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Welcome to the December edition of our bi-annual Shareholder Newsletter. Time flies and here we are at the end of yet another year preparing for an extra special holiday season filled with great celebrations. The Festive Season is always a highly anticipated time that brings families together to share in the festivities and make precious memories together. While we too love this time of year, and all the excitement and fun that it brings, we consider ourselves blessed-with-the-best all year round, as every check-in day sees


happy holidaying families and friends arriving through the gate, full of smiles and bubbling with anticipation for the holiday that lies ahead. What a joy to behold and participate in all the magic-and-memory-making that holidays here at our beautiful Mount Amanzi are all about! Please pause with us here for a moment as we look back at the happenings of the last six months before we look forward eagerly to the promise of the coming new year.

Your Mount Amanzi is situated in the midst of an incredible area of outstanding natural beauty, where true holiday relaxation is readily available.


Declared a World Biosphere Reserve (UNESCO) in 2015, the Magaliesberg is the 4th oldest mountain range on Earth! Formed some 2.3 billion years ago, the range is estimated to be 100 times older than Mount Everest! This ancient mountain range was home to some of the earliest human inhabitants on earth, and the Sterkfontein Caves lie just to the south of the main range, by 25km. A literal natural wonder, the Magaliesberg area is home to more than 300 bird species, over 130 species of trees, over 100 types of grasses, and a fascinating array of flowers, ferns and fungi; as well as 90 species of mammals, 20 species of lizards, 17 species of frogs and more than 20 species of snakes (most of which are harmless)! Leopards can still be found in the secluded kloofs and ravines, and many raptor species inhabit the area and can be seen soaring on high, above the mountain cliffs.


One very special Magaliesberg inhabitant is the endemic and vulnerable Cape vulture. They nest in colonies along the mountain cliffs and these breeding sites are critical to their survival. Until very recently, the Cape vulture was listed as Endangered (IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species), but in 2021 it was ‘down listed’ to Vulnerable – an incredible conservation success story.


There are only around 9000 Cape vultures left in the world.


The female only lays one egg a year and the breeding pair work together to raise their chick.


Breeding pairs are monogamous (they mate for life).


They live up to 20 years.


There are only six remaining breeding colonies in Southern Africa, two of which are in the Magaliesberg.


Sadly, there is a cultural belief that vultures use a psychic ability to locate their food. As a result, they are often hunted, trapped, and killed and their body parts used for traditional medicine, due to the belief that this “psychic power” will be transferred to the user and will give them the ability to, for example, predict lotto numbers.


As if all of that were not fantastic enough, our spot right on the banks of the Crocodile River makes for the most tranquil views and peaceful setting, and the fact that the chalets are within easy walking distance of the River makes for a holiday setting second to none!

We love welcoming new members to the Team! New beginnings, fresh perspectives, and new friends to make!


Meet Stella Moropane! Stella joined our Reception Team recently and her smiling, friendly face is already adding an additional touch of warmth to the arrival of our beloved Shareholders and guests.

New Years

Second time’s the charm. Welcome back to Willie Joubert; we are very ‘chuffed’ to have you back on the Amazing Team! Willie is our new Entertainment HOD.

A warm welcome to our new Maintenance HOD, Andre Bruyns. Andre, we hope you will be very happy in your new position


We are pleased to introduce Jack Seloba, the new Banqueting HOD. Jack, we cannot wait to see how you are going to take our Banqueting offering to new heights and we wish you a long and rewarding career at Mount Amanzi.

New Years

Sornia Kanfer is the new member of our Financial Team, and has taken on the Creditors role. It's lovely to have you join the Amazing Team, Sornia!

Warren Wilskut was recently promoted to a Reservationist position, having mastered his previous role as a Receptionist. Congratulations Warren, we look forward to seeing you grow and flourish in your new job!

“I’ll do yours and you do mine!” During 2022, the Mount Amanzi staff participated in a ‘Job-swapping’ programme, which allowed staff to experience their colleague’s roles from a firsthand perspective. The idea behind this concept is that staff then benefit from gaining a big-picture view of the business and how various areas function. The desired outcome is that, through this process, staff gain new insights and understanding, and become better able to make decisions, solve problems, and – most importantly – provide ever-improving levels of service to our holidaymakers!

The Job Swap ethos was further enhanced by a super-sized, super-fantastic Staff Team Building session. This ‘Boeresport’-themed event was, by all accounts, a huge success and while honing their powers of concentration, speed, coordination and agility, the Team bonded in a fun and truly meaningful way.


As usual, Heritage Day was celebrated in style, in 2022! The Staff were dressed up to the nines in their National best, and guests were treated to SA-themed cupcakes and a Heritage Day-themed bring-and-braai!


Conference, Events and Wedding Venue

Our Memories Team has hosted several wonderful events this year, including a very special birthday celebration, a host of stunning weddings – including our very popular and charming outdoor picnic weddings; as well as several conferences, and our tailormade fun and exhilarating corporate team building events, that we are fast becoming
well-known for.


Serving delicious, homely, bistro-styled meals in a peaceful, laid-back environment, the Old Kitchen Restaurant is the perfect meeting place for families and friends to gather over a yummy meal.

The Old Kitchen a la carte menu is supplemented by an assortment of great specials, such as the Mom’s Night Off special on a Thursday evening, the Saturday Breakfast Buffet, and the three course Sunday Lunch Buffet.


Did you know?
You can order your braai sides from Old Kitchen! Spend less time in the kitchen on your holiday and make braaiing a breeze, without any compromise on the yum-factor! Choose from a mouth-watering selection of paptert, pap ‘n gravy, potato bake, potato salad, Greek salad, coleslaw, and garlic bread! Don’t forget to order in advance, from the Old Kitchen Restaurant.

For those of you who will be spending the Festive Season here with us, as always, we have loads of plans and scrumptious menus in place, and you can be sure that we will be celebrating in style!

Christmas Lunch Buffet
25 December 2022
R295 per adult (R165 per child under 10)
Booking Essential – 012 381 5400


P.S. Our famous Festive Season Entertainment Programme for this year is a doozy! Designed to entertain and delight all our holidaymakers, there are fun and festivities to be had, from the teeniest tots, to the beloved grandies, by the bucket load! We cannot wait to get out and about with you and help create those special moments and memories that we hope will last a lifetime!


We have some super-exciting news to share with you.
February 2023 is coming with major changes, and we wanted you to be the first to know!

Options has been honing and perfecting their craft, and affecting a rebrand and name change, to one that better speaks to the service offering, and provides for a fresh new look!

The first 1000 new users who follow the link below and register online by 15 February 2023, will automatically be credited with 1000 Holiday Exchange points!

But wait, there’s more…

If you register by 15 February 2023, you will automatically be entered into a lucky draw and will stand a chance of winning 10x free domestic exchanges!

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Important Notices
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We would like to remind our valued Shareholders to kindly check and sign off on inventories upon arrival at your home-away-from-home unit. An inventory list is available in your unit; any discrepancies must please be reported at Reception.

2023 Flexi Weeks

Don’t forget! Flexi weeks are secured on a “first-come-first-served” basis, so booking your holiday at the start of 2023 gives you the BEST availability to choose from, for a time that suits YOU. There are only as many flexi weeks available as there are Shareholders; as the months pass us by, fewer holidays become available and you might end up without a holiday in the 2023 period. Aren’t sure of your 2023 plans yet? Rather book early and spacebank your selected week.

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In Closing...

As we look forward to 2023 and all the new and exciting adventures that the new year has in store, let’s pause a moment, here on the threshold between old and new, and consider and count our blessings. Not least of which, for us, is you – our beloved Shareholders – and the joy


of knowing that we get to share our Mount Amanzi journey with you, every step of the way; and that you are with us, lending your support and meeting your obligations, every step of the way.

And on that note, we will say goodbye until next time, leaving you with one last thought: “The best things in life are the people we love, the places we’ve been, and all the memories we’ve made along the way.” – Unknown

With warm and happy holiday regards

Marjorie Forssman
RCI Silver Crown