MISTY HILLS A GAR­DEN LABYRINTH

Nomad Africa Magazine - - Gallivant | The Green Island - Words: GENIENE PRESTON Pho­tographs: VANESSA HETZEL

The mean­ing of Labyrinth, for those unini­ti­ated, is that of "a com­pli­cated ir­reg­u­lar net­work of pas­sages or paths". The wind­ing paths and dense brush, al­ludes to be­ing on sa­fari in Africa. One would ex­pect a lion or witch to pop out the wardrobe at any time!

the bush was green and the sur­round­ing coun­try­side of Mul­der­s­drift was just as lush. Mul­der­s­drift is close enough to Jo­han­nes­burg in South Africa to be a short drive away and far enough to feel like you have left the buzz of the city be­hind you and are head­ing into the coun­try­side. Early in April, we (the No­mad team) made our way to Misty Hills for an overnight con­fer­ence.

The ho­tel is eas­ily ac­cessed from both the N14 free­way from Pre­to­ria and Kurg­ers­dorp as well as Bey­ers Naude ,which comes in from the South of the city. Well sign­posted and easy to find on the GPS and lo­cal Google Maps. As soon as we en­tered, there was a se­cu­rity check­point, which is crit­i­cal in our so­ci­ety to­day to make sure that guests feel safe and se­cure. We made our way to the new and re­fur­bished re­cep­tion area. The high ceil­ings and well-ap­pointed re­cep­tion desk was a wel­com­ing sight and the gor­geous feel of be­ing on sa­fari washed over us as we ap­proached the re­cep­tion area. We were greeted by friendly staff and were taken to the Ze­bra Room, which was to be our con­fer­ence room for the day. We fol­lowed the wind­ing path to the con­fer­ence area and were greeted by a friendly smile, cof­fee and var­i­ous treats. The toi­lets were well placed be­tween a num­ber of con­fer­ence rooms and the soft sound of the in­door wa­ter­fall nearby was enough to put us to sleep! We made our way to the break­fast room where we had a long dis­cus­sion with the chef about the var­i­ous types of eggs used to make an omelette. With loads of break­fast choices and a well laid out, we had full tum­mies when we started our con­fer­ence. The muffins had to wait till lunchtime. The room we had for our con­fer­ence was well lit, had enough power out­lets for our range of lap­tops and all the equip­ment we needed was on hand and easy to get up and run­ning. Hav­ing a prob­lem with the over­head was no trou­ble at all for the staff who ar­rived promptly to sort it out

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