coupled with their award-winning wine menu, will have you toasting to your new life together. No matter where you choose to dine whilst on honeymoon, the Granny Mouse team will pull out all the stops to ensure the most romantic of occasions.

In addition to the fantastic facilities, Granny Mouse Country House & Spa is also ideally located for exploring the surrounding area. From picnics in the Caversham Valley to wine tasting, or just taking a leisurely stroll around the local stores to choose some new items for your home together, the list is endless.

Don’t miss out on an unforgettable honeymoon. Book your stay at Granny Mouse Country House & Spa today and let their team ensure a romantic and memorable experience for you and your partner.


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9 Reasons 1 Licorna Beach is the Ideal Umhlanga Stay




In the heart of Umhlanga Beach lies a beautifully furnished, newly renovated beach house. Being a double storey with views and access to the ocean, 1 Licorna Beach is the perfect luxury getaway.

Suitable for both business and vacation rentals, this beachfront property will give you the “home away from home” relaxed feel with a pool, garden, outside braai area.

This beach house can accommodate up to 6 guests, and comprises of 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and an open-plan kitchen, dining and living area. Stay entertained with smart tv, dual view DSTV and free wifi.

We’ve listed 9 of the many reasons why 1 Licorna Beach should be your next stay in Umhlanga:

Enjoy direct access to the Umhlanga Promenade: a stretch along the Umhlanga coast and nature reserve, perfect for walks or runs and home to restaurants, coffee shops, ice cream spots and local vendors.

Go for a swim in the warm Indian Ocean or chill on the shore. With beach access and a choice of four beaches in walking distance, what more do you need? Make sure there’s a life guard on duty if you go for a dip!

Explore the coastal wildlife, birds and forest along the Umhlanga Nature Reserve wooden boardwalk and trail. Be sure to check out the Bike & Bean coffee shop at the Northside of the Umhlanga Promenade.

Spoil yourself with a dinner date at The Chef’s Table or the 14 on Chartwell, both just a stone’s throw away at Umhlanga Village.

Stay connected with 1 Licorna’s free wifi during your stay. Whether for business or leisure, you and your family or guests are covered.

No one wants to do the dishes & sweep on holiday! What’s better than arriving back to your accommodation to find it’s been cleaned?

Safety is a priority at Licorna Beach. Relax knowing that you, your family & belongings are tucked away in a gated, access controlled estate.

The communal pool is available for a dip, if the sea isn’t calling. Whether you’re braaiing, chilling or just cooling off – it’s nice to have options.

Explore new restaurants or enjoy the comforts of home cooking. Remember, you won’t have to do the dishes either. Don’t forget to have a braai while you’re at 1 Licorna.

To book your stay:
Cell: 083 492 3241

82 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga

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Want to stay in the heart of Cape Town? Here’s why The Cape Milner should be your go-to.




For Durbanites, a trip to Cape Town is always enthralling. White-sand beaches, throngs of restaurants, and sea life sightings are just some of the things we look forward to when visiting our Mother City. Of course, the various accommodation on offer forms part of said hype – and can either make or break your experience!

Well, we’re here to tell you this: If you’re looking for a hotel that’s contemporary, comfy, central, quiet and not too costly, we’ve found the place for you. Not to mention its fascinating decor, great hospitality, and luxury charm that just wraps you up and keeps you snug throughout your entire stay.

The opulent Cape Milner building matches Cape Town’s Victorian aesthetic. But inside you’ll find a mix of art-deco, modern and African chic; much like the feel of modern Africa today.

As if wedged at the bottom of Table Mountain, the views from the rooms and lounges are spectacular. We particularly enjoyed dining out in the swanky Glass Lounge, where you can look up into the blue sky or night stars while you enjoy a hearty lamb shank below.

Our homely rooms overlooked the serene Milner Road, with its impressive avenues of trees. We were given complimentary macarons on arrival and enjoyed them with tea as we watched the rain pitter-patter on the tails of unbothered squirrels — how cute! The Milner Hotel really is a place you can enjoy come rain or shine.

The hotel was the absolute, perfect base from which to explore pretty much everything and anything. Just a few minutes drive away lies Bree and Kloof  – two favourites, Metropolitan streets for tourists and locals alike. Over the few days of our stay we visited many great spots, all within 5-10 minutes away.

We sank our teeth into cheesy pizza at the much-hyped “I love the dough” and tried out “Mochi Mochi” for dessert; we ordered fizzing and steaming cocktails from “Cause and Effect” at the V&A; and of course, we spent a fun-filled evening at the cheeky and illustrious “Beefcakes” in Green Point.

After each jam-packed day, coming home to our state-of-the-art bathtub and luxurious linen was the cherry on top. It fitted in perfectly with our diverse range of activities we had planned, and matched the entire style of our trip.

We didn’t want to leave!

And of course, we can’t wait to stay again…

To book your stay at the Cape Milner, contact

Tel: +27 11 516 4367

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