Sometimes the best trip is the one you did not plan. Such was the case when one of my besties (Choma with a capital "C") decided to surprise me with an overnight stay at Bentley's Country Lodge for two. It was an unexpected, but much appreciated stay which I maximized on by inviting my other friend to join in the fun.

She joined me for a relaxed, plus fun-filled night that included chowing on delicious and generously served food and drinks. The managers and staff were very friendly and accommodating. This was certainly one of those trips that was very close, but felt like it was in a hidden retreat away from it all.

At a distance, one could see the majestic mountain in the background - something that made one forget that this gem is located front opposite the local cemetery. Calm, refreshing and very much alive, that is how my mini-vacation to this place was.

What a welcomed retreat in Pretoria.

Bentley's Country Lodge, Pretoria. Photo by Phindiwe NkosiBentley's Country Lodge, Pretoria. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi