2021 Passover Program in South Africa

The Pesach Retreat – South Africa

Join with fellow Jews from across South Africa and around the world for an incredible Pesach experience at the spectacular Protea Marriott Hunters Rest Hotel & Spa in Rustenburg, South Africa. Enjoy deluxe amenities with the best in Jewish learning and living, packed with exciting activities. Relax with family, meet new friends, encounter internationally renowned teachers and explore great adventures in the heart of the country. Our program offers a unique and inspiring experience in a warm friendly atmosphere.
Experience the picturesque countryside resort nestled in the Magalies Mountains. Protea Hotel by Marriott Hunters Rest, on the outskirts of South Africa’s biggest metropolitan cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria.  The area offers an exotic country setting in subtropical climate and is less than an hour’s drive to Africa’s only surf-and-safari destination with one of the larger safaris in the country, Pilanesberg Game Reserve National Park, as well as Sun City, the country’s premier entertainment complex. The resort has plenty fun activities on site that will ensure a memorable experience. Guest rooms are simple in design yet rich in detail, blending comfort and convenience beautifully with amenities to suit your traveling needs.  On-Site Activities include: Swimming pools, Gym, Mountain biking trails, Hiking/Jogging trails, Golf course, Miniature golf, Spa & Sauna, Lighted Outdoor Tennis Court, Volleyball Court, Nature reserve trails, and more.
Our celebrated chefs offer a diverse and sumptuous Pesach menu. Delight your palate with three daily meals and a 24 hour tea room.
Mehadrin Standards • Non-Gebrokts • Shmura Matzah • Cholov Yisroel • Selection of Wines
Entire resort exclusively Kosher for Pesach. Under strict rabbinical supervision.
Our fully stocked Shul and seasoned Chazzan promises beautiful davening services. We also offer a host of stimulating lectures, interactives and workshops with Scholars in Residence as well as guest rabbis and personalities. All is provided to allow you to fill your Yom Tov days with meaning and warmth.
The hotel is in prime location with proximity to a plethora of exciting world-class attractions. These include sightseeing adventures, and safari game reserves, animal sanctuaries, cultural villages, gold mines, hot air ballooning and other experiences nearby. If you choose to stay on premises you can avail yourself of the on-site entertainment, like mini golf, swimming, spa treatments, mountain trails, round of golf and more. We provide entertainment each evening of Chol Hamoed.
Children will be busy while you relax and enjoy your Pesach holiday. The Kids Club is manned by trained counselors and stocked with activities and toys. Children will love the captivating, age-appropriate, fun and meaningful programs prepared for them, including activities on Yom Tov using the CKids curriculum. Planned activities include: Sports, arts & crafts, jumping castles, swimming, movies, entertainment. Babysitting options available.
Select the type of Seder that is right for you.
Discover the deeper meaning of Pesach and how to achieve personal freedom. Please let us know if you need to sit close to a Rabbi’s table.
Lead your own family Seder at a table in the elegant setting of our main dining room or join up with another family
Enjoy an exclusive Seder in a room just for your own family (additional cost for private Seder rooms).
Book with our on-site tour operators for trips to nearby safaris and other must-see attractions! Or choose to rent a car and explore on your own! Incredible sight-seeing opportunities await within 30-60 minutes proximity.
Pilanesberg Game Reserve 
550 square kilometers of African bush land with more than 10,000 large mammals including the Big 5 lions, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and buffalo. This National Game Reserve is a popular safari choice.
Sun City Entertainment Complex 
From family fun to adrenaline-fueled adventures, show-stopping entertainment, hundreds of activities day and night, including live shows and high-end shopping.
Kromdraai Gold Mine 
An unparalleled view of old mining methods. Enter the old workings through a large opening in the side of the hill and a short walk down the coco pan tracks through roughly worked tunnels and into the heart of the mountain, marvel at the conditions that people had to endure while extracting the gold ore. Includes an underground trip inside the horizontal mine tunnel.
The Rand Show 
Indulge in varieties of the latest entertainment, enjoy fun fair rides, loads of exhibitions, from cars to boats to technology and so much more. It’s a treat for the whole family taking place nearby.
Lion & Safari Park 
Drive-through safari, lion cub interactions, take pictures with the lions and participate in ‘Cheetah Walks’, night drives, self-game drives and guided safaris.
Bird Gardens 
Wander along enchanted walkways within magnificent gardens and marvel at a variety of colourful birds, mammals, reptiles and unusual animals from around the world. Includes daily show.
Kyalami Equestrian Park 
The park plays host to a number of competitions every year on its 8 competition arenas.
Rhino and Lion Reserve 
Nature reserve with emphasis on endangered species including lions, rhinos, cheetahs & vultures.
Dinokeng BIG 5 Game Reserve  
“Place of Rivers”, boasts an interesting range of natural, cultural and historical heritage sites.
Croc City Crocodile and Reptile Park 
Interact with selected snakes and baby crocodiles.
Bushbabies Monkey Sanctuary 
Walk through indigenous forests on elevated wooden walkways, and experience a variety of exotic monkeys.
The Elephant Sanctuary 
An unforgettable experience bringing Elephant and Man together in a unique and special way. Walk and interact with elephants.
Sterkfontein Caves 
Get a tour through the magnificent, cavernous expanse, famous for their fossil finds
Zwartkops Raceway 
The most exciting motor experiences in Africa
Maropeng/Cradle of Humankind 
Discover the origins of humankind in a unique architectural structure resembling an ancient burial mound. An underground boat ride starts the adventure, taking visitors through the various stages of Earth’s creation.
Hartebeespoort Dam 
An array of water sports, a local bird sanctuary, challenging hikes and gentle rambles, a range of African arts, crafts, novelties, curios, shopping outlets and cinemas
Apartheid Museum 
Acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th century South Africa, at the heart of which is the apartheid story.
Gold Reef City
An amusement park located on an old gold mine, themed around the gold rush that started in 1886.
Lesedi Cultural Village 
A tourist village celebrating the cultural traditions of different African peoples. It reproduces traditional dwellings and offers demonstrations of dances and other cultural activities.
Capital City, filled with historical sites, museums and monuments.
Additional wide variety of scenic areas, sight-seeing musts, and historical spots within driving distance.

1 Review for The Pesach Retreat 2021 Passover Program in South Africa

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I really enjoyed this experience – from the monkeys in the trees, to the interesting lectures, and friends I made. The food was plentiful and good. It’s drivable to many fascinating places, although take note if you’re American that you’ll be on the wrong side of the road. The Chol Hamoed evenings were especially fun and themed. Most of the guests were South African. Hotel staff was lovely. The organized trips were not terribly organized, but it was good to have company, and the yummy box lunches they sent with us made up for it. Learn about safety precautions In the airport (lock/wrap luggage and watch it like a hawk), streets (don’t carry a purse) and safari (don’t get too close to animals that can step on your car) before you go. The location is remote, so you can’t count on ubers from there, and they recommend a local car service that comes, umm, when it comes.. There is a nice hotel in Jewish Joburg (Genesis) that is above a grocery with kosher-take out and a bagel store if you need a place to stay the night you come in.

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Additional Details

  • Pesach Program Features: Non-Gebruchts, Shmurah Matzo, Mixed Swimming, Mixed Crowd, Golf Courses, Tennis Courts, Jogging Trails, Fitness Center, Spa, 4 Star hotel
  • Entertainment on your Passover Vacation:Concerts, Comedy Shows, Art,
  • Kashrus / Pesach Hotel Kosher Certified by:Beth Din of Johannesburg
  • Nearest Airports to your Passover Hotel:JNB - O R Tambo Johannesburg Intl Airport (90 minutes drive to resort), LHA Lanseria International Airport (45 minutes from resort)
  • Passover Programs Catering / Chef:Doron Gavronsky - Chefs En Route
  • Pesach Program Scholar in Residence:Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein, Bronya Shaffer, Shimona Tzukernik, Rabbi Daniel & Maria Beider, Rabbi Ari & Batya Kievman
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